Do you have someone on your list that is hard to buy for? I come from a family where a book never goes astray. My dad is easy – Crime and Action, I try and buy him a hardcover that hasn’t come out in Canada so there is an element of surprise to the gift – he reads everything as soon as it hits paperback.
This year I got him – Tom Clancy’s Threat Vector. I still need to find him a couple other special titles. For my sister in law who loved the Hunger Games I am buying Divergent by Veronica Roth and her following book Insurgent. I couldn’t put them down and they had the same non stop adventure the Hunger Games provided.
My mom has very similar tastes as myself so that’s easy – she gets everything second hand. Although if a book isn’t instantly gratifying she’s not willing to put in the time and see it through. Taking that into consideration this year I came across a great book from Michael O’Mara books – they publish the coolest book ever, it’s called The Book Lover’s Companion. It has over 100 synopsis’s of some of the greatest books including: The Book Thief, Wolf hall & The Handmade’s Tale. This way you get to read enough to know if it’s a book you’d want to commit to. I’m going to get a few of these and couple them with Amazon vouchers so that once my friends decide they can order a copy themselves.
If you have any sci-fi lovers then you should consider The Host by none other than Twilight’s Stephenie Meyer. Or check out an old classic Life of Pi by Yann Martel, if only to be able to watch the movie when it comes out! Or revisit Bridget Jones’s Diary as the newest movie Bridget Jones’s Baby will also come out in 2013.
I hope this is of some help for those still looking for gift – I hate to brag but I am all done!
This is the first whole book I’ve read on my iPhone – which I think is in itself a bit of a feat. I only have about 10 minutes to and from work and it took me about 50 trips to finish this book at this pace. I have to say, I almost gave up mid way. When Bronte sees her dead horse I almost had to pack it in…. but I persevered since it’s going to be discussed in our December meeting here in London.
It’s a strange story that takes place in a place I’ve never been, Tasmania. I could relate a bit to Sarah who came over from London but I can’t even imagine living in Compton after the energy and liveliness of London, it must have been quite a shock.
The story itself – following both Harry, Tom, Richard, Sarah and Bronte never allowed me to get properly invested in any one character. I thought the end with Harry and Bronte finding whatever it was they found with each other highly unlikely and the fact that Sarah seemed to be once again smitten with her husband was never fully explained.
It was a very odd book but I didn’t hate it. It kept me entertained and I found I looked forward to hearing about the stranger characters more than the sane one such as Harry with his terrible polyester outfits and even his random band mate.
It wouldn’t ever be on my recommendation list but I’ll be interested to hear what others thought of it. I also don’t think it will compel me to pick up Adam other book Single White Email.