Holiday book recommendations!

For those of you who still need to do some last minute gift shopping, here are some book ideas!

For Middle Grade:

The Iron Bodkin (The Sardonyx Trilogy)

Government Inquisitors, crazy old wizards and secret basements abound in this fun adventure. Good for anyone who's ever wanted to make their little sister disappear. *cough*

The Hunchback Assignments

A steampunk, spy book with elements of the Hunchback of Notre Dame and an excellent villain.

For Young Adult:

Matched (Matched #1)

 A wonderful dystopian love story, where the true nature of the society only gradually unfolds. Also quite possibly the most well-done love triangle I've ever read.

Raised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves, #1)

Three words: Kick. Ass. Werewolves. Seriously. If you're burned out on angsty, shape-shifting werewolves with no shirts on (*cough* Twilight *cough*), this is the book for you.

General Fiction:

The Surgeon The Surgeon (Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles, #1)  by Tess Gerritsen

 Yeah, there's only one in this category because I didn't read that much general fiction this year. So just buy a LOT of Tess Gerritsen, because these books are amazing. Okay?

For Writers:

Writing the Breakout Novel

This is a very intensive book with a lot of great ideas. I'm going to have to read it again to catch them all. But overall it's an excellent challenge to dig deeper in your writing.

How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy (Genre Writing Series)

This is still one of my go-to writing books. An excellent addressing of the specific problems of worldbuilding, character involvement and plot that are common to writers of speculative fiction.

Those are my gift recommendations for this holiday season. If anyone wants to add to my list in the comments section, feel free!


  1. Great recommendations! The Iron Bodkin was awesome! I'm getting The Sell Your Novel Toolkit by Elizabeth Lyon under the tree. I loved her book, Manuscript Makeover!

  2. Susan- Those both sound like great books! I'll have to look them up... :)


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