It’s a freebie this week over at Top Ten Tuesday, a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Since we’re coming up on fast on the holiday season (especially for those of us who ship internationally), I thought I’d do a top ten list of the books I love to give as gifts. Obviously I love giving books as gifts anyway, and shopping for a new title for a friend’s birthday or holiday is always exciting, since everyone has different tastes and delving into different genres in search of something they haven’t read yet is like a treasure hunt. But there are several books that are my kind of “catch-all” gift titles—the books I tend to give over and over, as soon as I find out a friend hasn’t read them. They’re the books that I just love and want all my friends to read too.
The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern: This has to be one of the most magical books I’ve ever read.
Night Film, by Marisha Pessl: If you love horror movies or film in general, then you need to check this one out.
The Passage, by Justin Cronin: The writing can be a little difficult to get around at first, but if you can deal with that, the story is pretty epic.
Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon: People seem to either love or hate this series, but I adored it up until book eight, which was pretty draggy. Still, I’m hoping the next volume will be better. It’s the perfect blend of history, action, romance, and of course, time travel!
A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin: This is a pretty heavy series to get into, on multiple levels—the writing style, the length of the books, and occasionally the subject matter—and then, of course, there’s the wee little matter of George dragging his heels on finishing the books. But! It’s still one of the best fantasy series I’ve ever read.
In a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson: All of Bryson’s books are awesome, but this is just an especial favorite.
Any Miss Marple mystery from Agatha Christie: Because they’re amazing, obvs.
Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel: Beautiful writing and a haunting story.
Vegan With a Vengeance, by Isa Chandra Moskowtiz: Yummy and easy recipes.
Delirium, by Lauren Oliver: After The Hunger Games, this is probably my fave dystopian YA trilogy.