I love the festive season – merriment, eating, holiday having and GIFTS! I’m a gift person. I love receiving gifts, but more importantly (only very slightly) I love giving gifts. I love taking the time to make sure that I have chosen the best gift for whomever is deserving of my gift giving-ness, and I love to see the joy on people’s faces when I’ve got it right. So, here are my top 5 suggestions for the best gift of all – books! Fingers crossed your loved ones enjoy these as much as I have.
Anything by Jandy Nelson
2015 is the year of all things Jandy Nelson. With a gorgeous new edition of The Sky is Everywhere and the release of I’ll Give You the Sun, Jandy has cemented her place in my literary heart. The heartbreaking stories she tells demand to be read and loved by everyone. Her lyrical writing causes tears, laughter and lots of sighs of contentment. I’ll Give You the Sun and The Sky is Everywhere are the perfect gifts for the special people in your life who love all things beautiful – words, art, people, stories. Jandy’s books are guaranteed to be enjoyed and proclaimed ‘best gift ever’.
The Spark Series by Rachael Craw
You know how you finished Spark desperately wanting more, and then Stray came along and you died, only to come back to life wanting more info on Evie and the gang? Well, why not share in your torment and longing with a dear friend or family member? Certain to keep readers on the edge of their seat from start to finish, the Spark series is the best gift to give to your loved one who enjoys humour, action, good-looking, genetically modified, swoon-worthy guys and superheroes all wrapped up in one kick-ass sci-fi contemporary book. Let’s spread the suffering, I mean joy, this festive season.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Patrick Ness has knocked it out of the park again, sliding into home, scoring goals, and other sports metaphors. TROUJLH tells the story of Mikey, not the chosen one, just the guy trying to finish high school and figure out what he wants in life. Let’s be honest, that is most of us, and Ness does contemporary YA so well that we all feel like our story is getting told. Patrick Ness books are perfect for all the people in your life – bestie, mum, dad, grandma, weird teen sibling – they will all love the journey that Ness creates and will be certain to thank you for it.
The Next Together by Lauren James
Lauren James is a bit of a genius. She has a Master’s degree in Natural Sciences, is completing a PhD and has written an awesome YA novel, The Next Together, all by the age of 23. I have forgiven Lauren for putting my older, less accomplished self to shame because The Next Together is super amazing. Matthew and Katherine are adorable together, and following their stories across four different periods of time is incredibly fun. I loved reading 2019 Matt and Kate’s story through blog posts, google searches and hilarious wedding related power point presentations. The Next Together would be such an awesome summer/beach read, and would therefore make a perfect Aussie Christmas present! If you love reading love stories that span centuries, then maybe The Next Together is even the perfect gift for yourself this Christmas.
The Lone City series by Amy Ewing
Amy Ewing’s The Jewel introduced us to Violet Lasting’s very messed up life in the Lone City, where she is auctioned to the Duchess of the Lake to act as her surrogate. The Jewel introduced us to surrogates, companions, ladies in waiting and an incredibly cruel royal family. The recently released sequel, The White Rose, continues Violet’s journey to discovering just what she is truly made of and what it’s going to take to tear down a centuries old oppressive hierarchy. This series is perfect for the readers in your life looking for a little bit of everything – romance, action, exploration of self, feminism, mythology, and indigenous themes. The Lone City series is one that requires many discussions afterwards, so make sure you pick up a copy for yourself as well as your lucky giftee!
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