Buying someone a book for the holidays can be tricky, especially with so many options out there. You could stick to best sellers or classic collections, but this year, why not get a little personal?

Steve Job's entrepreneurial spirit may be similar to someone you know who's leading their own start-up, while Michael J. Fox's optimism could be exactly what your friend going through a rough patch needs to hear. Figuring out someone's personality or goals is the key to choosing their next perfect read.

So before you enter shopping mall chaos that usually peaks before December, we're giving you extra time to do some research before purchasing your gift. To help us narrow down a list from the thousands of books available, the folks over at Kobo Canada came up with 36 of the best reads depending on nine popular personalities, including the class clown, introvert and for the guy or gal whose second home is the gym.

And while this is not an official guide — who says old souls won't like to read about extroverts or funny people? — it's a good way to see how others, including a book's protagonist, is sort of just like the person on your shopping list. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below:

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  • The Class Clown

    Do you have a good sense of humour and tend to make others laugh? Whether you’re into comedy or just enjoy funny people, here are books that will make you (or someone else) laugh out loud.

  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns)

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/is-everyone-hanging-out-without-me-and-other-concerns" target="_blank">Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) </a> By Mindy Kaling </strong> Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls.

  • Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/let-s-explore-diabetes-with-owls" target="_blank">Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls </a> By David Sedaris</strong> A guy walks into a bar car and ... From here the story could take many turns. When the guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the result is always the same: he will both delight you with twists of humour and intelligence and leave you deeply moved.

  • Seriously...I'm Kidding

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/seriously-i-m-kidding" target="_blank">Seriously...I'm Kidding</a> By Ellen DeGeneres</strong> "I've experienced a lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?"

  • Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/let-s-pretend-this-never-happened-2" target="_blank">Let’s Pretend This Never Happened </a> By Jenny Lawson</strong> When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a morbidly eccentric childhood. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humour in the strange shame-spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it.

  • The Optimist

    Do you always look at things from a positive perspective? Do you look at the glass half-full and never half-empty? Next is a list of characters who have an honest belief that most people have good intentions.

  • Anne Shirley In Anne Of Green Gables

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/anne-of-green-gables-12" target="_blank">Anne of Green Gables</a> By L. M. Montgomery </strong> The story of Anne, a young orphan in Avonlea and her adventures becoming of age, dealing with friends, adjusting to her new home, and overcoming school.

  • Michael J. Fox In Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist

    <strong><a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/always-looking-up-the-adventures/9781401310165-item.html" target="_blank">Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist</a> By Michael J. Fox</strong> "At the turn from our bedroom into the hallway, there is an old full-length mirror in a wooden frame. I can''t help but catch a glimpse of myself as I pass. Turning fully toward the glass, I consider what I see. This reflected version of myself, wet, shaking, rumpled, pinched, and slightly stooped, would be alarming were it not for the self-satisfied expression pasted across my face."

  • The Little Prince In The Little Prince

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/the-little-prince-2" target="_blank">The Little Prince </a> By Antoine de Saint-Exupery</strong> The much-loved story about a prince who went on journeys to six different planets and meets a few mysterious people, learning about their strange behaviour and purposes in their lives.

  • Cinderella In Cinderella

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/cinderella-4" target="_blank">Cinderella</a> By Régis Maine</strong> Experience the magic of Cinderella in this story, based on the hit Disney film--including beautiful comic book art.

  • The Giver

    Are you sensitive towards people’s needs and have outstanding people skills? Do you see everything from a human angle and have a real concern for how others think and feel? If you answered yes, here's a list of literary characters who possess the same qualities.

  • Katniss Everdeen In The Catching Fire

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/catching-fire-the-second-book-of-the-hunger-games" target="_blank">The Catching Fire</a> By Suzanne Collins</strong> Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. There are rumours of rebellion among the subjects, and to their horror, Katniss and Peeta find they are the faces of that rebellion.

  • Samwise Gamgee In The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/the-fellowship-of-the-ring-the-lord-of-the-rings-part-1" target="_blank">The Lord of the Rings Trilogy</a> By J. R. R. Tolkien</strong> In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make the journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

  • Beth March In Little Women

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/little-women-43" target="_blank">Little Women</a> By Louisa Mae Alcott</strong> Follow the March girls Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, as they grow into womanhood, each of them learning how to be an amazing person. They overcome, pride, vanity, and fear, and grow into who they are meant to be.

  • Melanie Wilkes In Gone With The Wind

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/gone-with-the-wind-8" target="_blank">Gone With The Wind</a> By Margaret Mitchell</strong> In the two main characters, the white-shouldered, irresistible Scarlett and the flashy, contemptuous Rhett, Margaret Mitchell not only conveyed a timeless story of survival under the harshest of circumstances, she also created two of the most famous lovers in the English-speaking world since Romeo and Juliet. Melanie Wilkes, meanwhile, contrasts the main characters' natures with her generous spirit.

  • The Fitness Buff

    Are you a fitness buff or a gym diva? Are body, mind and soul top priority to you? Whether you’re looking to be the next Arnold Schwarzenegger or just looking for some fitness inspiration, here are some books that will inspire you to be the fittest person you can be.

  • Born to Run

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/born-to-run-5" target="_blank">Born to Run</a> By Christopher McDougall</strong> In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover the secrets of superathletes. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit.

  • Making the Cut

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/making-the-cut-1" target="_blank">Making the Cut: The 30-Day Diet and Fitness Plan for the Strongest, Sexiest You</a> By Jillian Michaels</strong> <em>Making the Cut</em> is a unique, intense thirty-day program from TV’s toughest fitness guru, Jillian Michaels. It has one purpose: to maximize your diet and fitness potential so you’ll get dramatic results at an accelerated pace.

  • Eat And Run

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/eat-and-run" target="_blank">Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness </a> By Scott Jurek and Steve Friedman</strong> In <em>Eat and Run</em>, Jurek opens up about his life and career as a champion athlete with a plant-based diet and inspires runners at every level. From his Midwestern childhood hunting and fishing to veganism, Scott’s story shows the power of an iron will and blows apart the stereotypes of what athletes should eat to fuel optimal performance.

  • The New Rules of Lifting for Women

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-new-rules-of-lifting-for-women" target="_blank">The New Rules of Lifting for Women: Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddes</a>s By Lou Schuler and Cassandra Forsythe</strong> The <em>New Rules of Lifting</em> series has a comprehensive strength training, conditioning, and nutrition plan specifically designed to help women reap the benefits of weightlifting.

  • The Old Soul

    Are you thoughtful and introspective? Someone that is wise beyond their years and has a vast understanding of the world as a whole? Here are some books whose characters are knowing, incisive and insightful.

  • Liz Gilbert In Eat, Pray, Love

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/eat-pray-love-2" target="_blank">Eat, Pray, Love </a> By Elizabeth Gilbert</strong> Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted in life.

  • Aslan from The Chronicles of Naria

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-heart-of-the-chronicles-of-narnia" target="_blank">The Chronicles of Naria</a> By C.S. Lewis</strong> Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures, and epic battles between good and evil — what more could any reader ask for in one book?

  • Oskar Schindler In Schindler’s List

    <em><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/schindler-s-list" target="_blank">Schindler’s List </a> By Thomas Keneally</em> <em>Schindler's List</em> is based on the true story of German industrialist and war profiteer, Oskar Schindler, who, when confronted with the horror of the extermination camps, gambled his life and fortune to rescue 1,300 Jews from gas chambers.

  • Aibleen Clark In The Help

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-help-2" target="_blank">The Help</a> By Kathryn Stockett</strong> It's 1962 and Aibileen is a black maid in Mississippi who's always taken orders quietly. However, lately she's unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless.

  • The Chef To Be

    Do you have a passion for food, and find yourself watching cooking shows on a regular basis? Well, then these chef-inspired books are just for you.

  • Julia And Julia

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/julie-and-julia" target="_blank">Julia and Julia </a> By Julie Powell</strong> Julie Powell, nearing 30 and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, resolves to reclaim her life by cooking in the span of a single year, every one of the 524 recipes in Julia Child's legendary <em>Mastering the Art of French Cooking.</em>

  • Blood, Bones & Butter

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/blood-bones-butter" target="_blank">Blood, Bones & Butter. The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef </a> By Gabrielle Hamilton</strong> <em>Blood, Bones & Butter</em> follows an unconventional journey through the many kitchens Hamilton has inhabited through the years: the rural kitchen of her childhood to the kitchens of France, Greece, and Turkey.

  • My Life in France

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/my-life-in-france-1" target="_blank">My Life in France</a> By Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme</strong> Julia's struggles with the head of the Cordon Bleu, rejections from publishers to whom she sent her now-famous cookbook, a wonderful, nearly 50-year long marriage that took them across the globe.

  • Yes, Chef

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/yes-chef-2" target="_blank">Yes, Chef </a> By Marcus Samuelsson, Veronica Chambers </strong> Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted and grows up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson.

  • The Introvert

    Do you listen more than you talk? Do you enjoy thinking, exploring your thoughts and feelings? If you answered yes, then chances are you have more of an introverted personality. And you’re not alone – some of the most influential book characters have been those who prefer to be wallflowers, rather than seeing what life looks like from the dance floor.

  • Perks of Being A Wallflower

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-perks-of-being-a-wallflower-1" target="_blank">Perks of Being A Wallflower</a> By Stephen Chbosky</strong> <em>The Perks of Being a Wallflower</em> is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating.

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-unlikely-pilgrimage-of-harold-fry" target="_blank">The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry</a> By Rachel Joyce </strong> Recently retired, sweet, emotionally numb Harold Fry is jolted out of his passivity by a letter from Queenie Hennessy, an old friend, who he hasn't heard from in 20 years. She has written to say she is in hospice and wanted to say goodbye. Leaving home, Harold becomes convinced he must deliver his goodbye message in person to Queenie — who is 600 miles away — because as long as he keeps walking, Harold believes that Queenie will not die.

  • Jane Eyre

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/jane-eyre-94" target="_blank">Jane Eyre</a> By Charlotte Bronte </strong> Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity.

  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

    <a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/millennium-trilogy-3-ebook-set-the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-the-girl-who-played-with-fire-the-girl-who-kicked-the-hornet-s-nest" target="_blank">The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo</a> By Stieg Larson Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired to investigate a missing person case but he quickly finds himself in over his head. He hires the gifted and conscience-free computer hacker Lisbeth Salander as his assistant — and the two unravel a dark and appalling family history, a vein of astonishing corruption, and an unexpected connection between themselves.

  • The Extrovert

    Do you find yourself being the life of the party? If you like to socialize all the time, so do the main characters in the novels listed in the next four slides. Outspoken, adventurous and daring, these protagonists are the voices of a generation.

  • Emma

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/emma-62" target="_blank">Emma</a> By Jane Austen </strong> Confident that she knows best, Emma schemes to find a suitable husband for her pliant friend Harriet, only to discover that she understands the feelings of others as little as she does her own heart.

  • Anne Of Green Gables

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/anne-of-green-gables-12" target="_blank">Anne of Green Gables</a> By L. M. Montgomery </strong> The story of Anne, a young orphan in Avonlea and her adventures becoming of age, dealing with friends, adjusting to her new home, and overcoming school.

  • The Fault In Our Stars

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-fault-in-our-stars-2" target="_blank">The Fault in Our Stars</a> By John Green </strong> Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

  • The Mill On The Floss

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-mill-on-the-floss-53" target="_blank">The Mill on the Floss</a> George Eliot </strong> As Maggie Tulliver approaches adulthood, her spirited temperament brings her into conflict with her family, her community, and her much-loved brother Tom.

  • The Business-Oriented

    Are you fierce, ambitious and a go-getter? Are you looking for ways to further develop your career? Whether you’re just starting out in your career or looking for ways to advance, here are some books that will help guide you on your journey.

  • Bossypants

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/bossypants" target="_blank">Bossypants</a> By Tina Fey </strong> From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her life as a mother eating things off the floor, Tina Fey takes us behind the scenes of her every day (hectic) life.

  • Lean In

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/lean-in-1" target="_blank">Lean In</a> By Sheryl Sandberg </strong> In <em>Lean In</em>, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

  • Steve Jobs

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/steve-jobs-9" target="_blank">Steve Jobs</a> Walter Isaacson</strong> Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years, Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur.

  • The Best Advice I Ever Got

    <strong><a href="http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-best-advice-i-ever-got" target="_blank">The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives</a> By Katie Couric</strong> Katie Couric distills the ingenious, hard-won insights of such leaders and visionaries as Maya Angelou, Jimmy Carter, Michael J. Fox, and Ken Burns, who offer advice about life, success, and happiness.

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