As you may or may to remember, I enjoy reading. In fact, the only thing I enjoy more than reading is telling other people what to read. So if you’re searching for the perfect books for this holiday season – to read yourself or to give to someone you love – may I present…
Mackenzi Lee’s handy-dandy, easy-peasy holiday break book recommendation quiz!
Note: I know there may be better books out there for some of these categories, but I limited my recommendations to books that came out this year, and tried to stick to as many debut authors as I could, because I love supporting debut authors. So these recommendations come solely from the class of 2012.
At a holiday party, where will you most likely be spotted?
A) In the corner by the fireplace, with the academics, discussing history and literature
B) Under the mistletoe
C) Holding up the wall by the punchbowl
D) Looking for fairies in the holly wreaths
What is your favorite thing to do during the holidays?
A) Hunker down inside a castle with your family, probably speaking French
B) Chase holiday romances
C) Stay inside and read your favorite book for the fifteenth time
D) Hunt magical creatures and try to find portals to other dimensions
Your ideal holiday get away would be to…
A) Anywhere in the UK
What’s your favorite holiday film?
A) A Christmas Carol
B) It’s a Wonderful Life
C) The Nightmare before Christmas
Who will you be spending the holidays with?
A) Your best girl friends
B) Your boyfriend/girlfriend
C) Yourself. Maybe a book.
D) Other worldly companions
Mostly A’s – The historical heroine
Mackenzi Lee recommends…
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – a brilliantly-plotted drama about two best friends – a spy and a fighter pilot – shot down over occupied France during World War II. This might be my new favorite book ever. It. Is. Brilliant.
The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coates – a lavish medieval tale of two girls caught in the Welsh uprisings. This one can be a little slow-going – it’s pretty dense historical fiction, but if you’re an atmospheric person or interested in history at all, this book is to die for.
Mostly B’s – The romantic
Mackenzi Lee recommends…
Anna and the French Kiss or Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – quirky companion novels set in Paris and San Francisco about first love. Pretty fluffy and pretty sweet.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Two teenagers with terminal cancer fall in love. Contains adult content. Also, will probably make you cry and rethink your entire life.
Mostly C’s – The misunderstood badass
Mackenzi Lee Recommends…
Croak by Gina Damico – troubled teen Lex is shipped off for a summer with her uncle, who turns out to be a Grim Reaper ready to train Lex to join the family business. This might be the funniest book I read all year.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth – a teenage girl grows up in rural Montana and comes to terms with sexuality and religion. Contains adult content. But it’s really beautiful…the book, not the adult content.
Mostly D’s – The otherworldly
Mackenzi Lee recommends …
Daughter of Smoke and Bone and its sequel Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – Karou is an art student in Prague and errand girl to a monster trying to solve the mystery of who she is and why an angel is hunting her. The most beautiful writing you will ever read in a book. Really.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – A fantasy set in a faux tsarist Russia where peasant Alina Starkov is trained as a member of the magical elite who will banish shadows from the land. This book is divine atmospheric fantasy.