Once a week, from now until Christmas, I’m going to be sharing my own shopping lists for family members or friends that I have on my list. I’ll be letting you know what they read, the challenges I face in choosing a book for them and some ideas I came up with. I’d love for you to also interject and recommend some that you think would fit as well! So check out my lists if you are also looking to find some books to give as Christmas gifts for the bookish people in your life.
Buying Books For
My friend that prefers literary fiction & just recently read & LOVED The Perks Of Being A Wallflower but still kind of doubts that YA can be “smart”, “deep” or poetic. (Mwahaha I can now convert her!)
1) She just is skeptical of YA lit — she just sees it as all Twilight. This is where I see an opportunity!
2) She doesn’t really like “cutesy” love stories or anything like that!
I could go with safe & get her adult literary fiction titles that are popular OR I could challenge myself with mostly YA books I really, really do think she’d like if she gave a chance! YAngelism FTW!
Books I’ve Recommended To Her & She’s Enjoyed
All things John Green — Paper Towns, Looking For Alaska, The Fault In Our Stars, An Abundance Of Katherine
Marcelo in the Real World
It’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Please Ignore Vera Dietz, Ask The Passengers by AS King
The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan (not YA)
Every Day & Realm of Possibilities by David Levithan
The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Book Thief by Markus Zusack
So these are my prospective picks to buy for Christmas for my friend who is skeptical of YA! I hope this is useful for any of you looking for good book recommendations for family/friends this season…or for yourself :P. Let me know if you have any suggestions for me to look into as I try to shop for her and find the best choices for more “literary” (I hate that term but have no idea what else to say) YA.
Check out previous shopping lists:
Christmas shopping list for my sister who is a Twilight fan!
Christmas shopping list for my teen sister who loves realistic teen fiction
Christmas shopping list for my teen nephews who like to read