In this season of “Best of” lists, we decided to make our own version of a “Best of” gift guide.
Best use of indices in a what is perhaps this season’s most beautiful book including “Index of Envelopes with Multidirectional Text,” “Index of Envelopes Turned Diagonally” and “Index of Envelopes with Pencilled Divisions.”
Bestselling books of poetry that actually sell so many copies that they end up on regular bestseller lists.
Best book about pizza boxes.
Best book to finely give a word to the the gnawing sense of incompleteness knowing there is a partially eaten snack lying around (BTW it’s Zeigarnikfrustration).
Best use of technology normally associated with children’s books to be used in a very adult way.
Best book written in a completely made up and untranslatable language.
Best use of Shakespearean language to retell a movie classic.
Best book for starting family arguments over the holidays.
Best book to prove that not only is the book always better than the movie, but even if the book is ABOUT movies, it’s still the best.
Best book to soften even the most hardened of hearts.
Best book to prompt the recipient to look at you and ask, “WTF? Wait. What is this? OMG, this is the coolest thing ever!”
Best book of dog photography ever. Ever. Maybe the best book ever, period.
Best book to inspire a group of people to start doing “The Super Bowl Shuffle.”
Best book to give someone that’s read A Devil in the White City. And since by now everybody has read A Devil in the White City, it makes it the best book to give absolutely everyone.
Best book that begins with the story of a maintenance crew in 1980 dropping a wrench 70 feet onto a rocket and setting off a chain reaction.
Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety 9781594202278
Best book from 2012 that’s still only in hardcover (I know. It’s crazy.)
Best book from 2010 that’s still only in hardcover (I swear it’s not our fault. There really isn’t a paperback yet. We don’t make these decisions. Please stop yelling at me.)
Best book to show Santa’s sleigh stuck on Willis Tower.
Best tongue ever on the front of a book.
Best envisioning of an alien invasion.
Best instructional manual on how to play pretend (with a side award on the best use of “cannot” as opposed to the more often used contraction).
Best book to show that some kids don’t want cute. They want a bunny that knows 1104 fighting styles and is armed with megatron bombs and robot killer bees.