Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Top Ten Books to Give as Gifts (TTT #7)

"Top Ten Tuesday" is a weekly book blogger meme hosted by

This week's list topic is...


1. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins
I was trying to figure out what to give my brother and his wife for a Christmas gift this year, then I realized they probably have never read The Hunger Games. They're not huge on reading, since they've got two little tots to worry about, so I already got this for them.

2. The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht
I got this one for my sister, figuring this would be up her alley. She loves reading contemporary literary fiction and nonfiction. I've never read it, but it's become such a huge hit since its release this year.

3. The Soul Screamers, Volume 1 by Rachel Vincent
This one has a funny story behind it. I purchased this omnibus on my Kindle, right after it came out, then got an email the VERY next day telling me I had won the paperback in a giveaway! Yeah, I kind of wished I had held out for one more day. But, since I have it and don't need it, I'm giving it to my sister's teenage daughter, who is a big reader.

4. Raggedy Chan (The Illustrated Edition) by Camille Picott
The author, Camille Picott, sent me an illustrated version of her Chinese Heritage Tale, Raggedy Chan, after I had already reviewed the ebook version (it's great). I figured I would give it to my two nieces, who were raised in China, and only recently moved back to the States. I don't have any kids of my own, and it would be the perfect book to give a child.

5. Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Veronica Roth
Destined to become a household name, I'm sure a bunch of people are going to put this book on their “TTT” lists this week. It was an awesome read, and I'd give it to someone if I had enough spending money for gifts. But, I don't, so maybe that will have to wait until next year for someone.

6. Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare
If I weren't already equipped with a book to give to my teenage niece, I'd buy her this one for Christmas (provided I had the money, too). This was such a fantastic read with really fun and hilarious characters. Plus, I'm sure she hasn't read many historicals.

7. This Dark Endeavor (The Dark Endeavor Chronicles, #1) by Kenneth Oppel
Here's another one I'd give my niece, so long as she likes reading historicals, after all. This was one of my favorite books this entire year! I love it to pieces, and I'd recommend it to anyone who is at least a teenager, or older.

8. The Iron King (Iron Fey, #1) by Julie Kagawa
Of course, this series is pretty much my favorite one, so naturally I'd give this book to a reader who fit the bill. Not sure I know anyone off the top of my head, but if I had loads of cash, I'd be trying to fit it with somebody just so I could give it away as a gift.

9. Matched (Matched, #1) by Ally Condie
This book is perfect for anyone who appreciates teen romance novels, as it is thoroughly engrossing and engaging. I found myself so lost in the story, I forgot that I was just reading fiction. I had to remind myself, “None of this is real—none of this is really happening!” I'd give this to any niece, or friend of mine.

10. The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, #1) by Clay & Susan Griffith
This is one I think my sister-in-law and maybe even my oldest brother (her husband) would like. They are both pretty avid readers (not like me, but close), and she would like the sweet romance, and my brother would like the political intrigue. I love the vampires and how unique they were. This is a great story with a very realistic adult romance couple. 

That's my list, folks. What's on yours this week? Hopefully something just for me...? 


  1. I've given so many people The Hunger Games! I think I actually have 2 copies of it myself still. I'm a bit obsessed. I'm going to buy myself the Iron Fey series though. I need to know what everyone is talking about!

  2. I am totally obsessed with the Hunger Games! The movie trailer had me in tears, hah! Divergent was definitely one of my faves that came out this year, too - can't wait to get my hands on Insurgent next May!

  3. This is a great list full of books that I love like the Hunger Games and Divergent. I am intrigued by The Greyfriar and will definitely check it out.

    Here's mine: http://feministfairytalereviews.blogspot.com/2011/12/top-ten-tuesday-5-books-as-gifts.html

  4. Divergent, yes. Matched, yes. Hunger Games, yes. Any more recommendations for me?

    Here's my Top Ten Books I Want to Give as Gifts.

  5. Great list! Divergent is on mine too. The Tiger's Wife was great, based on what you said your sister should like it too. Here is my list http://wp.me/pzUn5-H0

  6. I agree w/so many of those. There are so many amazing books, & Ian so indecisive, I don't think I could narrow it down.
    Great list, Cathy!

  7. Yay Greyfriar! My review for Rift Walker will be up tomorrow. I just finished Tiger's Wife for Book Club. I liked it, but if I hadn't been "forced" to read it I would have had trouble finishing it. I feel that way about a lot of literary novels.

  8. That is a wonderful list! So many good titles. I still need to get a copy of Greyfriar, I have heard lots of good things about that.

    I wish I had money to give books to more people - they're such a great gift! Hours of entertainment, and easy to recycle/payforward/treasure forever.


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