Jenna Bush Hager's Favorite Books For Gifting This Holiday Season

The cohost of NBC’s Today with Hoda & Jenna shares picks for every reader on your list.

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Jenna Bush Hager's recommended books


When in doubt, books are a stellar present for the holidays. They’re the gift of time well spent and a new favorite story to dive into, perhaps even a new author, series, or genre rabbithole to spiral into. However, gifting a book is only a success story when they actually enjoy it. That’s the hard part.

Recommending a book can be an intimate thing. You’re putting your taste to the test and hoping that they’ll love your chosen read as much as you do. The stakes are even higher when you’re skipping the recommendation stage and going straight for gifting them a book. When successful, sharing your favorite reads with a loved one can be a beautiful way to spread the love and precede many a gushing conversation as they make their way through to the back cover. Not everyone has the same taste in books as us though, and sometimes for readers who we don’t see eye to eye with (literarily, not literally), we turn to the experts. In this case: NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager. Here’s her top picks for the best books, from essay collections to novels, to gift every bookworm in your life. 

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These Precious Days by Ann Patchett

Price at time of publish: $16

“Ideal for your mom or sister, this collection of essays will make her laugh and cry.” 

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Price at time of publish: $10

“This must-read novel is a beautiful present for any booklover.”

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

Price at time of publish: $25

“Share this epic adventure with your dad or brother; it’s sure to become a classic one day.”

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

Price at time of publish: $16

“Give this to a friend who enjoys hopeful tales.” 

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Price at time of publish: $13

“It’s a great choice for people who like a heist story. It also kicks off a trilogy; two more books are in the works.” 

The Cloisters by Katy Hays

Price at time of publish: $18

“The unexpected ending will surprise even the most suspense-obsessed reader.”

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