Holiday books: Don’t be so serious -- 12 books that are just for fun

Indulge your Benedict Cumberbatch addiction, get coloring, mix drinks with the movies and more.


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My Name Is _____ and I Am A Cumberbitch

Emily Barrett and Alexi Penfold

HarperCollins, $9.99

If you get a chill every time you hear the name “Benedict,” you might just be a “Cumberbitch” — but there’s hope for recovery.

Lost Ocean

An Inky Adventure & Coloring Book

Johanna Basford

Penguin Books, $16.95 paper

The artist who kicked off the adult coloring book craze returns with illustrations under the sea.

F*ck Feelings

One Shrink's Practical Advice for Managing All Life's Impossible Problems

Michael I. Bennett, MD and Sarah Bennett

Simon & Schuster, $19.99

A psychiatrist and his daughter, a comedian, present a grounded self-help book for people who hate self-help books.

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

Dey Street, $19.99

In this unusual and illustrated biography, the authors dynamically describe the life, work and meme-ification of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The Owner's Manual to Terrible Parenting

Guy Deslile

Drawn and Quarterly, $12.95 paper

A collection of irreverent comic strips that promises to teach you how to drive your children absolutely crazy. (Hey, turnabout is fair play.)

Gone With the Gin

Cocktails With a Hollywood Twist

Tim Federle

Running Press, $15

Your next Oscar party is set with these drink recipes from actor and author Federle. Can we interest you in a Bloody Mary Poppins or A Sidecar Named Desire?

Slaughterhouse 90210

Where Great Books Meet Pop Culture

Maris Kreizman

Flatiron Books, $19.99

Kreizman combines a love of popular culture with her keen ear for literary quotation, pairing Susan Sontag with Kanye West and Sylvia Plath with “The Bachelor.”

How to Tell a Story

1 Book + 20 Story Blocks = A Million Adventures

Daniel Nayeri, illustrated by Brian Won

Workman, $19.95

Help your kids tell their own tales of adventure with this book and 20 storytelling blocks with pictures of tacos, pirates, bulldozers and bunnies.


Tyler Oakley

Gallery Books, $24

The 26-year-old YouTube sensation and LGBT rights activist tells amusing (and often embarrassing) anecdotes from his life in this essay collection.

Pride & Preju-Knits

Twelve Genteel Knitting Projects Inspired by Jane Austen

Trixie von Purl

Harper Design, $19.99 paper

Have you ever wanted to knit your own Mr. Darcy or Emma Woodhouse? Look no further than this book of patterns that promises to keep Austen weird.

A Guide for Grown-Ups

Essential Wisdom from the Collected Works of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $13

This gift book showcases some of the most inspiring quotes from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of “The Little Prince.”


The Ups and Downs of Online Dating from the Most Popular Girl in New York City

Lauren Urasek with Laura Barcella

Sterling, $16.95

Urasek, known as the most popular New Yorker on the dating site OKCupid, shares advice and anecdotes from her dates both good and disastrous.

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