Last Minute Gift Ideas

I don’t know about you but I plan on running around like a mad woman today buying Christmas gifts and ingredients for Christmas baking. I plan on hitting up Walmart, Bulk Barn, The Body Shop, David’s Tea and Coles (aka mini-Chapters).

Are you still looking for that perfect last minute book gift? Here are my recommendations:

oogycoverOogy by Larry Levin
Perfect for: Pet lovers, Chicken Soup for the Soul fans and friends who work too much.

Oogy is such an amazing feel good story — the kind of book that shows that love heals all wounds. Oogy is a dog that gets half his face bitten off as a puppy but has enough resilience to wag his tail at the pound. Surely, you can drag yourself to work no matter how much you hate your boss.

EDIBLE_selbyEdible Selby by Todd Selby
Perfect for: Food snobs, the at home chef and the take-out aficionado.

I picked up Edible Selby at my Chapters-Indigo and couldn’t stop drooling. My bf called it the kind of cookbook he would put together — slightly dyslexic and mostly chaotic. But it does a great job at showing you what photographer Todd Selby is eating.

UNHOLY_NIGHTUnholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith
Perfect for: Zombie believers, Bible rejecters and fans of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Unholy Night would appeal to anyone that would appreciate an alternative spin on a classic Bible story. While not a great choice for your church secret Santa exchange, this would be fantastic for say, your quirky nephew or that nerdy coworker in IT.

The Scorpio RacesThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater
Perfect for: YA readers, horse riders and the feistiest young woman you know

I don’t love a lot of YA but The Scorpio Races is such a great ride. Based in a spooky island town of Thisby, man-eating horses emerge from the ocean covered in salt and only the bravest dare to ride them.Steifvater crafts a strong female lead in a fantastic fictional world.

PARLOR_GamesSide note: I wanted to include Parlor Games by Maryka Biaggio in my list of gift-able books but it’s not out till mid January. It would make the perfect late gift for anyone that enjoys Downton Abbey, historical fiction and a frolicking good time.

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Bookworm Secret Santa Reveal

The Magic AtticI must have stayed in my holiday Turkey coma for too long because I totally missed the memo about the Bookworm Secret Santa Reveal!

A big thank you to Michelle (Book Briefs) and Brie (The Magic Attic) for organizing the Bookworm Secret Santa. They also helped me sort out a shipping issue – which wasn’t a shipping issue at all just a failure on my part to pester my doorman more.

I was SO excited to book bomb my assigned blogger, Sonny from Literary Junkie! I sent her two YA novels: Eden by Keary Taylor and Blood Red Road by Moira Young. I hope they’re fantastic Sonny!


Another big thank you goes to my Secret Santa. Only, I still don’t know who they are! I received a copy of Art and Madness by Anne Roiphe.

Here’s what Vanity Fair had to say about the book:


In her new book, Art and Madness: A Memoir of Love Without Reason (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday), Anne Roiphe candidly recounts her youthful escapades on New York’s literary scene in the 50s and 60s, when writing was worshipped and sexism and alcoholism were rampant. Inspired, yet stifled, by the era’s literary Mad Men—George Plimpton, William Styron, Arthur Miller, and her playwright husband, Jack Richardson—Roiphe dreamed of eventually pushing pen to paper like her male counterparts. Below, the feminist writer-in-the-making relives her introduction to Richardson (“love at second sight”) at The West End Bar in 1956.

In My Mailbox

This is part of an event called In My Mailbox held by The Story Siren.

Did I mention that I have the most awesome friends? I hate to brag but this holiday, I was literally rolling in the sweetest gifts ever. My friend Jocelyn gave me a hard drive full of TV shows and movies and set me up with something called Plex so I can watch TV on my laptop. My friends Mimi and Tina travelled in from New York and Montreal AND gave me a Coach wristlet so I can coffee break in style. (Thanks Ladies!)

And then there were the books!

Abby Slovin, author of Letters In Cardboard Boxes was nice enough to send me a copy of her novel which chronicles the relationship between an eccentric grandmother and her grand daughter through some pretty awesome letters!

John Wiley & Sons Canada sent me an advanced reading copy of It’s Your Money Honey by‘s Laura J McDonald and Susan L. Misner. Read the synopsis on my Waiting for Wednesday post.

And I received Art and Madness by Anne Roiphe from my Bookworm Secret Santa! BIG thank you to my secret Santa, whoever who are!

A few months back I attended the Book Bloggers Meet-Up and was gifted Passing Love by Jacqueline E. Luckett.

And a small gift for myself to feed the Downton Abbey cravings: Below Stairs by Margaret Powell.  Published in the 60’s, Powell writes her memoirs of a 1920’s kitchen maid (like Daisy!). I was lucky enough to find a copy of it at Nicholas Hoare in Toronto!

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