Otherwise, grab a cup of tea, click through, and enjoy your book browse!
The Funk-Breaker Fun-Time Books:
Paranormalcy, Texas Gothic, and Hex Hall; also always on the funk-breaker recommended list: fairy tale retellings (some of my faves are above), and graphic novels, which you can find below.
For the Middle Grader
I'm that friend/family member that always gets the kids books, and I don't know whether I'm loved or loathed for it. (Probably a bit of both. Noisy toys? No. Shiny books? Yes.) Regardless, there's little I love more than finding a good middle grade book to push into a kid's eager hands. From my go-to authors like Anne Ursu and Erin Bow, to some new whimsy with a classic feel that will win over adults and kids alike, like Catherynne M. Valente's Fairyland series, all the way down the list to the trusty standby of your old favorites for a new generation, giving books to kids for Christmas just feels right - and inspires a lot of conversation and book-bonding!
For the Contemporarily Quirky
In my opinion, you can never go wrong with AS King - male or female, teen or adult, contemporary fan or lover of all things hella-quirky, King tics all those boxes and then some, and packs in powerful, moving stories to boot. But there are plenty of other contemp/realistic-magical realist/quirkfest hybrids out there, ready to charm and befuddle you or your giftee.
For the Visual People in your life:
But Graphic Novels not their thing? What about an awesomely odd talking point book, coffee table book, quirky non-fiction, etc?
I think that's enough recommendations to keep you busy for today's post, but there will be more tailored picks to come, as well as a list of my absolute must-haves and some non-book bookish gifts. But until then, any specific categories you want to see? Or do you have a Problem Reader whom you need more tailored recommendations for? Let me know what you're looking for in the comments, and I'll see what tricks I can pull out of my hat!
Happy Book Shopping!