Gift Guides for the Bookish

It's that time of year. The naked trees are covered with snow, the air is crisp and cold and the malls are about to implode. In spirit of the holiday season, we thought about making a gift guide for the Bookish (you know who your are). 

Have you ever had the following situation happen to you? Because it sure has for me.

Loving Family: So what should I get you this year?
Me/You: Oh nothing, thank you! Alright, well I like books.
--- Gift giving time---
Loving Family: Tada! Don't you love it! It's called Twilight, I hear its all the rage. 
Me/You: ...I read this 5 years ago...

We are all book lovers but among us we have many different interests. For example, I'm more of a romantic/ fantasy lover while P.E. is more interested in the action/thrillers. With the uniqueness of the bookish community in mind we compiled a fun list that we think are perfect for the holidays.

For the Romantics:

These Broken Stars by 

If that cover doesn't scream romantic, I'm not sure what does. This one has been quite popular as of late. It's a great mix of sci-fi, romance and action all taking place in space, up among the stars.. who are broken :P

For the Comedians:

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

This book won Goodreads' Humor award for a reason. I'm reading it right now and it's hilarious, yet thoughtful. I knew how special this book was after it made me laugh so hard that I choked, and then had a coughing fit. Definitely a must read. 

For the Adventurers:

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

This is a fantasy novel with one of the most compelling worlds out there. The premise of the Grisha is incredible, there is an amazing plot, and the villains are compelling. If you want to be immersed in a different world and somehow haven't read this series yet, you need to change that. 

For the Thriller Junkies:

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

Oh, how I adore this series. Imagine a world where corporations have more power than government, and these corporations sponsor a never ending war. This war happens in space, so nobody on Earth dies. It boosts the economy without real casualty. Tom is about to learn the secret behind this war, and it's pretty awesome (in the most awful way).

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

An incredibly epic story with lots of action. There are explosions, guns, superheroes and villains. This was one of my favourite books of the year and it's totally worthy of a read. I wrote more about it in my review. 

For the Fantasy Lovers:

The Healer Series by Maria V. Snyder

If you haven't picked up one of her books, it's time you did. The Study series is a very popular one, while the Healer series is the latest. Both are set in the same historical fantasy world with lots of action adventure, magic, assassins, kings and prisoners. Also, the last book in this trilogy, Taste of Darkness comes out december.

Season 1,2,3 of Game of Thrones

You have to have seen this one coming. P.E. and I are big fans. What is there to say, it's fantastic, watch it. Also, winter is coming!

For the Historians:

A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray

This series can be quite daunting due to it's size but know that it's well worth it. Victorian era London, girls preparatory school, school girl friendship/betrayals and hidden magic. Pure magnificence.

For the Gypsies:

Antique Globe - Chapters.Indigo

Ok, so this one is a bit too extravagant but it's beautiful! Come on gypsies of the blogging community you know you want it. 

I've always wanted a globe or map, where I could poke needles in and point out the places I've been too. I'm not sure if I would dare puncture this beauty, but one can dream.

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

If you haven't read this one yet, this holiday season is the time to do so. Especially on a particularly cold day. Curl up on you reading chair and read this book!

For the Thoughtful 

You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself by David McRaney

I've raved about this book to everyone I know, just because I genuinely think it's a little life changing. People are so full of BS sometimes, and for the introspective reader, this book is a really fun read. You will learn a lot through reading it as it explains psychological disorders and delusions in an easily comprehensible and engaging fashion.

We hope you've enjoyed this list!
-Mari & P.E.


  1. Thank you for the list ladies! I'm always thinking of what books that I've read other people might like, I'm currently trying to find a book for my SIL!
    Happy Holidays!

    1. I hope the list helped or entertained you :) It's always fun to see who the book you read might appeal to. Good luck with your shopping!


  2. I love the holidays because I get to see all the book recommendations out there for the different types of readers!! I really enjoy these.

    1. Haha same here. Glad you liked it!



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