The holiday gift-giving (and receiving) season fast approaching and many of you are looking for investment book ideas. We have accumulated a handful of posts from around the investment blogosphere which just might help.

David Merkel at the Aleph Blog has a review of Triumph of the Optimists by Dimson, Marsh and Staunton. The book serves as a comprehensive review of the past century in global equity market returns.

Bob Frick at Kiplinger’s has assembled a list of the “best investing reads of 2007.” Included on the list are two well-reviewed books: Jason Zweig’s Your Money & Your Brain and Richard Bookstaber’s A Devil of Our Own Design.

Former sell-side analyst Stephen McClellan at notes in his book, Full of Bull, why individuals should steer clear of Wall Street investment advice and follow a more “sensible” strategy.

Charles Kirk at the Kirk Report who traditionally provides a list of recommended investment books around this time of year. This year however he recommends only one book, Dick Davis’ The Dick Davis Dividend.

Barry Ritholtz at the Big Picture has an extended excerpt from The Panic of 1907 by Robert F. Bruner and Sean D. Carr. The authors note the conditions needed to cause a panic and the lessons the country learned from this experience.

Turley Muller at the Financial Alchemist particularly enjoyed the new book Getting Started in Value Investing by Charles Mizrahi. While the title sounds like a beginner’s manual, Muller believes it is much more than that.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, just a few posts we have accumulated over the past week.   We hope you find something of interest.