Grace's 2014 Book Gift Guide
Hey y'all!It's Grace, here to give y'all a couple recommendations for some quick picks if you're struggling to find the perfect book gifts for Christmas. If you have a bibliophile in your family - or someone who you'd love to convert - a book is a quick, personal gift this holiday season. A book is something you can connect to, something entertaining, and something that holds many memories.I can't remember the last time I got a book for Christmas - my family doesn't know which books I've read, so they avoid it altogether- but it's a great option. It's an escape, a little luxury that people might not necessarily pick up for themselves. A book is truly the gift that keeps on giving.For the younger readers, I recommended engrossing books without profanity, sex, or other objectionable content. Many of these are based off what I read at that age, what I've reread recently, and my observations about what kids around me enjoy. Young-adult and adult reads are based off my own experiences as well.Whether it's for a reluctant or an avid reader, here are some of my recs for this Christmas.
for young readers
Whether your recipient is a littler one, with a thirst for adventure, or hovering around the preteen coming-of-age reads, here are a few solid picks for everyone. Between the one who wants a mermaid read and the one who wants dragons(!) or even the one who prefers more realism, here are some reads that will satisfy even the most reluctant of readers.
These are for the kid who will not stop talking about other worlds. The one who's always talking ghosts, or buried in high fantasy. The one who wants to read about swashbuckling adventures, fairytale retellings, or just a solidly-built story.
These are for the kids who want a realistic read, or if not realistic, then light enough to plainly enjoy. Whether it's a thoughtful narration of a perceptive twelve-year old or the ethereal descent into an underwater world, these make perfect beach reads for preteens. So what if it's winter?
for readers in between middle grade and YA
The years between middle-grade and young-adult books are a tricky time for everyone: how far is too far? Is this plot too mature? My chosen picks have plot that will eagerly prepare any young reader for the feel of YA without profanity, violence, or sex that's too much for a preteen (although I definitely support the right to read whatever you're ready to read!)
for teen readers
This is my niche. Young adult is where I'm most comfortable and I love it more than anything; my years spent in the genre have inspired me to put together a few compilations of recs that are sure to thrill a reader of any category. Are your gift recipients solid contemporary lovers or paranormal fanatics? Between short reads and long reads, popular reads and underrated reads, my lists contain a plethora of different titles for each reader.All these books are stories: vibrant, living, emotional stories. Whether it deals with tragedy, first love, heartbreak, or others, each of these narrators is a vastly different person by the end of the book. As a teen, these kinds of books are valuable.Despite the passionate roller-coaster of the coming-of-ages, a lighter read is sometimes exactly what a girl (or guy) needs. All of these reads feature travel, first love, beaches, scavenger hunts, or other fare that's depicted in a relatable tone - but they're all still stunning.I'm a paranormal person despite the trend (mostly) dying out and I'd be willing to bet that a lot of teens still are too. What better way to get your teen to pick up a book than to add a vampire? It's a stereotype, but pretty true as long as the other does an excellent job with the plot. These reads are all eerie or gorgeous or funny or scary - paranormal in the best possible way.
for readers in between YA and adult
Recently, I've been adventuring more into adult fiction and nonfiction. As a sixteen-year old, it's a hard transition. How do I capture the absorbing, fun feel of YA without going too literary (or vice versa)? These picks contain my personal favorites, along with reads that I know others around me have enjoyed. They're compelling and mature, without having explicit content or an overload of issues that we don't quite deal with yet. Again, it's up to anyone what they're comfortable reading.
for adult readers
While I never am able to receive books from my family, I still shop a lot for my parents and older siblings. My dad, a political businessman with a penchant for biographies, loves books dealing with Washington and thorough profiles of high-interest individuals around the world. My brother, a twenty-year old historical prodigy (of sorts) with interest in the Middle East, still has an affection for fantasy and a good adventure. My older sister and my mom like chick lit, historical fiction, and whatever their respective book clubs recommend.These are memoirs and glorious fiction and essays - a compilation of reads that will keep your mom, dad, whoever up way later than they should be. They're gripping and brilliant and quite good. Even better, they're books that would make great book club picks and are perfect for discussion.These books focus on business, politics, and history. They're informative without being dry, delving into the intricacies of time periods and complex people. They're perfect for anybody who wants to know more about the world around them but doesn't know where to start. In fact, my dad requested Worthy Fights for Christmas and I wrapped it a few minutes ago.Picking a book for somebody is a personal experience. What will they connect to? What's more, what will they like? It's a great way to get closer to family and friends - particularly if you've read the book and can gush after! - but it's hard to pick the book that you know for sure that they'll like. Whether you're shopping for a ten year old, a twenty year old, or a thirty year old, I hope you enjoy my recommendations!