Bookish Gift Ideas For Avid Readers

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2020 has become the year for self-care, so why not give someone special in your life the gift of reading? Pair one of these books with a quirky mug, some herbal tea and a box of chocolates to create the ultimate gift pack.

Check out three of our must-read books for 2020 that double as the perfect gift idea ⬇️

The Return by Nicholas Sparks

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If someone you know is a sucker for a romance read, you can’t pass up Nicholas Sparks new book The Return.

With a plot that is equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming, The Return features many of the tropes you’d expect in a Sparks story. To top it all off, the quirky characters of New Bern, the small town vibes and of course, the romance shared between Trevor and Natalie all add to the charm of this story.

Trevor Benson never intended to move back to New Bern, North Carolina. But when a mortar blast outside the hospital where he worked as an orthopedic surgeon sent him home from Afghanistan with devastating injuries, the dilapidated cabin he’d inherited from his grandfather seemed as good a place to regroup as any.

Tending to his grandfather’s beloved bee hives while preparing for a second stint in medical school, Trevor isn’t prepared to fall in love with a local . . . yet, from their very first encounter, Trevor feels a connection with deputy sheriff Natalie Masterson that he can’t ignore. Further complicating his stay in New Bern is the presence of a sullen teenage girl, Callie, who lives in the trailer park down the road. 

In his quest to unravel Natalie and Callie’s secrets, Trevor will learn the true meaning of love and forgiveness . . . and that in life, to move forward, we must often return to the place where it all began.

Home Stretch by Graham Norton

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An enjoyable read that pulls at your heartstrings, Home Stretch features complex characters and a narrative on small town prejudices that will have you all in your feels. If you or someone you know enjoys a more thought-provoking book, don’t pass up the chance to read Home Stretch.

It is 1987 and a small Irish community is preparing for a wedding. The day before the ceremony a group of young friends, including bride and groom, drive out to the beach. There is an accident. Three survive, but three are killed.

The live of the families are shattered and the rifts between them are felt throughout the small town. Connor is one of the survivors. But staying among the angry and the mourning is almost as hard as living with the shame of having been the driver. He leaves the only place he knows for another life, taking his secrets with him. Travelling first to Liverpool, then London, he makes a home – of sorts – for himself in New York. The city provides shelter and possibility for the displaced, somewhere Connor can forget his past and forge a new life.

But the secrets, the unspoken longings and regrets that have come to haunt those left behind will not be silenced. And before long, Connor will have to confront his past.

Murder On Mustique by Anne Glenconner

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A little murder-mystery is exactly the kind of book you can easily get lost in. Murder On Mustique is an engaging story that features a wealth of drama and a mystery that unfolds at a rapid pace. With an impending storm isolating the luxurious villas from the outside world, it isn’t long before we have a slew of suspicious characters who become prime suspects in a socialites murder.

Mustique is in a state of breathless calm as tropical storm Cristobal edges towards it across the Atlantic. Most villa owners have escaped the island but a few young socialites remain, unwilling to let summer’s partying end. American heiress Amanda Fortini is one such thrill-seeker – until she heads out for a morning swim and doesn’t return.

Detective Sergeant Samuel Wilton is just 28 years old and the island’s only fully trained police officer. He quickly realises he needs to contact Lord and Lady Blake, who bought the island decades ago and have invested time, money and love creating a paradise. Jasper is in St Lucia designing a new village of luxury villas but Lady Veronica (Vee to her friends) catches a plane immediately. Her beloved god-daughter, Lily, is on the island and this disappearance has alarming echoes of what happened to Lily’s mother many years ago. When Amanda’s body is found, a murder investigation begins. Wilton knows the killer must be an islander because flights and ferry crossings have stopped due to the storm warning, but the local community isn’t co-operating. And then the storm hits, and someone else disappears . . .

Written by Monique Renee

Usually barefoot and deep in wanderlust mode, Mon loves binging Netflix, cuddling babies and stalking through Instagram looking for boho decor inspo and hotties with man buns. You’ll usually find her on holiday, planning a holiday or thinking about holidays.

Favourite Instagram to follow: @hotdudesreading


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