Savvy Gift Guide: Top 10 Books for Fangirls and Fanboys

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Do you have a Whovian, a Potterhead, or a Sherlockian on your holiday shopping list? Or maybe Minecraft and Buffy are more their thing? No matter which fandom you’re shopping for, books make the perfect gift. Keep reading to see our favourite picks for the season!

Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History by Michael Klastorin and Randal Atamaniuk

This year is a particularly big year for Back to the Future fans, as Back to the Future Day was this year. Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History is the perfect companion to the movies, providing production insight, exclusive interviews with key cast and crew members, as well as special removable items such as a Hill Valley High School Tardy Slip, Marty’s note to Doc from the first film with the envelope, George and Lorraine’s prom photo, and more!

Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

All hail the Glow Cloud! Adapted from the wildly popular podcast of the same name, Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel is a must-have for any Welcome to Night Vale fans. Set in the beloved world of Night Vale, it is an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find ourselves…no matter where we live. The best part? Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel stands alone from the podcast so all readers can enjoy the book whether they’ve listened to the podcast or not.

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Harry Potter: The Character Vault by Jody Revenson

The Harry Potter mania is not over yet! With the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie and Harry Potter and The Cursed Child coming next year, a Potterhead’s bookshelf wouldn’t be complete without Harry Potter: The Character Vault. It’s a comprehensive, full-color compendium of the key characters in all eight of the Harry Potter films, filled with never-before-seen photographs and illustrations, covering the costumes, makeup, weaponry, and behind-the-scenes story that brought each personality memorably to life on the big screen.

Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds by Stephen Nicholas and Mike Tucker

Who could forget our beloved Doctor Who fangirls and fanboys? Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds offers a never-before-seen look behind the curtains of the sets, costumes, spacecraft, alien planets, creatures, weapons, and gadgets used to create the stunning world of Doctor Who. Chock full of surprising, illuminating, and fascinating information, photographs, and trivia, Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds is essential for every Whovian, whether they’re an established fan or are new to the show.

Game of Scones by Jammy Lannister

There really is nothing better than Game of Thrones and puns — wait — let me correct myself: there’s nothing better than Game of Thrones, baked goods, and puns, and Jammy Lannister‘s Game of Scones combines exactly that. Featuring inventive recipes inspired by the books and HBO series, Game of Scones will have the whole family laughing while enjoying delicious desserts such as “Red (Velvet) Wedding Cake”, “Jaime and Cersei’s Family Mess”.

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Sherlock: The Mind Palace by Mike Collins

Whether your secret santa partner is a Benedict Cumberbatch fan or a Sherlockian (or both!), they’re sure to love this first ever official colouring book from the hit BBC series filled with more than fifty intricate scenes and cast images from the show. There’s no better way to spend the holidays than colouring in Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock!

The Story of Kullervo by J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien‘s legacy continues with The Story of Kullervo! In this first publication of a previously unknown work of fantasy by J.R.R. Tolkien, a doomed young man who is sold into slavery swears revenge on the magician who killed his father. Published with the author’s drafts, notes, and lecture-essays on its source-work, The Story of Kullervo is not to be missed by fans of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Silmarillion.

Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell

Historical fiction fangirls and fanboys will love finding Bernard Cornwell‘s Warriors of the Storm under the tree! This is the ninth book in Cornwell’s The Last Kingdom series, where a fragile peace in the kingdom is about to be broken, leaving the great hero Uhtred of Bebbanburg wondering: who can be trusted?

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

I can’t stop recommending this fantastic book by Patrick Ness. This new young adult novel has elements that have been compared to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but instead of focusing on Buffy and the Chosen Ones, it centers around the characters that merely live in a world full of fantastical events. Whether you’re shopping for a Buffy fan or someone who is at a transition in their life, this book will offer them endless adventures and help them feel a little less alone.

The Elementia Chronicles: Quest for Justice by Sean Fay Wolfe

Inspired by the hit video game Minecraft, The Elementia Chronicles: Quest for Justice is the perfect gift idea for the young reader who is looking for adventure! Written when he was sixteen, Sean Fay Wolfe‘s Quest for Justice is the debut novel by an unstoppable young storyteller and the first book in The Elementia Chronicles trilogy.

Are you shopping for a fangirl or fanboy this holiday season? Share your reading recommendations with us on Twitter @SavvyReader or in the comments below!

(Ps. Check out this fantastic video of our best gift books this season!)


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