If you are a procrastinator like me, then you might still have quite a few gifts to purchase this holiday season. If so, why not give your friend, partner, or family member a great book? Follow this book recommendation guide for some good books and good gifts.
Or, if you have all of your gifts bought, get ready to be a book boss and snatch up these books with all those Christmas deals.
P.S. All of these recommendations are books that I have read, but not all of them came out this year.
IF THEY LIKE POST-APOCALYPTIC NOVELS…
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
A bleak, devastating novel that is just as unforgiving to its characters as it is to its readers. The Road with its bare-bones style submerges the reader into a cold, merciless world that is simultaneously compelling and repulsive.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Station Eleven tells a hauntingly beautiful story that weaves together the lives of an interesting cast of characters both before and after the apocalypse. Unlike The Road, Station Eleven depicts a balance between the bleak and the beautiful for a more bittersweet tone and atmosphere.
IF THEY LIKE BOOKS THAT MAKE THEM THINK…
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
Behind the controversial title lies an unapologetic argument against the existence of God. Dawkins blends a strong mix of science and philosophy for a thought-provoking read.
IF THEY LIKE NEW ADULT FANTASY SERIES…
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
This book series is addictive like candy and a definite funk-breaker. While not perfect, this series brews an irresistible blend of fantastical fun, sexy relationships, and an epic story.
IF THEY LIKE SHAKESPEARE…
Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
Much like The Tempest, Hag-Seed amuses me with its lovable characters and fun plot. While Hag-Seed requires some build-up, the story is well worth the ride.
IF THEY LIKE LITERARY AND HISTORICAL FICTION…
The Girls by Emma Cline
Inspired by Charles Manson and “family”, The Girls portrays a Evie Boyd’s decision in the 1960s to join a cult. Cline does not shy away from the brutal reality of such cults as she explores Evie’s journey of sexuality and violence.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Homegoing is a richly structured novel featuring two half-sisters from Africa and the generations that come after them. Each chapter presents a new character with new struggles according to location and time period. As such, we the readers experience small pockets of time and character that are enriched by the stories that come before and after, demonstrating the invested, historical connection between each generation.
IF THEY LIKE NONFICTION…
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
Nafisi weaves a powerful narrative of her life in Tehran with classic literature. This memoir operates on two different levels: the strength of her memories as a woman in Tehran and the intersections between the real world and literature.
IF THEY LIKE YOUNG ADULT…
Billie Standish Was Here by Nancy Crocker
This story exceeds all expects as Crocker avoids one of my big pet peeves. Without spoiling anything, Billie Standish was Here provides a detailed account of Billie’s life with realistic hardships and rich, heartbreaking relationships.
IF THEY LIKE BOOKS WITH A STRONG VOICE…
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Dive into the mind of a teenage boy with Asperger’s in this novel. Christopher’s voice is engaging and immersive as I truly felt like I was seeing the world through his eyes.
Hopefully, this small list of book recommendations helps you some. Let me know in the comments what books you would recommend as great gifts!