Saturday, November 26, 2011

MJ Fredrick and the Perfect Gift is a Book

Books as gifts—my favorite!

I’m a teacher, so I love to give books to children. My favorite picture books are the Skippyjon Jones series by Judy Schachner. They’re adorably illustrated stories about a little Siamese cat who thinks he’s a Chihuahua. He has Mexican-flavored adventures with things he finds in his closet.

Tikki Tikki Tembo is another book my students love, with the repetitive parts they can recite along. It’s a Chinese fable explaining why Chinese boys now have short names.

For older students, my students loved Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. It’s a bit dated, the story of a fourth grader and the trials and tribulations he has with his toddler brother.

The children also enjoy Twisted Journeys, which are a choose-your-own-ending graphic novel. There is a series of them.

For the women in my life who read (sadly not many in my family), I bought my friend Trish Milburn’s Living in Color. It’s a women’s fiction about a woman reconnecting with her sheltered mother after the death of her father. It’s wonderful and I would say so even if she wasn’t my friend.

The Phillipa Gregory books are fantastic for people who enjoy history. I particularly like the performances on the audiobooks.

If anyone is interested in steampunk, I can’t recommend The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook highly enough. The second book is out now but I haven’t had time to read it yet. It’s the story of a female police detective in London in an alternate past, a woman who bears the physical reminder of England’s conquerors. It’s far too complicated to explain here, but it’s wonderful.

For the men in my life, I buy David McCullough’s books. He writes those big fat historicals.

I’m buying my dad Seal Team Six and David Crockett, the Lion of the West, both non-fiction, kind of self-explanatory.

You can see I think books make wonderful gifts!

My romantic adventure, Midnight Sun, might make a fun gift for someone who enjoys a sexy hero, a spunky heroine and an unusual setting—a cruise ship to Antarctica.

This wasn’t the adventure she’d signed up for…

A sexy boss, a rough crossing, and pirates—all Brylie Winston wanted was a job to help her earn money to buy her own restaurant. She hopes to earn it by working as a chef on a cruise to Antarctica. But she’s slept with her boss, which throws her off-balance even more than the rough seas and warnings of pirates in the area. And he’s determined to have a repeat performance…

Bad boy former snowboarder Marcus Devlin is running from his reputation, sent to learn the family business after decking a senator’s son and making the papers. So maybe he indulged in a last-minute fling before boarding his family’s cruise ship to Antarctica. Perhaps Fate is showing him that wasn’t so bad—the gorgeous redhead who snuck out of his bed is on the cruise. She’ll be a lovely distraction during his exile.

But when South American pirates take over the ship, his instinct is to protect her and the other passengers. But what does a spoiled rich boy know about saving people’s lives?

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Cathy M said...

I love picking up books for loved ones, so thanks for the recommendations, MJ.

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Mary said...

My sister in law just gave me two bags full of books. I always get gift cards for my birthday and christmas because everyone knows I love buying books. I even bought my mom a book personalized for her one year from Book by You. she loved it.

Dawn Roberto said...

I love books and I always get them for my birthday Christmas and my DH knows me so well he always includes a GC to Barnes & Nobles on Valentines and our anniversary. :)

Anne said...

I haven't heard of any of the books mentioned. I like to give my dad books by Lincoln and Childs, they'rethrillers with a touch of the supernatural.