10 Book Series or Book Pairs To Give As Gifts in 2011

Book Giving

It’s hard to give books as gifts as people have such different tastes, but for my friends who I know well, here’s what I would pick for them based on books that I read in 2011.

1. For Young Adults (or YA book lovers): The Hunger Games Series, Suzanne Collins
Hunger GamesCatching FireMockingjay

These books are just as amazing as everyone says they are – if you haven’t heard, you better ask somebody! It’s not often that I say all the books in a series are fantastic – but I’ll say it here – get them all at once, or give them all together!

2. For Adults: The Millenium Trilogy, Stieg Larsson
The Girl with the Dragon TattooThe Girl with Who Played With FireThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest

Another series that will blow your mind! In this case, each book could stand alone, which is something I love about this series.

3. For Paranormal Fans: Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead
Vampire AcademyShadow KissLast Sacrifice

I still have to finish the last 2 books (5 & 6), but one thing I can say is that the series gets better and better with each book.

4. For Fans of Epic Fantasies: The Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind
Wizards First RuleFaith of the FallenConfessor

There are 11 books in the series – so this one breaks my rule of not reading series with more than 5-6 books – but it’s totally worth it. And I say 11 books – because the 12th one published in 2011, should not be considered part of this series – I don’t care what anybody says (including Goodkind)!!!!

5. For Science Nerds: The Immortal Life Henrietta of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot and As She Climbed Across the Table, Jonathan Lethem

The Immortal Life Henrietta of Henrietta LacksAs She Climbed Across the Table

In the Henrietta Lacks book, it’s interesting to see how research was done back in the day, before rules of ethics – interesting and disturbing. As She Climbed Across the Universe is a fictional book about a woman who falls in love with a science experiment, and the man who loves her. Weird, I know!!!

6. For Literary Buffs Who Could Use a Little Bit of Whimsy in Their Lives: The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, Benjamin Hale and The Last Werewolf, Glen Duncan

The Evolution of Bruno LittlemoreThe Last Werewolf

Bruno Littlemore is a Shakespeare loving, talking chimp, who longs to be more human – who is “writing” (or rather, dictating) his memoir. I was hooked from beginning to the near 600 page end. The Last Werewolf, Jake, is depressed and depressing – something I found I detested in what I consider a strong (albeit mythical) creature.But the author’s deft manipulation of the character took me from disgust at first, to something like admiration in the end.

7. For Romantics: The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern and Delirium, Lauren Oliver

The Night CircusDelirium

Neither books are romance novels, but in both, love plays an important part. They both left me asking the question, how far would I go for love – what would I be willing to give up.

8. For the Non-fiction Aficionado: The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls and The Devil & Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness & Obsession, David Grann

The Glass CastleThe Devil and Sherlock Holmes

The Glass Castle is quite a disturbing memoir about what the author went through growing up – living like vagabonds and growing up dirt poor. The Devil and Sherlock Holmes is a collection of “life is stranger than fiction” stories, ALL of which were well written and very interesting.

9. For Lovers of Mystery & Intrigue: Don’t Breathe a Word, Jennifer McMahon and Before I Go To Sleep, S.J. Watson

Dont Breathe a WordBefore I Go to Sleep

In Don’t Breathe a Word, the author kept me guessing about which direction the mystery was heading in until the end – and even then, I wasn’t really prepared for what happened! And in Before I Go to Sleep – a woman wakes up every morning with no memories of the past 20 years. Who does she rely on when she can’t even remember the man in the bed beside her?! What would you do?

10. For Short-Story Lovers: Full Dark No Stars, Stephen King and Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances, Trisha Telep

Full Dark, No StarsCorsets and Clockwork

The short stories in Full Dark, No Stars are fictional but they show how humans can turn ugly, or do things they wouldn’t think they’re capable of, in certain situations. Corsets & Clockwork is a nice gateway book into the steampunk genre. Young heroes and heroines battle evils with the help of supernatural or super-technological powers, each individual story perfectly balancing historical and fantastical elements.

Have you read any of these books? are there any other books you would pick for these categories?

– – Meme via The Broke & Bookish
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  1. @shah – thanks for the compliment *insert cheesy grin here :-)* I haven’t read any of the True Blood series yet – I feel a little intimidated since there are so many written already – 11 so far and 1 coming out in 12!

  2. Hey – I stopped by and wow – I’ve been here ages looking around :D I’m putting this blog in my blogroll. This is a very professional and interesting blog for a newbie – Tok me ages to learn the ropes and I still don’t look this organised :D

    Re the books, the only ones in your list I’ve read are those by Larsson. Brilliant I thought. I’d add True Blood for vampire lovers. Excellent series. X

  3. So many excellent choices! I love the Vampire Academy series. I still need to read The Night Circus though.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today =)

  4. So many wonderful book recommendations!! I LOVE giving books as gifts and got some for almost everyone on my list this year (well, maybe everyone…). I got my mom Night Circus – I can’t wait to read it also! I got my husband Michael Connelly’s The Drop – he loves thrillers so the latest Michael Connelly or Lee Child is always a hit. My brother-in-law is a history teacher and loves to read historical nonfiction, so I got him The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. He loved The Devil in the White City by the same author (which I also got him), so I hope he’ll like this one, too. And I got my oldest son too many to list all of them, as he is a ravenous reader! I got him Inheritance by Christopher Paolini, plus two other series.

    OK, I really need to get back to work (finishing my year-end photo DVD for my family) and stop reading your blog – I keep finding interesting posts to read!


  5. I love your choices for the different categories! I have Full Dark, No Stars and THG on my list too :) and I’m going to read Niht Circus soon! I love your blog :) I’m a new follower!

  6. Great list! Henrietta Lacks is already on my reading list for next year. I’m going to check out some of the other books you listed.

  7. I may have to read Delirium and Night Circus. I like non-romance romantic novels (oxymoron – I know) if that makes sense (or I just won’t admit that I like romance). And I’ve had Before I Go to Sleep on my to-read list for a while. Sounds like you have some good picks!!

    Thanks for visiting my top ten.

  8. I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and haven’t gotten further with the series yet. I’m excited that the movie is getting good reviews!
    Henrietta Lacks is one I also want to pick up. Looks fascinating.

  9. @Lauren I haven’t read Pumpkin Eater, but I don’t think the 2 are similar, since Glass Castle is told from the kids perspective of growing up and doesn’t go too much into the adults thoughts about their actions. Pumpkin Eater sounds like a fantastic read though.

  10. This is a great list!!
    I heard The Last Werewolf was fantastic.
    Does the Glass Castle bear any relation to Penelope Mortimer’s Pumpkin Eater??

  11. I see my reading habits in a variety of the types of readers you have on your list and am thus going to have to read the Terry Goodkind books and The Devil And Sherlock Holmes which sounds AWESOME.

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