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Do the book lovers in your life deserve the perfect Christmas gifts? Of course they do!
As a book lover, I love getting books for Christmas! My favorite gift that I ever got was a copy of S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. That book changed my life. I read it when it was I was 12, and the world has never looked the same since.
Getting a gift for a book lover seems pretty easy, right?
Sure, ‘books’ is in the title, so obviously a book lover would love to get books. But what book? There are almost 1,000,000 books published in the US alone. Do you know which one is the perfect book for your favorite bookworm?
Whats in this Post:
Raved About Books of 2017
Award Winning Novels
Young Adult Must Haves
Christmas is fast approaching! Most of these books can be delivered by Christmas if ordered by December 7th-9th, so if you find a book you think that special someone will like, I recommend you order it right away!
Without further ado, here are the best gifts for book lovers!
Raved About Books of 2017:
These books were talked about non-stop in the book community this year. Everyone had something to say about their plots, characters, and messages. While opinions may have differed, one thing is for sure: these books were worth talking about. Any book lover would be overjoyed to add these books to their libraries!
If you are in the book community, then you must have heard about Into the Water. It’s one of the most talked about books this year, and it’s in the final round of GoodReads Awards voting. There is no small wonder why since this is another novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train. The book has a riveting plot, interesting characters, and storytelling that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. The book centers around Jules and the death of her sister, Nel. It appears that Nel’s death was under mysterious and suspicious circumstances. Besides that, this novel has a gorgeous cover that will look great on any bookshelf (and believe it or not, that really matters to a hardcore bookworm). Know someone who loves a good edge-of-your-seat mystery or thriller? This is the perfect book! You can find ratings, learn more, or purchase the book by clicking here.
Looking for a gift for a teen or young adult? The Hate U Give has been getting rave reviews. This novel is about Starr, an African-American teenager who lives between two worlds: the poor neighborhood she has grown up in and the the preppy suburban school she attends. Starr’s life becomes complicated when she witnesses her childhood best friend die after being shot by a police officer. To further complicate matters, her friend was unarmed, and his death becomes a national headline. Only Starr knows what happened that night, but the truth could tear her community apart. This book deals with tough issues like racism and grief. It is sure to be a memorable read. Want to learn more, read reviews, or purchase this book? Click here!
Little Fires Everywhere is sure to be an important and interesting read. In fact, John Green stated that it may be his favorite book of the year! This novel is the story of a community that very strongly believes in following the rules and a single mother (along with her teenage daughter) who do not. This mother-daughter duo enter the community and turn it upside down. This book discusses important topics like being to much of a rule follower and the bond of motherhood. This book is also a GoodReads Awards finalist. To read reviews, learn more, or purchase this book, click here.
Devil in Spring is another popular book that has held it’s own in GoodReads Awards final round. This novel has a unique concept. It isn’t the typical tale of a brainless woman who gets swept away by a guy with large muscles and no personality. No, this is the tale of an entrepreneur woman who would rather build her career and start a business than find a man (now that’s my kind of girl!) However, there is a mysterious stranger and a daring plot led by romance. This is sure to be a riveting and enjoyable read for anyone who is a fan of romance. To read reviews, learn more, or purchase this novel, please click here.
I would be tempted to say that Caraval was the most raved about book this year. I certainly heard more about it than any other book on the market. This is the enchanting tale of two sisters, Scarlet and Tella, who are controlled by their abusive father. He also happens to be the most powerful man where they live, so Scarlet has just about given up hope of ever escaping him. She is even planning on going through with a marriage her father arranged until she gets an invitation to Caraval, the magical game where the winner gets a wish. However, soon after arriving at Caraval, Tella goes missing, and finding her becomes the key to winning the game. Can Scarlet save her sister before the game ends or their father catches up with them? You’ll have to read it to find out! Any lover of fantasy novels will be thrilled to get this as a gift. Want to learn more, read the reviews, or purchase the book? Click here!
Lincoln in the Bardo is an unforgettable tale of the father-son bond, shown through none other than Abraham Lincoln and his son Willie. Historically, Willie died at a very young age, and Abraham Lincoln was overcome by grief. This fictional novel beautifully and humorously displays the affection between father and son as Willie lands in a type of ghost purgatory. Do you know someone who like heartfelt historical fiction? This is the book for you! To learn more, read reviews, or purchase this novel, click here.
Award Winning Novels
These books won prestigious awards this year. Out of hundreds of thousands of books, these rose to the top and were selected as the best of the best. The book lover in your life is sure to appreciate these fine books.
Sing, Unburied, Sing is part modern fiction, part science fiction. It deals with grief, pain, struggles, and the journey of simply becoming. Jojo is a thirteen-year-old biracial boy whose father is soon to be released from prison. Jojo struggles to figure out who he should be. He doesn’t know if he should be like his absentee white father, his black grandfather, or someone else. Likewise, his mother struggle to know who she should be. She longs to be a good mother, but her drug addiction stifles that hope. The plot centers around Jojo meeting the ghost of thirteen-year-old prison inmate. This ghost teaches Jojo an important lesson about life and loss and becoming. To learn more, read reviews, or purchase this novel, click here.
The Underground Railroad is a historical fiction novel. The story centers around Cora, a young African slave who is treated harshly by both her white owners and her fellow slaves. Anticipating for her conditions to worsen, Cora jumps at the chance Caesar, a newly arrived slave, presents to her: escaping on the underground railroad. But things don’t go as planned. Cora ends up killing a white boy who tries to stop her from escaping, and now she and Caesar are being hunted. As the slave hunters close in on their heals and they realize that the underground railroad may not have been what they thought it was, Cora will have to fight for her freedom. This is sure to be an interesting and enlightening read. To read reviews, learn more, or purchase this novel, click here.
This page turning thriller is sure to keep you at the edge of your seat. In Before the Fall, a group of wealthy people and one down-on-his-luck painter board a plane. A while later, the plane crashes into the sea. The only two survivors are the poor painter and a young boy who is now the sole heir to an immense fortune. Many wonder, though, if so many wealthy individuals perishing could really be the result of an accident. Was something more sinister at play? The fragile but blossoming relationship between the painter and the young boy is at the heart of this masterpiece. If you are looking for an exciting and heartfelt book, this novel is perfect for you! To read reviews, learn more, or purchase this novel, click here.
Under the Harrow is another mystery/thriller that climbed its way to the top this year. This novel is about Nora who goes to visit her sister in the countryside. However, instead of greeting her sister with a warm embrace, she finds her murdered in her home. Nora has lost faith in the police due to a previous unsolved assault, so she decides to find her sister’s killer herself. This novel is sure to keep you engrossed from the first page to the last. Want to read the reviews, learn more, or purchase this novel? Click here!
The Power is a novel that appears to deal with sexism. In this novel, teenage girls suddenly have a new power: they can cause people emmense physical pain and even kill them. Now that young women have such a dangerous power, the world takes a drastic turn. Naomi Alderman weaves together an alternate world while exposing ours as well. To read the reviews, learn more, or purchase this novel, click here!
These books aren’t from 2017, but they are timeless classics that everyone should read at some point in their lives. No bookshelf is complete without these four books.
Pride and Prejudice is one of those must read books that everyone has heard of. There are countless movies and books inspired by this one classic. Jane Austen weaves together a romance like none other. In this novel, Elizabeth and her four sisters are seeking love and financial security in the Victorian age. However, things get shaken up when handsome but haughty Mr. Darcy steps into the mix. Will these sisters learn to navigate the world and find true love? You’ll have to read it to find out! This is perfect for anyone who loves a good romance. To read reviews, learn more, or purchase this novel, click here!
The Catcher in the Rye is a must read, especially for anyone beginning adulthood. The story is about a seventeen-year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. This boy, Holden, is brutally honest and incredibly accurate. He pulls back the layers of society to reveal the ‘phonies’ he encounters every day. This novel is about love, loss, and finding your place in a society that is hypocritical and cold. To learn more, read reviews, or purchase this novel, click here!
If you haven’t read Fahrenheit 451, you need to. This dystopian is the story of a world where books are illegal and must be burned if found. The main character, Guy, is a fireman, which means it is his job to burn any illegal books. It is the common belief that books are the cause of all unhappiness and discord in this world, however, even without books, Guy is unhappy. His marriage is in great discord. Could it be because there are books hidden in his house? With the police willing to hunt down and destroy anyone with the audacity to own a book, Guy lives in a dangerous world. This book beautifully expresses the importance of books and the danger of a society controlled by technology. This is an absolute must have for any bookshelf. To learn more, read reviews, or purchase this wonderful novel, click here!
The Outsiders is by far my favorite book of all time! I’ve read this book at least five times, and every time I learn something new and grow to love the characters more. This novel is geared more towards teens, but it can be enjoyed by anyone of any age. I recommend that every one reads this book at least once. This novel is about Ponyboy Curtis, a recently orphaned 14-year-old boy living with his two older brothers. Although Ponyboy gets along with his one brother, he can’t seem to please his oldest brother. Their relationship is strained, and although it is clear that his brother loves him, Ponyboy doesn’t see it. During the time this book is set in, teens were classified into two groups: rich socs and poor greasers. Ponyboy and his friends are greasers, and socs are known to beat up greasers. One night, Ponyboy and his best friend, the quiet and abused Johnny, are attacked by socs. Johnny is forced to stab and kill one of the socs to protect Ponyboy. The two boys go on the run to keep from being arrested, but their worlds are turned upside down. This novel deals with important subjects like family, society’s standards, ostracism, and death. I can honestly say that this book changed my life. To learn more, read reviews, or purchase this novel, click here!
Young Adult Must Haves
These are the hottest and most coveted YA books of the year. Any young adult or teenager would be overjoyed to receive one of these books for Christmas!
The Upside of Unrequited was widely talked about this year. Everywhere I turned, someone was recommending it. This YA novel is about twin sisters struggling to find love. One of the sisters is perpetually skeptical about love due to the fact that she is overweight. This book deals with the struggles of finding love, knowing who you are, and overcoming self-image issues. To read reviews, learn more, or purchase this novel, click here!
Turtles All the Way Down has to be the most coveted book of the year. Teenagers everywhere have fallen in love with John Green and the characters he creates. If you want to find the perfect gift for a teen, specifically a teen girl, you can’t go wrong with John Green. This is his latest book, and it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. This book deals with mental illness with wonderful ease. The story is about Aza, a young girl struggling to be a good person and a good detective. When a billionaire goes missing, Aza takes it upon herself to find him by getting to his son, Davis. This novel is sure to be engrossing in the most wonderful way possible. To read reviews, learn more, or purchase this novel, click here!
Geekerella is a wonderful and modern retelling of Cinderella. In this retelling, Ellie is a geek who is totally obsessed with Starfield, a Sci-Fi series she used to watch with her late father. Now she is heading to to a cosplay ball for Starfield, and she is determined to win the prize for best costume. There she meets an actor from Starfield. This actor, Darien, is tired of life as an actor and has jut about given up. That is, until he meets Ellie. A beautiful romance unfolds between them until suddenly Ellie disappears at midnight. Will Darien ever find her again? This cute story is sure to entertain teenage readers. To learn more, read reviews, or purchase this novel, please click here.
This Sc-Fi novel got a fair amount of publicity in the YA world. Rhee is the princess and sole survivor of a powerful dynasty, and Aly is a refugee who rose to fame but is now being accused of murdering Rhee. Rhee will stop at nothing to avenge her family, and Aly will have to find her to prove his innocence. Together, the two must stop a looming evil before their planets break out in war. To learn more, read reviews, or purchase this novel, please click here.
Not sure what type of book would be best for the book lover in your life? Get them a book they can fill with anything they want! This beautiful journal has 240 pages and a 17th century German design. Starting a journal is a great start for the new year and a quality gift. Want this novel? Click here!