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Books Make the Best Gifts: Fable Gift Book Guide for All Kinds of Readers

Gifts for a Book Lover
Every time you give someone a book, you give them a passport into a new world. You also help them reap the many benefits of reading.In this post, you'll learn how to give gifts on Fable and discover the best gift books for everyone on your list! You'll explore these topics:
  • How To Gift an ebook on Fable
  • How We Chose Our Gift Book Selections
  • Gifts for All Kinds of Book Lovers
  • The Most Beloved Gift Books for Any Kind of Reader

How To Gift an ebook on Fable

  1. Head to the Fable webstore to browse for an ebook.
  2. If you need inspiration, check out our curated lists or look through our editorial team's recommendations below.
  3. Next to the "Buy" button, click the Gift icon.
  4. Once they download the free Fable app, the book will automatically appear on their bookshelf.
Gifting on Fable

How We Chose Our Gift Book Selections

For this holiday season, our editorial team has collected some of the best books recommended by Fablers, curators, and community members throughout the year. These books include major bestsellers and unexpected gems. Curation is at the heart of our platform, sharing book recommendations for every kind of reader. To help you find books to read together, we share a new collection of Fable Folios with members every month — exceptional books handpicked by tastemakers, experts, acclaimed authors, world-class athletes, and industry titans. Each curator offers you a unique and inspiring reading journey. Each book in our Fable gift guide is an experience that’s meant to be shared with others, so make sure you know how to start a book club on Fable!

Gifts for a Book Lover

Searching for a new book to read is like a quest, as every reader travels through uncharted territory in hopes of discovering something magical. Here at Fable, we are all life-long readers. Our wise curators will help illuminate the path to your next great reading adventure. 
We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds digital book - Fable

We Deserve Monuments

By Jas Hammonds

Family secrets, a swoon-worthy romance, and a slow-burn mystery collide in We Deserve Monuments, a YA debut from Jas Hammonds that explores how racial violence can ripple down through generations.

Alone with You in the Ether by olivie-blake digital book - Fable

Alone with You in the Ether

By olivie-blake

Two people meet by chance. Prior to their encounter, he is a doctoral student who manages his destructive thoughts with compulsive calculations about time travel; she is a bipolar counterfeit artist undergoing court-ordered psychotherapy.

Ninth-house by Leigh Bardugo digital book - Fable


By Leigh Bardugo

The smash New York Times bestseller from Leigh Bardugo, a mesmerizing tale of power, privilege, and dark magic set among the Ivy League elite.

Checkout-19 by Claire Louise Bennett digital book - Fable


By Claire Louise Bennett

A schoolgirl scribbles stories in the back pages of her exercise book, intoxicated by the first sparks of her imagination. As she grows, everything and everyone she encounters become fuel for a burning talent.

Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters digital book - Fable

Detransition, Baby

By Torrey Peters

This provocative debut is about what happens at the emotional, messy, vulnerable corners of womanhood that platitudes and good intentions can't reach.

The Starless Sea  by Erin Morgenstern digital book - Fable

The Starless Sea

By Erin Morgenstern

A timeless love story set in a secret underground world—a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett digital book - Fable

The Vanishing Half

By Brit Bennett

Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, comes a story that is a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing.

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr digital book - Fable

Cloud Cuckoo Land

By Anthony Doerr

Cloud Cuckoo Land spans medieval Constantinople, a 22nd-century spaceship, and a public library held under armed siege by a teenage environmentalist in modern-day America. I dedicated this book to librarians: then, now, and in the years to come.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig digital book - Fable

The Midnight Library

By Matt Haig

A woman must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams digital book - Fable

The Reading List

By Sara Nisha Adams

An unforgettable and heartwarming debut about how a chance encounter with a list of library books helps forge an unlikely friendship between two very different people in a London suburb.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman digital book - Fable

Anxious People

By Fredrik Backman

A charming, poignant novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens digital book - Fable

Where the Crawdads Sing

By Delia Owens

An exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue  by V.E. Schwab digital book - Fable

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

By V.E. Schwab

In exchange for freedom and immortality, a 16 year old girl in 17th Century France is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Her subsequent journey through time becomes an extraordinary adventure.

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich digital book - Fable

The Sentence

By Louise Erdrich

In this stunning and timely novel, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award–winning author Louise Erdrich creates a wickedly funny ghost story, a tale of passion, of a complex marriage, and of a woman's relentless errors.

The Best Books for Coworkers

The holidays are a great time to set some reading resolutions, fun goals that can do wonders for your overall wellness. Our curators have chosen some great personal development books designed to offer guidance, quality nonfiction, and other books to help your coworkers find confidence and purpose.We know that just 30 minutes of reading every day can improve your mental wellbeing. Research has proved that regular reading can alleviate anxiety, depression, and stress. It can even extend your life by two years!
The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama digital book - Fable

The Light We Carry

By Michelle Obama

There may be no tidy solutions or pithy answers to life’s big challenges, but Michelle Obama believes that we can all locate and lean on a set of tools to help us better navigate change and remain steady within flux.

Trust by Hernan Diaz digital book - Fable


By Hernan Diaz

“Buzzy and enthralling …A glorious novel about empires and erasures, husbands and wives, staggering fortunes and unspeakable misery…Fun as hell to read.” —Oprah Daily

South To America by Imani Perry digital book - Fable

South To America

By Imani Perry

An essential, surprising journey through the history, rituals, and landscapes of the American South—and a revelatory argument for why you must understand the South in order to understand America.

Caste by Isabel Wilkerson digital book - Fable


By Isabel Wilkerson

A masterful portrait of how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely digital book - Fable

Predictably Irrational

By Dan Ariely

In this newly revised and expanded edition of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller, Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman  digital book - Fable

Thinking, Fast and Slow

By Daniel Kahneman

Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking.

Lurking by Joanne McNeil digital book - Fable


By Joanne McNeil

A concise but wide-ranging personal history of the internet from—for the first time—the point of view of the user

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari digital book - Fable


By Yuval Noah Harari

Integrating history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz digital book - Fable

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

By Ben Horowitz

Filled with his trademark humor and straight talk, an invaluable book for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz's personal and often humbling experiences.

The Hot Seat by Jeff Immelt digital book - Fable

The Hot Seat

By Jeff Immelt

A candid memoir about successful leadership from the former CEO of General Electric, named one of the “World’s Best CEOs” by Barron’s, and the lessons he learned from his experience leading GE after 9/11, through the devastating 2008–09 financial crisis.

Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard digital book - Fable

Let My People Go Surfing

By Yvon Chouinard

Yvon Chouinard—legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.—shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth.

Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath digital book - Fable


By Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi digital book - Fable

Bored and Brilliant

By Manoush Zomorodi

A book that show us how to rethink our gadget use to live better and smarter in this new digital ecosystem, harnessing boredom’s hidden benefits to become our most productive and creative selves without totally abandoning our gadgets in the process.

Think Again by Adam Grant digital book - Fable

Think Again

By Adam GrantFable Club Pick

Intelligence is usually seen as the ability to think and learn, but in a rapidly changing world, there's another set of cognitive skills that might matter more: the ability to rethink and unlearn.

The Premonition by Michael Lewis digital book - Fable

The Premonition

By Michael Lewis

A secret team of dissenting doctors has everything necessary to fight the pandemic: brilliant backgrounds, world-class labs, prior experience with the pandemic scares …everything, that is, except official permission to implement their work.

Sci-Fi Book Gifts

Science fiction books are filled with stories about technology, space exploration, and alien life. Some of these stories take place in completely imagined worlds while others are rooted in scientific fact.Fable also makes it easy for science fiction fans to share their thoughts and connect with others through our book clubs. Start with our Science Fiction Book Club, or find new clubs to join in our book club directory!With our platform, you can host every aspect of an online discussion at a single destination, to reach readers and build safe online communities regardless of location or time zone.
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler digital book - Fable

Parable of the Sower

By Octavia ButlerFable Club Pick

In 2025, with the world descending into madness and anarchy, one woman begins a fateful journey toward a better future.

Binti  by Nnedi Okorafor digital book - Fable


By Nnedi Okorafor

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. She must travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams digital book - Fable

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

By Douglas Adams

Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space.

Dune by Frank Herbert digital book - Fable


By Frank Herbert

A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin digital book - Fable

The Fifth Season

By N. K. Jemisin

At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this twisted Hugo Award winning fantasy novel of power, oppression, and revolution.

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro digital book - Fable

Klara and the Sun

By Kazuo Ishiguro

Here is the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside.

Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson digital book - Fable

Termination Shock

By Neal Stephenson

One man – visionary billionaire restaurant chain magnate T. R. Schmidt, Ph.D. – has a Big Idea for reversing global warming, a master plan perhaps best described as “elemental.” But will it work?

Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki digital book - Fable

Light from Uncommon Stars

By Ryka Aoki

The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey digital book - Fable

The Echo Wife

By Sarah Gailey

Martine is a genetically cloned replica made from Evelyn Caldwell’s award-winning research. She’s patient and gentle and obedient. She’s everything Evelyn swore she’d never be. And she’s having an affair with Evelyn’s husband.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir digital book - Fable

Project Hail Mary

By Andy Weir

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment.

Health & Wellness Books for Gifts

The Fable bookstore has books to help you with every aspect of health and wellness, everything from exercise to nutrition and even stress relief. If you're looking for book clubs, try these! In her Living With Intent Book Club, Mallika Chopra shared her messy journey to feel healthier, happier, more connected, and filled with purpose in this exclusive Fable event.In the Mindfulness Book Club on Fable, Scott Shute helped readers feel more fulfilled, happier, and more joyful in their lives. 
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan  digital book - Fable

The Omnivore’s Dilemma

By Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan launched a national conversation about what we eat and the profound consequences that even the simplest everyday food choices have on both ourselves and the natural world.

Blessed Health by Dr. Melody T. McCloud digital book - Fable

Blessed Health

By Dr. Melody T. McCloud

Blessed Health offers African American women the medical information and inspirational motivation they need to achieve total health in mind, body, and spirit.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg  digital book - Fable

The Power of Habit

By Charles Duhigg

In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed.

The One-Minute Workout  by Martin Gibala  digital book - Fable

The One-Minute Workout

By Martin Gibala

Martin Gibala’s work demonstrates that very short, intense bursts of exercise may be the most potent form of workout available. The One-Minute Workout solves the number-one reason we don’t exercise: lack of time. Because everyone has one minute.

The Champion’s Mind by Jim Afremow  digital book - Fable

The Champion’s Mind

By Jim Afremow

With hundreds of useful tips, breakthrough science, and cutting-edge workouts from the world's top trainers, The Champion's Mind will help you shape your body to ensure a longer, healthier, happier life.

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig digital book - Fable

The Comfort Book

By Matt Haig

The new uplifting book from Matt Haig, the New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library, for anyone in search of hope, looking for a path to a more meaningful life, or in need of a little encouragement.

What Happened To You? by Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey digital book - Fable

What Happened To You?

By Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey

Through deeply personal conversations, Oprah Winfrey and renowned brain and trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry offer a groundbreaking and profound shift from asking “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”

Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting by Lisa Genova digital book - Fable

Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting

By Lisa Genova

You'll learn whether forgotten memories are temporarily inaccessible or erased forever and why some memories are built to exist for only a few seconds (like a passcode) while others can last a lifetime (your wedding day).

Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It by Ethan Kross digital book - Fable

Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It

By Ethan Kross

Chatter gives us the power to change the most important conversation we have each day: the one we have with ourselves.

The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall and Douglas Carlton Abrams  digital book - Fable

The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times

By Jane Goodall and Douglas Carlton Abrams

The Book of Hope touches on vital questions, including: How do we stay hopeful when everything seems hopeless? How do we cultivate hope in our children?

Gifts for Fantasy Book Lovers         

Fantasy fiction explores characters and themes while crafting their own universes, where magic may exist, impossible creatures may roam, and supernatural abilities may influence a character’s destiny.Join Fable's free Fantasy Book Club to start reading today! You can also find more fantasy book recommendations from Josiah Bancroft and Suyi Davies Okungbowa.
Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa  digital book - Fable

Son of the Storm

By Suyi Davies Okungbowa Fable Club Pick

From city streets where secrets are bartered for gold to forests teeming with fabled beasts, a sweeping epic of forgotten magic and violent conquests unfolds in this richly drawn fantasy inspired by the pre-colonial empires of West Africa.

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft digital book - Fable

Senlin Ascends

By Josiah Bancroft

Teacher Thomas Senlin and his new wife Marya arrive at the Tower of Babel, one of the great marvels of the world, for their honeymoon. When Marya goes missing in the chaos, it’s up to Senlin to navigate these ringdoms and their myriad dangers to save her.

The Starless Sea  by Erin Morgenstern digital book - Fable

The Starless Sea

By Erin Morgenstern

A timeless love story set in a secret underground world—a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin digital book - Fable

The City We Became

By N.K. JemisinFable Club Pick

We love this new urban fantasy classic. When a malevolent force straight out of H.P. Lovecraft begins to attack New York City, the city finds its champions in avatars representing each of the five boroughs.

Circe  by Madeline Miller digital book - Fable


By Madeline MillerFable Club Pick

A favorite of Fablers, Madeline Miller’s Circe is a magical epic that takes a minor character from The Odyssey and lets her tell her story on her own terms.

Children of Blood and Bone  by Tomi Adeyemi digital book - Fable

Children of Blood and Bone

By Tomi Adeyemi

A critically acclaimed debut, this YA fantasy novel by Tomi Adeyem weaves West African mythology into an epic tale of magic and vengeance.

The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman digital book - Fable

The Book of Magic

By Alice Hoffman

Hoffman brings us the conclusion of the Practical Magic series in a spellbinding and enchanting final Owens novel brimming with lyric beauty and vivid characters.

A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark digital book - Fable

A Master of Djinn

By P. Djèlí Clark

Cairo, 1912: Though Fatma el-Sha’arawi is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, she’s certainly not a rookie, especially after preventing the destruction of the universe last summer.

The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri digital book - Fable

The Jasmine Throne

By Tasha Suri

Exiled by her despotic brother, princess Malini spends her days dreaming of vengeance while imprisoned in the Hirana: an ancient cliffside temple that was once the revered source of the magical deathless waters but is now little more than a decaying ruin.

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon digital book - Fable


By Rivers Solomon

Vern—seven months pregnant and desperate to escape the strict religious compound where she was raised—flees for the shelter of the woods. There, she gives birth to twins, and plans to raise them far from the influence of the outside world.

Gifts for Self Improvement

You can find both ancient and modern self-improvement literature on Fable. We've highlighted some of the best and brightest books in this essential category. Freelance journalist and blogger Marianne Power offers a piece of very important advice to remember as you explore the self-help genre: 

“The trick to reading these books is to heed one of the primary tenets of the recovery movement: ‘Take what you need and leave the rest.’”

Radical Acceptance  by Tara Brach digital book - Fable

Radical Acceptance

By Tara Brach

Writing with great warmth and clarity, Tara Brach brings her teachings alive through personal stories and case histories, fresh interpretations of Buddhist tales, and guided meditations.

 The Attention Revolution by B. Alan Wallace  digital book - Fable

The Attention Revolution

By B. Alan Wallace

Writing with great warmth and clarity, Tara Brach brings her teachings alive through personal stories and case histories, fresh interpretations of Buddhist tales, and guided meditations.

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown digital book - Fable

Daring Greatly

By Brené Brown

Brown explores the strength and courage it takes to be vulnerable in every aspect of life, love, and work. Armed with over a decade of research, she makes a compelling case for why we should choose to be vulnerable.

The Body is Not an Apology  by Sonya Renee Taylor  digital book - Fable

The Body is Not an Apology

By Sonya Renee Taylor Fable Club Pick

Poet and activist Sonya Renee Taylor has written an inspiring manifesto to encourage people of every size, shape, and color to embrace a philosophy of radical self-love, and to reject messages that tell us our bodies as they are aren’t enough.

A Radical Awakening  by Shefali Tsabary digital book - Fable

A Radical Awakening

By Shefali Tsabary

Renowned clinical psychologist teaches women how to transcend their fears and illusions, break free from societal expectations, and rediscover the person they were always meant to be: fully present, conscious, and fulfilled.

More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth digital book - Fable

More Than Enough

By Elaine Welteroth

Part-manifesto, part-memoir, from the revolutionary editor who infused social consciousness into the pages of Teen Vogue, an exploration of what it means to come into your own—on your own terms.

Atomic Habits by James Clear digital book - Fable

Atomic Habits

By James Clear

One of the world's leading experts on habit formation reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad digital book - Fable

Between Two Kingdoms

By Suleika Jaouad

A searing, deeply moving memoir of illness and recovery that traces one young woman’s journey from diagnosis to remission to re-entry into “normal” life.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert digital book - Fable

Big Magic

By Elizabeth Gilbert

Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us.

Why We Sleep  by Matthew Walker digital book - Fable

Why We Sleep

By Matthew Walker

Matthew Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood and energy levels, regulate hormones, prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, slow the effects of aging, and increase longevity.

Gifts for Crime, Mystery & Thriller Lovers

Every mystery novel, thriller, or crime story offers a puzzle for the reader to solve. It could be a murder, a missing person, a stolen treasure, or a complicated conspiracy. The Fable team grew up reading these beloved genres, and we’ve rounded up some favorites for the gift-giving season.
The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz  digital book - Fable

The Plot

By Jean Hanff Korelitz

A propulsive read about a story too good not to steal, and the writer who steals it.

Bluebird, Bluebird  by Attica Locke  digital book - Fable

Bluebird, Bluebird

By Attica Locke

Black Texas Ranger Darren Mathews travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders have stirred up a hornet's nest of resentment.

Dare Me  by Megan Abbott digital book - Fable

Dare Me

By Megan Abbott

A crime novel set in an intensely competitive cheer squad where the raw passions of girlhood are brought to life in a taut, unflinching exploration of friendship, ambition, and power.

Razorblade Tears by S. A. Cosby digital book - Fable

Razorblade Tears

By S. A. Cosby

A Black father. A white father. Two murdered sons. A quest for vengeance.

Swag  by Elmore Leonard digital book - Fable


By Elmore Leonard

The smallest of small-time criminals, Ernest Stickley Jr. figures his luck's about to change when he meets a used car salesman with some surefire get rich quick schemes.

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty digital book - Fable

Apples Never Fall

By Liane Moriarty

The Delaney family love one another dearly—it’s just that sometimes they want to murder each other . . . If your mother was missing, would you tell the police? Even if the most obvious suspect was your father?

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line  by Deepa Anappara digital book - Fable

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

By Deepa Anappara

In a sprawling Indian city, a boy ventures into its most dangerous corners to find his missing classmate through market lanes crammed with too many people, dogs, and rickshaws, past stalls that smell of cardamom and sizzling oil, below a smoggy sky.

The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji  digital book - Fable

The Decagon House Murders

By Yukito Ayatsuji

A hugely enjoyable, page-turning murder mystery with one of the best and most-satisfying conclusions you'll ever read: clever enough that you're unlikely to guess it, but simple enough that you'll kick yourself when it's revealed.

My Sister the Serial Killer by  Oyinkan Braithwaite digital book - Fable

My Sister the Serial Killer

By Oyinkan Braithwaite

  Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite's deliciously deadly debut is as fun as it is frightening.

A Stranger in the House  by Shari Lapena digital book - Fable

A Stranger in the House

By Shari Lapena

A domestic thriller packed full of secrets, and a twisty story that never stops—about a woman who can’t remember what she was doing or where she was during a car accident that changed her life forever.

The Most Beloved Gift Books for Any Kind of Reader

In an essay about the Power Law, Michael Tauberg explained how network effects and positive feedback loops have helped a few bestselling books dominate the conversation in a networked world. He writes:

“These titles will get more reviews, more shelf space, and ultimately, more attention. In this way, success breeds success. It’s a virtuous cycle, a positive feedback loop.”

At Fable, we have millions of books for you to choose from this season, including these top titles that have dominated the cultural conversation the last decade. To help you navigate these recommendations, we've grouped them by suggested readers.

Gift Books for Mom

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave digital book - Fable

The Last Thing He Told Me

By Laura Dave

A mystery about a woman who thinks she’s found the love of her life—until he disappears.

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate digital book - Fable

Before We Were Yours

By Lisa Wingate

A riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting work of historical fiction that reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon digital book - Fable


By Diana Gabaldon

In 1945, Claire Randall walks through one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is an “outlander,” catapulted into a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett digital book - Fable

The Help

By Kathryn Stockett

In this work of historical fiction, two seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town.

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks digital book - Fable

The Longest Ride

By Nicholas Sparks

The lives of two couples who have little in common converge in this novel with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah digital book - Fable

The Nightingale

By Kristin Hannah

A novel that tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France.

Gift Books for Dad

All the Light We Cannot See  by Anthony Doerr  digital book - Fable

All the Light We Cannot See

By Anthony Doerr

A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman digital book - Fable

A Man Called Ove

By Fredrik Backman

A beloved novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.

A Game of Thrones  by George R.R. Martin digital book - Fable

A Game of Thrones

By George R.R. Martin

One of the most successful fantasy series in recent memory, George R.R. Martin’s work of epic fantasy brought medieval battles, dragons, and sorcery back to the forefront of popular culture.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson digital book - Fable

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

By Stieg Larsson

Murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue combine into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel, the first in Stieg Larsson's thrilling Millenium series featuring Lisbeth Salander.

The Whistler by John Grisham digital book - Fable

The Whistler

By John Grisham

We expect our judges to be honest and wise. Their integrity is the bedrock of the entire judicial system. But what happens when a judge bends the law or takes a bribe? Find out in this high-stakes thriller.

Camino Island by John Grisham digital book - Fable

Camino Island

By John Grisham

A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Their loot is priceless, impossible to resist.

Gift Books for Friends

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty digital book - Fable

Big Little Lies

By Liane Moriarty

A brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins digital book - Fable

The Girl on the Train

By Paula Hawkins

The psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware digital book - Fable

The Woman in Cabin 10

By Ruth Ware

A taut and intense thriller with surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline digital book - Fable

Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline

The year is 2045. Most of humanity spends their days jacked into the OASIS, a vast virtual world. When the creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of puzzles. Whoever is first to solve them will inherit his fortune—and control of the OASIS.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng digital book - Fable

Little Fires Everywhere

By Celeste Ng

This literary fiction novel explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood—and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

The People We Meet on Vacation  by Emily Henry digital book - Fable

The People We Meet on Vacation

By Emily Henry

Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love. A novel that will leave you with the warm, hazy afterglow usually reserved for the best vacations.

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