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Welcome to Best Books Gift Guide. This is basically where I share all my favourite books. I emphasize who I think might appreciate these books, which may help you determine whether to pick one up for yourself, or purchase as a gift for someone. As you’ll see, I absolutely adore, and am biased toward non-fiction in general. However, you’ll find a little bit of something for everybody in this list.
Purchasing books online (or anything else that ships free) is one of my personal favourite ways to send a gift since you can have it mailed directly to the recipient rather than having to drop by the post office. I would rather that extra money go toward the gift itself than paying for the service separately.
A lot of my good friends don’t live in the same town as me, so it’s a convenient, yet thoughtful way to send a little something for their birthday.
Here you will find a list of books that I have read and both really enjoyed the experience of reading them and the content was super valuable to me. Many of these books have actionable takeaways and provoke you to think about them long after you’ve finished the last page. Many of them contain principles I’ve established in my life, so I truly value their content.
If you are personally interested in reading these books I always recommend picking it up at your local library, and then purchasing if you really loved it.
This list is always being modified to remain current.
If you have any questions about these books, feel free to reach out to me. I’m passionate about them and would never mention something I didn’t believe in.
This book actually had a resounding impact on me. It is symbolic of life and that it isn’t forever. See my post on what adds meaning to my life; inspired by this book. The author makes you feel a sense of urgency to not waste time and focus the present. a must read, and a great gift
Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way
This is the most fantastic book to help you take a step back and figure out what means most to you in life. If you don’t identify what truly adds value to your days and what makes life good for you, then what are you doing with your life anyway.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
This book will be something you think back on for years to come. Anytime you waver on priorities you will remember to focus on only what is essential. It’s not my own quote obviously, but if I were to caption this book it would be to say “If it’s not a ‘hell yes’, it’s a no”.
The Enabler: When Helping hurts the ones you Love
If you are someone who has trouble setting boundaries and keeping them, then I highly recommend this book. For the people pleaser and person who somehow always ends up fixing other people’s problems, you should read this.
They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School
This book was written by an Indigenous woman of Alert Bay, here on Vancouver Island. She courageously shares her story of growing up and surviving an Indian residential school. A story many indigenous children didn’t survive, and many families are burdened with inter-generational trauma to this day.
Despite the Indian residential school system indigenous people have been absolutely resilient to have made it through all that they have. Some communities are actively working to restore the culture, language and stories that were stripped from them all those years.
Bev Sellars shares her incredible story and this book can be a tool for many to better understand what Indigenous people have been enduring since colonization.
Love & Courage: My Story of Family, Resilience, and Overcoming the Unexpected
I read this book so fast. Jagmeet shares his genuine story, giving you a window into a different culture. This book makes you appreciate different cultures and better understand how similar we all really are. Despite Jagmeet’s political association, this book is very much about his personal story.
I can’t speak highly enough of this set as a gift, or to put on your own wish list. These books are a joy to read alone or with your family and are an absolutely enchanting presentation of the classic stories. For the bookshelf or to set out on the coffee table, these books are meat to be admired!