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The Ultimate Guide To Gifting Books Part 2!

We had so much fun writing our last post, so here is a part 2 to our Ultimate Guide To Gifting Books!

We loved writing our last post (The Ultimate Guide To Gift Giving) so much, that we decided to expand on our list! There are so many fantastic books out there, we knew that we needed to keep going. Here are some more great books to gift this holiday season!


For the Sherlock Holmes:

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

When five kids end up in detention on a Monday afternoon, no one thinks anything of it. That is until one of them dies. Simon, creator of the high school’s gossip app, never made it out of detention. Investigators soon learn that he planned to expose the other four students and conclude that his death was not an accident. The only question is which student did it?

This YA mystery novel is perfect for any want-to-be detective. People often describe it as The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars. On top of that, the author does an amazing job by giving her readers the opportunity to solve the case themselves!


For the easily distracted:

The Giver by Lois Lowery

Jonas lives in the perfect world. Everyone has a purpose and a place. When Jonas reaches his twelfth year, he is ready to receive his life assignment, but he is not given any normal job. Jonas is chosen to be the next Receiver of Memory, and he soon learns that his perfect world is darker than he could have ever expected.

The Giver is a fantastic book that you can easily read in one sitting. It is so interesting and thought provoking that even the most detracted people could sit down and enjoy this great read!


For the aspiring chef:

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat

Samin Nosrat breaks down her simple, yet life changing cooking philosophy. Salt, fat, acid, and heat are the most crucial elements to master in order to have the best dish possible. By breaking down the ins and outs, Samin helps to inspire one’s inner chef and makes greatness from ordinary people possible.

This book is slightly different from the other books on this list, but anyone who wants to learn how to cook like a pro would love to receive this book as a gift!


For the daydreamer:

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Francie Nolan has grown up in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn, New York. With loads of family drama, from her dad’s love of alcohol to her aunt getting married to men left and right, she is often shunned by her neighbors. That, however, does not stop Francie from enjoying the simple things in life. She uses her positive mindset to create the most of her childhood.

Francie from A Tree Grows In Brooklyn sets the perfect example of what it means to daydream. Growing up in a bad environment would steer many people away from seeing the joy of life, which is why Francie’s optimism is so inspiring.


For the thrill seeker:

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

On the outside, Cadence’s family seems perfect, they are wealthy and fit right into the privileged society that they live in, but Cadence knows the truth. She can sense that there is something dark happening, she just doesn’t know what. The family spends their summers on a private island, and one year Cadence hits her head and loses most of her memories. She begins to wonder if her accident was really an accident and if she was close to unveiling a horrifying secret.

We Were Liars is easily one of the most thrilling YA novels anyone could read. It beautifully blends drama and mystery to make even the most decisive people question everything. Lockhart did a wonderful job with this novel and it is a must read!


For the history buff:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Liesel is a young girl living in a foster home outside of Munich, Germany in 1939. Liesel is a very curious girl and her biggest fault is that she is a thief. She is not your common thief, she steals something that is more valuable to her than anyone else, books. With the help of her foster father, Liesel learns to read and shares her books with her neighbors, and the Jewish man hidden away in her basement.

We love The Book Thief and think that anyone who loves history will too! The most interesting part of this book is that it is narrated by Death, that’s right Death. This book is actually on our Top 10, so if you haven’t seen it, go check it out!


Have you read any of these books? Let us know in the comments!

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