Christmas season is upon us! While we’re nearing the most wonderful time of the year, we have to admit: choosing what to give to your friends, families, and loved ones can sometimes be a tricky task. Good thing, there’s a perfect book for every book lover.
From titles that span fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, and more, here’s a list of some titles from the Fully Booked 2021 Gift Guide that every bookworm in your life will adore.
Dream A Little Dream: Books to Read With Children
When Lola Visits by Michelle Sterling
An evocative picture book that celebrates gentle bonds of familial love that spans oceans and generations, this book shares the simple joy of togetherness: funny stories of baking mishaps, the aroma of mango jam, and sweet tunes in Tagalog. It’s the perfect book to connect with young children or kids starting to read.
The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (As Told by His Brother) by David Levithan
Aidan mysteriously disappears for six days. Then, just as suddenly as he vanished, Aidan reappears and the story Aidan tells of his disappearance is simply impossible. Will he get his brother to believe him? David Levithan takes young readers on a twisting journey through truth, reality, fantasy, and belief; a touching middle-grade book that is centered on self-discovery, trust, and brotherhood.
I Am Human by Susan Verde, Peter H. Reynolds
A hopeful meditation on all the great and challenging parts of being human, I Am Human is a picture book that celebrates empathy and compassion—showing that it’s okay to make mistakes while also emphasizing the power of good choices by offering a kind word or smile.
A Starry Night: Books That Spark Hope
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
This beautiful read that features 100 colored and black-and-white drawings offers inspiration and hope in uncertain times, following the tale of four protagonists and exploring life’s universal lessons—sharing their biggest fears, greatest discoveries about vulnerability, kindness, hope, friendship, and love.
Looking Back Life Was Beautiful by Chan Jae Lee
What started as an intimate family project, Grandpa Chan and Grandma Marina’s Instagram page has attracted a large following; this book inspired by their Instagram page features Chan's watercolors accompanied by Marina's texts. A testament to the great wisdom only grandparents can provide to younger generations, Looking Back Life Was Beautiful will inspire families to always stay close and connected.
Publisher Recommendations: Penguin Random House
Ikigai by Francesc Miralles and Hector Garcia
Most people are always in pursuit of happiness and want to live life to the fullest. Ikigai is a concept that embodies the idea of happiness in living. According to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa—the world’s longest-living people—finding it is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life. Inspiring and comforting, this book will give you the life-changing tools to uncover your personal ikigai.
The Comfort Book by Matt Haig
Years ago, Matt Haig began writing notes to his future self. These notes were meant as gifts: offerings of hope to help himself through anything from the not-so-great days to the darkest periods of his life. The Comfort Book is a small book for anyone in search of hope, looking for a path to a more meaningful life, or in need of encouragement.
The Simple Living by Shunmyo Masuno
In clear, practical and easy to follow lessons—one a day for 100 days—renowned Buddhist monk Shunmyo Masuno draws on centuries of wisdom to show you how to apply the essence of Zen to modern life. The Art of Simple Living will help bookworms to simplify life with the art of Zen, and learn how to feel more relaxed, fulfilled, and with a renewed sense of peace.
A Wonderful World: Books That Dive Into Stories
Wing of the Locust by Joel Donato Ching Jacob
Tuan escaped his mundane life to become a mambabarang. As he dives deeper to become a person who practices applications in espionage, sabotage, and assassinations, Tuan is overcome by conflicting emotions that cause him to question his new life. The Wing of the Locust doesn’t only offer a coming-of-age story told with boldness and grace; it also teaches values and offers new perspectives to life which young and even mature readers could relate to.
Aristotle and Dante Dive Into The Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Two boys who fell in love must now discover what it means to stay in love and build a relationship in a world that seems to challenge their very existence. The highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is an achingly romantic, tender tale sure to captivate fans of Adam Silvera and Mary H.K. Choi.
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time. Before the Coffee Gets Cold is a beautiful, moving story that explores the age-old question: what would you change if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time?
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
Anthony Doerr’s Cloud Cuckoo Land follows five unforgettable characters, despite spanning nearly six centuries, who are bound together by the power of literature. Dedicated to “the librarians then, now, and in the years to come,” this book is a paean to the extraordinary human capacity to transmit stories from generation to generation and a novel about stewardship—of books, of our shared planet, and of the human heart.
Holiday Warmth: Books That Help Us Heal
Goodbye, Again by Jonny Sunc
A collection of essays featuring Jonny Sun’s funny and heartfelt style, the pieces from Goodbye, Again range from long meditations on topics like loneliness and being an outsider, to short humor pieces, conversations, and memorable one-liners. Jonny's honest writings about his struggles with feeling productive, as well as his difficulties with anxiety and depression will connect deeply with his fans as well as anyone attempting to create in our chaotic world.
It’s OK to Feel Things Deeply by Carissa Potter
Times can get tough, and this book is here to support women through those moments. Its uplifting and positive message helps women cope with depression, grief, anxiety and stress. Through practical guidance, meaningful messages of empathy, honesty, art and humor, It's Okay to Feel Things Deeply gives women the encouragement they need exactly when they need it.
Nothing Much Happens by Kathryn Nicolai
Busy minds need a place to rest. Whether you find yourself struggling to sleep, awake in the middle of the night, or even just anxious as you move through the day, Kathryn Nicolai offers a healthy way to ease the mind before bed: through the timeless appeal of classic bedtime stories. Nothing Much Happens offers a rich sensory experience that quietly teaches mindfulness and self-compassion, soothes frayed nerves, and builds solid habits for nurturing sleep.
Publisher Recommendations: HarperCollinsPublishers
The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm
Most people are unable to love on the only level that truly matters: love that is compounded of maturity, self-knowledge, and courage. As with every art, love demands practice and concentration, as well as genuine insight and understanding. The Art of Loving explores love in all its aspects—not only romantic love, steeped in false conceptions and lofty expectations, but also brotherly love, erotic love, self-love, the love of God, and the love of parents for their children.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Mateo and Rufus receive some bad news: they’re going to die today. They are total strangers, but, for different reasons, both are looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: there’s an app called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day. Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.
Festive Learnings: Books That Teach Us
Becoming Better Grownups by Brad Montague
Beautifully designed and featuring Brad Montague's own whimsical four-color illustrations that appeal to the kid in all of us, Becoming Better Grownups shares the purpose and meaning we can all discover merely by listening, and reveals that—in a world that seems increasingly childish—the secret to joy is in fact to become more childlike. This book is filled with lessons of success, fear, regret, gratitude, love, happiness, and dreams to reveal the true reason we are here: to fly, and to help others fly.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Universe by Daniel Whiteson and Jorge Cham
With their signature blend of humor and oh-now-I-get-it clarity, Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson offer short, accessible, and lighthearted answers to some of the most common, most outrageous, and most profound questions about the universe they've received. This witty, entertaining, and fully illustrated book is an essential troubleshooting guide for the perplexing aspects of reality, big and small, from the invisible particles that make up your body to the identical version of you currently reading this exact sentence in the corner of some other galaxy.
A New York Times-bestselling author looks for the meaning of a good life by seeking advice from the very young and the very old.
When his first book tour ended, Brad Montague missed hearing other people’s stories so much that he launched what he dubbed a Listening Tour. First visiting elementary schools and later also nursing homes and retirement communities, he hoped to glean new wisdom as to how he might become a better grownup. Now, in this playful and buoyant book, he shares those insights with rest of us—timeless, often surprising lessons that bypass the head we’re always stuck in, and go straight to the heart we sometimes forget.
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Hector Garcia, Francesc Miralles
Ikigai is the place where our passion (what we love), mission (what we hope to contribute), vocation (the gifts we have to offer the world) and profession (how our passions and talents can become a livelihood) converge, giving us a personal sense of meaning. This book helps you bring together all of these elements so that you can enjoy a balanced life.
GetThe Ikigai Journey: A Practical Guide to Finding Happiness and Purpose the Japanese Way (Hardcover) by Hector Garcia and other selp-help, personal growth books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.Learn More
The heartbreaking but hopeful instant New York Times bestseller from Morris Award-finalist and Publishers Weekly Flying Start author Adam Silvera. In a world where people receive a phone call on the day they’re going to die, Rufus and Mateo meet through an app called Last Friend and come up with a perfect plan to live their last hours to the fullest.
Get They Both Die at the End (Paperback) by Adam Silvera and other young adult books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.Learn More
Relax and find happiness amid the swirl of the modern world with this internationally bestselling guide to simplifying your life by a Japanese monk who embodies the wisdom of Zen.
A minimalist line drawing appears opposite each lesson on an otherwise blank page, giving you an opportunity to relax with a deep breath between lessons. With each daily practice, you will learn to find happiness not by seeking out extraordinary experiences but by making small changes to your life, opening yourself up to a renewed sense of peace and inner calm.
Get The Art of Simple Living: 100 Daily Practices from a Japanese Zen Monk for a Lifetime of Calm and Joy (Hardcover) by Shunmyo Masuno and other eastern philosophy books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.Learn More
Based on the popular podcast, soothing stories to carry you off to deep, restful sleep.
Busy minds need a place to rest. Whether you find yourself struggling to sleep, awake in the middle of the night, or even just anxious as you move through the day, in Nothing Much Happens, Kathryn Nicolai offers a healthy way to ease the mind before bed: through the timeless appeal of classic bedtime stories.
Get Nothing Much Happens: Cozy and Calming Stories to Soothe Your Mind and Help You Sleep (Hardcover) by Kathryn Nicolai and other self-help books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.
New York Times bestselling author David Levithan takes young readers on twisting journey through truth, reality, and fantasy and belief. Aidan disappeared for six days. Six agonizing days of searches and police and questions and constant vigils. Then, just as suddenly as he vanished, Aidan reappears. Where has he been? The story he tells is simply. . . impossible. But it's the story Aidan is sticking to.
Get The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S.: As Told to His Brother (Hardcover) by David Levithan and other intermediate books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.Learn More
Embrace empathy with the instant #1 New York Times bestselling companion to I Am Love and I Am Peace!
From the bestselling team that created I Am Yoga, I Am Peace, I Am Love, and I Am One comes a hopeful celebration of the human family. I Am Human affirms that we can make good choices by acting with compassion and having empathy for others and ourselves. When we find common ground, we can feel connected to the great world around us and mindfully strive to be our best selves.
Get I Am Human: A Book of Empathy (Hardcover) by Susan Verde and other early reader books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.
Grandpa Chan, Chan Jae Lee
This book inspired by their Instagram page features Chan’s watercolors accompanied by Marina’s texts. Whether it’s to celebrate Astro becoming a big brother to Lua or to share the story of how the grandparents met for the first time and fell in love during their college years, Looking Back Life was Beautiful echoes with the kind of family love that spans generations and traverses geography.
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A gem of a book from Matt Haig, the New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library, for anyone in search of hope, looking for a path to a more meaningful life, or in need of a little encouragement.
Years ago, Matt Haig began writing notes to his future self. These notes were meant as gifts to his future self: offerings of hope to help himself through anything from the darkest periods of his life to a not-so-great day. As time went on, he added new thoughts and stories, and he turned them into The Comfort Book so that everyone could draw on this well of reassurance and encouragement. Each of its short meditations gives a new perspective on life and all of its highs and lows--small islands of hope for anyone looking for a more fulfilling, more uplifting way through life. Incorporating a diverse array of sources from across the world, history, science, and his own experiences, Haig offers warmth and reassurance, reminding us to slow down and appreciate the beauty and unpredictability of existence.
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In an evocative picture book brimming with the scents, tastes, and traditions that define a young girl’s summer with her grandmother, debut author Michelle Sterling and illustrator Aaron Asis come together to celebrate the gentle bonds of familial love that span oceans and generations.
For one young girl, summer is the season of no school, of days spent at the pool, and of picking golden limes off the trees. But summer doesn’t start until her lola—her grandmother from the Philippines—comes for her annual visit.
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The wonderfully original author of Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too gives us a collection of touching and hilarious personal essays, stories, poems—accompanied by his trademark illustrations—covering topics such as mental health, happiness, and what it means to belong.
Jonny Sun is back with a collection of essays and other writings in his unique, funny, and heartfelt style. The pieces range from long meditations on topics like loneliness and being an outsider, to short humor pieces, conversations, and memorable one-liners.
Get Goodbye, Again: Essays, Reflections, and Illustrations (Hardcover) by Jonny Sun and other essay books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.
Times can get tough, and this book is here to support women through those moments. Its uplifting and positive message helps women cope with depression, grief, anxiety and stress. It is a reminder that it's normal to feel those emotions, and it provides support for navigating through them. Like a hug from a friend, it will become a go-to positivity boost for women dealing with life's difficult times. Through practical guidance, meaningful messages of empathy, honesty, art and humor, It's Okay to Feel Things Deeply gives women the encouragement they need exactly when they need it.
Get It's OK to Feel Things Deeply (Hardcover) by Carissa Potter and other self-help books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.Learn More
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK | A BARACK OBAMA FAVORITE | TOP 10 BOOK OF THE YEAR BY FRESH AIR, TIME, AND ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
The heroes of Cloud Cuckoo Land are trying to figure out the world around them: Anna and Omeir, on opposite sides of the formidable city walls during the 1453 siege of Constantinople; teenage idealist Seymour in an attack on a public library in present day Idaho; and Konstance, on an interstellar ship bound for an exoplanet, decades from now. Like Marie-Laure and Werner in All the Light We Cannot See, Anna, Omeir, Seymour, and Konstance are dreamers and outsiders who find resourcefulness and hope in the midst of peril.
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As a species, we may not agree on much, but one thing brings us all together: a need to know. We all wonder, and deep down we all have the same big questions. Why can't I travel back in time? Where did the universe come from? What's inside a black hole? Can I rearrange the particles in my cat and turn it into a dog?
This witty, entertaining, and fully illustrated book is an essential troubleshooting guide for the perplexing aspects of reality, big and small, from the invisible particles that make up your body to the identical version of you currently reading this exact sentence in the corner of some other galaxy. If the universe came with an FAQ, this would be it.
Get Frequently Asked Questions about the Universe, Export Edition (Paperback) by Jorge Cham and other science books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.Learn More