We’re most of the way through November now, and Christmas is just a few weeks away. If you and your friends/family celebrate with gift-giving you might be starting to wonder what you’re going to get for some of the people in your life—I know I am!
Luckily, books make great presents. Easy to wrap, they have pretty covers, you can write a nice message inside if you’re so inclined. Even more luckily, I’m here to help give you some ideas for choosing those books! I’ve put together recommendations based on some of the most watched TV of this year, based on my completely unscientific Google searches and polling of my coworkers. My apologies if I’ve missed out the one thing you watched this year.
If they liked Game of Thrones, they should try… Circe
Circe, by Madeline Miller, has magic and mayhem aplenty for people who are missing the brutal fantasy world of Game of Thrones. A retelling of Greek myth, Circe has a vibrant world with lots of layered characters, I enjoyed it thoroughly and would definitely recommend.
If they liked The Umbrella Academy, they should try… The Immortalists
Part of the appeal of The Umbrella Academy was those complicated sibling relationships, and The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin centers around the lives of four siblings with a backdrop of slightly supernatural goings-on.
If they liked You, they should try… Black Eyed Susans
You was a psychological thriller/total creep-fest found on Netflix, and Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin has a similarly unnerving vibe. Alternatively, for a non-fiction glimpse into the mind of a sociopath, there’s the fascinating Confessions of a Sociopath by M. E. Thomas, which gives a frank account of life as a diagnosed sociopath. Missing all of the crime and threat of violence of the TV show You, but absolutely gripping in its own way.
If they liked A Discovery of Witches, they should try… Daughter of Smoke and Bone
There’s also the book that the TV show has been adapted from, but if you want to go in a slightly different direction I highly recommend Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It has a similar feel, with our world bumping up against a magical one, and a truly awesome female protagonist learning how to navigate the two.
If they liked Breaking Bad and El Camino, they should try… The Talented Mr Ripley
I know Breaking Bad has been over for a while now, and El Camino was a film rather than TV so it might not technically belong on this list. But it’s my site, so I make the rules, and I’m allowing it. For somebody who enjoyed the high stakes drama and criminal activity of Breaking Bad, The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith would be a great fit. It’s a book that will almost certainly have you rooting for the main character, despite the fact that he’s probably legitimately evil, which is a tricky thing to pull off.
If they liked Stranger Things, they should try… The Power
Imagine all of the women in the world discovered one day that they had a power kind of like Eleven’s in Stranger Things. That’s essentially the situation explored in The Power, by Naomi Alderman. It’s a great book in its own right, complex and multi-faceted and just plain interesting through and through, but definitely worth getting if somebody appreciated Eleven’s storyline in Stranger Things.
If they liked Orange is the New Black, they should try… A World Apart
This is another one where you’ve got the option of getting the book the whole TV show was based on, but again, I wanted to give you a less obvious option. You’re welcome. For this one I’ve got another non-fiction offering: A World Apart, by Cristina Rathbone, which tells heartbreaking stories of inmates in a Massachusetts women’s prison, many of whom have been imprisoned for non-violent offences.
Are you planning on gifting any books?
I’d love to know what your favourite books are for giving to other people, or if you have any recommendations to share to give other people ideas for this Christmas!
Okay, me. To give me ideas.