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The 2020 Holiday Recommendations Post! [Post is OPEN]

Every year, I like to make personalized book recommendations for my friends (and their friends)! It is that time of year again. I love helping you guys find good books! Please let me know if there's someone you're shopping for, or someone you're selecting library books for, and I'll post a recommendation. 

Comment if you want a book recommendation! (person's age, a little info about the person.) 

This post will be updated all during the holiday season. 🎄 Past years: 2014201520162018, 2019.

Also this year I've asked a few friends with great taste to recommend some of their favorite books. When that post is live, I will link it here.  

Alysa, give me a book for...

a 9 year old girl who is a strong reader, and read and loved the Penderwicks last year.

I recommend The Casson Family Series by Hilary McKay. They're books about this life of a family with four kids outside of London. They're set in a more modern era than The Penderwicks, and I just love these characters! I'd start with Saffy's Angel. Because they've been reprinted many times, the series has many different covers.

 


an 11 year old girl, who loves The Land of Stories series, also loves writing her own stories.

I recommend The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (and its sequels!) I haven't read Land of Stories books myself, but Benjamin has and he recommends the Half Upon a Time trilogy by James Riley as a good match. If she likes to draw as well as write, then I recommend If Found...Please Return to Elise Gravel.
 


a 13 year old girl, who loves RadioLab, and wants to be a writer (is there a book for youth about becoming an author? Or something about the writer's craft?)

I recommend Spilling Ink by Ellen Potter et al. I haven't read the full book myself, but I've heard a lot of good about it, and seem to remember having it checked out of the library at one time. As for a podcast recommendation, we have enjoyed a few episodes of Writing Excuses over at our house.


an 8 year old boy who reads beyond grade level, and loves Percy Jackson series.

I recommend the Explorer Academy Series by Trudi Trueit. The first book is The Nebula Secret. It's published by National Geographic and has some cool science as well as loads of adventure. The fourth book in the series is due in Jan 2021. 

 

a 14 year old girl who loves My Lady Jane, Lunar Chronicles, Hunger Games, Goose Girl, Ella Enchanted, Throne of Glass and Beauty. 

If she's read everything new, we'll have to go old! I recommend Enchantment by Orson Scott Card. I definitely read it at about that age, but it is written for adults. If you'd like a quick reference of the adult content in the book, I found one on Sneak Peek Books. Ooh, it looks like it may be out of print, but there are used copies at good prices. For a book written for the youth market that she may not have read yet, try Sorcery and Cecelia (and sequels) by Patricia C Wrede & Caroline Stevermer. I think it's so fun that this one was actually written as letters from one author to another. I also recommend the Reckoners series by Brandon Sanderson, but it looks like she might have read that one already!


a 10 year old girl who doesn’t like scary/intense things. No death or scary fantasy. 5th/6th grade reading level.

I recommend Crunch by Leslie Connor. It happens to be the book that people buy the most often after visiting Everead, right now. That's because it's great. I also recommend the classics The Secret Garden and A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett. 
 

my husband who is interested in history, mystery, & classics.

For history, I loved A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell. For classics, Jacob and I both love PG Wodehouse. We started with Right Ho, Jeeves! The mystery/thriller I read most recently is The Silent Patient by Alex Michaeledes. Fair bit of swearing in that one, but great for atmosphere and theories about whodunnit.

a 29 year old female therapist who loves to travel. She likes books that highlight relationships between characters.

Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas is the one I'm thinking of! I also love good character development. I don't even remember the plot of the book because it's been so long but I remember the characters and the premise: a woman has the sign "prayers for sale" outside her rural home and only twice does someone knock and ask to buy one and she doesn't sell prayers actually, but listens well. I loved it. Pretty short book, too if I remember right. Ah! Here is the Everead review, posted by Ashley.  
 

4 comments:

  1. I love this post each year! 8yo boy, reads beyond grade level, loves Percy Jackson series. 13yo girl, loves RadioLab, wants to be a writer (is there a book for youth about becoming an author? Or something about the writer's crafty?). 11yo girl, loves The Land of Stories series, also loves writing her own stories. What you got for me??

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  2. Yay! For the 8yo who reads well and loves Percy Jackson, I recommend the Explorer Academy Series by Trudi Trueit. The first book is The Nebula Secret. For the 13yo I recommend Spilling Ink by Ellen Potter et al. I haven't read the full book myself, but I've heard a lot of good about it, and seem to remember having it checked out of the library at one time. As for a podcast recommendation, we have listened to a few episodes of Writing Excuses over at our house. For the 11yo I recommend Shannon Hale's books - start with The Goose Girl! Benjamin enjoyed Land of Stories and he says the Half Upon a Time series by James Riley would be a good match, too. I'll get links up, for ya!

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    1. Thank you!! You are, as always, a wealth of information!

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