It is high time, given the holiday season almost upon us (aargh!), that we publish a new installment of Top Shelf, the series compiling great lists and posts on 49th Shelf. This one's all about ideas for the particular types of readers on your gift list.
Of course this can't be comprehensive, because it would take days to highlight the best lists on 49th Shelf in 2014. But here's our offer: if you're looking for another kind of book for a different kind of reader, tweet us @49thShelf and we'll help you find it!
For the chef, the 2014 Taste Canada shortlist, including books by Lynn Crawford, Nick Saul, Andrea Curtis, and Lucy Waverman.
For the science buff, nominees for the Lane Anderson Award (celebrating the best science writing in Canada today, both for adults and kids).
For the urban planner and architecture student, a list of gorgeous books on iconic designers and gurus.
For the adventurer, books on mountaineers, heroes, and contested nature.
For those dreaming of a more peaceful world, books providing hope, inspiration, and ideas for changing our world for the better.
For parents and grandparents with small ones and/or slightly bigger ones, the 2014 Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards.
For teens into graphic novels, a comprehensive list by teacher-librarian Barbara McVeigh.
For lovers of fantasy, the 2014 Sunburst Award shortlist.
For those into LGBT fiction, Plenitude Magazine's amazingly big list.
For those who enjoy delving into other people's lives, Alison Pick's list of memoirs.
For a little sexy sexy.
For a great Aboriginal reading list.
For supremely good books, our editor Kerry Clare's best of 2014 longlist (so far).
For great poetry, the 2014 Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry shortlist; this year's judge was George Bowering.
For the love of hockey.
For short story addicts, Vicki Ziegler's Crazy for CanLit short story collection.
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