These 11 Books Also Make Great Last-Minute Gifts

By Kerri Jarema

I hate to alarm you, but Christmas is only five days away. OK, now that you've absorbed that shock — and have come to terms with the fact that your holiday shopping is still far from done — I'm here to help with some last-minute, fool-proof gifts for every reader on your list. Book shopping for others can be a long and arduous task. You have to figure out what genre they're into right now, subtly investigate what books they already own so you don't buy them a duplicate, and forget even asking whether they'd rather have a book digitally or grab it from the library. Frankly, you don't have time for that.

So, below there are 11 books that will make great gifts for a variety of readers. These are the sort of books they can place on their coffee table or nightstand and dip in and out of whenever the mood arises. From inspirational tomes by the likes of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Cleo Wade, to hilarious graphic novels and informative books about history's boldest female icons, there is no reader on your shopping list who won't love receiving any one of these under the tree come Christmas morning.

'Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You' by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Everyone can use a little daily inspiration, and that's exactly what Lin-Manuel Miranda's book is: a collection of some of his most uplifting tweets that will add joy to anyone's day.

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'Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked The World' by Penelope Bagieu

This book features beautifully illustrated profiles of women from Nellie Bly to Naziq al-Abid. Readers who love both badass rebel ladies and learning about some of the world's biggest icons will love this one.

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'Am I There Yet?' by Mari Andrew

They'll love starting off 2019 with Mari Andrews' witty illustrated book, which perfectly captures the hopeful feelings and comical complexities of millennials and adulthood.

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'For Everyone' by Jason Reynolds

This stirring poem is for all the dreamers out there, whether they're gearing up for a big year full of big goals, or they're hoping to finally embrace their own unique creative journey.

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'Well, That Escalated Quickly' by Franchesca Ramsey

If they have a computer, they'll get something out of this book, which is Ramsey's witty take on her own fame, social media trolls and online activism.

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'Well Read Black Girl' by Various Authors

Any reader will be able to relate to this inspiring collection of essays by black women writers is all about the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature.

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'Herding Cats' by Sarah Andersen

Laughter is always a great gift, and anyone you wrap this charming and witty illustrated personal essay collection (think of this as a survival guide for modern millennial life) up for will for sure get that.

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'Heart Talk: Poetic Widsom For A Better Life' by Cleo Wade

Another book to dip in and out of for wisdom, Cleo Wade's poetic bedside table book features poems, mantras, and affirmations that they'll be thrilled to include in their daily reading.

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'Choose Your Own Disaster' by Dana Schwartz

Part-memoir, part-personality test, Choose Your Own Disaster is a fun, relatable and unique manifesto about the millennial experience and modern feminism.

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'American Like Me' by Various Authors

This anthology, edited by actress and activist America Ferrera, features writing by creatives who grew up between two cultures. Readers with an activist streak will gobble this up.

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'Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction' by Gabrielle Moss

This history of everyone's favorite 80's and 90's teen books (think The Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High) is the hilarious and witty tome every nostalgic reader will adore.

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