It's that time of the year all over again - time for getting in touch with old friends and new; planning and participating in festive occasions; anticipating family reunions, while missing loved ones who cannot be with us; giving and receiving good wishes and gifts. Though it's getting cold and bleak outside, hearts are warming inside.
Books have always been a big part of my holidays - a pile of my own favorites to read by the fireside, and carefully selected books to give to friends and family. If you're looking for ideas for book gifts, peruse our best-of-2011 recommendations below (limited to three per genre with great angst, and admittedly with personal bias). These are mainly hardcovers - find excellent choices most likely published in paperback in 2011 in our Recommended Reads 2010.