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4 Books to Get this Christmas for Younger Geeks in Training

Great Gifting Choices for Young Adult Readers. 


This Christmas, why not give the gift of reading? If you have a voracious reader in the family who’s finished Harry Potter six times, why not get them something new? If they love geeky subjects and are looking for something to dive into, these four books are great options. Whether they love horror, fantasy, or even sci-fi, there’s something for them here.


The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

A classic for a reason, The Hobbit is one of the most important and formative works of fantasy literature ever written. It’s also quite fun! An easier read than The Lord of The Rings, it’s a novel any young reader with an interest in the genre should check out. I do know in some schools it’s required reading, but if your child has never read it, it’s a great choice. Be prepared to suddenly have a Tolkien-obsessed kid!



Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan

I stumbled upon this book when I was about twelve at my school library. Immediately I was fascinated by its descriptions of terrible creatures and their hidden world. Unfortunately, the film adaptation does this book little justice, but don’t let that deter your kid from giving it a chance. There are twelve books in this series, so they’ll have something to read for a while.



Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The most recent release on this list, to say I loved this book would be a gross understatement. Part of me wishes it came out when I was younger and slightly more imaginative. However old your kid is, if they’re into pop culture and video games, they’ll love this book. Reading this was like reading Harry Potter for the first time. I was just so enthralled by how limitless the world of the novel seemed. Once they’re done with it, pick it up yourself, you won’t regret it.



The Hunger Games by Suzzanne Collins

This is a very well-known series so this book may not need much of an introduction. However, I felt that despite the films ending years ago and the entire YA Dystopian trend having ended, this book is still worth a read! There’s a reason it was as popular as it was, even while other dystopian novels and films cropped up around it. The Hunger Games paints a bleak picture of our future but never caves under the weight of its designs. It’s an enthralling, tense adventure that will always be worth a read.