Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.72: 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!

Happy holidays, friends! The demographically similar Jennys are here in our last podcast of the year to tell you what to buy your loved ones this holiday season. WE LOVE PRESENTS. You can listen to the podcast in the embedded player below or download the file directly here to take with you on the go.

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Our Own Personal Gift Guides

Whiskey Jenny: Classy af laundry products from The Laundress

Gin Jenny: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl in trade paperback

(You can read Ryan North’s Dinosaur Comics here.)

Whiskey Jenny: Adorable bathroom accoutrements. This Umbra Kleenex holder:

And this Melon Boat Q-tip holder:

Gin Jenny: This Kikkerland bed caddy, made of felt:

Whiskey Jenny: Kinetic sand. Here’s a video!

Gin Jenny: Johanna Basford’s Christmas coloring book.

Whiskey Jenny: Commission some fan art! The person she commissioned for her new apartment with Snapple Alex can be found here.

Gin Jenny: Coryographies bookshelf necklaces (on Etsy!).

Whiskey Jenny: Perfumes from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

Gin Jenny: A cooler bag. Also, packing cubes. EBAGS DOT COM!

this is nice but my one actually is HUGE and I have never regretted having such a huge cooler bag. just FYI. only the other day, my power went out and I put 70% of what was in my fridge and freezer into my cooler bag and hauled it over to put in someone else’s fridge and freezer. my fancy ranch dressing lives to fight another day!

And then we had some v. good recommendations for individuals who asked for help via our holiday gift guide form. WE HOPE THESE HELP YOU but if not please email us for additional assistance.


Every Boy’s Got One, Meg Cabot
The Royal We, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Eat Cake, Jeanne Ray
The Tapestry of Love, Rosy Thornton


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert
Happy Hippo, Angry Duck, Sandra Boynton
This Is Not My Hat, Jon Klasson
Wild, Emily Hughes


Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
Mr. Fox, Helen Oyeyemi
The Kings and Queens of Roam, Daniel Wallace
A General Theory of Oblivion, Jose Eduardo Agualusa, translated by Daniel Hahn


The Possessed, Elif Batuman
Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me, Steven Hyden
Juliet Naked, Nick Hornby
Star Island, Carl Hiaasen


The Dresden Files, Jim Butcher
The Lives of Tao (et seq.), Wesley Chu
The Quantum Thief (et seq.), Hannu Rajaniemi


The Secret Life of the American Musical, Jack Viertel
HHhH, Laurent Binet, translated by Sam Taylor
The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach
Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel


Boy, Roald Dahl
(also kind of Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel)
(he’s probably already read Nation, by Terry Pratchett but just in case)
To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis
Lock In or Old Man’s War or Redshirts, John Scalzi


Riveted or The Kraken King, Meljean Brook
An Inheritance of Ashes, Leah Bobet
The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler
Richard Armitage reading the audiobooks of Georgette Heyer

Snapple Alex

Alex’s Father

The Only Rule Is It Has to Work, Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
Big Trouble, Dave Barry
Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen (which I assume your dad already has!)
something by Stephen Fry, perhaps The Hippopotamus

Alex’s Mother

Tarcutta Wake, Josephine Rowe
The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
Hand-Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People, Matthew Diffee
2016 Best American Magazine Writing


Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt
Agent Garbo, Stephen Talty
American Revolutions, Alan Taylor
The Lost City of Z, David Grann
Under the Banner of Heaven, Jon Krakauer

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Photo credit: The Illustrious Annalee
Theme song by: Jessie Barbour

  • Jackie Bailey

    I love that bed caddy! I’ve not seen anything like that before, but as I am always losing books under my bed that would be a great thing to have. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

  • I love kinetic sand! They usually have some out at Michael’s that one can “play with” to “test” it. And the q-tip holder, very cute.

  • Read Diverse Books

    I desperately need a bed caddy. My nightstand quickly runs out of room! I’d use it for books, but especially for the remote control. I misplace it far too often. :s

  • I didn’t even write in to ask but you solved the problem of a book for my father in law (Agent Garbo). And that bed caddy is the most useful thing I’ve ever seen. Thanks!