31 Books That Make Great Gifts For Friends

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If you're buying a gift for a reader, it can be risky to get anything too classic or famous. So we're picking from some of our favorite books in recent memory that they might not have gotten to yet. Spread the joy of the written word this season with a thoughtful, unique read. These books are perfect for every friend on your list, from your fiercely feminist BFF all the way to your hopelessly romantic friend who is head over heels in love with love stories. Check out all of our picks!

Additional reporting by Sierra Horton

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For the Sorority Sister

For the Sorority Sister

Get the real — and often dramatic — dish on what sorority life is really like in Taylor Bell's Dirty Rush ($16). It's the perfect gift for your current or former sorority sisters.

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For the Royal-Obsessed

For the Royal-Obsessed

We've all imagined what it would be like to date prince charming, but Rebecca Porter finds this to be her reality when she falls for Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's fictional future king. In The Royal We ($26), an American girl who is out of her depth in the ritzy royal society must find a way to reconcile the man she loves with "the monarch he's fated to become." Any Will-and-Kate-obsessed friend will devour this read.

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For Your Blunt BFF

For Your Blunt BFF

Don't Worry, It Gets Worse: One Twentysomething's (Mostly Failed) Attempts at Adulthood author Alida Nugent is back with her collection of autobiographical essays titled You Don't Have to Like Me: Essays on Growing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding Feminism ($16). "From the 'scarlet F' thrust upon you if you declare yourself a feminist at a party to how to handle judgmental store clerks when you buy Plan B," this book will warm your feminist friend's heart.

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Modern Romance

Modern Romance

Finding love today is way more complicated than it was for previous generations. Stand-up comedian Aziz Ansari teamed up with sociologist Eric Klinenberg for a look into the evolution of how we love in the modern age, and with a combination of humor and expert knowledge, Modern Romance ($29) is as informative as it is entertaining.

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For Your Sex-Positive Pal

For Your Sex-Positive Pal

Barbara the Slut and Other People ($28) is a dark, hilarious, and refreshingly honest collection of stories about love, intimacy, family, sex, coming out, and the slut-shaming culture that makes these experiences all the more difficult. Lauren Holmes's genius debut exposes the vulnerabilities of women, as well as their bravery and relatability.

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For a Sassy Mom

For a Sassy Mom

The New York Daily News calls Wednesday Martin's Primates of Park Avenue ($26) — a memoir about marriage and motherhood in New York's prestigious Upper East Side — "juicy, sexy, bawdy stuff."

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For the Online Dater

For the Online Dater

Lauren Urasek, once named New York Magazine's most sought-after woman in the city, details the ups and downs of online dating in hilarious and cringeworthy essays compiled in her book Popular ($17), cowritten with Laura Barcella.

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For a Bride-to-Be

For a Bride-to-Be

The Inspired Wedding ($30) is perfect for any future bride looking for a jumping-off point for planning a magical wedding.

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For Your Friend Who Loves War Stories

For Your Friend Who Loves War Stories

The Narrow Road to the Deep North ($27) follows the life of Dorrigo Evans, a POW struggling to not only save his life but also the lives of the men under his command.

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For the Pensive Poet in Your Life

For the Pensive Poet in Your Life

Chasers of the Light ($18) is a compilation of acclaimed author Tyler Knott Gregson's most intimate and relatable poetry.

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For the Science-Fiction-Lover

For the Science-Fiction-Lover

Station Eleven ($25) is a harrowing novel that captures life for a group of captivating characters who are fatefully intertwined with one another in a postapocalyptic world.

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For Your Boy-Crazy Girlfriend

For Your Boy-Crazy Girlfriend

Roomies ($10) by Lindy Zart is an adorable and hilarious account of one woman's struggle — she's secretly in love with her handsome roommate . . . but maybe she also has a thing for her roommate's brooding brother.

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For Your Friend Who Isn't Afraid of Erotic Literature

For Your Friend Who Isn't Afraid of Erotic Literature

Acclaimed author Chuck Palahniuk (writer of Fight Club) released Beautiful You ($26) this year, widely regarded as a social satire that forces one to think critically about sex and consumerism, below the surface. More externally, it is about a billionaire's quest for "erotically enabled world domination" through a line of sex toys meant to render women completely and utterly helpless.

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For the Game of Thrones Fanatic

For the Game of Thrones Fanatic

George R. R. Martin's The World of Ice & Fire ($50) is an in-depth history of the Seven Kingdoms.

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For the Comedy-Lover

For the Comedy-Lover

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography ($26) is perfect for anyone who loves to laugh (or simply loves Neil Patrick Harris).

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For the Powerhouse Young Lady

For the Powerhouse Young Lady

From the all-around amazing actress and comedian Amy Poehler comes Yes Please ($29), a collection of Poehler's personal stories, photography, poems, and mantras. Each is hilarious and relevant in its own right and "full of words to live by."

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For the Foodie

For the Foodie

Bar Tartine ($40) will undoubtedly be a savory success with any food-lover out there.

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For the New Mom

For the New Mom

Carry On, Warrior ($16) from Glennon Doyle Melton (founder of Momastery) offers up lively and hilarious advice on motherhood, marriage, and friendship.

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For the Thoughtful Romantic

For the Thoughtful Romantic

The Book of Unknown Americans ($25) from author Cristina Henríquez is at once a masterful and profound love story, as well as a poignant and powerful social commentary.

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For Your College Gal Pal

For Your College Gal Pal

I Am That Girl ($16) from Alexis Jones is all about unapologetic female empowerment. I Am That Girl urges women to stop striving for perfection (i.e. the perfect job, or relationship, or body) and to realize everything they have going for themselves.

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For Any Fierce, 20-Something Lady

For Any Fierce, 20-Something Lady

Not That Kind of Girl ($28), a highly anticipated and widely discussed memoir from Lena Dunham, is a relatable picture of life for any young woman trying to navigate the throes of love, friendship, and fighting for success.

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For the Science Seeker

For the Science Seeker

What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions ($24) is the perfect book for any science enthusiast with a penchant for big questions and a side of humor.

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For the Witty, Independent Woman

For the Witty, Independent Woman

Hyperbole and a Half ($20) from popular blogger Allie Brosh is a hilariously dark, "tell it like it is" collection of thoughts on life. It is complex and simple all at once and intensely relatable.

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For a Man in Love

For a Man in Love

Be it for your own man, or maybe a friend or brother, Jim Cullum's Let Me Show You How I Love You ($13) is a man's guide to being happily in love and keeping it that way.

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For Your Close Friend Reticent About Love

For Your Close Friend Reticent About Love

We have all had our fair share of heartbreak and disappointment. If you have a friend who has just gone through a breakup or is fearful about a budding new romance, How to Be an Adult in Love ($16) by David Richo is a tender book about learning to love and be loved — the right way.

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For Your Critically Thinking Friend

For Your Critically Thinking Friend

A collection of poignantly truthful personal essays, The Unspeakable ($26) captures author Meghan Daum's most telling, brutally honest, and relatable thoughts on life and the search for authenticity in modern America.

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For the Horror-Lover

For the Horror-Lover

The Strange Library ($18) is yet another killer soon-to-be-classic from famed bestselling novelist Haruki Murakami. It's an eerie story of a young boy trapped in a nightmarish library — with only one horrific way out.

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For the Casual Art Enthusiast

For the Casual Art Enthusiast

Dalí Pop-Ups ($30) from Martin Howard and Courtney Watson McCarthy gives new, three-dimensional life to Salvador Dalí's iconic, out-of-this-world classics. This is perfect for any art enthusiasts with a love for all things surreal.

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For the Design-Lover

For the Design-Lover

Mountain Modern ($35) is perfect for your friend who obsesses over the latest trends in interior design and architecture. This book captures the most beautiful mountain homes with stunning photos and in-depth descriptions.

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For the Vivacious Feminist

For the Vivacious Feminist

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. ($28) is so much more than its title implies. Author Viv Albertine documents her time as a young female musician who went against the grain of patriarchal conformity.

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For Your Chic BFF

For Your Chic BFF

It ($18) is a peek into the life (and mind) of fashion It girl Alexa Chung. It's a superchic and covetable collection of Chung's own photography, personal musings, art, and fashion insight.