This year, I’m way behind on my Christmas shopping. Too many people, too few ideas. Without any MG or YA readers to buy for, I don’t have the opportunity to showcase my opinion of what makes a great book. But really, MG & YA are great for adults, too.
1) Harry Potter. This would, of course, be for someone who has not read the books, but may have seen the movies. And with the Half-Blood Prince hitting theatres this summer, it’s just not right to have watched almost all of the movies and not read a single sentence from JK Rowling. Come on, cheaters!
2) Hunger Games. I might be Suzanne Collins’ best advocate ever when it comes to this book. Who cares if it’s YA? This book could be a great purchase for adults and teens alike. Wow. All I can say is WOW.
3) Little Women. Yes, it’s ancient, but it’s a classic, and now that you can buy it from Aladdin Paperback Classics, you could even pair it up with Anne of Green Gables and give an even more literary gift for less cha-ching.
4) On Writing, by Stephen King. No, it’s not a MG or YA book, but this would make the best gift for a writer of any genre or age group. I gleaned so much from this sucker, it isn’t funny–though, surprisingly, Stephen King is.
5) Ophelia. Lisa Klein’s novel based on the character in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” is a true work of art, and would be an adventurist twist for any young (or older) fan of the Bard.