My favorite part of my A Bookish Little Christmas event is that I get to invite my friends to join in on the celebration and contribute Christmassy guest posts! I’m so glad Brittany of The Book Addict’s Guide was so willing to write such a fun post! And I had SO much fun designing and setting up the imagery for it. :)
The holiday season is upon us again — one of my favorite times of the year — and since I don’t usually get too Christmas-y on my own blog, I am THRILLED that Jana asked me to guest post for her wonderful Christmas feature on hers!
One of my favorite parts about being an avid reader and blogger is helping people find new books (especially ones that I’ve fallen in love with myself) and I tend to go a little crazy buying books for people at Christmastime. This year I came up with the idea for “The 12 Recs of Christmas”, sharing some of my favorite books and gift suggestions in the style of “The 12 Days of Christmas” (but don’t worry. No singing involved)!
I actually haven’t read My True Love Gave to Me yet but it’s the perfect selection to kick off this holiday list (and fits the theme too perfectly!) — I was going to buy it for myself but I haven’t yet JUST in case it’s coming as a gift! This book is a collection of short stories by some of my favorite contemporary authors, all with a holiday theme! Perfect for Christmas or any time you want to get back in the holiday mood!
11. Eleven Kids, One Summer by Ann M. Martin
The follow up to Ten Kids, No Pets, this book was one of my all-time favorites growing up. It even ranked higher than The Babysitter’s Club! Both books are about the Russo family which consists of (surprise) ten kids (in the second book, eleven with the latest edition) and the antics of a big family. Personally I think this is a great children’s book, spanning upwards to the younger side of middle grade readers. It was one of my favorites! (And still is!)
10. Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas
This is Liz’s sophomore YA novel and I LOVED it. It takes place on Christmas Eve so it’s perfect for the holidays and it’s just such a fun read. It also has a sort of Breakfast Club-feel and really solidified my love for Liz Czukas (and I loved her debut, Ask Again Later)!
9. To the Nines (Stephanie Plum #9) by Janet Evanovich
The Stephanie Plum books are my fall-back fun reads. I started them a few years ago during a blizzard so they always remind me snowy days a little bit! They’re really fun and both quick and easy to read. The movie didn’t really do the series justice (I think) and I think I’m about 14 in now… Even though they get a bit silly sometimes, definitely a series I plan to keep reading as long as Janet Evanovich keeps writing them!
8. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
I used to love the Ramona books when I was young! I actually don’t remember much about them as an adult and I think a re-read would be really fun! I do know that this was a favorite of mine as a kid and I know it’s favorite of many other people as well! I have to re-read it but I think it’s still a pretty solid recommendation for the younger crowd and a classic!
7. The Sevenwaters Series by Juliet Marillier
My bestie Alyssa bought this for me last year and it’s one of her all-time favorite series ever. She has confidence that I’ll love it and it’s one that I’m resolving to read in 2015! She bought it for me last year and I failed to read it in 2014 but I’m clearing my schedule a bit in 2015 and this one is a priority!!
6. Six of Crows (The Dregs #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows doesn’t officially come out until October of 2015 (tentatively) but I’m already recommending it. In 2014, I fell in love with Leigh Bardugo’s debut Shadow and Bone and of course the other two books in the trilogy too. Six of Crows takes place in the same universe (the “Grishaverse”) but with other characters (though the original characters may be alluded to)! I already know it’s going to be fantastic because her writing really grows with each book!
5. The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey
I almost didn’t pick this one up last year because I don’t do “alien stories” but thank goodness for the hype to make its presence known because I picked it up on blogger recommendations and LOVED it. It was so much more than just aliens. I loved the characters, the setting, the world, and there was so much action and adventure. Perfect for male or female readers, young adult or adult!
4. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
The first review I ever posted on my blog was for the first Sherlock Holmes mystery, A Study in Scarlet. (And also, HarperTeen is coming out with a really neat reprint of ASiS this winter with some great illustrations too!) I really want to keep on reading the Sherlock Holmes mysteries soon because I really enjoyed A Study in Scarlet and I’ve been meaning to read more for years now!
Okay, this one is cheating a little bit, but I really enjoy trilogies. I know some people were getting frustrated with how many series were turning out to be trilogies but I really do think it’s a nice way to form a series plot and it’s not too short, not too long. I also can’t help but recommend some of my favorites!
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
His Fair Assassin Trilogy by Robin LaFevers
Under the Never Sky Trilogy by Veronica Rossi
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Anna and the French Kiss companion trilogy by Stephanie Perkins
The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson (though there are more “spin-off” books that go with this trilogy)
2. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
This was an all-time favorite book as a kid and I re-read it as an adult, totally terrified that it still wouldn’t hold that same weight. HOLY COW. I’m still in love with it and the book sort of ruined me all over again. It’s great for middle grade readers and I will still recommend it to young adult and adult readers as well!
Thanks so much, Brittany! I’ve got some new books to add to my TBR!