Happy Holidays! Christmas is right around the corner, which means we have both GIFTS and BOOKS on the brain (since we always have books on the brain). So, let’s put those two together and round-up some ideas for the hard-to-shop-for booklovers in our lives.
(Of course, HPB gift cards always make great gifts too, for the treasure-hunting loved one whose favorite activities include browsing HPB bookshelves.)
For dads who gets lost in sweeping fantasy, creatures, magic, and high stakes . . .
The Game of Thrones series, by George R.R. Martin; The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien; The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
For warm-hearted sisters who believe in happy endings . . .
The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom; Fly Away by Kristin Hannah
For uncles who like their thrillers with a side of bone-cracking suspense:
Command Authority by Tom Clancy; Six Years by Harlan Coben; Night Film by Marisha Pessl
For your college professor friend who celebrates well-written fiction:
We Are Water by Wally Lamb; Life after Life by Kate Atkinson; The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
For the college sophomore for whom every day is Friday the 13th:
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill; Joyland by Stephen King; Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
For the niece who thinks the most fascinating subject matter is humanity itself:
Autobiography by Morrisey; Mary Poppins, She Wrote: The Life of P.L. Travers by Valerie Lawson; Waiting to be Heard by Amanda Knox; The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill by William Manchester and Paul Reid; Countdown by Alan Weisman; The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond
For the middle school librarian whose only Christmas wish is more books — always, more books:
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo; The House of Hades by Rick Riordan; The Cloak Society by Jeramey Kraatz; The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore; Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney; The Dork Diaries 6: Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker by Rachel Renee Russell; Randi Rhodes: Ninja Detective by Octavia Spencer
For the girl who lives in the Teen Fiction section . . . and is probably working on her own YA trilogy:
The Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy by Rae Carson; The Raven Cycle Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater; The Seven Kingdoms Trilogy by Kristin Cashore; Mila 2.0 by Debra Dizra; Pivot Point by Kasie West; The Lost Sun: United States of Asgard series by Tessa Gratton; Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor; Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
For the person who can remember exactly where they were:
Five Days in November by Clint Hill; Dallas 1963 by Bill Minutaglio; November 22, 1963: Witness to History by Hugh Aynesworth
For the husband who needs to know exactly where his food came from — and washes it down with a nice Malbec:
Eat Vegan Before 6 by Mark Bittman; Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert: Take a Whiff of That by Richard Betts; The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman; The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays by Ree Drummond
For the uncle who loves movies, and the Internet, and everything in between:
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher; How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal and Matthew Inman; What Does the Fox Say? by Ylvis, Christian Lochstoer and Svein Nyhus
What about you? Which books are you giving as gifts this year? — Kristen
Kristen is Public Relations Specialist at Half Price Books Corporate.
You may follow her on Twitter at @kristendickson.