Top Ten Gift Worthy Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish featuring a new top ten list each week. Everyone can participate- head on over to their blog and sign up.

For this week’s topic we are featuring gift worthy books for the holiday season. I would give books to everyone on my list if I could. But, sometimes it’s hard to pick out the perfect book, and I always worry that the recipient already has the book I’ve chosen. Perhaps a gift card to a bookstore is the perfect gift instead!

Anyway, these are the books I would give as gifts. I had to cheat and sometimes list two books per category:

2. Dystopian – Divergent by Veronica Roth or Legend by Marie Lu – Divergent is my go-to book that I’m comfortable recommending to anyone. As a recent release, Legend would also be a great gift for dystopian fans.

3. Contemporary – The Future Of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler – A great choice for someone that grew up in the 90s for the nostalgia, with an interesting story device that uses Facebook updates.

4. Romance – Anna and the French Kiss & Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie PerkinsAnna is another contemporary romance I recommend to everyone, and now that the companion book Lola is out you can make your gift twice as nice.

5. Science Fiction – 11/22/63 by Stephen King – Stephen King is back with another exciting book. At over 800 pages though, your gift recipient may prefer the e-book version.

6. Upcoming Book to movie adaptations – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion – There are still some Hunger Games hold outs, but perhaps the upcoming movie will provide some incentive. Warm Bodies is another well-liked book that people may want to read before the movie hits next fall.

7. Literary Fiction – 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami – This love story/mystery/dystopia sounds like it would have wide-ranging appeal. I haven’t read it yet, though the summary intrigues me.

8. Fantasy – Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – One of my favorite fantasy books of the year. A great choice for YA’s and YA’s at heart. This one also seems to be headed to the big screen.

9. HolidayDash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – I read this Christmas-in-New-York book last year, and I hope to read it again this holiday season. Touching, funny, and sarcastic, it’s perfect for those looking for a quirky read over the holidays.

10. Audiobook – Blood Red Road by Moira Young or Ready Player One by Ernest ClineBoth books are excellent choices for audiobook fans and those just getting started with audiobooks.

What are your gift-worthy books?


22 thoughts on “Top Ten Gift Worthy Books

  1. Nicki says:

    All but the King book are on my to-be-read shelf! I started Daughter of Smoke and Bone but couldn’t get into it. I will try again as almost everyone raves about it. It took me three tries to get into The Hunger Games but once I did, I devoured them! A strong list, especially for YA readers.

    1. Lucy says:

      Thanks, Nicki! It’s interesting about Daughter of Smoke and Bone – I fell in love with it more as the story went on, but many preferred the beginning. Hope you enjoy it more if you decide to try it again.
      It took me forever to read The Hunger Games too, but of course I love them now.

  2. Kristin says:

    Legend & Daughter of Smoke and Bone are on my TBR List. And I still haven’t read The Hinger Games…soon though!

  3. great choices. I want to read Blood Red Road! It sounds really good.

    here is my list

  4. Hi! Love how you formatted your list – and love the books on it! πŸ™‚ I am about to start Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. I bought it for a friend, but she’d just gotten it. Yay for me getting to keep it! Hah!

    1. Lucy says:

      Hope you love Dash & Lily. That worked out well that you get to keep the book!

  5. Oh, I LOVED The Daughter of Smoke and Bone SO MUCH! I wish I had someone to give it to for Christmas! Great choice!

    I don’t think you could go wrong with Divergent OR Legend, like you say. I *might* have preferred Legend a *teensy* bit more, but they’re both so good it pretty much doesn’t matter. That’s two more books that no one else I know, aside from by bookish/librarian friends, would read, haha.

    Have you read Warm Bodies? I need to get myself to read some zombie books. They’re just so not my thing but I feel like I’m missing out.

    1. Lucy says:

      Glad you loved Smoke and Bone too. I don’t know who I’d gift it to either, besides another blogger!

      Legend is very good, isn’t it? One of my favorite dystopians this year. And high praise that you rank it above Divergent!

      No, I haven’t read Warm Bodies yet. I have a copy and have every intention of reading it soon though. It is supposed to be a great gateway book into the world of zombies. Rot & Ruin is another popular zombie book to start out with.

  6. bookchelle says:

    I agree with you completely! Great round-up of books. Definitely perfect for gifting. Have I mentioned lately, how much I love these posts? πŸ™‚

    1. Lucy says:

      Thanks Michelle πŸ™‚ Glad you are enjoying the TTT posts. I think you should start joining in! I enjoyed your recent gift giving post too.

  7. Great list – I’ve not read any of them – yet! πŸ™‚
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post. πŸ™‚

  8. brolee says:

    IQ84, Divergent, and Ready Player One are all on my TBR list! Can’t wait to read them! Fantastic list!

  9. Zo says:

    I really loved the Wind Up Bird Chronicle, so 1Q84 is definitely something I’m interested in for me. I keep hovering over 11/22/63 as a book for my boss (history buff), but the length might be a bit much!

  10. Amber Hughes says:

    I just ordered Daughter of Smoke & Bone last night! And I just recently added “Legend” & “The Future of Us” to my TBR list πŸ™‚

    1. Lucy says:

      Awesome! You’ll have to let me know what you think of them πŸ™‚

      1. Amber Hughes says:

        I definitely will. It’s going to be a little while before I get to them, but hopefully soon! πŸ™‚

  11. reutreads says:

    Feel free to gift me any! I want to read/have read all of these.

  12. tinalinatime says:

    I can’t wait to read Liesl and Po! I need to buy it for my media center so I can read it!! πŸ™‚

  13. nea barabea says:

    I’ve also put Anna and the French Kiss on my list! I love this book! πŸ™‚

  14. I definitely agree when it comes to Divergent. This is a novel I don’t hesitate to recommend, as it is my all-time favorite book of 2011. I loved the story, loved the characters and I cannot wait to see what Insurgent will bring us!

    Also, on another and completely different note, Anna & Lola are two of the books I fell in love with when I read them. They’re just so… good. And cute. And romantic. And quirky. And fun. Stephanie Perkins has a way of bringing characters to life – especially the boys who are easy to fall in love with!

  15. I really didn’t like Divergent. : I might have been one of the few in the world not to do so. Hehe. And Lola… er. Yeah. But Murakami! I am such a fangirl of his. I have yet to get this latest one but I’ve heard it is a tribute to 1984, the classic. Wouldn’t it be nice to have unlimited funds to give books (I’d actually keep them most for myself, ;))

  16. listening to Daughter of Smoke & Bones & am totally loving it. It should be on everyone’s recommend list. πŸ™‚

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