Thursday, December 15, 2016

HOLIDAY BOOK LOVER'S GIFT GUIDE - 2016

Hello everyone!

Today I am doing something a little bit different, I will be sharing my gift guide for getting the perfect gift for the bookworm in your life, or to just treat yourself!

Each recommendation is set up for a different 'type' of person, but feel free to go with what you think is best! I also tried to keep the choices limited to recent-ish releases to minimize the chances of duplicates, Let's get into the books!

For the socially conscious/budding feminist: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis.


This book was one of my very favourites of the year, so I had to include it. The story has a bit of everything for every reader from the thrill seeker to the romantic, to the feminist, or the feminist-who-doesn't-know-they-are-a-feminist, to every decent human being. TFoTS deals with a mystery, a romance, societal views on rape and sexual assault, and societal norms. This book is so important and would be perfect for even the pickiest of readers on your list.

For the more mature reader who isn't afraid of a good cry: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover.


This story, like all of Hoover's novels, will hit you right in the feels. While her books are best gone into blind, I feel it necessary to say that this book deals with domestic violence. Hoover used inspiration from her own mother's story to create a novel that will have you laughing one minute and bawling like a baby the next. Make sure to gift some caffeine and tissues with this one, because the moment your bookworm starts this one, they won't be able to stop until the small hours of the morning, clutching it to their chest sobbing silently.

For a reader who loves reading about other readers: Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick.


This is a recent read for me but it has stuck with me. The characters in the book are exposed to the world of a cult-classic novel long out of print and are shown the ways in which written words affect readers. This book is also great to give to the young reader who is struggling to decide what to do with their future, the main character's struggles are sure to echo some of their own thoughts. You could throw some sticky notes or a journal in with this gift; the recipient will want a place to mark and write down all the great quotes from the wise words of Booker, the author of the classic novel.

For the reader who likes to take a chance on a debut author: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton.


Hamilton crafts an intricate and action-packed story of magic, the original Wild West, and just a hint of romance. The first in a trilogy, this story will sweep your bookworm off their feet and into the magical world of djinni. With the sequel coming out in March, it will be a quick read and a short wait for the continuation. Gunslinging and Arabic folklore meld together beautifully to create a story sure to entice any reader to give Hamilton a well-deserved shot.

For the reader trying to diversify their collection: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon.


Not only is Yoon herself a POC and WOC, but the characters in this story are also both POC and immigrants. One is a Korean-American boy and the other a Jamaican girl who is being deported after living in the States undocumented. Yoon also flips the nerdy/romantic trope on its head, writing Daniel as the hopeless romantic who falls head over heels, and Natasha as the one who believes in the scientific facts. This book deals with issues that often get brushed under the rug but desperately need to be talked about. Any reader would love to have this book in their collection, plus the cover is stunning!

For the fairy-tale lover: Heartless by Marissa Meyer.


If the bookworm in your life hasn't picked up this book already, they are missing out. Meyer weaves an engaging story of the Queen of Hearts' life before Wonderland. She has a way of humanizing villains in a way that encourages sympathy and understanding for what they have become. Meyer perfectly portrays the journey from a love-struck teen, dreaming of her bakery to the evil head-chopper that is the Queen of Hearts. I would recommend gifting this book with a gorgeous copy of the classic Caroll story and some baked goods; Meyer's descriptions of the creations in the story are mouth watering.

And there you go! Hopefully one of these books will be of interest to you, I mean the bookworm in your life. And if not, bookstore gift cards are always a welcome addition to any reader's holiday season!