I'm doing something new this holiday season; I wanted to give book recommendations that would make good gifts! So I'm going to pick themes and list books that I think are the best of the best, making great gifts to the book lovers in your life! I will preface this by stating most of my recommendations will be YA, so keep that in mind!
Books to Buy for the Anthology Book Lover!
Anthologies are great because they give more than one story to read. Below are some of my favorites spanning a couple different genres!
After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling - For the dystopia or apocalypse lover in your life, this is a great group of authors serving up some stories set in familiar places and some completely new!
Zombie VS. Unicorn edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier - No matter what team you're on, be it Team Zombie or Team Unicorn, there are a ton of awesome stories from both sides that your reader will fall in love with !
The First Time edited by Jessica Verday and Rhonda Stapleton - This is only in ebook format, but it is definitely worth getting! Full of fun stories about first times (all kinds of first times), this is backed full of amazing authors to entertain you!
Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong - Some of the top paranormal YA authors have a story in this collection. A great gift for those readers who are taking a journey, as you follow along on the journey's of each character!
Girl Meets Boy edited by Kelly Milner Halls - This is such a fun anthology! For the contemporary lover, they'll get each story from the girl's point of view and the boy's point of view. Finally, both will get the answer to "What is she/he thinking?"!
Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves edited by E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally - A non-fiction anthology for the teen in all of us. These popular authors write about problems, successes, happiness, sorrow, hate, and love with the message that in the end it will work out!
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly black and Cecil Castellucci - The perfect book for the nerdy or geeky reader, each story has a awesome theme that they can relate to. Be it English, Star Wars, theatre, etc. there is a little for the present geek, the future nerd, or the hidden one in us all.
How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity edited by Michael Cart - Anything with Michael Cart's name on it is great, and this anthology is no different! A GLBT-centric collection, each story deals with common issues GLBT teens are faced with. A great book for anyone to read, but especially that exploring reader in your life.
21 Proms edited by David Levithan - Who doesn't have memories of their prom, whether good or bad? This anthology takes that right of passage and explores the great, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Perfect for the teen or former teen reader!
Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes edited by Georgia McBride and Michelle Zink - Just what it says on the front; these stories are retellings of the traditional nursery rhymes but with a dark twist. Creepy and delicious, this is not a book for children!