It is an understatement to say that 2021 has been difficult. The coronavirus pandemic has continued on, restricting the ways in which we can relax. The climate crisis has regularly topped the news agenda, as scientists and activists around the world seek to persuade governments to take urgent action. And on an individual level, many people are dealing with upheaval and loss.
But there is hope to be found, in stories about the world and people around us. From life-affirming and inspiring memoirs to explorations of the power of nature, these books are perfect gifts to remind a loved one (or yourself) that there are better days around the corner.