Put off your holiday shopping until the last minute? Worry not! Here are a few ideas to help you get something for every adult reader in your life. Most of the titles have been best sellers, won awards, or have been heavily anticipated releases. All of these titles should be available wherever books are sold to make your shopping a little easier and less stressful.
Educated by Tara Westover
This memoir unfolds an interesting tale of Tara Westover’s childhood and the struggles she had overcome in order to work her way to a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. This coming-of-age story has been described as a story of self-invention and courage
Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris
This mystery thriller will have your reader on the end of their seat as they flip through the story of Finn. A man who thought his girlfriend, Layla, was kidnapped and murdered ten years prior. In the present day, Finn is engaged who his missing girlfriend’s sister, brought together by the grief they shared over losing Layla. Finn starts receiving odd messages that were only relevant to Layla and what happens in the story will have your reader quickly flipping through this book for answers.
For your science fiction reader:
Vox by Christina Dalcher
Vox is the story of a society that puts a lot of restrictions on women. They can’t work. They can’t read or write. They also can only speak one hundred words per day. The main character, Jean, refuses to live by the rules and strives to abolish these rules for all women who have been silenced.
If your reader enjoyed reading The Handmaid’s Tale then they should enjoy this readalike title.
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
The Vietnam War changed the lives of so many people, especially those who bravely fought. This story tells the tale of Leni, a thirteen year old girl, whose life is uprooted when her father returns from the war a completely different man. In search of solitude, he moves Leni and her mother from the life they knew to the unforgiving Alaskan wilderness.
Your book club will certainly enjoy having a discussion around this book. Kristin Hannah even has a set of discussion questions found on her website.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
If your reader enjoyed reading Kevin Kwan’s Crazy, Rich Asians, then they may also enjoy this title by Helen Hoang. This book was recommended on Cosmopolitan Magazines 33 Books To Get Excited About in 2018 and it does not disappoint. Stella is crazy smart when it comes to anything to do with math and economics. Because of her amazing skillset and passion for numbers, she has a great job and a lot of money to boot. So when she finally decides she wants to learn more about how to date, she enlists the help of an escort, Michael. If your reader enjoys romances that end in a happy ending, then get them this book! Psst. There’s a second book The Bride Test that’s expected to be released in May 2019.
We hope you find something for your reader this holiday season! Did we miss a book that you loved getting as a gift? Drop it in the comment section below!