My Bookish Christmas Shopping List # 4 — For My Picky Friend

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!)

The “Challenges”

 

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!

My Strategy

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

My Bookish Christmas Shopping List # 3 — For My Teenage Nephews

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 13 & 15 year old nephews who LOVED The Hunger Games, Percy Jackson & the Vladimir Tod series among other books. The oldest also loves The Walking Dead!

The “Challenges”

 

1) Anything with a “girl” cover they will not even pick up. They don’t mind if there is a girl main character but they always say she can’t be “too girly.”
2) They get distracted really easily with video games so it needs to really capture their attention because I saw how the abandoned those video games for Legend! They LOOOVED that book!

My Strategy

Pick books that are fast paced, have lots of  action and/or  fun — a variety of dystopian, horror, thriller, mystery, etc.

Books I’ve Recommended To Them & They’ve Enjoyed

 Legend by Marie Lu
Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
The Maze Runner by James Dashner

 I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Alex VanHelsing: Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson
The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini (for the older one)
Ashfall by Mike Mullin
Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
Lockdown by Alexander Gordon-Smith
Ashes,  Ashes by Jo Treggiari
Gone by Michael Grant
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
I Am Not A  Serial  Killer by Dan Wells

So these are my prospective picks to buy for Christmas for my teen nephews! 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 them and find the best choices that I know they’ll love!

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

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