I am totally that Crazy Aunt that gives books for Christmas. (And Birthdays. And any other excuse I can think of.)
I was this way long before I was an author, but it reached epic proportions after I had my own children and was surrounded by kidlit. Everything from gorgeous picture books to delightful chapter books to gripping middle grade adventures. I didn’t dip into reading YA until my niece reached her teens, but then I was hooked.
If you think gifting books is just for paper copies, think again. You can gift a particular title to your Kindle owning friend as well. (Of course, there’s always e-gift-cards, but where’s the fun in that?) When you’re checking out on Amazon (note: not available at B&N), just click “Give as a Gift”. Or you can watch this video on how to gift e-books.
There’s a zillion book guides this time of year. Here’s just a few:
Here are some of my favorites from 2011:
Sequels I Love
If you haven’t read the first books in these series, 1) You Must, and 2) Read Them All.
You need to read these before the movie comes out (squeee!).
Indie Books On My TBR
Coming Up: Gift Lists for Writers and Geeks (no, those aren’t the same thing)!