Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme is a Holiday Gift Guide freebie, so I’m talking about books to give people to turn them into bookworms. I think a lot of people want to be readers, and know what they’d want to read about, but do not know which books to read.
For the person who wants magic
1. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
One of the first YA books I ever read, Graceling has stuck with me because of its unique world-building, fierce characters, and slow-burn romance.
2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Nothing says “magic” like The Night Circus. Told in an interesting voice, this book creates a vivid and wonderful magical world and throws the reader into the middle of a heartwrenching romance.
For the person who loves social change
3. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
I will shout about this book until the end of time. I thought it would be a frivilous, trope-filled story about beauty pagents, but it ended up being one of the most unabashedly feminist stories I’ve ever read.
4. Going Underground by Susan Vaught
This is another book that has profoundly shaped the way I see the world. With complex characters, a subtle romance, and a hilarious parrot, this book is perfect for anyone looking to see teenage relationships in a different way.
For the person who needs A Dramatic Story
5. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
This is the kind of book that grabs you on the first page and steadily breaks your heart for the next 300 pages. Perfect for anyone who needs to be 110% invested in a story to finish it.
6. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Hilarious and terrifying in equal measure, Illuminae is another book that will force even the most half-hearted reader to devour the story.
For the person who wants fluffy feels
7. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
This book is perfectly fluffy, with surprisingly emotional scenes and low-key Doctor Who references.
8. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Though this book is long for a contemporary romance, you will savor every single page. More than just a fluffy romance, The Unexpected Everything talks about friendship, self-discovery, the perils of dog walking, and writers block.
For the Person who just doesn’t have time
9. I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
This is the kind of book that you can read in one sitting. Light-hearted and slightly ridiculous, the first Gallagher Girls book is perfect for someone who wants to read, but does not have time to commit to a longer story.
10. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Short but profound, A Monster Calls is the kind of story that breaks and heals your heart simultaneously. For the full experience, read the illustrated version!
What are your go-to books for gifts? Have you read any of these books?