Monday, 16 March 2015

A Bookish Present

Receiving a book as a gift is one of my favourite things. Whether I am unwrapping a story because it's a book the giver loves, or a book the giver is intrigued about, or they remembered me speaking about something in particular, or they spent time researching or they simply thought: yes, that one!- I love it. As I am writing this post I have too many books in my head, and so to help myself out, I am going to think of particular ideas that would inspire a search for a book present which will be in bold like the book's title!

In this post I want to put together a collection of ideas that fit different kind of personalities and/or wants. I could have talked about 25ish books but, here we are, a condensed but beautiful version of my original thoughts!

Let's start off with Miranda's awesome book, Is It Just Me? I adore this collection of stories and thoughts of Miranda's. It's funny and bright and smart and delightful. It's everything I wanted when I opened the first page. It's a bit quirky and a perfect novel for someone who is wanting to relax and delve into somebody else's thoughts. And then there's Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. I think it's an awesome idea to buy someone a book that is my one of my favourites- and here we are. Firely Lane (review HERE) is gorgeously magical. I love it because it is very focused around two best friends and their journeys through life. It is, though, about family and love too. It's heart-warming and heart-breaking. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (review HERE) would be an awesome present as a prime example of a young adult book that is suitable for everyone. It's fresh and thoughtful and an awesome telling of a character's story and thoughts. I can't and won't let go of this next novel: Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon (review HERE). This book is perfect for a holiday. It's funny and smile-producing, while we ache for love to win. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (review HERE) is a book for everyone. It's charming and funny and every page simply made me turn the next- it was one of those awesome books that naturally becomes stuck in the heart of the reader. I picked Where She Went by Gayle Forman as a tear-jerker (review HERE) kind of book. Where She Went is the second of Mia and Adam's story (the first, If I Stay is awesome too!). I picked this book as a tear-jerker (even though it is the second book!) because there was a lot of emotion in this book. (Naturally, there was in the first one too.) There was a lot of anger mixed up with nostalgia and regret and sadness and grief. It really got my tears flowing. Then, because of course I must include a Nicholas Sparks book, we have Nights in Rodanthe. My reason for this being a great book is because every Nicholas Sparks book is awesome and thought-provoking and magical. Nights in Rodanthe is no exception. If you're looking for a classic literature novel for a gift, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is one of my favourites. Packed full of social reflections, Frankenstein is a classic literature novel I can't let go of.

What books do you think make good presents?

Love & Thought,

The Girl in the Moonlight.

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