Books On My Wishlist

Since I shared a lot of my picks for those on your list this Christmas, I thought it was only fair that I let you in on what is at the top of my list. I have a never-ending list of books I want to read, but these recent releases would be a welcome addition under my Christmas tree.

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Christmas Gift Guide: Part Three

Let me guess, you forgot to buy something for dear Aunt Sally or your friend from high school. Don’t worry, I’ve been there. Over the next few days I’ll be posting some book recommendations for different types of people. All are available on Amazon with two-day shipping. Perfect for those OOPS! moments.

Don’t miss Part One and Part Two.

For the person who loved Hunger Games and Divergent but wants something more complex:

annihilation by jeff vandermeer

Annhilation by Jeff Van Der Meer

In the not-to-distant future, a group of women goes out to an abandoned site to do a scientific investigation of what caused the forest to overtake civilization. What follows is a beautifully written musing on humanity, feminism, and what motivates us all. Dystopia for the scientifically minded.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

I’ve gushed about this book in so many posts, I am sure my regular readers are sick of it! But for those of you whose ears I have not talked off, Shannon’s book imagines a world in which those with supernatural abilities are persecuted by the government. In an attempt to adapt, a new rival government forms. The story follows one very integral part of this shadow government as she is kidnapped and held hostage.

the word exchange by alena graedon

The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon

Do you love words? Do you love reading? Do you love dystopia? Then this book is for you! Graedon’s masterfully crafts a story of what happens when technology begins taking over our ability to produce language.

the girl with all the gifts

The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

Carey’s book is wholly unique in its approach to the future, so unique that it’s hard to talk about without giving away the secret so I’ll let the publisher’s blurb speak for me “Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.”

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I wrote about Mandel’s book quite recently and my praise still stands. This is the perfect book for adults who love dystopia but want something with a little more bite. Mandel’s literary fiction take on the subject offers a refreshing, if somewhat bleak, return to the basics of the genre.

Christmas Gift Guide: Part Two

Let me guess, you forgot to buy something for dear Aunt Sally or your friend from high school. Don’t worry, I’ve been there. Over the next few days I’ll be posting some book recommendations for different types of people. All are available on Amazon with two-day shipping. Perfect for those OOPS! moments.

Don’t miss Part One.

For the girl who never misses an episode of Criminal Minds:

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Naturals (The Naturals, #1)

Though I’ve covered this in a previous post, it’s worth mentioning again because of its unique position as one of the few realistic YA fiction crime novels. The story follows a group of gifted teens as they train to enhance their abilities and solve crimes.

Continue reading “Christmas Gift Guide: Part Two”

Christmas Gift Guide: Part One

Let me guess, you forgot to buy something for dear Aunt Sally or your friend from high school. Don’t worry, I’ve been there. Over the next few days I’ll be posting some book recommendations for different types of people. All are available on Amazon with two-day shipping. Perfect for those OOPS! moments.

For the person who loves to watch Sherlock:

Jackaby by William Ritter

Jackaby by William Ritter

Jackaby

One part Sherlock, one part Supernatural, this romping mystery is a fun way to pass an afternoon. It’s perfect for middle age readers and teens, but is also appropriate for adults who like a lighter read.

The Beekeepers Apprentice by Laurie R King
or The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen

Perhaps the most famous retelling of Sherlock Holmes in recent years, King’s masterful introduction of a new character into the Holmes canon is done seemlessly. Seeing what makes Sherlock tick is a thrill for the psychology lovers among us, but the lovable Mary Russell is what makes this book shine.

For the teen boy who swears he hates reading:

 

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)

War, steampunk and an alternate history: what could be more fun?! I always recommend this for boys because it’s an easy entrance into Westerfeld’s work. He has plenty of other books for teens to choose from once they’ve finished this one.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

or The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races

I’ve already gushed about Maggie Stiefvater here and here, but I couldn’t help but include this book as a pick for reluctant readers. Though the narrator of The Scorpio Races is female, the story is very much universal.