Gift Guide for the Readers in Your Life

In Book Reviews, Featured Blog Post by Rebecca Vnuk

contributed by Ashley Johnson, Content Editor, SparkPoint Studio

New books are the perfect gift for avid readers. Here are 10 new indie books that are perfect for the voracious readers on your shopping list.

A Beautiful Work In Progress by Mirna Valerio

Mirna Valerio refuses to let stereotypes stop her from her dreams of being a runner. Taking readers with her on her journey from beginner to experienced ultramarathoner, A Beautiful Work in Progress is an honest read about body-positivity and shattering the idea of stereotypes. Perfect for the novice and experienced runners in your life!

Before I Knew by Jamie Beck

Before I Knew tells the story of Colby Cabot-Baxter and her road to recovery after her husband’s suicide. Opening up her own restaurant is exactly the kind of new beginning she needs and her old friend Alec Morgan may be the new kind of love she has been longing for. But, when secrets refuse to stay buried, Colby will soon realize that healing isn’t as easy as she had hoped.

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

This historical fiction is full of adventure and surprises. Pino Lella enjoys his life as a normal Italian teenager but is suddenly thrust into a world of Jewish runaways, the German military and Adolf Hitler. Taking on his final mission as a spy for the Allies, he must fight in secret with the only one hope: his love for Anna and the life they will hopefully share someday.

I Wore My Blackest Hair by Carlina Duan

Carlina Duan’s debut poetry collection makes for a great stocking stuffer. Digging into her Chinese culture, I Wore My Blackest Hair tells the story of a girl finding her way to adulthood and all the struggles in between. This fearless collection celebrates ancestry, bold women and what it really means to become an adult.

London, Can You Wait? by Jacquelyn Middleton

Moving to London seemed like the perfect change for theatre writer Alex and her TV star boyfriend, Mark—until things begin to fall apart. With his stardom on the rise, Alex struggles to keep afloat in her career and personal life. When all the odds seem to be working against her, will Alex still be able to live the picturesque life she had always imagined?

The Man of Legends by Kenneth Johnson

The Man of Legends is the book sci-fi fans will be dying to get their hands on this winter. When the disastrous fallout of an international conspiracy rears its ugly head, three very different individuals must band together to ward off a centuries-old evil that threatens to end the lives of thousands.

Ocean’s Fire by Stacey Tucker

The strength of women cannot be stopped in this new mythology fantasy as Skylar Southmartin comes to find out the truth about her budding powers. Now that the ancient Book of Sophia has emerged and a great storm is upon them, Skylar must find a way to finish her veterinary degree, mourn her mother’s death and figure out her love life all while trying to reign in the magical powers that are flowing inside of her.

Our Grand Finale by Laraine Denny Burrell

In this touching memoir, Laraine Burrell learns that there isn’t always a “later.” Having left her father behind to live out her young life, she now has to face the fact that she will not be able to tell him everything she always wanted to say. Telling unusual tales about both her and her father’s life, Burrell makes it her mission to tell the story her father never got to.

Uncanny by Sarah Fine

The thrilling twists and turns in this indie YA novel will have all readers entranced from beginning to end. When Cora’s dark and mysterious past clouds the details around her sister’s death, she must dig deep to uncover the truth about the accident and those involved. For teens who love a suspenseful read, Uncanny will keep them on the edge of their seats.

While They’re Still Here by Patricia Williams

Patricia Williams never had the ideal relationship with her parents, but in their old age, she got a chance to form a new kind of bond. When family secrets and ghosts from their past arise, they must find a way to work their way through them together. While They’re Still Here is the touching memoir fit for anyone celebrating the importance of family this winter.