This time of year tinsel goes up, television ads take on a more frantic tone and magazines, blogs, the supermarket, everyone you know starts making lists of what to buy for Christmas.
Of course we always recommend books for Christmas and know that if you trot yourself down to your local bookshop you’ll do quite nicely getting recommendations from the smart and clever people that work there.
However, in the spirit of good reading we’ve also crowd-sourced some of our own lists using Twitter. We started a Google document, let anyone add titles and books anonymously and now have 22 grand Christmas book lists of topics far more left-of-field than ‘books for Mum’ or ‘books for gardeners’.
We’ll roll out our 22 lists from here until Christmas and here’s what’s coming up:
- Books that are about the importance and love of books and words
- Wonderful travel writing for those who live vicariously
- Intelligent detective fiction
- Books in which water features strongly
- Books that are just ‘blow me over with a feather’ clever
- Cautionary Tales and Environmental Warnings
- Ageless science writing
- Seven authors lucky enough to be sold on both sides of the YA/Adult divide (who everyone should just read anyway)
- Eight “YA/children’s” novels adults should read
- Seven ‘adult’ novels teenagers should read
- Other people’s memories
- Strong Women
- Sickbed reading
- Don’t read these if you’ve got a heart condition
- My school was never this interesting
- Books children should not be allowed to grow up without
- Every teenager should read these
- Great books with wonderful opening lines
- Books which, if you haven’t read, I don’t know if I can be your friend
- Books to read on a cold, wet day
- Books to break your heart
- Books that teach you how to live life
Thank you so much to the avid readers on Twitter who contributed to our lists. We have no idea who you are but thank you for supporting this.
by Emma McCleary, web editor for Booksellers NZ