60+ of the Best Books You’ve Ever Gotten as a Gift

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Gift-giving season is upon us! We asked you to take a break from this year’s gift giving and reflect instead on the best books you’ve received as a gift. Here’s a sampling of the best book gifts you’ve ever gotten.

Stephen King’s books, along with Neil Gaiman’s and the Harry Potter series were the most common answers.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

The Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin

Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block

The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

Diary by Chuck Palahniuk

The Dove Keepers by Alice Hoffman

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Firm by John Grisham

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Heir of Fire by Sara J. Maas

The History of Love by Nicole Kraus

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein

Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Insomnia by Stephen King

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr. and Gilbert Sorrentino

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Magic Treehouse set by Mary Pope Osborne

Maus by Art Spiegelman

The Odyssey by Homer

Of Muppets and Men: The Making of the Muppet Show by Christopher Finch

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Ransom by Julia Garwood

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (first edition)

The Sparrow by Mary Doria

The Stand by Stephen King

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Twilight Zone Companion by Marc Scott Zicree

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction’s Most Beloved Heroines by Samantha Hahn

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami