I’ve made a list of five books that would make truly smashing presents for bookworms this Christmas.
1.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Illustrated Edition)
Perfect for… Fans of Harry Potter, of course! Also for any young family members who aren’t ready to tackle the original version just yet. The illustrations are beautiful; this would certainly be a book to treasure. A gallery of Jim Kay’s other artwork can be found here, to give a taste of the style found in the book.
2.) The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy
Perfect for… Self-professed geeks! This little guide has advice on comic conventions, cosplay and fanfic, with lots of adorable illustrations throughout. The book is written by Sam Maggs, who was named Awesome Geek Feminist of the Year; her website and blog can be found here. There is even a book trailer, which I personally think is amazing:[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7gsjZmGF3M]
Perfect for… Bake Off fans and comedy lovers. Sue Perkins is one half of popular British comedy duo Mel and Sue, and this autobiography follows her through her childhood, early days in comedy and experiences in television. I described this book recently in One Sentence Wednesdays: ‘I’ve been belly laughing since page 1!’
4.) Suicide Squad vol. 1
Perfect for… Those friends of yours that can’t stop sharing Suicide Squad trailers on Facebook (or is that just me?). DC fans will love this comic; the story binds together some of our favourite Gotham characters! The book received mixed reviews on Goodreads (many fans of the series are disappointed with the reboot); however, as a newbie to the series, I loved the comic and gave it a five-star rating.
5.) Me, Earl and the Dying Girl
Perfect for… People who found The Fault In Our Stars just too soppy. This book takes its own very unique approach to terminal illness in young people; it is tongue-in-cheek – with classic lines like ‘the most beautiful thing about you is that you are not a sock puppet’ – but it is honest, and tears are still likely to be shed. This book was read in October for the Words & Geeks Book Club, and it did not disappoint! Review available here.
Which books are on your Christmas list this year? Will you be gifting any of the above to your friends?