It’s that time of year again, when all of your favorite blogs post holiday gift guides – and Slatebreakers is joining in on the fun! As voracious readers and book bloggers, we find that books make excellent gifts. We brainstormed the best books to give to everyone on your list this year.
For your anti-establishment teen niece: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
For Cosmo readers and fans of Seventeen magazine: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
For kindred spirits of all ages who know what that means and deserve a really nice gift this year: The Penderwicks, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, and The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, all by Jeanne Birdsall, tied up in a lovely bow.
For the girl who just got braces: Smile by Raina Telgemeier
For the relative who most reminds you of Wednesday Addams: The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter
For the grown-up Slatebreaker with a sense of humor: Bossypants by Tina Fey or Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
For the kid who’s going to grow up to be a veterinarian: Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell
For the four-year-old who just can’t shake her princess phase: Princess Pigsty by Cornelia Funke
For the soon-to-be big sibling: Flora’s Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall; illustrated by Matt Phelan
For the paranormal romance reader who needs a Twilight detox: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
For the rural relative: Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell or Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
For the girl planning her study abroad semester: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
For anyone and everyone on your list: Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
For the friend who is impossible to buy books for because she’s already read everything: This amazing tote!
If your well-read friend is also a snappy dresser, she may like this book locket from Modcloth.Both of us own this necklace and can vouch for its wearability with a variety of outfits. And at $12.99, it’s a very affordable gift.
With all of these ideas, shopping should be a breeze. Good luck as you hit the stores – and don’t forget to bring a book to read while you wait in line.
Oh my god, that necklace is amazing! And now I’m frantically reminding myself, over and over again, that I do not have the money to go buying non-essentials for myself. At least, not until after the middle of the month. Oy.
All around great gift guide. I still haven’t read Beauty Queens, even after it’s been on my shelves since, oh, July? Sigh.
If you find yourself stressed over the holidays, Beauty Queens would be an excellent escapist read. So maybe save it until then? Last year when I was having a stressful holiday visit I read The Penderwicks on Gardam Street and it made everything so much better. We’re thrilled that you enjoyed the gift guide!
To be honest, the holidays are actually less stressful, at least for me. I don’t go home, and my roommate is usually off visiting her family, so it’s just me and the cat. All the same, maybe I’ll pick up Beauty Queens. I’m also considering A Game of Thrones and/or Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. (Holidays mean big books to me.)
And I should probably plan to read The Penderwicks sometime, too. So many books!
Keep up the great, slatebreaking work!