While gift giving may seem difficult, you can never go wrong with books. They’re heartfelt, thought out gifts; one that says, “Hey! You know me so well!” Whether you’re someone that always gives books as gifts, or someone that’s considering it, then this list is for you. Plus, these books are perfect to give to your BFF.
1) You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
Phoebe Robinson has a lot to say, but most importantly, you can’t touch her hair – so don’t even ask. In this collection of essays, Robinson talks race, gender, and pop culture, each more real than the last.
2) We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
The last haunting and dark novel by Shirley Jackson features a possibly murderous family. The Blackwood Family has been poisoned and all die except for two sisters, Constance and Merricat, their uncle, and the cat. Who did it?
3) The Mothers by Brit Bennett
After her mother’s suicide, Nadia Turner takes up with the pastor’s son. Resulting from the romance is a pregnancy that will shape Nadia and Luke’s lives forever. Bennett delivers a grappling novel about love, loss, and growing up.
4) The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
Angela Carter reshapes classic fairy tales and makes them her own. Whatever Carter writes, she infuses with magic, darkness, and a haunting feeling that lingers through the pages. The Bloody Chamber, her original story, is accompanied by her retelling of the fairy tales we all know and love.
5) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This coming of age story tells a tale of the honest, heart breaking, and hysterical world of high school. Charlie navigates the space between adolescence and adulthood, constantly struggling to fit it and adapt. He carries around his demons and at times is unstable.
6) Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Two half-sisters are born in separate villages in Ghana. One is sold into slavery and one marries an Englishman and lives in luxury. Homegoing tells the story of how their descendants live – one sister’s through warfare in Ghana and the other’s in America through slavery, the Civil War, the Great Migration, the Jazz era, all the way to present day.
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