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


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.

Focus On: Maggie Stiefvater

Ordinarily my “Focus On:” series centers around genres or key elements within books, but I’ve been loving one author so much this month that I thought she deserved a whole post.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater


Firstly, you’ve heard me talk about The Scorpio Races before. It is one of the most masterfully done YA novels that I have read in recent years. The book follows a young girl who wants to enter a dangerous water horse race traditionally reserved for boys. Wholly new and innovative, the concept grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let go.

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Book Review: The Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: 4/5

The Scorpio Races

I could give you some lines about how my “eyes ate up the page” or how it was “a real page-turner” but those don’t really explain how much fun The Scorpio Races was to read. From the moment I downloaded my copy, I was hooked. I read on my phone as I walked into work, on my kindle as I brushed my teeth and on the kindle cloud reader whenever I had a spare moment.

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