An unexpected flurry of excellent book recommendations!
This year, my colleague Luise had the idea that since we’re all book nerds we should do a ‘books only’ Secret Santa this year.
The rules were as follows:
- We all write down our name on a piece of paper
- We add a couple of books we’ve enjoyed, authors we like, and a genre we’d be willing to try
- We chuck them all into a box, give it a good shake and then pick out somebody to buy for!
Everyone was pretty happy with their books – and we only had a couple of repeat purchases. Here are a few of the results…
For Alice, who loves sci-fi and fantasy: ‘A Discovery of Witches’ by Deborah Harkness
For Terryn, whose Secret Santa was determined to give this book to whoever she got: ‘The Nightingale’ by Kristin Hannah
For Ciara, who likes a good drama: Initially ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini – but as she’d read it, rapidly replaced with ‘Conversations with Friends’ by Sally Rooney
For Marissa, who likes mysteries: ‘The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle’ by Stuart Turton
For Alex, who likes sci-fi: Alex was my person! So I got him ‘Too Like the Lightning’ by Ada Palmer – it’s the first in a trilogy of sci-fi novels set in the future where humanity has done away with religions and governments and now exists in ‘hives’. However the balance looks to be upset by the appearance of a miracle working child…
Hopefully he likes it!
For me, who wanted to try a bit of fantasy: Alice got me a book called ‘Red Rising’ by Pierce Brown. I hadn’t heard of it before, but the cover quote was certainly promising:
“Ender, Katniss and now Darrow” – Scott Sigler
‘It’s like The Hunger Games?!’ I shrieked.
It was indeed like The Hunger Games (I’ve just finished it) – but there’ll be a full review coming later.
Suffice to say it was great and now my sister is charging her way through it.
Anyways – a bookish Secret Santa is a great idea for any office, so try it next year and let me know how it goes 🙂
Happy Christmas everyone!