December is always a quiet month in blogland for me. This December has been no exception.
Things have been busy here at Chateau Lee. Good, but busy, between starting new jobs, finishing old ones, and working other random side ones I sometimes have. Plus revising a novel I shouldn’t be working on and not working on a novel I should be working on. Plus social life, because there are so many great things happening in Boston this month, plus reading, because I gotta plow through the 45 library books I currently have checked out from the library1. Then the MT is coming to visit me next week, rendering this week the longest week of the year because WAITING, and after some adventuring in Boston and beyond, we will head home together for a few weeks and ring in 2015 with the family.
So don’t expect to see me much around here this month2 but I will be back in January, likely with exciting news about THIS MONSTROUS THING as we ride boldly ride into its debut year3!
Now, with that said, let’s talk about books4!
This past week, I was reminded that there is nothing better than being a bookseller during the holidays. Yes, the crowds are crazy, and the giftwrap gives you paper cuts, and you will go hoarse counting out change and asking people if they want a bag. But being a holiday bookseller is great because you get to spend all day recommending books to people and generally during the holidays, people will take those recommendations without question. So these past few weeks have mostly been me shoving Code Name Verity into the gloved hands of Boston shoppers, no matter who they tell me they’re shopping for.
As I’ve been thinking about my reading year and the books I want to handsell this holiday season, I decided to put together a list of my favorite books I read in 20145 and who they might be good for. So you can enter your local independent bookstore armed with recommendations!
Mackenzi Lee’s Guide to Holiday Book Buying
For Fault in our Stars fangirls…
The Chance you Won’t Return by Annie Cardi
For Dauntless initiates and District 12 Tributes…
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
For fans of Firefly…
Retribution Falls by by Chris Wooding
For Westeros transplants…
The Plantagenets by Dan Jones
For “what to read after Harry Potter”…
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
For readers who like their words with pictures…
Sparky by Jenny Offill and Chris Appelhans
For Sherlockians and Whovians…
Jackaby by William Ritter
For Marvel fanatics…
Vicious by V. E. Schwab
For Serial addicts…
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
For readers of the classics…
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
For Frankenstein fans6…
The Lady and Her Monsters by Roseanne Montillo
And looking ahead, here are some books that aren’t out until next year, but I’ve been lucky enough to read advanced copies of. Look out for them in 2015!
Bones and All by Camille DeAngelis
Zerboxer by Fonda Lee
An Exaggerated Murder by Josh Cook
Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert
2015 is going to be a good year for books. Get excited.
- Finally swallowed my pride and paid my $15 in library fines so I am now allowed in the building without sirens going off. I showed my displeasure at being forced to pay by putting EVERY BOOK on hold. They all came in. Simultaneously.
- I know between posts you all just sit and hit refresh over and over and over hoping I will have posted again. I know.
- If you can’t wait until then for more details about it, the lovely blogger Kathy Coe picked THIS MONSTROUS THING as one of her 15 most anticipated books for 2015 and interviewed me in conjunction. You can read it here. I talk about tea and time travel and, of course, Frankenstein.
- Smooth transition is smooth.
- Note: Not all these books were published in 2014. That’s just when I read them. However, they are all outstanding.
- I CAN’T NOT.