Mon, December 8, 2014

Anna’s Bookish Gift Guide: Bad Romance

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No, no, todays’ gift guide edition isn’t for horrible romance novels. It’s for books for readers who like romance…but prefer it to be a little angsty, a little impossible, possibly ill-advised and maybe involving a bad boy of some sort.

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The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
How to Love by Katie Cotugno
Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

You know I can’t handle overangsty books, but these have JUST the right amount. Which others would you add?

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Fri, December 5, 2014

Anna’s Bookish Gift Guide: Old School Edition

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Today’s gift guide is for the YA reader who has reader ALLLL of the new titles, and you have no clue what to get ‘em.

Yessir, it’s time to go old school with this gift. Thus, I give you: Teenage Anna’s recommendations.

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Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot*
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

I was into chick lit titles like these long before YA was such a “thing” because I needed something more grownup than Baby-Sitters Club but way less serious than everything I was reading in AP English Lit. Plus, this is long before new adult books started to dirty things up, so these are purely PG13 (in my opinion anyway).

Maybe the YA fan in your life has already seen the two of these that were made into movies but, as we all know, the book is ALWAYS better and these romcoms have plenty of teenage appeal. I certainly would have loved (and DO love, as an adult) all three of these books.

What were you guys reading as teens? Anything that’d still be good today?

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* (definitely not a teen when this is realized but WOULD have loved it)

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Thu, December 4, 2014

Anna’s Bookish Gift Guide: Pretty Writing

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Today’s books are my recs for readers who looooove pretty writing.

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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

If the YA fan on your shopping list appreciates the perfect word choice or a beautiful turn of phrase, you cannot go wrong here. SO. GOOD.

What are your favorite examples of pretty writing in YA?

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Wed, December 3, 2014

Anna’s Bookish Gift Guide: The Serious Stuff

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Today’s gift guide edition is for YA fans who don’t shy away from the serious stuff.

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson
Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner

These titles cover sexual assault, suicide, OCD and cyberbullying, and I highly recommend them all. What’s your favorite “serious stuff” YA novel you’d add to this list?

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Tue, December 2, 2014

Anna’s Bookish Gift Guide: For the Blockbuster Fan

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We’ve all got one of them — or more: The friend who loves The Hunger Games and Divergent because they saw the movies then read the rest of the books. We’ve got ‘em hooked on YA. Now what?

These books, that’s what!

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Matched by Ally Condie
The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Prodigy by Marie Lu

I picked these titles because liking The Hunger Games and Divergent means they’re probably open to sci fi/fantasy/dystopians across the board, they like strong, kick-butt female characters facing adversity and they are into series.

What do you think? You think you could get any of your casual-reader friends to try these?

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