Give yourself the gift of a delicious new year by picking up one of these tasty titles and giving to your most culinary friend, not only will they thank you, your taste buds will too.

Christmas is the best time to beautify your bookshelf, or those of someone close to you. As connoisseurs of all things bookish, we’ve pulled together our selection of truly beautiful books to delight when unwrapped.

Plane tickets are expensive. Let your loved one take a trip to Morocco, Mongolia or the Mediterranean from the comfort of their armchair, or inspire their next getaway, by giving them one of these truly adventurous travel books.

With a story as dramatic and tragic as the Gothic novels she wrote, Charlotte Brontë’s life was not only fascinating, it was inspiring. The main force driving her family, Charlotte encouraged her sisters as poets and novelists, stepped in to support the family after her brother’s death, travelled Europe, and using her own experiences, crafted trailblazing female characters. In this extract from Charlotte Brontë: A Life, you can catch a glimpse of the unique life that inspired her stories.

Lucy Mangan discovers the Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups, and muses on what topics she would create for the series.

The festive season can get truly hectic, what with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Panic Saturday and all those dubiously named days. Instead, why not treat yourself or someone else to a brilliantly calm Christmas, we have sourced a selection of books that cover mindfulness, compassion, and getting creative.

It would be criminal for you to miss out on these essential crime, suspense and thriller titles, especially when they make such wonderful gifts. Whatever your loved ones favourite kind of mystery, we’ve got one that’ll have them staying up late to finish it.

There’s nothing more fascinating than getting a sneak peek into the lives of other people, particularly when those people are famous for one reason or another. We’ve got a selection of the most interesting lives, from a range of fields to satisfy your curiosity.

We all have that one friend who simply cannot abide losing at the local’s quiz night; this list of carefully picked titles is for them – packed with knowledge, wisdom, and possibly something they don’t already know. What title do you use to prepare for quiz night? Let us know using #SeasonsReadings on the @PenguinUKBooks Twitter

Read an extract from Wildflower by Drew Barrymore, a portrait of Drew’s life in stories as she looks back on the adventures, challenges, and incredible experiences of her earlier years.   Taurus When I woke up in the hospital, I glanced over and took a deep look at my new baby girl, who I had decided […]