I was tagged by Katherine at Katherine’s Bookcase to do this Gift Guide Tag almost a month ago, and only just came around actually writing this post. Oops! Thanks for tagging, this looks like fun! 😀
This tag was originally created by Crazy For YA as a Christmas gift idea tag.
The rules are:
1) Pick at least one book/series for each category
2) Tag at least 3 bloggers
3) Add your link to the original post
Below I will pick one or two books and/or series for each category… Most will be YA novels, but in some categories I had a hard time finding YA titles I liked so I picked adult novels instead. Here we go!
- FOR THE CONTEMPORARY LOVER:
It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini (YA)
This is a really strong story about depression and teenage suicide that will definitely leave its mark. The serious moments are mixed with humor and make this novel a must-read.
Paper Towns by John Green (YA)
I think most people that read YA novels already know John Green; his books are extremely popular. Rather than recommending The Fault In Our Stars (which is obviously good as well), I decided to pick Paper Towns. The prose is interesting, the dialogue brilliant and while the characters are not exactly likeable, you want to continue reading anyway.
- FOR THE FANTASY LOVER:
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia (YA)
I’ve only read the first book in this series so far, but I’m absolutely loving it. The historical facts, the male POV and the magical elements made Beautiful Creatures into one of my favorite reads this year and one of my favorite YA fantasy series in general.
Throne Of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas (YA)
I’m reading Heir Of Fire right now after finishing the second book, and I’m definitely enjoying this series! The first book wasn’t my absolute favorite, but I liked the second book way better and the third looks promising.
- FOR THE ROMANCE LOVER:
Those who know me are already aware of the fact that the romance genre isn’t my thing… So it’s kind of hard to recommend romance novels. The one I’ve picked isn’t YA, but at least it’s something right? 😉
One Day by David Nicholls
Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY. Although the characters weren’t exactly to my liking, I did enjoy reading about the changes in perspective and friendship during the years, and Nicholls was able to put in some pretty big plot twists. It’s an interesting novel and recommended if you don’t mind a cliche situation or two.
- FOR THE MUSIC LOVER:
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (YA)
I’ll have to repeat Katherine and pick Eleanor & Park for this one… There are not too many YA music novels out there that I know of. I cannot do anything but agree with just about everyone that this is an adorable little story. You cannot help feeling for the main characters, and crossing your fingers everything will work out in the end… And keep your tissues closeby if you are sensible to sadness.
- FOR THE SCI-FI LOVER:
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (YA)
This sci-fi/dystopian classic is definitely a must-read and SO good! I absolutely loved reading this novel up to the point that I’m lost for words describing my feelings… Somehow this combination of an intriguing story and strong prose just works.
- FOR THE THRILLER/MYSTERY LOVER:
The Shining series by Stephen King
Both The Shining books are probably two of my all time favorite thriller novels. I read the first one last year and the sequel not so long ago, and I absolutely loved both. Strong characters, creepy story, fast pace and easy-to-read prose… These two novels are simply brilliant.
- FOR THE DYSTOPIAN LOVER:
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (YA)
One of my first YA dystopian reads and still one of my favorites! Katniss is a female heroine who seriously kicks ass and the story itself is definitely interesting.
Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo (YA)
I’ve only read the first book in The Grisha series so far, but I absolutely loved it. It somehow just clicked between me and this book, and I enjoyed every single moment of it. This book left me without words. Or maybe just with words like amazing, stunning, sad, beautiful, heartbreaking etc. I suggest you to read it now if you like YA dystopian novels!
- FOR EVERYBODY:
The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (YA)
Set in the Second World War with themes as the Auschwitz concentration camp and other horrible facts, we see the facts through a nine-year-old boy’s eyes.This novel is amazingly moving and the point-of-view makes it such a special read. Make sure to keep a box of tissues close as you will probably need it during the last few chapters!
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (YA)
I know most people will already have read the Harry Potter series, but I couldn’t leave this one out of my favorite YA books list. I’m one of the many people who have grown up with this series, and I still cannot get enough of it. I’m in the middle of a reread right now; only the last two are left!
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