Book Lovers Guide Part II

Welcome back to another exciting edition of gift guides! I know I have done one whole gift guide and now I think I’m an expert. For part two of the book lover’s gift guide, I’m handing out a list of some of my favorite books I’ve loved period. Part 1 was strictly focused on books I’ve read this year and loved. Part 2, we are expanding.

Reminder, don’t be afraid that the book lover in your life has read these books or might already own them. Just grab a gift receipt. Nobody was ever injured exchanging a book and waltzing through a bookstore for a few hours. 

1. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter– I have loved this book since I got it in 2012. I’ve reread it multiple times. This is a wonderful re-telling of Hades and Persephone. It’s a modern re-telling. It has so much greek mythology that 7th grade Ashleigh was squealing in my heart. (Mythology was my favorite part of 7th grade english)  This is a start of a wonderful series and love all the books. Start here though. Five out of five stars.

2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson– THIS BOOK. Oh my gosh. Okay, this book had me guessing and every time I thought I had figured out what was going on, I’d turn the page and discover that I was wrong. This book is so good. I still need to read the rest of the series. Our main character flees her wedding day for an arranged marriage and starts a new life where two mysterious men show up. One is the prince who she was supposed to marry, the other, an assassin sent to kill her. 

3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas– My favorite thing about this book is that it is set in “olden” times. Which is just my way of saying that it happens in a time period from the past before technology was a thing. Here we have an assassin who is in what is basically a jail. If jail was a place where bad people went and there were no rules on how they were treated. The prince plucks this assassin out of the jail to be his champion in a contest for the king. 

4. Control by Brittany K. Blair– Think X-Men with a government that was able to force them to register and a society that hates them and only sees them as a threat and a danger. Control focus on Cole, who has all the trademarks of an Anomaly (what they are called in this world) except a power. This book has a wonderful group of characters and this book has plenty of action. 

5. Uninvited by Sophie Jordan– Dystopian world where they have narrowed down the probability of whether or not you’ll kill someone based on a certain gene you may or may not carry. Society’s fear has tracked “Killer Gene” killers and the numbers are high and scary. I mean, other murders happen by people without the gene but public fear has made it so they start testing teenagers for the gene and those who test positive, end up isolated from the rest of society and labeled as a killer before they even do anything to warrant the fear. Well, enter our main character who is literally perfect with a perfect life and she comes up positive for the killer gene and we get to follow her “fall from grace.” This book is so good. It brings up a lot of different perspectives and it keeps you flipping through the pages.  

Book Lovers Gift Guide (Part I)

It’s officially the gift giving season! Now, I’m not the best gift buyer in the history of anything. In fact, I very much struggle to even buy gifts for my husband. (I crushed it this year for Father’s day but that might be where I peaked.) Sometimes I struggle with my own thought process in my gift giving. “Oh, I could make… wait, if they wanted something like that, they could make it themselves.” Or I tell myself if they wanted whatever I’m thinking about, they would just buy it. I need to think harder. Gift giving can get stressful and I haven’t even gotten to the store yet. 

While I might be not the greatest gift picker for others, I am a great picker of books and things that book-lovers will love. The best gift to give someone who likes books is a book! No lie, if everybody I knew got me a book for Christmas, I’d be a happy camper. My favorite thing to do is to give books I’ve loved to friends who I know love to read. 

Here are five books I’ve loved this year! 

1. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus– I technically read this book last year. I borrowed it from the library on my kindle and I read it in one day. I sat out on my balcony in the Vegas summer and just enjoyed being outside, probably getting sunburned, and flipping through the pages of an awesomely strung together story. It is a great little murder-mystery that makes you wonder, who really killed Simon?

2. The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen– This author has been my favorite since I was sixteen. Her books are just great little getaways for me. The Rest of the Story follows a girl as she is suddenly reunited with her mother’s side of the family, a side of the family she hasn’t seen since she was a kid. 

3. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard– This book is a rollercoaster of action, surprises and it is very hard to put down. Dennard’s world building is the best I’ve seen. I have so many questions and not enough answers. I have the second book, I just need to start it. This book is perfect if you don’t want the sole focus of the character’s plot line to be a love story. This book also has my favorite best friend-ship. 

4. You’d be Mine by Erin Hahn– I stumbled across this book when I took my brother and son out to the bookstore to pick out books for everybody. The story line seemed cute and just the type of story I like, cutesy YA. BOY DID IT DELIVER. I went home and read this book in a night. I regret nothing. It’s so good. It isn’t full of fluff like I thought it was going to be but the deep stuff was good and made the cute stuff even better. It was great.

5. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins– I actually wrote a review for this book earlier this year. This is the first book in a series that I devoured in like four days. It has the perfect enemies to lovers troupe. However, the enemies thing is like a “should be enemies” deal. It’s great. 

This is part one, keep an eye out for part 2 where I’ll list out five more books!

P.S. Don’t worry about whether or not the book lover in your life might have already read a book you get them, get a gift receipt! No one has ever complained about having to go to a bookstore to exchange a book.