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

My Bookish Christmas Shopping List # 2 — For My Contemporary YA Loving Sis

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 17 year old sister Paige

The “Challenges”

 

None really with her. She just really doesn’t like anything even remotely paranormal — she’s my contemporary girl! She does prefer the MCs to be older and for it to be a little more mature. Also, she LOVES reading and devours the books when she does read but it’s hard to get her to pick up a book so it has to be super compelling from the get-go or highly recommended.

My Strategy

Pick books based off books I know she’s already loved and ones that I loved since we have the same humor, same love for really heartfelt stories that make you cry and swoonworthy romances with slower builds (there are some exceptions). I’m going to pick a mix of books for every mood basically so I’ll have a better chance of getting her finding one that catches her attention no matter what kind of mood she’s in!

Books I’ve Recommended To Her & She’s Enjoyed

 Sloppy Firsts (the Jessica Darling series) by Megan McCafferty
(my review of Sloppy Firsts)

 

If I Stay by Gayle Forman (also Where She Went)
(my review of If I Stay & Where She Wentby Gayle Forman)

 

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen


Because She LOVED Jessica Darling & has the same kind of sense of humor as me


Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
( I know she’s going to hate this cover but I’m going to beg her to ignore it)

(my review of Audrey, Wait)

 

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

 

The Boyfriend List (Ruby Oliver series) by E. Lockhart

 

 

Because She Liked If I Stay….(emotional & heartfelt)


The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas

 

Hold Still by Nina LaCour

 

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
(My review of The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson)

 

 

Because She Likes Swoony Romances With Substance Like In The Truth Of Forever (She likes more slow building of romance)

 

 The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
(my review of The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han)

 

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
(my review of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour)

 

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
(my review of Moonglass by Jessi Kirby)

Other Go-To Contemps I Could See Her Enjoying

 

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
(my review of Wanderlove)

 

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
(my review of Twenty Boy Summer)

 

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
(my review of Sweethearts by Sara Zarr)

 

Raw Blue by Kirsty Eager
(my review of Raw Blue by Kirsty Eager)

 

So these are  my prospective picks to buy for Christmas for my 17 year old sister who loves contemporary YA like I do!  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 that I know she’ll love.

Check out last week’s  Christmas shopping list for my sister who is a Twilight fan!

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