There are among readers of the Spike quite a large bluestocking contingent; I am very proud to have you here. And I know you are the sort of people who think above all things that one ought to give books at Christmas.
So here are the best books I’ve read recently, with links to Waterstones rather than Amazon, (although I daresay they will be cheaper on Amazon), which may inspire you for what to give fellow bluestockings or bookish teenagers, grumpy uncles and lively, fast-reading pre-teens.
As always, please leave a comment at the end of this post with the best books you have read recently for the benefit of the casual browser.
A NYC beauty decides to go to sleep for a year.
This book will make you feel less mad.
There are many books about the catastrophic relationship between Truman Capote and the beauties of the Upper East Side, but Swan Song is the best.
A meticulously-researched and funny family drama set in the Home Front.
Ever wanted to turn a love rival into a hideous sea monster? This book shows you how to.
Complicated and long but very rewarding family drama.
Another domestic setting – are you sensing a theme? – written in that atypical modern American style that I really dig.
Something completely different; I adored this book, such a thoughtful explanation of soldiering, cracking up and recovery through talking therapy. I don’t usually like soldier memoirs, they’re normally stupid and macho and impenetrable – but Jason Fox has a brilliant ghostwriter who nails it.
I have read every single Wimpy Kid book and they make me cry with laughter. This is the new one.
Kitty loved this, so it must have something good about it.
A note to those without children; if you have to buy a gift for a young niece/nephew or godchild, get a book. It’s not boring and if they’ve already got it, it doesn’t matter (just don’t get something really obvious Peepo or The Gruffalo).
Do not get sweets or chocolate – that is for parents and parents alone to distribute, it is totally not your job to be naughty and spoil small children with stuff like sugar, parents do not think that is funny. Also don’t get clothes unless they’re pyjamas and if you do get pyjamas, get a size larger than the largest you think they are.
In fact really, honestly, a book is best.