The Ultimate Gift Guide for Book Lovers

The ULTIMATE Frenzy Gift Guide for the Book lovers in your life

The holiday season has officially arrived! Are you struggling to find a gift for the reader in your life? Never fear because Team Frenzy has you covered with the ULTIMATE gift guide for book lovers! From romantasy, to contemporary fiction and books about women’s wrongs, there’s a book for every reader on this list.

 

For the reader who loves magical books about books

 

A Study in Drowning by Ava Reid

A Study in Drowning by Ava Reid

Effy is an architecture student whose favourite book is Angharad and the fae king from this book may or may not be real. In this haunting YA dark academia fantasy, Effy is offered the chance to redesign the crumbling manor of her favourite author. There, she meets Preston who is determined to prove the author’s a fraud and soon, the two rivals find themselves piecing together the author’s legacy as dark forces both mortal and magical conspire against them. 

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Ink Blood Sister Scribe by Emma Törzs

Ink Blood Sister Scribe by Emma Törzs

A library of magical books? Yes, please! Perfect for fans of Ninth House, The Magicians, and Practical Magic, two estranged half-sisters are tasked with guarding their family’s library of magical books. In doing so, they must work together to unravel the deadly secret at the heart of their collection. Dive into this vast world filled with mystery, magic, danger and unearth secrets that span centuries, continents and even other libraries.

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Babel by R. F. Kuang

Babel by R. F. Kuang

Our ultimate gift guide for book lovers wouldn’t be complete without R.F. Kuang’s award-winning book about words and the power of language! A thematic response to The Secret History and a tonal retort to Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Babel follows Robin’s journey to Oxford’s Institute of Translation, and asks readers to wrestle with the nature of powerful institutions, all while questioning whether they can be changed from within—or if revolution always requires violence.

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For the reader who celebrates Halloween all year round

 

The Scarlet Veil by Shelby Mahurin

The Scarlet Veil by Shelby Mahurin

Return to the world of Shelby Mahurin’s bestselling Serpent & Dove series with her new spin-off enemies-to-lovers romance perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas. Célie Tremblay has joined the ranks of the Chasseurs as their first huntswoman. Determined to prove her worth, she’s on the hunt for who, or what, is leaving bodies in its wake. That is, until she’s whisked off to the haunted castle of the vampire king of course.

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Wrath Becomes Her by Aden Polydoros

Wrath Becomes Her by Aden Polydoros

This stunning Jewish historical horror novel is Frankenstein meets Inglourious Basterds and we’re here for it! Vera was made in the image of her creator’s dead daughter to enact vengeance upon the Nazis. But can she find life and meaning beyond what her creator has made her for?

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If I Have to Be Haunted by Miranda Sun

If I Have to be Haunted by Miranda Sun

Move over Casper, there’s a new ghost in town in this romantic rivals-to-lovers contemporary fantasy. Cara is a ghost-speaker, even if she doesn’t want to be. It definitely doesn’t help that she’s stumbled on the body of her infuriating rival and local golden boy Zach. Haunting her every move, Cara reluctantly agrees to resurrect Zach, drawing them into a world of monsters, magic and worst of all? Together.

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For the reader who loves fierce female leads

 

Champion of Fate by Kendare Blake

Champion of Fate by Kendare Blake

Reed has been counting the days until her initiation, and now one final test stands in her way before she joins the Order of Aristenes: shepherding her first hero to glory on the battlefield. But Reed didn’t count on Hestion, her assigned hero, being both infuriating and intriguing. When their strategic alliance turns into something more and battle looms Reed must make an impossible choice: her hero or her order.

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Godkiller by Hannah Kaner

Godkiller by Hannah Kaner

One of 2023’s most-anticipated fantasies, the ultimate gift guide for book lovers wouldn’t be complete without Godkiller! Gods are forbidden in the kingdom of Middren. As a child, Kissen saw her family murdered by a fire god. Now, she makes a living killing them and enjoys it. But all this changes when Kissen is tasked with helping a young noble girl whose soul is intertwined with a god. Joined by a disillusioned knight on their secret quest, something is rotting at the heart of their world, and they are the only ones who can stop it.

Did the book lover in your life already read and love Godkiller? Get them a gift to enjoy in the new year when you pre-order the sequel, Sunbringer, on sale March 12, 2024!

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For the reader who loves contemporary stories about connection

 

The Blackwoods by Brandy Colbert

The Blackwoods by Brandy Colbert

The Blackwoods. Everyone knows their name. Following a famous Black Hollywood family, this boldly original tale weaves together the stories of three Blackwood women, a grandmother and her two granddaughters, in the aftermath of Blossom Blackwood’s death. Hollis has never wanted anything to do with fame, but must contend with the spotlight when her private photos are leaked in the wake of her grandmother’s death. Meanwhile, Ardith has always lived in the spotlight and she’s left to wonder what is there to Ardith Blackwood beyond what the public sees.

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Those Pink Mountain Nights by Jen Ferguson

Those Pink Mountain Nights by Jen Ferguson

Berlin and Cameron, who are Métis and Cree respectively, and Jessie who is white, have their lives irrevocably changed when the first night they work together at their local small-town pizza joint doesn’t turn out how they had expected. In this remarkable second novel from the author of The Summer of Bitter and Sweet, all three teens must acknowledge the various ways they’ve been hurt and how much they need each other to hold it all together.

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For the reader looking to spice up their life

 

Time to Shine by Rachel Reid

Time to Shine by Rachel Reid

For Landon Stackhouse, being called up from the Calgary farm team is exciting and terrifying, even as the backup goalie. The only player who doesn’t seem to notice Landon’s strong “don’t talk to me” vibes is Calgary’s superstar young winger, Casey who treats Landon like an old friend. They couldn’t have less in common, but Landon needs a place to stay and Casey hates being alone in his massive new house. But as the new year approaches, the clock is ticking on their bromance-turned-romance as Landon’s time in Calgary comes to an end.

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The Fiancée Farce by Alexandria Bellefleur

The Fiancée Farce by Alexandria Bellefleur

If there’s one thing the ultimate gift guide for book lovers needs, it’s a sapphic story about two women who team up to save their bookish businesses! Tired of her family’s questions about her love life, Tansy invents a fake girlfriend inspired by a gorgeous cover model. But when her fake girlfriend turns out to be the real life heiress to the Van Dalen publishing company, Tansy and Gemma decide to take the charade one step further and get married. Tansy can save her family’s bookshop and Gemma can inherit her family’s company. But as their farce continues, the lines between the convenient arrangement and real feelings begin to blur.

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Wreck the Halls by Tessa Bailey

Wreck the Halls by Tessa Bailey

The queen of Rom-Coms, Tessa Bailey is back this holiday season with a festive holiday romance! Melody and Beat are the children of estranged rockstars and when a producer offers them a lot of money to bring the band back together, obviously the answer is yes! As they work together on this project, their wild, intense attraction is undeniable and it’s up to Beat and Melody to overcome the odds, fix their mothers’ relationships and hold onto their newfound love!

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Looking for more holiday romances to read this winter? Check out our list of holiday romances to cozy up with here

 

 

For the reader who loves women’s wrongs

 

Yellowface by R. F. Kuang: A Reese's Book Club Pick

Yellowface by R. F. Kuang

Our ultimate gift guide for book lovers wouldn’t be complete without the 2023 Goodreads Choice Award for Best in Fiction, Yellowface!

Juniper Song isn’t who she says she is. She didn’t write her bestselling book and she definitely isn’t Asian-American. Stealing her more successful friend Athena’s novel after witnessing her death in a freak accident, June Hayward decides to edit Athena’s book into her own. So what if she lets her new publisher rebrand her with a more ambiguously ethnic name and author photo? The book that everyone’s talking about, R. F. Kuang’s chilling and hilariously cutting bestselling novel takes on questions of diversity, racism and cultural appropriation in publishing and the persistent erasure of Asian-American voices and history by Western white society.

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How to Kill Men and Get Away With it by Katy Brent

How to Kill Men and Get Away With It by Katy Brent

In the wise words of Lady Gaga, “I don’t believe in the glorification of murder. I do believe in the empowerment of women.” Perfect for fans of Promising Young Woman and Killing Eve, this deliciously killer story from Katy Brent follows influencer Kitty Collins, who’s fighting the patriarchy one slay at a time.

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For the reader who’s in their sad girl era

 

 

The Probability of Everything by Sarah Everett

The Probability of Everything by Sarah Everett

The odds of this Governor General Award-winning story making you cry? 100%.

Eleven-year-old Kemi Carter loves scientific facts, specifically probability. But everything Kemi thought she knew changes when she learns that an asteroid is headed for earth. With the days numbered, Kemi decides to put together a time capsule that will capture her family’s truth: how creative her mother is, how inquisitive her little sister can be, and how much Kemi’s whole world revolves around her father. But no time capsule can change the truth, that Kemi must face the most inevitable and hardest part of life: saying goodbye.

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The Melancholy of Summer by Louisa Onomé

The Melancholy of Summer by Louisa Onomé

Under investigation for fraud, Summer’s mother and father have left town without a word, leaving seventeen-year-old Summer behind. Discovered to be living alone, she’s sent to stay with a cousin who seems to have it all, especially the one thing that Summer craves the most: freedom. Drawn by her need to understand her parents’ betrayal, Summer soon finds her carefully curated calm giving way to a very necessary storm that brings her cousin and even her friends closer.

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Need a playlist for your Sad Girl Summer (or Winter)? Plug into our curated playlist inspired by The Melancholy of Summer here.  

 

 

For the romantasy reader

 

The Hurricane Wars by Thea Guanzon

The Hurricane Wars by Thea Guanzon

Ali Hazelwood says that lives will be changed by The Hurricane Wars, and we believe her. Set in a Southeast Asia-inspired world ravaged by storms, Talaysn and Prince Alaric find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other, despite being on opposing sides of the Night Empire. But, when a clash of their light and dark merges their powers and creates a force the likes of which has never been seen and even greater danger on the horizon, Talasyn and Alaric must decide: are they fated to join hands, or destroy each other?

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A River of Golden Bones by A.K. Mulford

A River of Golden Bones by A.K. Mulford

Wolf shifter twins Calla and Briar have spent their entire lives hiding from the powerful sorceress who destroyed their kingdom. Each twin has their own purpose in life: Briar’s is to marry the prince of an ally pack and save the Golden Court. Calla’s purpose is to remain a secret and her twin’s shadow. But when Calla and Briar journey out of hiding for Briar’s wedding, all of their well-made plans go awry. The evil sorceress is back with another sleeping curse for the last heir to the Golden Court and Calla must step out of the shadows to save their sister, their kingdom, and their own legacy.

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For the reader who’s new to BookTok

What’s an ultimate gift guide for book lovers without a section for BookTok readers? We didn’t forget about you! For the readers in your life who’ve just discovered BookTok, these two books are sure to let them tap into the conversation of BookTok favourite reads. 

 

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

The queen of slowburn romance’s most beloved book is traditionally published for the first time, with new exclusive content! After being the personal assistant to Aiden “Wall of Winnipeg” Graves for two years, Vanessa’s had enough and she quits, knowing she’s doing the right thing. But when she finds him at her door, begging her to come back, Vanessa’s pulled back into his life by an offer that takes the meaning of “personal” assistant to a whole new level. 

Plus, don’t miss out on Mariana Zapata’s All Rhodes Lead Here which will have a brand new cover and exclusive contentgoing on sale in January 2024. 

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The first book in the BookTok favourite and bestselling series from Tahereh Mafi, one touch is all it takes. One touch, and Juliette Ferrars can leave a fully grown man gasping for air. One touch, and she can kill. No one knows why Juliette has such incredible power. It feels like a curse, a burden that one person alone could never bear. The Reestablishment sees it as a gift, and sees her as a deadly weapon. Juliette has never fought for herself before, but when she’s reunited with the one person who ever cared about her, she finds a strength she never knew she had.

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