But what can I give that won’t end in crying?
The tree is all trimmed,
And we’ve hung every stocking,
Now what to slip in
That will leave them all gawking?
Not clothing, not candy, not jewelry, or socks.
Not videos, not fruitcake, nor a jack-in-the-box.
I’ve got an idea – it’s a definite winner,
And won’t make me seem like a gifting beginner.
The presents that will bring those satisfied looks…
Bunches, and bunches, and bunches of books!
Yet, it seems a bit daunting
To choose the right story,
Would they like mystery, history,
Or one scary and gory?
Goodreads has held their own book election.
Announcing the best of this calendar year,
Are the Choice Awards — let’s all give a cheer!
The votes, they were tallied, opinions collected,
And once added up, the panel reflected
We now have a list that couldn’t be neater,
With winners in genres to please every reader!
In fiction, Hosseini and Picoult topped the charts,
While “The Goldfinch” and “Lowland” both captured some hearts
If children are coming to your holiday dinner,
“House of Hades” by Riordan would be a clear winner.
For Young Adults, “Fangirl” is an obvious must,
They’ve got picture books, comics, and some filled with food,
And even a Humor list to help lighten the mood.
So, no matter the holiday you choose for this season,
You will have the perfect book-giving reason!
Check out the full list at goodreads.com
And get ready to hear, “This book is the bomb!”
Edie Crabtree is an avid reader, and the mother of three active boys. She can be reached at [email protected]