Let’s be honest, we are getting down to the wire for Christmas gifts , however we have the amazing Amazon Prime shipping. Starting with the Amazon – OG, books, are perfect gifts to give all the people in your life. It shows you know and care about them, especially their brain. If they don’t read then it is like you are saying: “I care more about your dumb dumb brain than you do so please consider this an intervention. Be happy I didn’t get you a picturebook.”
If you don’t have Amazon Prime then gift it to yourself. See two presents in one!!!!
My book suggestions based on what I read this year:
Your nephew or niece that seems like they are always up to things:
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
This book is long so it might keep them out of the shady shady for a bit and maybe they will learn that even if they are starving, guilt is worse than being caught. And if they don’t feel anything then you have run your own psychopath test and just move along. You ain’t got time for that. You aren’t Dexter’s father. No one is that good. Note: the book is old, Russian and long but if you make the time it will be one of the most beautiful experiences of your life. Unless you truly have no soul, psychopath.
For everyone. Fine. For the Harry Potter Loving Person (see everyone):
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
This book is essentially fan fiction from a novel series featured in Rowell’s book, Fangirl. The idea of fan fiction sounds weird I know and I’ll admit that I hated the concept at first but after reading it, I fell in love.
The perfect thing to fill the hole that Harry Potter left. Until we get to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And Harry Potter Hollywood. Squee.
That teen in your life who you secretly want them to see you as cool:
Binge by Tayler Oakley
He is a YouTube star who makes video basically sharing his life. Okay YouTube is this channel where you probably watch videos or things your friends post from Facebook that you turn off after 30 seconds. But for the young people they watch this medium as you watch NCIS or The Mentalist. Tyler Oakley is a young man who is charming and generally speaks of positiveness and hilarity.
Neil Gaiman fan in your life. Or someone who wants just a goddamn good book:
Weaveworld by Clive Barker
I think most people think of Clive Barker as a horror writer but this book and Imajica are two perfect examples of how he writes these gorgeous epic urban fantasy novels. Weaveworld does have a couple of grotesque passages but the story as a whole is this concoction of myth, religion, magic and today (well 1980s today). This is perfect if you loved American Gods or Neverwhere or anything by Gaiman.
Any woman in your life? Or any person wanting to read a good woman-centric book that isn’t patronizing and also funny.
How to Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran
I loved this book so much that I had Andreaboo read it and he loved it also. It can be a book for anyone. I found it enlightening to read about about being a woman that is just about being a woman. It isn’t pretty or perfect. Showing that there is no right way to be any type of person. Being yourself is the hardest thing we can do so trying to also be something else is just silly. Caitlin Moran tells you this in her lovely book.
For the college student or post -college student. Or the person that needs to grow up
Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up by Grace Helbig
Isn’t Christmas the time you say what you really feel? I learned that from Love Actually via cue cards. If you are too chicken to say I really want you to grow up then just say, it is a YouTube person and you watch YouTube. Because seriously who hasn’t watched YouTube. This book is hilarious and super informative and helpful to the budding adult.
For the person who wants a good simple book. Your mom?
I’ll Give You The Sun – Jandy Nelson
This book is the story of two twins and what happens to them that strains their relationship. One is after the relationship is strained and the other is from the point of working towards when the relationship pivot happens. It is brutal at time and so beautiful. It is about art, love, family and being a teenager. It isn’t a super teen novel either. It just is a story about teenagers not necessarily for them.
For the screaming child. Bedtime story!!
The Slade House by David Mitchell
Full disclosure- I am midway through this book. This book is fairly short and a good allegory for your annoying (sorry, challenging) child to not go into strangers’ houses. Or what happens when you talk too much. I haven’t finished the book so maybe everyone is super happy and forms a love rainbow circle. Either way start your child young with good literature. Dr. Seuss is for babies.