Book Gift Guide for the Holidays – 2014

Book Gift Guide by Definitely Not for the Birds



For those with a great sense of humorYes, Please by Amy Poehler. This gem of a book is hilarious, heartfelt, and will probably make you want to be best friends with Amy Poehler.

For the Gamer: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This book is amazing. It focuses on the adventures of Wade Watts, a teenager in the not so distant future struggling in poverty while the whole world is neglected for the OASIS – a virtual reality game. Things begin to change as Wade tries to find an “Easter egg” left by the inventor of OASIS – whoever find the “Easter egg” inherits the inventor’s fortune. The book is steeped in obscure 1980’s references and nerdy quotes that many will love.

For the Fantasy LoverThe World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. Any fan of Game of Thrones or the Ice and Fire Series will appreciate this look back into the history of Westeros. Whether or not it’s truly untold is another matter, as Martin covers quite a lot of ground in series, it’s still an interesting look in to captivating world of Westeros.

For the History BuffRebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by S. C. Gwynne: In the middle of reading this one right now, and I am quite captivated. A lot of work and research went into this historical piece, as it details the life of Stonewall Jackson.

For the Mystery LoverMy Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier: This book is a mystery of intentions. We’re never quite sure whose are honorable and whose are less than honorable. It’s an older book, and one of Du Maurier’s that tends to fly under the radar despite it’s genius. Another pick for this person – The Silkworm by Robert Gailbraith/aka J.K. Rowling. I have not read this, but I feel pretty safe recommending it. It’s the second of a series featuring a protagonist that I loved. Cormoran Strike was, for reasons I can’t really explain, was one of my favorite main characters of 2014, and I have no doubt that his second foray is just as amazing.

For the Avid Reader: Know someone who reads everything?  Try A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. It’s a unique read that they are sure to adore. Shifting view points, writing styles, and perspectives somehow comes together in an incredible story.

For Teens: Nobody’s Baby Now by Carol Lea Benjamin. This novel is older and incredibly underrated. While it was published quite awhile ago, it’s not dated. The issues of first love, self esteem and finding yourself while caring for others are all at the forefront of this beautiful story.