The Perfect Book to Give Everyone (and We Mean EVERYONE!) on Your List
You’ve been a very good reader this year, so we want to reward you by making your holiday shopping easy with this list of books for all the people in your life.
Whether you know a casual reader, a total bookworm, or a Netflix binge-watcher, you’re guaranteed to make their holiday great with a book that fits their personality perfectly. Here are 50 books for every person on your list this year. Consider your shopping done!
Treat yourself (and your shelf) to one while you’re at it—you deserve it!
1. The Star Wars Lover:
By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
An invaded planet, hacked documents, a warship, and of course, a romance, are just a few of the elements that make the first book in this bestselling sci-fi series a truly interactive experience that any R2-D2 lover will find their extraterrestrial escape in.
Keep your GoT fan busy with an equally epic story to read while they wait for the final season. This riveting novel takes place in the Ottoman Empire and features political intrigue, a fearsome heroine, and passionate characters that will leave the Stark or Lannister in your life glued to their favorite reading spot for hours.
Nic Stone’s instant New York Times bestseller discusses American race relations in this raw story about Justyce McAllister, a high school boy at the top of his class whose life changes when the police put him in handcuffs.
The friend who camped out for the latest iPhone will devour this New York Times bestseller which is part fast-paced thriller, part sci-fi love story about a virtual reality game so addictive you’ll never want it to end. . .until you realize that you’re the one being played.
6. The “Read the Book Before Seeing the Movie” Type:
The Death Cure (Maze Runner, Book Three)
By James Dashner
For Hunger Games and Divergent movie and book fans, the Maze Runner series should be next on their list. When Thomas wakes up in a lift, all he can remember is his name—from then on, his goal is just to survive. The series lover in your life can spend the holidays reading AND watching, while waiting for the third movie to hit theaters on 1/26/2018.
7. The “Read the Book After Seeing the Movie” Type:
By Nicola Yoon
This major motion picture stole the hearts of movie-goers and book lovers alike. Maddy has a rare disease that keeps her permanently indoors. It overtakes her life until the new boy next door changes things for good. Just make sure you tell your gift recipient that the book is always better than the movie.
If you have a friend or family member who can’t get enough CSI or Law & Order, see if they can figure out all the twists and turns in Genuine Fraud by mystery maven E. Lockhart. This suspense thriller will definitely leave them guessing!
The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1)
By Philip Pullman
The legendary and beloved Philip Pullman returns to the iconic world of The Golden Compass with the first book in an new series that tells the story of how Lyra came to Oxford. With new characters to love, everyone needs this gorgeous edition on their shelves.
For the friend who has a different cosplay outfit for every day of Comic-Con, try Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. The epic first book in the new DC Icons YA book series tells the story of Diana, Princess of the Amazons, as a teenager. After she saves a mortal girl from a shipwreck, her mission becomes saving the world from an age of destruction.
This gut-wrenching and honest story about a girl dealing with grief and finding a way to heal is sure to stay with your teary-eyed friend long after reading. You might want to pair this with a pack of tissues!
Show dad how much you care with the explosive revenge story of David Charleston, who will do anything to avenge his father’s murder and save the city against evil forces. Plus, if your dad loves all the action—chase scenes, epic battles, and the craziest special effects, he’ll love the whole Reckoners series!
When an unlikely friendship forms between a popular girl and a socially isolated boy, everyone is surprised. This heartfelt and charming story about grief, family, and learning to cope is even perfect to read with your mom.
This sci-fi thriller will launch your adventure-loving brother into space where one boy thinks he’s on a mission to find a fortune that could save his family, but soon discovers that things are not what they seem.
Natasha isn’t one to believe in fate: she’s about facts and science. So when she bumps into Daniel on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him in just one day, she won’t let it sink in—especially when her family is about to be deported. This second novel by Nicola Yoon, the author of Everything, Everything, will capture your city lover’s heart.
This out-of-this-world book about a space-born boy is perfect for the astronomy lover in your life. Trained by astronauts since birth, this boy is finally ready for his biggest journey yet: going home to earth for the first time.
This friend has probably (definitely) already read Turtles All the Way Down so this book by Jared Reck is a perfect follow up. It’s about a boy falling for his best friend, but instead of confessing his feelings, he watches another guy sweep her off her feet, and the rest doesn’t go as planned.
Hawkins, Indiana, seemed like such a cute little Midwestern town. But we didn’t have to spend much time watching Stranger Things to realize that there’s a lot of weird stuff going on. For your friend who’s obsessed with Eleven and the gang, this book is also set in a small, quaint town where nothing ever happens until a girl goes missing and her friend discovers that appearances do not equal reality.
This extraordinary modern classic is unlike any other WWII historical fiction. Narrated by Death, it’s the story of a girl who loves words and shares the books she steals with her neighbors and the Jewish man hidden in her foster father’s basement.
What could be more romantic to a writer than a love story about two teens who fall in love in a used book shop? This purely beautiful novel is about the power of words, and the importance of second chances.
The four-part Inheritance Cycle tells the story of Eragon who believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. With each book at over 500 pages, this series is perfect for the fan who can never get enough! And did we mention there are dragons?
Keep your crush guessing with this unique love story is about a boy who wakes up every morning in a different body, but one thing remains the same. He’s always in love with the same girl. Maybe by the time the movie adaptation comes out next year, you’ll work up the courage to ask your crush to see it with you!
The heart-eye-emoji lover in your life will swoon over this story about an unlikely romance between two misunderstood teens who take the time to really see one another for who they are, no matter their reputations.
This book is the Salem Witch Trials meets Mean Girls, perfect for that friend who breaks out the Ouija board at every sleepover. Sam, a New York City native, moves to Salem, Massachusetts, where she’s anything but welcomed. A group of mean girls have it our for her in what starts to seem like a modern day witch hunt.
A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, Book One)
By Jessica Cluess
Hermione would be proud of Henrietta Howel, the first female sorcerer in 100 years. When Henrietta is forced to reveal her unique power, instead of being executed, she’s dubbed “the chosen one,” the girl who will defeat the bloodthirsty demons who are after humanity.
This psychological thriller is a mashup of Gone Girl and Gossip Girl about a girl who uses her book and street smarts to reinvent herself in order to fit in with the mega-wealthy elite at her fancy NYC school.
The viral-video-obsessed on your list will love this boxed set by two awkward dudes who built a career making YouTube videos. Including such important info as how to draw cat whiskers, it’s the perfect gift for the goofball in your life.
For that person in your life who isn’t afraid to roll the dice, this novel is about Alice who doesn’t believe in luck, but when her best friend wins $140 million in the lottery, her world turns upside down.
Can we just say ghosts and evil spells? Your spook-loving friend will devour this dark tale about a girl who finds herself aboard the Titanic and has to find her way off before she goes down with the ship.
Adam Spencer Ross falls for Robyn Plummer in their OCD support group because of her hypnotic voice and beauty, but little did he know that he’d end up having to save her. This authentic story might be reminiscent of the one between you and the person you’ve been eyeing at school.
The drama queen in your squad won’t be offended by this sweet romance about a girl who creates what she thinks is a foolproof plan to date her crush after graduation—until she meets another cute boy who throws her off. We’ll just say there’s enough drama to share.
When someone hacks into the phones of the students of Alexandria Prep, people start to panic as their personal photos, messages, and deepest secrets get leaked to everyone at school. This book could be a warning for your social-media-obsessed squad members.
They get nothing! Just kidding. For that friend who prefers scrolling through memes on their social feeds, this story about a lonely girl who starts receiving mysterious emails from someone called “Somebody/Nobody” with advice on how to navigate her new school is so relatable that even the reading hater won’t be able to resist its charm.
Kale, My Ex, and Other Things to Toss in a Blender
By Lisa Greenwald
The foodie in your life knows that the only way to deal with a break up is with food! In this lovable tale, to keep her mind off a nasty breakup, Mia starts driving a snow-cone truck. But when her BFF creates a fake online persona to connect with her ex, things get messy.
Jazz Jennings, named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Teens by Time, shares her journey as a transgender teen and how she has inspired people to embrace their individuality and learn to accept others for their real selves.
This World War II story about athlete and airman Louis Zamperini is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit that will move any reader—especially the nonfiction lover!