Another difficult one. I always give books as gifts, and I try to tailor it to that person. If they’re a big reader, it’s to what they either haven’t read, or what they should read. If they’re not a big reader, I try to find something engaging for them that fits their interests. And again, it also depends on their age.
I wish this one said “The one I always recommend,” because there are definite titles for that one!
I guess for this, the book that I’ve given most recently as a gift – and a few times – would have to be The Culling by Steven dos Santos. I loved the book so much I pretty much demand everyone read it. Conversations from my side are pretty much like this:
Did you read The Hunger Games? No? Good. Read this. It’s better.
Do you like dystopian literature? Yes? Good. Read this. It’s perfect.
Do you like dystopian literature? No? Read this. You will now.
Do you want a book with an LGBT main character? Yes? Perfect, you’ll love Lucky. Read this.
Do you want a book with an LGBT main character? No? Well you should, so read this. You’ll love Lucky.
Do you like books that make you sob your face off? Yes? For the love of God, read this. Students have cried in my class reading it.
Do you like books that make you sob your face off? No? Well, read this. You’ll change your mind.