We’ve all been there- a few days before the holidays and you’ve done absolutely none of your shopping. Friends, relatives, that weird probably an aunt that always comes to Christmas dinner- all the people you need to get gifts for start piling up. Don’t worry. Everyone appreciates a good book and this list has only the best books.
For the person who’s read everything: For this person, you can’t just wrap up Divergent or The Hunger Games and call it a day. In fact, you can’t name a book they haven’t read. The Graces by Laure Eve was a quiet September release, perfect for lovers of A Fierce and Subtle Poison or Bone Gap.
For the person who “doesn’t like reading”: This is the “I’ll just see the movie,” friend. We all have one, and no matter how annoying they can sometimes be, we love them. Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything is a short, sweet romance novel- with a movie starring Amandla Stenberg in the works.
For the person who just finished (and loved) The Fault in Our Stars: The next big book is here. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven tells the story of two depressed teenagers in love. Deciding to ignore their parents, they set off on an adventure tour of their home state. Sound familiar? This novel is very well written (in fact I liked it better than The Fault in Our Stars) but has a plot that is not very original.
For the person who started singing carols in May: My True Love Gave to Me is a short story collection from your favorite YA authors, edited by Stephanie Perkins. It’s basically Love Actually in print form.
For the person who’s already sick of the snow: I hate the snow. Living in New York however, it’s pretty unavoidable. Luckily, The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson never fails to transport the reader to days of dripping ice cream cones and flamingo pool floats.
For the suprise gifter: By far the most awkward moment of the holiday season is when a friend gives you a gift you didn’t anticipate and you don’t have a gift to give back. Don’t worry- More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera is a crowd pleaser you can always pull out in a pinch.
For the person who loves kale smoothies and chlorophyll water: Found exclusively in artisanal coffee shops in Williamsburg, this friend only reads J. D. Salinger and Jonathan Safran Foer. They can be a tough person to think of a gift for, but I promise they’ll think I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson is cool. Bonus points: When put next to an avocado toast, this book is totally instagrammable.
For the person crushed that PLL is ending soon: Teenagers around the world were heartbroken when they heard Pretty Little Liars was in its last season. Destined to join Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Friends, 90210, Gilmore Girls, and legions of other trashy-but-totally-watchable shows, this book turned hit TV show has been around since 2006. Vanishing Girls by YA veteran Lauren Oliver is perfect for this person.
For the person who wants an escape from 2016: Furthermore is about as far from reality as it gets. Author Tahereh Mafi is known for her lyrical yet never flowery prose and her newest does not fail in continuing that legacy.
For the person who prefers non fiction: Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin just won YALSA’s award for best Young Adult nonfiction novel of 2016. It’s well deserved- this meticulously researched read about Daniel Ellsberg, government insider turned traitor during the Vietnam war gives a fascinating glimpse back into the not so long ago past.
For the adult on your list: Hipster film fanatics and dads everywhere will love the gift of Bad Dads, a coffee table collection of Wes Anderson film inspired artwork.