12 Dec 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Want To Give As Gifts

Christmas, Christmas, Christmas. Love it. I am in quite a Christmassy mood this December which fits in perfectly with the theme for this week's Top Ten Tuesday. Today we are talking about Top Ten Books I Want To Give As Gifts and who I want to give them to. Love giving books away, it is like giving a part yourself when you give a book that you love to someone. So in no particular order:

10) Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - to my goddaugther's older sister
Because she is ten years old, just like I was when I got my first copy of this wonderful book.

9) The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - to my girlfriend who teaches a university class about feminism
Because it is the ultimate dystopian fiction novel about gender inequality and the terrible consequences of extremism.

8) The Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch - to my little sister
She will be visiting me in London in January and this is a really fun way to learn about London. Covent Garden will never be the same again.

7) The Bonfire of Vanities by Tom Wolfe - to any of my male friends who dreamt of becoming (or became) investment bankers
Because it is the ultimate story of the banker who loses his cushioned life as he does not face up to his responsibility.

6) We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver - to my friend, the psychologist
Because this book is all about nature vs. nurture and I think she would find it fascinating.

5) The Little Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia - to my mother
Because my mum has really good style and she loves reading about and discussing clothes. And because this is one book that I would love to borrow!

4) A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness - to my little sister (again, she reads a lot)
Because she and I share a secret love for "Twilight" (guilty pleasure) and "Pride and Prejudice" (proud pleasure) and I know that she will love Matthew Clairmont as much as I do.

3) The Dinosaur Feather by Sissel-Jo Gazan - to my mother-in-law
Because she loves crime fiction and this one is a really great piece.

2) Purge by Sofi Oksanen - to my father
Because he loves historical novels that deal with difficult topics and because we share an interest in communism and the effect it had on Eastern Europe.

1) How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran - to myself :-)
Because I wonder about this topic every day. What is it to be a woman and why is there still such a difference between men and women and the way we are being perceived.


  1. I feel exactly the same way about A Discovery of Witches. I don't know anyone who's as into reading as I am, but it's a book I'd recommend to anyone who likes excellent paranormal literature.

  2. Some amazing choices here! Anne of Green Gables, The Handmaid's Tale and We Need To Talk About Kevin are so amazing and books I think everyone should read! I've heard good things about The Discovery of Witches too.

  3. I got the complete set of Anne of Green Gables one year for Christmas and it was such an amazing gift!

    Great list this week!

  4. Love your list! I've got How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran on my ever-growing list of books to read in 2012! I can't wait to read it. Can you believe I've never read Anne of Green Gables? I feel like my childhood is somehow incomplete and I need to remedy that asap.

  5. Just read a really great post about Rivers of London - do you think someone not from London would *get* the book? It's been on my TBR for ages.

  6. @couchpotatocritic: yes it is one of those paranormal books that I really wish that I had written myself.

    @1girl2manybooks: yeah I love giving books away that I love myself. It is like giving an adventure.

    @K: Wow that is an amazing gift!

    @Cassie: You have to, it is fantastic. She is such a role model

    @Alex: Absolutely. It takes place in London but the story itself is great.