When your family can hardly feed itself, books are a luxury. Melissa grew up scrounging novels from garage sales and second-hand stores, meaning she read a lot of different things, many of which were never intended for little girls. Because of this, no gift is more precious to her than a brand-new book. Melissa’s favorite fiction reads involve richly built worlds, complex characters, and evocative storytelling. For nonfiction, she loves reading about herbalism, ancient civilizations, and real people with extraordinary stories.