Although it may not seem like it with this gray fall weather, winter is coming soon, and the holidays aren’t far behind. It’s hard to find the perfect gift for everyone you know, but a book can usually check off all boxes. They’re small, useful, personal, easily wrapped, and easily attained. There are a number of upcoming book releases that could be a great gift for a friend or loved one.

Title: The Retribution of Mara Dyer

Author: Michelle Hodkin

Series: Mara Dyer Trilogy Series #3

Coming: November 4, 2014

About: Mara Dyer fans will be pleased to know that the third book in Michelle Hodkin’s explosive series is arriving soon. This trilogy spotlights a troubled teen who survives an accident at an old asylum and then moves to a new state for a “fresh start”. This opportunity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, however, as Mara grows more and more paranoid. Visions and corpses plague her day and night, and she doesn’t know what to do. Is something really going on, or is Mara imagining the whole thing? Readers may find out the answer in the last book of the trilogy, coming this November.

For: This fast-paced, thriller of a novel is the perfect gift for any teenager or adult who loves paranormal romance and psychological terror. Longtime fans of the series will be excited for a new book, and newbies can begin at the beginning with The Evolution of Mara Dyer.


Title: Jeter Unfiltered

Author: Derek Jeter

Series: N/A

Coming: October 28, 2014

About: Baseball icon Derek Jeter finally spills all in a gorgeous hardcover photography book featuring images of him on and off the field. Sports enthusiasts can see Jeter at the gym, in games, in his home, and at practice. This full-color book also features Jeter showing a “behind-the-scenes” glimpse of what it’s really like to be a five-time World Series winner. As Jeter’s baseball career comes to an end with his twentieth season in Major League Baseball, he looks back on his life – as catalogued interviews and pictures.

For: Any Yankees fan will be engrossed by this coffee table tome while young kids will be able to flip through pictures of their favorite sports star. This book is a great gift for any fan who wants to know a little bit more about their favorite baseball player.


Title: If You Find This Letter: One Girl’s Journey to Find Purpose through Hundreds of Letters to Strangers

Author: Hannah Brencher

Series: N/A

Coming: March 10, 2015

About: Hannah Brencher was depressed. She was alone in New York, just finished with college, and still confused about what she wanted to do. Maybe that’s what prompted her to leave a letter to a stranger on the subway. When Hannah saw a woman who looked upset, she scribbled down a small note of a piece of scrap paper and left it near the woman. Little did she know that this would be the start of a whirlwind adventure – almost like something out of a fairy tale. Hannah began to write letters to people all over. It made her feel happier, and she soon started a blog to share that feeling. She told the Internet that she would handwrite and mail a letter to anyone who wanted (or felt they needed) one. She was soon getting requests from people who felt the same way she did, and so she mailed them her letters. Project: The World Needs More Love Letters expanded. It’s now entering the print world with a book written by Hannah herself, describing the movement that she began on a lonely New York Subway.

For: Romantics will adore the idea of thousands of handwritten love letters, and activists will be intrigued by the huge moment that Hannah was able to start by herself. Most anyone could enjoy this uplifting, nonfiction novel and be inspired to write their own letters.

Books are almost always great gifts. They aren’t gender-specific, and they come in all shapes and sizes. They contain words that can intrigue, inspire, frighten, and amaze, and they look pretty with a bow on top of them. The only difficulty is finding the right book for the right person. Luckily, there are many upcoming novels that are perfect for anyone in your life whether it be paranormal enthusiasts, sports fans, or even the occasional activist-romantic.

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