Guest Post: Books for your best friend

Books for your best friend

Christmas is coming, and if you’re looking for a special present for your bookworm BFF, what could be better than pre-loading a Kindle with some great titles? Here are my top five choices for the best in e-books this year…

Remarkable Creatures, by Tracy Chevalier

The complexity of female friendship is subtly expressed in this story of two women from very different social backgrounds who meet because of their love of fossil hunting. A great, sad, fascinating story which will remind you what a gift your friendships are.

The Bloody Chamber and other stories, by Angela Carter

These re-workings of well-known traditional tales put their female characters front and centre. The stories in this classic collection are strange, unsettling, sensual, gory and brilliant. Short tales are the ideal length for fitting into subway journeys or bedtime reading with an e-reader like the Kindle HD Fire; anyone is sure to be enchanted by these beautiful offerings.

The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan

A troubled teenager fights against the system in this energetic, serious, and ultimately uplifting book. Though in the grip of an uncaring care system, with drug addicted friends and a self-harm habit, Anais is an incredibly sympathetic character who you quickly fall in love with. A book about friendship, love, and hope in the face of seemingly insuperable odds.

Love Medicine, by Louise Erdrich

This is a rich evocation of a place unfamiliar to many of us – a Chippewa reservation in North Dakota. The story is told through many voices, but it is its revelation of the hearts and minds of the women that is so powerful. The hard-working, tough-minded, loving, boisterous women that populate this book will touch your heart.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson

Merricat Blackwood’s family used to be bigger … until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl. This odd little book is by turns funny and disturbing, with a unique main character who is never entirely what she seems to be. A book with a mystery that’s perfect for chatting about with a bottle of wine and your bestie!


Disclosure:  The above post is sponsored content and was posted in exchange for financial contributions to WriterMom’s Blog.  I have not read the books mentioned above and as such make no endorsement of them.  

2 Comments on Guest Post: Books for your best friend

  1. Karen Counts
    November 13, 2013 at 6:41 PM (5 months ago)

    This is a great list! I always buy my BFF a book for the holidays (it’s a tradition). Last year it was “The Help.” This year I have found something even better. I recently finished a great book called “Sex, Rain and Cold Fusion” (the title alone should hook you!) by author A.R. Taylor ( This is a laugh out loud story of a physicist named David Oster who is living a life full of women (and bad decisions!) until he decides to chase a dream out to Washington. He is researching the physics of deep ocean waves while secretly pursuing the elusive “fifth force”. He has to overcome the pressures of colleagues, a demanding romance with an older woman and his controlling boss in his quest to uncover the truth….not to mention the attempted murder! The book truly takes some wacky twists and turns but will keep you hooked and laughing throughout. My friend and I love to laugh and I can imagine her laughing at the same parts I did… Highly recommend! :)

  2. A. R. Taylor
    January 24, 2014 at 1:50 PM (3 months ago)

    Thank you so much for recommending my book “Sex, Rain, and Cold Fusion,” Karen. It’s really kind of you. I see that Books for Your Best Friend is also bringing attention to Shirley Jackson’s “We Have Always Lived in the Castle.” This is an extraordinary work, not for the faint of heart, but reading Jackson is truly an encounter with genius.


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