Since I did writer books yesterday, let's do reader books today. This is a list of the books that I read and loved this year. I've marked down general age ranges for those buying gifts, but a lot of the books cross over ages. I've also marked if they were good for boys, as it's hard to find stuff they might like. However, all books can be read by either if the reader likes good books.
For Younger Readers (8-12)
Percy Jackson and the Olympiads Series
By Rick Riordan
A fun adventure with modern kids and Greek gods (and monsters). Great fun for both boy and girl readers.
The Last Apprentice Series
By Joseph Delaney
Spooky fun about a boy who apprentices to "the Spook," who's responsible for dealing with things that go bump in the night. Can be scary. Also good for boys and girls.
For Middle Readers (10-14) (can also be read by younger or older ranges)
By Roland Smith
A boy gets into trouble for climbing skyscrapers in New York, and is sent to live with his dad--who happens to be about to climb Mt. Everest and takes him along. Great adventure for boys and girls.
By Janice Hardy
Okay, I'm biased here -grin-. Fun fantasy adventure about a girl who can heal by shifting pain from person to person, and when her sister disappears, it's the only weapon she has to save her. Great for boys and girls.
The Gallagher Girls Series
By Ally Carter
Way cool story about teen girls at a boarding school for spies. Great for girls and boys in touch with their feminine side.
For Teen Readers (14+)
By Chris Crutcher
A high school senior finds out he has a year to live and doesn't tell anyone. He decides to go out living life to the fullest. Great for boys and girls.
13 Reasons Why
By Jay Asher
A boy gets a box in the mail with a bunch of tapes. On the tapes, a girl in school says there are 13 reasons why she killed herself, and if you're listening to the tape, you're one of them. Awesome story.
Skin Hunger and Sacred Scars
By Kathleen Duey
Two stories run concurrent, one set in the past and one in the present, about a boy at magic school trying to survive, and the girl who's linked to him in an interesting way. Good for boys and girls.
The Hunger Games
By Suzanne Collins
A girl takes her younger sister's place in a "game" that pits two teens from each district to fight to the death for a prize. Great for boys and girls.
Pretty Little Liars Series
By Sara Shephard
Several years after the mysterious disappearance of their best friend, four friends start getting threatening messages from "A," who knows their secrets and will tell if they do as they say. Great suspense.
By Kate Brian
A girl goes to an elite private boarding school and works hard to make it in the in crowd. But there are secrets and murders on campus and things are not what they seem. Great suspense.
By Amy Huntley
After her death, a girl floats in the void with items she lost during her life. When she touches them, she can revisit those moments. But can she use them to change her fate or find out how she died? Great mystery.
For Adult Readers
World War Z
By Max Brooks
The history of the Zombie War. So realistic you'd swear it was real.
By Gail Carriger
Vampires and werewolves are part of normal society in Victorian London, and a soulless spinster with an interesting gift gets sucked into a sinister plot. Hysterical. And she makes hand holding hot.