Holiday Gift Giving Books are great holiday gifts. You don’t have to worry about sizing, and they are affordable and easy to wrap.

Plus, there is something quite personal and thoughtful about giving someone a book. When you take the time to think about what someone else would like to read, or better, yet, share with them a favorite book you have read, it says you care about that person.

Books to consider for holiday gift giving

Here are a few December releases to consider for holiday gift giving. They represent a wide variety of styles and interests, and, who knows – you may like one of them for yourself.

Holiday gift giving books – Curtain Up: Agatha Christie: A Life in the Theatre by Julius Green (Harper, Dec. 1, 2015)

As the world’s bestselling mystery writer, Agatha Christie created the memorable characters of Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot. In addition to her novels, Christie wrote plays, and this book, which was published to honor Christie’s 125th birthday, examines her work for the theater.

As an established author, Christie had to fight against her own fame to get her plays produced. A great gift for a Christie fan or a theater lover, Curtain Up examines her plays, using her own letters and notes as background. The book features excerpts from some unpublished scripts as well.

Holiday gift giving books – On Cats by Charles Bukowski (Ecco, Dec. 1, 2015)

Is there a confirmed cat lover or two on your gift list? Consider giving them this fun and tender look at cats and how they impact their humans’ lives.

A talented and versatile writer, Bukowski probes the spirit of the independent, intelligent feline in a series of poems and essays. His tone is frank, tender and free of artifice.

Holiday gift giving books – Medici’s Daughter by Sophie Perinot (Thomas Dunne Books, Dec. 1, 2015)

And now for the historical fiction fan on your list comes Sophie Perinot’s new novel about Marguerite de Valois. Set in 1564, the book follows the young Princess Margot who is caught in an arranged marriage web spun by her powerful mother.

Although Margot strives to be an obedient daughter, her wedding causes the violence of the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre. Medici’s Daughter weaves together a classic coming-of-age story with real historical events.

Holiday gift giving books – Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary by Pablo Hidalgo (DK Children, Dec. 18, 2015)

My kids have loved the Star Wars Visual Dictionary series, and this one should be no exception. Due to be released in coordination with the film, the book offers clear, detailed photos and text on all the characters, vehicles, costumes, weapons and other accessories that are part of the new Star Wars film.

A special bonus is that this new book includes three cutaway models made by John Goodson of Industrial Light and Magic. Sounds like a great gift idea for your favorite Star Wars fan.

Holiday gift giving books – The Age of Reinvention by Karine Tuil (Atria Books, Dec. 1, 2015)

Published in France two years ago, this finalist for that country’s prestigious Prix Goncourt award, is now translated into English just in time for Christmas gift giving. The book is both a love story and a suspenseful thriller that is set in Paris and New York.

Samir Tahar, a poor Tunisian immigrant, reinvents himself as a successful New York attorney. He seemingly has it all, but the book confronts the problem of what happens when reality catches up with the lies of your past. The novel’s intricately woven plot and memorable characters will sweep you up. The Age of Reinvention makes a great gift for someone to take along on a holiday getaway trip.

Holiday gift giving books – Operation Thunderbolt by Saul David (Little, Brown and Company, Dec. 1, 2015)

And, finally, here is a non-fiction selection for your book gift list. Military historian Saul David takes us step by step through the amazing hostage-rescue mission carried out by Israel Defense Forces at Uganda’s Entebbe Airport in July 1976.

Proving that truth can be more exciting than fiction, the book moves at a breathtaking pace and reads like an adventure novel. Even if you know the end of the story, you will be riveted to see how all the pieces of this true story fall into place.

December Book Releases For Holiday Gift Giving