It’s that time of year, readers—the holliest, jolliest, most cozy book nerd month of the year! We hope you’re curled up and keeping warm while you catch up on your TBR and race to hit your reading goals. But, much as we may want to, there’s no escaping the holidays looming ever closer. And if you’re anything like us, your mind goes blank the second anyone asks what you want or the moment you step into a store to find something for your book nerd BFF.
Well, have no fear, because the Epic Reads gift guide is here!!
We’ve broken down some of our favorite books of the year so that you can easily find the books you want to (read: should) either ask for or get for the reader in your life this holiday season. Whether you’re looking for a series to binge or a book to make you laugh out loud, scroll on down, check them out, and embrace your lack of shelf control!
The 2019 Epic Reads Gift Guide
FIGURE OUT WHAT TO GET THE READER IN YOUR LIFE—EVEN IF THAT MEANS YOURSELF!
If you’re buying gifts for a book nerd, there’s a good chance they either have all the books they want already, or you just don’t know what they’d like. And if that’s the case, we have a solution for you! You can get them a shirt that boasts the always enthusiastic *book shimmy*, conveys just how little shelf control they have, or proclaims just how lit it is. Literary, duh. We also have the world’s cutest socks with cats and book stacks! And yes, we’re all wearing them right now.
Looking for a book to get the future leader in your life? Want to convince your friend to march alongside you next time the need arises?
All of these inspiring tales will have you ready—and wanting—to take on the world. Seriously.
And though these characters are fierce and their stories don’t shy away from tough topics, they’re also incredibly entertaining, wonderfully fun reads that we know everyone will love. Fight for justice alongside Starr, cook up magic with Emoni, or travel to new worlds with Finn and Alfie. The possibilities are endless!
- The Angie Thomas Box Set
- With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
- This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura
- Nocturna by Maya Motayne
- Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
The holidays are the perfect time to curl up with not just one, but a whole pile of books you’ve been meaning to get to! And we have some incredible series recommendations for you. Each of these has the impressive achievement of keeping a member of Team Epic Reads up until at least 4am reading, so you can take our word for it when we say you don’t want to miss a one. And don’t worry—we tried to pick out a series for everyone.
Not one for too many books? Carve the Mark and These Rebel Waves pack all the feels into two epic installments. Gone and I Am Number Four launch true sagas that spinoff into Monster and Generation One, respectively. And who would we be if we didn’t keep yelling about all of our Three Dark Crowns and Red Queen emotions?! You know us by now. And we know what to read.
- The Carve the Mark Paperback Box Set
- These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
- Gone and Monster by Michael Grant
- I Am Number Four and Generation One by Pittacus Lore
- Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
- The Red Queen Hardcover Box Set
- The Ultimate Divergent Box Set
- Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows
- The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
- A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
- The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Not so much of a binge reader? That’s no problem. This year also saw the release of some of the best standalone books we’ve ever read! And that spans genres—so we have heartachingly brutal and wonderful fantasy, retellings and romance that will make you swoon, and everything in between. Embark on a tale of angelic power in Angel Mage, experience raw emotion at the end of the world in I Hope You Get This Message, or travel back to ’90s Brooklyn in Let Me Hear a Rhyme.
- Angel Mage by Garth Nix
- Pride by Ibi Zoboi
- I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi
- Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson
- Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby
- Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
- Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry
If you (or someone you love) are a bit of a rebellious reader and prefer your stories with a side of plot twists, betrayal, and intrigue, these books need to top your holiday TBR. The enemies in them all are closer than you’d think—whether the main characters’ love interests, family, or the whole wide world around them—and each read will keep you on your toes.
So, get ready to take down patriarchal standards while falling in love at the Medio School for Girls, or watch a witch fall in love with a huntsman as she tries to hide from even deadlier forces. Why not have some fun this holiday season?
- We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
- Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
- Crier’s War by Nina Varela
- Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
Not so big on the inevitable dark twists that will rip your soul in two? We get it. Maybe you’re the type of reader who loves a good swoon, maybe some quips here or there. Maybe you just want to read something sparkly that you know will make your hopeless romantic heart happy.
We present: Our most favorite romances that we’ve read, re-read, and think you should read!
Experience the epic romance between Maxon and America with a glittering series box set, embark on your own once upon a time tour through alternate history, and continue the story that Love, Simon started to tell. If you (or someone you love) loves love as much as we love love, then we know you’ll love all these books about love, too!
- The Complete Selection Series Paperback Box Set
- The Beholder by Anna Bright
- The Simonverse Paperback Box Set
- The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
- What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
- A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
2019’s been a rough year for a lot of people, and one of our favorite things about books are the way they can transport you into another life—one of friendships and drama, of family and love, and most importantly, one that can make you laugh. These books are ridiculously clever and guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Even when they’re tackling tough topics or dealing with serious emotional matters, they’re told in so deftly a way that you can’t help but read on, rooting for their happy endings and laughing at every whip-smart line along the way.
- Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
- My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows
- The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
- Let’s Call It a Doomsday by Katie Henry
- Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks & Ted Caplan
- The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
If you want to take it a step farther than just getting a normal book for the reader in your life (or, you know, just want to #treatyoself), you cannot miss these special releases. Broken Throne is a collection of stories set in the world of Red Queen that continue the characters’ stories post-War Storm, expands on the story of the royal family before, and explores the worlds with special maps, notes and more. The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky revisits Monty and Percy after their ever-entertaining adventure and includes the world’s cutest doodles.
And what’s that, you want something… cinematic? Pan’s Labyrinth is a must-have from Guillermo del Toro that turns the iconic film into an epic and dark fantasy novel. The End and Other Beginnings is brimming with new technologies and worlds both alike and foreign from our own—while still confronting the emotions that make us human. And doing so with gorgeous art!
- Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee
- Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro & Cornelia Funke
- The End and Other Beginnings by Veronica Roth
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What books are you asking for this year? Let us know in the comments!