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Gifts for the Bookworm: Must-Read Books of the Year

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Gifts for the Bookworm: Must-Read Books of the Year

For the bookworm in your life, there is no better gift than a well-chosen book. With so many incredible titles released each year, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the must-read books of the year that are sure to delight any avid reader on your gift list.

1. “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides

If you’re looking for a gripping psychological thriller, look no further than “The Silent Patient.” This debut novel by Alex Michaelides has taken the literary world by storm with its compelling story of a woman who goes silent after murdering her husband. The suspenseful plot and unexpected twists will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

2. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

For fans of literary fiction, “Where the Crawdads Sing” is a must-read. This novel by Delia Owens tells the story of a young girl who grows up isolated in the marshes of North Carolina. The lyrical prose and vivid descriptions of nature make this a truly unforgettable read that will stay with you long after you’ve finished the last page.

3. “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett’s latest novel, “The Dutch House,” is a captivating family saga that explores the complexities of love, loss, and forgiveness. The story follows siblings Danny and Maeve as they navigate their troubled childhood and the lasting effects of their father’s abandonment. Patchett’s exquisite writing and nuanced characters make this a book that will resonate with readers of all ages.

4. “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong

Winner of the 2019 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” is a stunning debut novel from poet Ocean Vuong. Written as a letter from a son to his illiterate mother, this novel is a lyrical exploration of identity, love, and the power of language. Vuong’s poetic prose and raw emotional honesty make this a book that demands to be savored.

5. “Normal People” by Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney’s “Normal People” has been hailed as a modern masterpiece for its insightful exploration of love, friendship, and class. The novel follows the on-again, off-again relationship between Marianne and Connell as they navigate the complexities of young adulthood. Rooney’s sharp wit and keen observations make this a compulsively readable book that will resonate with readers of all ages.

6. “The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood’s long-awaited sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Testaments,” is a timely and powerful exploration of resistance, sisterhood, and the enduring legacy of Gilead. Set fifteen years after the events of the original novel, “The Testaments” follows the lives of three women who are all connected to the brutal regime of Gilead. Atwood’s gripping storytelling and incisive social commentary make this a must-read for fans of dystopian fiction.

7. “Circe” by Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller’s retelling of the Greek myth of Circe is a lush and enchanting novel that brings to life one of mythology’s most fascinating figures. This feminist reimagining of Circe’s story explores themes of power, agency, and transformation. Miller’s vivid prose and evocative world-building make this a book that will transport readers to another time and place.

8. “Oona Out of Order” by Margarita Montimore

For fans of magical realism, “Oona Out of Order” is a delightful and inventive novel that will captivate readers from the very first page. The story follows Oona, a woman who inexplicably begins traveling through time on her birthday each year. As she navigates the challenges of living out of sequence, Oona must confront her past, present, and future selves to find her true path. Montimore’s imaginative storytelling and heartfelt exploration of life’s uncertainties make this a book that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.

9. “The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ debut novel, “The Water Dancer,” is a powerful and haunting tale of slavery, memory, and liberation. Set in antebellum Virginia, the story follows Hiram Walker, a young man who possesses a mysterious power that allows him to transport himself and others through space and time. As Hiram grapples with his past and his destiny, he embarks on a dangerous journey to freedom. Coates’ lyrical prose and incisive social commentary make this a book that is both devastating and hopeful.

10. “Such a Fun Age” by Kiley Reid

Kiley Reid’s debut novel, “Such a Fun Age,” is a sharp and insightful exploration of race, privilege, and identity in contemporary America. The story follows Emira, a young black woman who is accused of kidnapping the white child she babysits. As Emira navigates the fallout from the incident, she must confront her own assumptions and biases, as well as those of the people around her. Reid’s keen observations and nuanced characterizations make this a book that will spark important conversations about privilege and power.

These ten must-read books of the year are sure to delight any bookworm on your gift list. Whether you’re looking for a gripping thriller, a thought-provoking literary novel, or a spellbinding work of fantasy, there’s something for everyone on this list. So go ahead and treat the book lover in your life to a gift they’ll treasure for years to come. Happy reading!

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