Recommend A… Book You Could Give as a Birthday Present

8 Oct

I love giving presents! I especially love giving books for presents, so this week’s “Recommend A…” meme is absolutely perfect for me.

Hosted by ChickLovesLit

For everyone:

The Diviners by Libba Bray

I’ve been talking about this book a lot and with good reason. This is in my top 5 books of 2012 so far and may even be in the #1 slot. It is a bit of a long book (around 600 pages), but every page is worth it. The greatest thing about The Diviners is that I think it would appeal to a lot of different readers. Set in the 1920s New York, prohibition era, jazz music, a mystery, a splash of romance, and a whole lot of supernatural stuff going on makes for a very interesting plot. This isn’t your typical supernatural stuff either. There’s no werewolves, vampires, or witches. Not a fairy in sight. Just some good ole perhaps demonic, religious cultish apocalypse, and a dash of murder.

For my chick lit lovers:

Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink by Stephanie Kate Strohm

This book is adorable. For a history nerd like me, Libby’s summer job sounds like way too much fun. For the summer she works at a “living museum” teaching girls all about the ways of colonial life. There’s a lot of flirting, a mysterious haunting, a mean girl who is taking the whole thing way too seriously, and not ONE, but TWO cute boys. Perfect mixture for summer delight.

Follow up with Confederates Don’t Wear Couture (June 2013).

For my more serious readers:

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

This book will make you cry. No doubt about it. It is an emotionally charged ride for sure. 17-year-old Mia is in a terrible car crash and is left incapacitated. Somehow she is able to view the ongoing lives of her loved ones from outside of her body and must make a very difficult choice. Stay… or go.

Follow up with Where She Went.

For my adventurous readers:

Graceling by Kristen Cashore

This book is one of the best YA fantasy books I’ve ever read. Katsa lives in a world where people are discriminated against based on their “Graces” (or talents). Her grace is one of killing. Her uncle, the King, uses her for her skill to hold tight his reign. An unexpected ally comes into her life who has a similar skill, combat. They forge a bond and set off to uncover a secret big enough to upset the entirety of the seven kingdoms.

Follow up with Fire and Bitterblue.

**What book(s) would you give for someone’s birthday?**

**What book(s) would you like to get as presents?**

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