Do you have that one friend who just sits and reads all the time? Or a sibling who always has his or her nose in a book? Are they constantly flipping through the pages of book after book, and you never see them without one?
Are you debating what type of book to get them for Christmas? Well, you're in luck. Here is a short guide to some good reads for your book nerd pal.
Looking for something for a friend who loves sci-fi and has seen all the "Star Wars" movies, plus the original "Star Trek"? If they love futuristic books about conflict and journeys, three titles come to mind.
First is actually a series of books: the "Hunger Games" trilogy by Suzanne Collins. It is about a futuristic world where the government is a corrupt unit that kills people to keep them in check.
However, they don't simply go out and murder citizens; instead, they set up the Hunger Games. For these, the government picks a boy and a girl from each district and puts them in arena where they have to fight to the death while the entire world watches on TV.
This series is good both for people who read all the time and people who have never picked up a book in their lives. It is exciting for all types of people. A movie based on the first book comes out in March.
The second book harkens back to a previous generation: "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury. The 1953 novel is about a world not too far in the future where all books are banned. Firefighters are now the people starting fires -- by burning books found in people's homes.
This book is one of the most famous sci-fi books not just of its time, but of all time. If your reader likes sci-fi novels, then this is a must read simply because it is a classic.
The last book for the sci-fi genre is"Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card, which is also about a futuristic world not too far into the future. In this world, Earth is aware of alien life forms, and because of this, the government trains child geniuses in an outer space war facility to fight against them.
Ender is one of these children. The book follows him as he is trained and also follows his siblings as they take on the government in their own way.
Card is by far one of the best sci-fi writers alive, and it is not hard to fall in love with his work. Anyone who loves sci-fi will enjoy "Ender's Game," as well as many of his other books.
If sci-fi isn't up your reader's alley, then maybe he or she is one of the people who like to read the really depressing books where every character dies or there are sex, drugs and violence. The best gifts for them are Ellen Hopkins' books.
They include the "Crank" series ("Crank," "Glass" and "Fallout"), "Impulse" and its companion "Perfect," plus "Burned," "Identical" and "Tricks."
These books are in free verse format,