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what to give and what to get for the holidays


Books, of course!

The Penguin Group came out with this great list of what books their authors hope to give and get this year. So, I thought I would follow suit and list a bunch of books I’m planning on giving and some I hope to get (hint, hint, husband).

*For kids:
Be Glad Your Nose is On Your Face by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Brandon Dorman
One of the most fun poetry books ever, with fantastic illustrations.

*For teenage boys:
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Great premise, fun fast read that will rope just about everyone in right away.

*For teenage girls:
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson. I read this book last year and still can’t get it out of my mind.

*For dads:
My own dad loves Bill Bryson’s books, but I think he has all of them. Hmmm. I’ll come back later if I think of a good one…

*For moms:
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Actually, this book would work for just about everyone. Fun, clever, clean, and meaningful.

*For girlfriends:
These is My Words by Nancy Turner. A book to cry and swoon together over.

*For good friends:
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner. The best story of friendship and marriage ever.

Books I would love for myself/my family: Fablehaven, Book 3 by Brandon Mull (we have all the rest but somehow forgot to buy this one), Noah’s Compass by Anne Tyler, my own copy of anything by Marilynne Robinson, any of the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (heard great things about it but haven’t read it yet).

Any books you hope to give or get this year? Please share them in the comments so I can add to my own list!

+ comments (6)
  • Sara
    November 17, 2009

    My mom has told me to read half of those books you listed, but I just haven’t gotten around to them yet. I guess I’d better do it! šŸ™‚

    As for Shiver, I loved it, but I don’t know if you will – it’s pretty hard core paranormal romance. Up there with Twilight, except about werewolves. (the writing is more mature than Twilight though) I’d love to hear your opinion on it when you do read it.

  • Stacey
    November 17, 2009

    I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Hush Hush. The DH won’t let me buy it because “Christmas is coming up” — not that he has done any shopping yet, I guarantee he hasn’t.

    I do love Shiver, but as Sara said it is very along the lines of Twilight. Sam—swoon!

  • ally
    November 17, 2009

    Which is no problem, because I read all the Twilight books and enjoyed them very much!

  • Tasha
    November 17, 2009

    I adored Shiver – can’t stop recommending it. On Maggie’s site, she just posted the cover of the sequel, Linger. Looks like it is going to be one of my pre-order’s for 2010.

    And, for anyone who wants more suggestions, the Percy Jackson series has my teens I teach going nuts to finish them. There are five in the series and most are about 300 pages – my students are finishing them in just days. If you haven’t read it already, you must check them out.

  • Carolyn V
    November 17, 2009

    I love books for Christmas! I’ve been collecting for a while to give to my kids. =)

    I have a huge list of books I want and can’t pick out just one. I do want Josi Kilpacks 2nd mystery cozy. I think it’s English Truffel. I might just have to buy it for myself.

  • Chelsea P
    November 22, 2009

    Ally, email me will ya, I have lost your email…

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