The Gift Giving Solution

The Gift Giving Solution

A long list of books to look for this holiday season
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Every year around Christmas we all go through an experience that some dread and some look forward to as the highlight of the year. Namely, Christmas shopping. Due to the sheer size of my immediate family, gift giving can be quite the quandary for me. After all, finding individual presents of reasonable quality (giving everyone a candy cane doesn't count) for twelve different people and staying within the budget of a poor college student (I like to pretend that I have no money, it makes gifts from me seem more meaningful) is not an easy task. Thus, I have taken the time to formulate the perfect strategy for the cheapskate present giver. The plan, give everyone a good book. Books are awesome. Everyone should have them in gratuitous quantities. And almost as important, books can be bought at little cost to your wallet. The average book at most used bookstores costs about $5, sometimes less. If one is really inclined to splurge prices can be rocketed by buying the book new, but I personally prefer a used copy in most cases. This is also a way to encourage you, non-reader friends, to pry themselves away from the telly and read. Perhaps one day you may even make a geek out of them.

To further facilitate this amazing Christmas plan I have taken the time to compile a long list of my favorite authors and some of their best books. These all make suitable gifts, though I would not recommend some of them to some readers. The list is rather long. So bear with me. One thing to note, PMEE stands for "and pretty much everything else they wrote". I will start with mostly older authors, so if you want more modern (meaning in the last 50 or so years) skip to the bottom. If I miss some great authors I apologize beforehand. If I do not list books for an author then usually that means that their writing is good, but I cannot remember specific books to tell you. Without further ado, on to the books!

J.R.R Tolkien-The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Farmer Giles of Ham, PMEE

C.S. Lewis- The Space Trilogy, Mere Christianity, The Chronicles of Narnia, PMEE

George Macdonald- The Princess and The Goblin, At the Back of the North Wind, PMEE

G.K Chesterton- Just read him. He is awesome.

Sir Walter Scott- Ivanhoe, Minstrelry of the Scottish Border

Lewis Wallace- Ben Hur

Victor Hugo- Les Miserables

Howard Pyle- Robin Hood

Jane Porter- The Scottish Chiefs

Alexandre Dumas- The Three Musketeers

E. Nesbit- The Book of Dragons, The Enchanted Castle

Ralph Moody- Little Britches, PMEE

Mark Twain- The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, PMEE

Charles Dickens- A Christmas Carol

Eddie Rickenbacker- Fighting the Flying Circus, Rickenbacker (This guy was amazing by the way)

Jane Austen- Pride and Prejudice, Emma

Harper Lee- to Kill a Mockingbird

Robert Louis Stevenson- Treasure Island

John D. Fitzgerald- The Great Brain series

L.M Montgomery- Anne of Green Gables Series

Jules Verne- Around the World in 80 Days, 20,000 leagues Under the Sea

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry- The Little Prince

Lewis Carrol- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through The Looking Glass and What Alice Found There

Meindert DeJong- The Wheel on the School

Andrew Lang- The Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, and every other color you can imagine, books of fairy tales

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Richard and Florence Atwater- Mr Popper's Penguins

Eric Metaxas- Bonhoffer

Phil Vischer- Me, Myself, and Bob

Harold Keith- Rifles for Watie

Laura Ingalls Wilder- The Little House books

Rosemary Sutcliff- Black Sales Before Troy

Jeff and Michael Shaara- Gods and Generals, The Killer Angels, The Last Full Measure

Brandon Sanderson- The Stormlight Archive (I was close to tears at points in these books, go read them like now), the end of the Wheel of Time series

Robert Jordan- The Wheel of Time Series

Dianna Wynn Jones- Howls Moving Castle, Castle in the Sky, the Chrestomanci series, PMEE

David Eddings- The Belgariad

Ben Tripp- The Accidental Highwayman

Tad Williams- The Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series

Orson Scott Card- Ender's Game Series

Terry Brooks- The Sword of Shannara, The First King of Shannara, The Magic kingdom of Landover series

Robin Mckinley- The Blue Sword, The Hero and The Crown, Spindles End

Anne McCaffrey- Black Horses for the King

Eoin Colfer- The Artemis Fowl Series

Brandon Mull- Fablehaven series, The Beyonders Series, The Five Kingdoms series (none of these series have the highest of reading levels but they are all well worth reading)

John Flanagan- The Ranger's Apprentice series, the Brotherband Chronicles

Vivian Vande Velde- The Rumpelstiltskin Problem

Cornelia Funke- Inkspell

Jonathon Stroud- The Bartimaeus Trilogy

Angie Sage- Septimus Heap series

Movie art books/making of books- these books are usually more expensive than your typical used book, but they are awesome if you have a movie buff on your Christmas list.

As I stated earlier, there are probably thousands of various good books and authors that I am missing here. A lot of the authors listed here have more good books that I neglected to list, but as far as good books go this is a decent start. Now go overwhelm your friends and family with books for Christmas!



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Prince Harry's royal wedding is officially over and there won't be another British royal wedding for quite some time now, as Prince George is way too young to start thinking about that. Fortunately, there are plenty of other countries with plenty of other princes that are still eligible bachelors at the moment. Lucky for you, I did my research and compiled a list of all the eligible princes you need to know about know that Prince Harry has tied the knot with Meghan Markle.

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Prince Louis is the third son of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg. He has recently become a bachelor again after his separation with his wife of 10 years, Princess Tessy.

Fun Fact: He graduated from Richmond, The American International University of London with a BA in Communications. He can also speak Luxembourgish (the fact that's even a language is fun fact by itself), French, German, and English fluently.

2. Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg (26)

Prince Sebastien is the youngest child of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, so if you marry him, you'll probably never actually be queen because he's pretty far removed from the throne. However, he's relatively young and single, so best of luck.

Fun Fact: For some bizarre reason, this prince actually went to college in Ohio. He played rugby and graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015. Now, he is back in his home country and is an officer in the Luxembourg Army.

3. Prince Phillipos of Greece and Denmark (34)

You read that correctly, Prince Phillipos is the prince of not one, but two countries. He is the youngest son of King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece and Denmark. Unfortunately, Greece abolished their monarchy, so he's a prince in name only there.

Fun Fact: Like Prince Sebastien, Prince Phillipos also went to college in the United States. He earned his B.A. in foreign relations from Georgetown University in 2008. Fortunately, for us American girls, he is actually still living in the US and he works in New York City as an analyst at Ortelius Capital.

4. Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis (34)

Ever heard of Thurn and Taxis? No? Me neither. Anyways, Prince Albert is from the House of Thurn and Taxis, which is essentially a very old German aristocratic family. He is the son of Prince Johannes XI of Thurn and Taxis and Countess Gloria of Schonburg Glauchau. His family is well known for their breweries and castles, so unless you're gluten-free, you can't really complain.

Fun Fact: He's not just a prince. He's also a racecar driver and 10 years ago he was ranked 11th on Forbes Magazine's List of The 20 Hottest Young Royals.

5. Prince Mateen of Brunei (26)

Prince Mateen is basically like all the guys you already know, except he's royalty. He's the prince of Brunei, which is a small country on the island of Borneo, south of Vietnam. He is one of the five sons of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, and he also has seven sisters. Maybe that's a little different than the guys you know, but one thing he takes very seriously, just like most frat guys, is his Instagram.

Fun Fact: Mateen enjoys playing polo, flying in his private plane, cuddling cute wild animals, and keeping up his Insta game with 890k followers. You can follow him @tmski.

6. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai (35)

Sheikh Hamdan also has a killer Instagram with 6.3 million followers. Anyways, Sheikh Hamdan is the billionaire crown prince of Dubai and the second son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and essentially the king of Dubai (Emir). He's actually next in line for the throne because his older brother died in 2015.

Fun Fact: Hamdan's hobbies include skydiving, zip lining, and diving, just to name a few, so if you're an adrenaline junkie, Sheikh Hamdan is the prince for you.

7. Prince Hussein of Jordan (23)

Prince Hussain is the son of the extremely beautiful, Queen Rania and Abdullah II of Jordan and next in line for the Jordanian throne. At 23, he's already a second lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Forces and he was the youngest person ever to chair a UN Security Council Meeting


Fun Fact: Like Prince Phillippos, Prince Hussain also graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. Also, like Prince Mateen and Prince Hamdan, he's Insta famous with 1.3 million followers and you can follow him @alhusseinjo.

8. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark (19)

Like Prince Phillipos, Prince Constantine-Alexios also has two countries. Lucky for us though, he is also living in the US right now attending Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (like pretty much every other prince, amirite?) He is the oldest son of Crown Princess Marie-Chantal and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece.

Fun Fact: He's Prince William's godson, so that's pretty neat. However, if that wasn't cool enough, you might like to know that this Greek/Danish prince was actually born in New York. Oh yeah, you can also follow him on Instagram @alexiosgreece where he has 88.7k followers.

9. Prince Joachim of Belgium (26)

Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este is the third child of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium. Although he bears the title, "Prince of Belgium," he is also Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, and Prince of Modena. Unfortunately, he'll probably never actually be king in any of these countries as he is ninth in line to the Belgian throne.

Fun Fact: Prince Joachim has degrees in economics, management, and finance, but he decided to join the Nautical School in Brugge after completing college and is currently an officer in the Belgian Navy.

Hope is not lost for all you girls dreaming of finding a Prince Charming that's literally a prince. After reviewing the data, my best advice is to transfer to Georgetown where princes are basically around every corner.

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