14 December, 2012

Book Lover's Gift Guide (3)

It's Kimberly's turn to suggest some great gifts for booklovers. Take it away, Kimberlybuggie!

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Here it is! The holiday guide. 'Tis the season for Christmas shopping. I'm almost done (thankfully) but I am sure some of you are just starting out! (I know this, because it has not yet crossed my dear husband's mind.)

Here are some suggestions for the book lovers in your life!

Must have books for the year:

I loved Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen - I love a good Robin Hood story and this one has just enough twists to keep it fresh. Scarlet is a modern girl in a long ago time, and her strength and fearlessness is something to be admired.

Another wonderful book is Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo--YA fantasy at its finest! *Alethea's note: Yep, we all three picked Shadow and Bone for our top of 2012 lists, so I had Kimberly recommend some more books too.

New Girl by Paige Harbison - It's a dark and gothic retelling of the classic book Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier. More suitable for older readers, the story takes place in a boarding school, and the author isn't afraid to shy away from sensitive topics. Delicious, creepy and a solid retelling for fans of the original. Couldn't put it down.

Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead--a book that is thought provoking days after finishing. I can't really explain why I love this book without giving anything away. Stead is a superb storyteller whose characters really evolve through the book. You know them them by the end, these complicated and flawed kids.

Wonder by RJ Palacio - A beautiful tale of Auggie, a young boy who is physically deformed. Auggie sees life and love more clearly then others around him, and this loving book is filled with heart. You won't want to miss this well written contemporary story.

Food for my belly? Yes please!

A friend of mine is in love with a beautiful tea company from Canada called David's Tea. And with good reason. Their large selection of fine teas are well made and heaven in a cup. Check them out! They ship to the US.

Also, I was in NYC last week and got to try the most delicious chocolate! No Chewing Allowed offers truffles and hot chocolate packets. NOT TO BE MISSED. I might have ordered some for myself as a gift. Just saying.

You can find more reviews from Kimberly at The Windy Pages. This list is cross-posted there.

So are our lists good for figuring out what to give other people, or are they better for figuring out what you want to get for yourself? Answer in the comments on any of the three posts and you might win a set of Alethea's book geek buttons!

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