As Christmas nears, I’ve been thinking about the books I would gift to my family and friends and thought I’d do a blog post about it. If you’re looking for some ideas of books to gift, I hope this helps and maybe serves as a mini book gift guide! This post is basically a list of my favourite reads of 2020. I’ve read some amazing books that I think would make for great presents!
These are mainly YA recommendations as I’ve been loving the genre this year! If you are looking for book suggestions, I hope that you find this post helpful.
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder & Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson
I binge read both of Holly Jackson’s YA novels this year and absolutely loved them! They were both fast paced, thrilling and full of surprises. I think that the mixed media within both books works really well and I loved the main character Pip. She’s fearless, intelligent and brave – great things to find in a YA protagonist! I’ve got reviews up about both books – my review for A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is here, and my review for Good Girl, Bad Blood can be found here.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Wow. When I read this book I knew it would become one of my favourites and one that I would always be recommending! This powerfully constructed YA contemporary novel draws attention to police brutality. It is such an important read, and Angie Thomas is releasing a prequel called Concrete Rose in January 2021 which sounds amazing too! I have a review up for The Hate U Give and if you are interested you can find that here!
One of us is Lying by Karen McManus
One of us is Lying is a YA book that includes a murder mystery, secrets, deceit and of course high school drama. I think that the fact that each of the main characters describes a different personality trait keeps the pace going in this one! It is such a fun read and I enjoyed the sequel, One of us is Next just as much!
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
I recently read Wonder and it was one of the most heart-warming books I’ve ever read. Although this is a middle grade book, it can be enjoyed by any and every one! I can’t recommend this one enough. I’ve got a mini review about Wonder up on my latest reading wrap up which you can find here!
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Divergent is a YA dystopia and the first book in a trilogy. If you haven’t read the book you may have heard of the film franchise. I’ve heard that the books are a lot better than the films, and I can’t wait to finish this series next year. I would recommend The Hunger Games if you like this one too!
I hope this blog post has been helpful! I enjoyed all of these books this year and I think they will make for a great gift!