Gail Recommends Gifts for Readers

The holidays are upon us and so here are some fun ideas for gifts for the reader in your life, Gentle …erm… Reader.

Gifts for People Who Love to Read

Feather Metal Bookmarks ($5).

DIY: Purchase eBook-only shorts your reader’s favorite author, especially if said reader doesn’t like eBook, get some fancy paper, print out the short story, roll up like a scroll and wrap with a pretty ribbon. (My shorts are here.)

Knock Knock Personal Library Kit ($12.41).

DIY: Email readers favorite author and offer to mail an SASE (self addressed stamped envelope) if they have any book marks, or even business cards with cover art on them. You can turn these into magnets. If the author doesn’t offer swag, you can print out the cover of a favorite book followed by quotes onto nice paper with a high quality printer and make all manner of things with it, from a specialized bookmark (most print shops will do cheap lamination), to Christmas tree decoration, to framed art, to…

First Lines of Literature Mug ($16).

Pre-order a few up coming favorite authors for the reader in yoru life. Print out the pre-order page as a kind of coupon of goodness to come.

Spooky Reading Girl T-Shirt ($30). 

Offer the convention experience. Poke about to see if there are any major or minor conventions in the area that feature the reader’s favorite author. Get tickets to attend with the reader, or for the reader and a friend. This can be a spendy gift, but experience gifts are pretty darn fun.

Book Cover Case for Kindle – Einstein’s Theory of Relativity ($28).

You can pull together a book themed basket. Like some of your favorite romance novels with some chocolates and a bottle of wine (or two). Here is one example I did for Blameless several years ago. You could do this same one with the three Soulless Manga, for example.

Still hunting for something? Here’s Borderlands list of goodies including signed Manners & Mutiny.

{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix, skinflint alternative is Ridiculous by D.L. Carter.}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

history-of-fashion- ab. 1835 Unknown artist – Portrait of a Young Lady

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

mistralienne- A hidden-message ring, from the 1830s. (via hackneyedhobgoblin)

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
10 Reasons That the Octopus is Incredible

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
10 Self-Published Authors Who Made It Big


  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Out now!
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Handed in. Available for pre-order, releases July 19, 2016 in the US.

Gail Carriger’s Books! 

 The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
A B Keuser says of Manners & Mutiny: “As with all of Gail’s books there is a spectacular whimsy to the way this book is written. It borders on the ridiculous, but when you’re four books into Gail’s work, you should be expecting that already.”

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