Monday, December 3, 2018

Holiday Gifts for The Book Lover in Your life

I don't usually do posts like this, but in the spirit of the holidays and because I'm basically stalking #TBTBSanta on twitter right now, I wanted to put together my two cents with a holiday gift guide for the bookish lover in your life. If you don't know about #TBTBSanta it's a secret Santa gift exchange that is hosted my The Broke and The Bookish. Sign ups are already closed, and I'm ahead of the game having already sent my package out, but now I want to find out who has me! Who has me??

Most of these will be books I have read or think are a good idea for particular readers. Mostly this is going to be another place where I can gush about books I love, and make you all buy them too. I also am going to have some "stocking stuffers" at the end for some smaller non-book gift ideas. Full disclosure that most of the links below are my amazon affiliate links. You can see more detail about that in my policy section, but basically if you link on one of these link and buy something off amazon I can a portion of the advertising fees. Also am featuring some small businesses I love and some cool subscription boxes I think are neat.


Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan series is why I am afraid to try steampunk again. Not that it's bad, because it's so good I'm afraid everything else will pale in comparison. If you are looking into the Steampunk subgenre of SciFi, I cannot recommend this enough.

I kept seeing this one everywhere, so I finally decided to get to it. I did this one on audiobook, and I think that might be the best medium for it. This is a really interesting adult scifi book that I wasn't sure what to make of when I first started it. I LOVED it.

I've gushed a lot about this series lately, so I HIGHLY recommend Brown's scifi series, and there are four books out so they can binge as much as they want if you want to get them all four books! My best way to describe this is "Space Romans" and I think that really hits the message I want to get across.

This is one of the best Scifi books I have read in a long time. If the person you are buying for is a fan of Firefly or ships with a motley crew, I HIGHLY recommend this one.

Looking to support more female scifi writers of color? BUY THIS BOOK! Also, the plot in it is amazing, and that's not even talking about the fact that it's written in second perspective. 


This was one of my favorite fantasy novels that I've read this year, and it made RJB a fast favorite in my book. This one is a cool fantasy world, but it also has a lot to do with "magic physics" as I like to call it. 

A lot of people fell in love with Sabriel when they were younger, but I didn't read it until a few years ago, it is still one of my favorite fantasy novels. If you are looking for a book that is a classic fantasy story, this one is for you.

Want less high fantasy, and more magic in your fantasy? Great, look no further than Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Signal to Noise. It's a fantasy book about magic through music records set in Mexico City. It also is a more modern take on a book with magic. It's the first book I read by SMG, and it made me fall in love with her writing.

Another great story about witches, or Brujas in this version, is Zoraida Cordova's Labyrinth Lost. I really enjoyed the first novel and loved the Quest Narrative in this one. If you are looking for a diverse fantasy read and want to support a WOC, this is one for you.

Another great fantasy book by another awesome WOC is The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. This one is inspired by Hindi myths and it was a really cool story. I listened to it on audiobook, but it's a perfect gift in any form for someone looking for something different.

If you have a fantasy lover on your list that also loves Anime, this is my pick for you. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa is a story steeped heavily in Japanese folklore about Yokai set in Feudal Japan. It reminded me a lot of some anime I watched as a kid and the plot in it really enthralled me. 

Are you looking for a fantasy novel that has ZERO humans in it? Than The Alchemists of Loom is my recommendation to you. A really cool concept about magical creatures and none of them include any humans.


Do you have someone on your list that loves a fandom or going to Cons? Do they also love YA contemporary romances? If so, Geekerella by Ashley Poston is my gift for you.

Do you have a Star Wars fan on your list that hasn't dived into the books yet? Claudia Gray's latest Leia book is my recommendation. Then buy them all of Gray's other Star Wars books, because she's the best author of new canon books IMHO.

For the Star Trek fan, Redshirts is a funny parody of Star Trek that will have any fan laughing. The audiobook is also narrated by Wil Wheaton, so to me that made it even better!

Comic fan on your list, or someone you think will enjoy comics? Ms. Marvel is my pick for you. I think it's a great way to enter the Marvel Universe.


Are you looking for something to share with your friend that loves D&D? Do they also enjoy YA books? Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner is my pick for you. It REALLY made me want to get into D&D.

So techincally I haven't read this book yet so I can't speak to if it's a good representation of gaming, but if I didn't already have the book it would be on this little gamer's wishlist.

Arena is a book about gaming that I HAVE read, and I have the second book on my wishlist. It's about esports and gets into really interesting things about what that means for some people. 

Does your person love Mass Effect? Try to get them into the comics. I have personally read this comic and love it. It's about what Liara was doing in the middle of ME2 when they didn't know what happened to Shepard. 


Are you looking for a contemporary romance for the person you are buying for? Jenny Han's To All The Boys I've Loved Before is a perfect place to start. I may have soured on the rest of the series, but that first one still fills me with warm fuzzies. 

Looking for an adult contemporary, with little to no romance? Doree Shafrir's debut Startup is a great place to start. It's a really interesting take on Startup companies and the male toxicity in the workplace. 

I read Jellicoe Road a few years ago, so I'm a little fuzzy on the details, but this is a great contemporary read for any YA readers. 

I adored Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, even though the ending was spoiled for me! MEAN! If the person you are buying for is interested in LGBTQ+ in books, I highly recommend this one.


Do you have someone on your list that enjoys both YA and Horror? Claire Legrand has a book for you in Sawkill Girls. This one was soooooooo creepy, I highly recommend it. Especially if you get it for them on audiobook, because Lauren Ezzo kills i with her narration. 

Looking for an even creepier book for your horror lover? Joe Hill has your covered with NOS4A2! It is the creepiest book I have ever read, would recommend it to everyone that loves horror or loves his books. Also a perfect Christmas book! (You guys think I'm joking, but I'm NOT!)

This book could ALSO be for your fantasy lover, but the vicious nature of the vampires in SMG's Certain Dark Things made me want to recommend it to horror lovers instead. 


This book is SO cute, but also has a really good environmental message. It's a great book for kids, so if you have any on your list, I recommend Aquicorn Cove. 

This is another great comic for a kiddo on your list. Also if they love fairies or history, I recommend The City on the Other Side.

I love Saga, so if you have a scifi lover on your list who also loves comics, I recommend this Family Saga to them. Especially if they love star-crossed lovers.

Nimona is probably my top recommendation for any comic lover you have on your list. I literally laughed out loud over this graphic novel, and I think they will too.


If you have a murderino or true crime lover on your list, Broken Things by Lauren Oliver is great if you are looking for a YA book around true crime. I didn't find it predictable like others have said, but it's a great mystery. 

Mystery? And a Detective that doesn't have his life together? This is perfect for any mystery or true crime lover. I recommend starting with the first book in this series.

Dark Places is my favorite of Gillian Flynn's novels and this one had me guessing the entire time. I definitely think it's a great recommendation for any mystery or thriller lover on your list.

Is your person interested in reading non-fiction about actual true crime? Then the late Michelle MCNamara's I'll be gone in the dark, a book about the search for the Golden State Killer is a perfect match for them. I'm too scared to read about, but I know a lot of other Murderinos love it. 


If you have a writer on your list or some one aspiring to write, I think this is a cool thing to include. It's a pack of ideas and tips for writers to keep them going. I even have this one on my own wishlist!

Looking for a cute and interesting bookmark? These Nessie bookmarks are SOOOOO cute. Also, something I have on my own wishlist. 

If you have a Harry Potter fan on your list that loves bookish jewelry, I recommend this one. I'm using the Ravenclaw version because I got to represent my house, but it looks like the company that sells this also sells the other houses. 

Speaking of Harry Potter fans, The Owl and Squirrely Cats Esty shop is a great place to look for some cool upcycled fandom jewelry. I actually know the shop owner, as she is friends of friends and I go to trunk shows in my state with her. I also own a pair of these earrings, and I love them!

Sheila is another small business I support in my state. She usually partners up with The Owl and Squirely Cats whenever I go to trunk shows. She has some cool handcrafted soaps that are fandom based. I have a little Dalek soap from her! 

I've seen this mug around a lot, and even in some giveaways, I think it's a perfect thing for the book lover in the world. Although, I feel like I'm the only one that doesn't hate the title Book Worm? To each their own.

HAHA! Get it! Novel TEAS! I ALMOST got these for my TBTBSanta, but ended up getting her loose leaf tea, that I ended up not sending because I was unsure if I could send tea to Germany since Coffee is not allowed. 

I love infinity scarfs, and I love the design of this one. If you have an Alice lover on your list, I recommend this one.

I have these bookmarks and they are great! You just put the end of it right in your book at the part you are on if you aren't at the end of a chapter or whatever. My boyfriend got me these in lieu of the bookmarks with the finger that points at your spot, because the reviews said they only really work with hardbacks. These are perfect for either hardback or paperback.

I actually bought this for my TBTBSanta this year, and I had no idea it was produced by Running Press, which is based in Philly. I think it's really cute, especially for a book lover that enjoys a cup of tea. 

Not sure what their favorite book is? or think your person would love to rock something about books in general? This Infinity scarf that depicts books might be perfect idea for you.

I'm not really a big candle person, but a lot of book lovers are, so I think this is an awesome gift idea for something other than books.

I really LOVE bookish jewelry if you couldn't tell by now, so if you have someone like that in your life, I think this or something like it are a great idea.


Other gift options other than books or small bookish gifts would be some subscription services. 


I've been thinking about this a lot lately, and wondering if getting my brother a year subscription to audible or something would be a good idea. For me audible has been worth it, but I'm not sure about others. Audible does allow you to gift a subscription to someone, basically they let you gift them credits, so can do a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription. 


Amazon also allows you to gift someone a prime membership. My parents have prime, but I don't because for me I don't think it makes it worth my while. I do think if someone is interested in it, giving them the gift of it for the holidays is a neat idea. 

Book subscription boxes are pretty big right now, so I have a few that might interest my readers. Book of the Month is one I see a lot that might be worth it for people that don't want a lot of junk in their boxes. They curate the best five new releases of the month and then you get the choose which one you want them to send you. I know Erica from Erica Robyn Reads has a subscription and seems to really enjoy it. 

Youtini is the book box that I am generally pretty interested in, because it's for Star Wars fans! It's interesting because you basically tell them which books you already have, your reading preferences, pick a program and then they send you books. I like that they have the option to choose the box with just the books or one with extras. If you have a star wars lover in your life that is interested in getting into the books, I think this would be a great subscription to try. I also like that they let you track your collection for free without having a subscription. 

When you think of box subscription boxes, you probably think of Owlcrate. I think it was one of the first, that I recall ever seeing. This is great for a YA reader in your life, and it also comes with some cool extras. 

Book Case .Club is interesting to me because another no muss, no fuss book subscription box. If you don't want a lot of random stuff in your box, this is good for you because it's for two bookss and a featured bookmark. That's it! I think this is one I would personally prefer, and it might be good for your person.

There you have it! My first ever Holiday Gift Giving Guide. This post ending up being 2x longer than I originally intended it to be, but I hope it helped you find the right gift for the bookish person in your life!

Happy Reads Everyone!