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10 Books to Gift This Christmas

One can never get tired of a good book. Another thing about books is that they make a great gift if selected carefully so give our article a read before you set out to buy one for a friend or family member this holiday season.

10. 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die  Ian Haydn Smith (Author), Steven Jay Schneider (Editor)

An odd title but will make a great gift this Christmas. The book contains more than a century of movie history. Each movie is broken down by its profile, and the book is filled with up to date facts & movie trivia.

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9. Good to Great By Jim Collins

Jim Collins is a great business analyst and a writer. This book is a compendium of his work along with his team as they set out to find what separates the good companies from great. The research was conducted for a decade in the 90’s for this book, until finally Jim published his findings in 2001.

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8. Seveneves: A Novel by Neal Stephenson

A book from the SciFi Genere. The book deals with the concept of space and time where the future of mankind is put under peril by catastrophic events on the Earth. The book is no doubt bulky but Neal Stephenson is a decorated writer and builds his world where the readers are engaged to the fullest.

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7. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek

A book on leadership and management. Simon Sinek looks into why some teams remarkably fail no matter what incentives individuals are offered while some continue to excel. The author describes why strong & successful leaders sacrifice their needs for the betterment of their team.

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6. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

A historical fiction set in World War 2 France. The story revolves around two sisters as they struggle through the German Invasion of France and novel undoubtedly sheds light on the Women’s efforts during the period. The book is critically acclaimed and one of the best sellers of 2015

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5. Tom Clancy’s Commander in Chief

 Well, these Novel’s never failed to disappoint. This book, in particular, indulges into present day fiction where the world leaders are thrown into chaos by a series of unrelated terror attacks. There is an evil scheme behind these incidences and the US President Jack Ryan notices the pattern & decides to take action citing the Russian dictator as his nemesis.

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4. The Martian By Andy Weir

Well by now most people have seen the movie but it followed a recent trend of commercially successful TV & cinematic adaptions of great novels. Released in 2011, the book in itself is a masterpiece and deserves a read.

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3.  A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (A Song of Ice and Fire) By George R.R.Martin

We all love Game of Thrones (well sometimes we don’t!) and the work of George R.R.Martin. This book is, however, a different take on the series as it is more of a prequel. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness.

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2. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

The author of “To Kill a Mockingbird” released another splendid book in 2015 or rather revealed it to the world. Amazon said it was their most pre-ordered book since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007. Though it was marketed as a sequel to To Kill a MockingBird it is actually the novel’s first draft. Though it broke sales records, it received a mixed reception from critics but still makes for a compelling read for the fans of the author’s first novel.

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1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

A fictional love story between a blind French girl and a German Boy set in World War 2 France. As of December 14, 2015, the book has spent 63 Weeks on the New York Times best  Sellers list and won 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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