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Give the gift of a good read (or two) this holiday season. (Source: iStock)
Give the gift of a good read (or two) this holiday season. (Source: iStock)

The holidays are fast approaching, so if you haven't started crossing people off of your gift-buying list, now is the time. If you have a friend or family member who loves to cozy up with a new book, we've compiled some top Amazon picks that are sure to get them excited this season.

Whether they enjoy a good murder mystery or they're more into self-help books, there's something for every type of book-lover on this list. Here are a few titles we think you'll find worth gifting this Christmas.

Put some best-sellers under the tree this year

This famous novel is both a murder mystery and a celebration of nature. (Source: Amazon)
This famous novel is both a murder mystery and a celebration of nature. (Source: Amazon)

$9.98 $18.00 at Amazon

Delia Owens' debut novel Where the Crawdads Sing has been topping every literary chart since it came out. One five-star reviewer called the book 'Wonderful!' and went on to say: "I simply loved this book! It's one of those worthy of a good beverage to drink and snuggling in your favorite spot from beginning to end."

This book was just released as a movie this past summer, so make sure the one you're giving it to can read it before they decide to stream it.

<em>The Body Keeps the Score</em> explores trauma through science. (Source: Amazon)
The Body Keeps the Score explores trauma through science. (Source: Amazon)

$8.00 $19.00 at Amazon

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D., is introspective nonfiction in which Dr. Kolk explains through his research how to deal with trauma in ourselves and in the people around us.

The director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies, Alexander McFarlane, has said about the book: "Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” It's received many excellent reviews and would make a positive impact on your love one's book collection.

<em>Atomic Habits</em> promises to help you reshape the way you think about progress. (Source: Amazon)
Atomic Habits promises to help you reshape the way you think about progress. (Source: Amazon)

$11.98 $27.00 at Amazon

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones is a self-help bestseller by James Clear. It emphasizes breaking down bad habits into better systems to help the reader achieve their goals by improving tiny behaviors.

What's so excellent about this book is it's not tailored for only one narrow group of readers. The science and lessons contained inside could be of benefit to everyone who's looking to make some positive changes.

<em>The Lost Girls of Willowbrook</em> is a story of mistaken identities and historic survival. (Source: Amazon)
The Lost Girls of Willowbrook is a story of mistaken identities and historic survival. (Source: Amazon)

$10.49 $16.95 at Amazon

Ellen Marie Wiseman blends fact, fiction and urban legend in The Lost Girls of Willowbrook: A Heartbreaking Novel of Survival Based on a True History. It follows a young woman who’s wrongly imprisoned in a (very real) institution that is infamous for its horrendous abuses.

While not for the faint of heart, the New York Journal of Books said: "A heartbreaking yet insightful read, this novel will open one's eyes to the evil in this world.”

This popular novel will soon have an on-screen adaptation on Netflix. (Source: Amazon)
This popular novel will soon have an on-screen adaptation on Netflix. (Source: Amazon)

$9.42 $17.00 at Amazon

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid stars an aging Hollywood starlet who decides to do one last tell-all with a no-name magazine reporter. In it, secrets about the reclusive movie icon come to light.

From her career to the story of her seven husbands, all is revealed by the glamorous leading lady. With over two million copies sold, your friend or relative can join in on the phenomenon.

'Tis the season for a good read

These best-selling titles all sound great, but there’s only one way to find out if they’ll really love them. Get one or more of these highly-rated books for all of the readers on your Christmas shopping list.

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