Due to lack of time to make stuff for presents this year, anyone I don't bake for will be getting a book from me. I'm trying very hard to find books that are in-line with each person's reading interests. Since my family ranges broadly in their genre preferences, I figured I would share with you which books I've decided on. Perhaps it will be helpful to you if you choose to gift books this year as well. I will preface this list by saying I have only read one book from this entire list. All the other books were chosen based on similar topics and researching many reviews.
I'm keeping the giftee a secret so I don't ruin any surprises for my family members.
Links go to the book's Goodreads page.
Historical fiction and non-fiction buff; currently addicted to the Outlander series
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen (Tales of Alderley #1) by Alan Garner
Reason: This person is in love with anything UK right now and is dipping their toes into fantasy, so I've decided to push them along without going into the romantic novel genre.
Huge Clive Cussler, Michael Crichton, and Tom Clancy fan
A Vision of Fire (Earthend Saga) by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin
(I really wanted to get them Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson , but it isn't out until March 2015)
Reason: This one was really hard because I know very little about the works of these authors and there is SO MUCH out there that is like them. It was hard to narrow it down to something I thought they would enjoy AND that they haven't read yet. In order to escape the problem of them already owning the book, I decided to go with a different author. I used to watch X-Files with this relative all the time, so although the book has split reviews on it, I think it is something that represents their reading interests and our relationship.
Enjoys almost any book, though is especially keen on vintage titles
The Two Mrs Abbots by D.E. Stevenson
Reason: We have read the first two books in the Miss Buncle series and were sad when we were unable to find the third anywhere within the U.S. Persephone finally released the third book and I think the giftee will be happy to have it (and hopefully lend it to me when they are done!). Sourcebooks Landmark also has an edition that is less expensive, but doesn't have that lovely gray cover like the Persephone titles have.
Enjoys paranormal light reading and liked the Twilight books
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor
Reason: This relative is the reason I've decided to stop gifting books I like/think people should read and start paying attention to what they like to read. I've heard really good things about this series and found this as a recommendation for Twilight likers from Go Book Yourself.
Artist who works commercially but also does fine art
Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist by Lisa Congdon
Reason: Good info in this book that I wish I had when I first started off as a freelancer. Thin enough that it can be read in a day or two and they can keep going on with their art making.
Fantasy/Si-Fi lover who devoured the Harry Potter series
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
Reason: I'm actually going back and forth on this choice right now. I'm afraid that the illustrations in the book may alarm this adult that this is "just a kid's book." I have heard such great stuff about this book from so many different ages that I may just bite the bullet and get it for them.
Teenager who is a musician and isn't a fan of reading
Life by Keith Richards, audio book edition
Reason: I'm going with the audio book version of this title because I heard the voice actors are amazing. I wouldn't recommend this for most teens, but I already know this one has read/watched biographies on Billie Joe Armstrong, which involves a whole bunch of drugs (and getting clean).
Booknerd and fellow librarian
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Reason: Bibliophiles love books about books or bookshops. It just is. I suggested The Haunted Bookshop (highly recommended) to this person and they loved it.
Those are the book choices I have so far for gifting. If you have any recommendations for books within these genres or what books you will be giving as gifts this year, please leave a comment! If you are looking for a well curated list of good books with reviews, check out NPR's 2014 list.