A Brief Gift Guide for Classic Books
Bookmans has an ever-changing selection of classic books. They tell stories of love, tragedy, heartbreak and redemption that have a way of never getting old. These books are classic because no matter when they were written, they maintain relevancy. While many lists cite the “Top 100 Classics” or “The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time”, it can still be difficult to find the right one for you and even harder to find the right one for a gift. That is why we came up with a go-to gift guide to help you navigate that expansive journey that is our fiction section.
For the adventure seeker: Survivalists universally identify with Jack London. Dog lovers who are aware of their own primal nature will devour Call of the Wild. Giving this tale of a wild dog forced into captivity but working to make his way back to his wolf origins shows that untamed someone you understand that even though they may have settled down they will always be wild at heart. J.R.R. Tolkien is another author who would appeal to someone with an adventurous spirit but is less of a lone wolf and more of a companion.
For the gender studies major: The Awakening by Kate Chopin is a beautiful story of love that is not for the faint of heart. If you’re looking for a gift for someone who is fascinated by our social constructs but can also get swept away by a good romance, this is a flawless choice. This 1899 novel reminds us that sometimes the most exciting love to find is the love you have for yourself.
For the humorist: Mark Twain’s humor translates to any age, background and depth of knowledge. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is full of hilarious anecdotes about Southern life and the political commentary is sharp. True comedy nerds would also enjoy Letters from the Earth, a guaranteed delight. This collection of essays and fictional correspondence is as biting and relevant today as they were when written shortly before the author’s death in 1910. This examination of man’s place in the universe is done with the wit and wisdom of one of America’s greatest satirists.
We have hundreds of classic books to browse and we love talking about books. If you would like help selecting a classic book for a friend or family member (or yourself), please stop by any Bookmans location and ask our book buyers for advice. If you are looking for something other than a book, check out our selection of board games, movies, instruments, video games, jewelry and housewares — many of which are book themed. We want your holiday shopping to be as simple as possible so we stock an amazing variety of gift ideas. A perfect gift for awaits for everyone and we want to help you find it!