Two things come to my mind as I write this post: 1. I need to read a ton more books and 2. there are so SO many books out there! I love giving books as gifts, but I feel like every time I do I say “here have a piece of my heart that I love and tell me what you think about it.” 90% of the time I never hear anything back about the book one way or another.
Which is totally fine.
But as far as gift giving goes, I think books are the top of the line. Here’s why:
- They’re kind of expensive (if you’re rich, you’re probably laughing at me). But if you think about it, 2 books is almost $40, that’s a pretty decent gift — throw in a coffee mug or blanket and you are GOLDEN.
- They are TOTALLY personalized. The person giving the book has put time and effort into picking out what they think is the perfect book for you.
- You can totally give a book to anyone. I’m a girl (duh), so I know how to buy gifts for girls: candles, smelly stuff, bath bombs, blankets, chocolate, etc. But I never know what to buy a guy — it’s like the worlds worst guessing game on Zach’s birthday. But books, well that is something that you can literally give anyone because they make books for EVERY KIND OF PERSON.
- It’s the gift that keeps on giving. I mean, think about it. You get to open it and admire the beauty and smell (I know I’m a dork, I’ve accepted it). THEN, you get to read and enjoy the story. THEN, you get to look at it some more. And, BONUS, you can read it again whenever you want. I dare you to try to get that much use out of a bath bomb.
Have I convinced you to give books this year, yet? Because you should. If you’ll note, the very first thing I talked about was needing to read more books, but I REALLY want to write this post. So disclaimer: keep in mind that I haven’t read every single one of these books, but I did put a painstaking amount of time and work into this post, so I hope you like it 🙂 .
Here is your gift guide for the readers on your list:
For the fiction lover:
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. If you haven’t read this you TOTALLY should. I read it last year (and I often read while I’m on the elliptical at the gym) and I was BAWLING in public!! But it is still one of my favorite books. Also, have I told you how INTIMIDATED I am to read the sequel?
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. This book was AH-MAZING. I think it’s one of those books that everyone should read once in a lifetime. There was just so much going on. Love, loss, life. A great book for anyone.
For the historical fiction lover:
- A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams. This is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS! I am so glad I read it. This is a great book for lovers of historical fiction, but it also has hints of mystery to keep the pages flying by. Even though we’re talking about gifts to give for Christmas, this is a really amazing summer read. (or a read to get over the winter blues)
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I will admit, it’s been a while since I last read this one. But I do remember that I LOVED it. I still love it.
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I haven’t read this one yet, but it’s SO popular and my mom liked it, so I think it would make a great gift.
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I know this one is a little older, it was really popular like 8 years ago, but I think it’s still a really fun story that a lot of readers would enjoy.
For the YA lover:
- Once and For All by Sarah Dessen. I started this one a few weeks back and it drew me in right away, but finals have stopped me from actually accomplishing anything. On the other hand, it’s super popular and Sarah Dessen is amazing, so you can’t go wrong.
- Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. This is such a great winter read. Cute, fun, and fast-paced with a touch of romance make this perfect for young adult readers.
For the YA fantasy lover:
- The 5th Wave Series by Rick Yancey.
- Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard. I really loved these books! (I still haven’t read King’s Cage, but the story and writing is BEAUTIFUL!
- Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. I loved Divergent and I loved this book. Plus, it was just announced that the next book is going to be published in 2018!
- An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. The next book, A Reaper at the Gates, comes out in May. These are some of my all-time favorites, and would make a great gift for anyone who loved Harry Potter, Divergent, the Hunger Games, etc.
For the mystery/psychological thriller lover:
- All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda.
- The Women in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware.
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.
For the non-fiction lover:
- Sam Kean’s books: The Disappearing Spoon, The Violinists Thumb, and The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons. I thoroughly enjoy Sam Kean’s writing style and the books are very informative. A perfect gift for lovers of science.
- The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin. This is sad, but I really enjoyed the history and the story. (A big part of that is probably because it happened where I lived and I even know descendants of some of the people mentioned in the book). For people who love history, this is a really great gift.
- Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick. I really loved this one. It was the perfect blend of funny/jokes and real life. I think it would be a great gift for people who love Anna Kendrick and enjoy autobiographies. (I listened to the audiobook and it was SERIOUSLY amazing)
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio. I JUST finished this book and SERIOUSLY could not get enough. I think everyone should have to read this book, there are just so many lessons to be learned from it.
- And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman. This book is really short but so powerful. I read it in a day, and it has stuck with me all year. I don’t think you can go wrong giving this as a gift.
- The Lord of the Rings Boxset by J.R.R. Tolkien. Who doesn’t love these books? I think they should be considered classics and everyone should read them!!
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. If you know someone who hasn’t read these books, you should make it easier for them 🙂 These books are a staple on any reading list, and I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t appreciate them.
Let’s talk! What are you giving this year? Are there any books I missed that you think should be on my list?Are you giving any of these this year?