First Annual Novel Novice Holiday Shopping Guide!

Even when I was a little kid, books were my favorite presents on Christmas morning. I still remember getting Romona books, then Christopher Pike, the Nancy Drew Case Files, and eventually Anne Rice books, etc.

If you follow Novel Novice at all, then you probably agree that books make great presents!

To help you figure out what book to get for whom, we’ve put together an extensive list of titles and categories. Below you’ll find Part I. (Be sure to check back all this week for more!) We’ve also linked to our reviews/coverage of titles to further help you decide.


If she/he likes …


Paranormal romance:

  • Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  • The Fledgling Handbook 101 by P.C. Cast
  • Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
  • Nevermore by Kelly Creagh (also good for Edgar Allan Poe fans)
  • Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
  • Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Contemporary/realistic fiction:


  • The Radleys by Matt Haig (this is probably for older YA readers & doesn’t come out until Dec. 28)
  • Sucks to Be Me and Still Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley (these are also good for middle-grade readers)
  • Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
  • The Fledgling Handbook 101 by P.C. Cast
  • The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith (yes, it was a book series before it became a TV show!)
  • Thirst series by Christopher Pike
  • Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story by Adam Rex
  • The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

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