Books to Buy with Your Gift Cards

Hi Savvy Readers! Hands up if you received any gift cards over the holidays! If you’re itching to spend them, might we suggest buying some fresh new reads? We’ve rounded up the perfect list of books to splurge on with those pieces of plastic. Read on for our recommendations!



The Gown by Jennifer Robson

The perfect book to read while you (not-so) patiently wait for the new season of The Crown, The Gown is an enthralling story of the royals. Taking readers into the workrooms where Queen Elizabeth II’s famous wedding gown was created, The Gown reveals a sweeping portrait of post-WW2 Britain. With strong female protagonists and intricate, behind-the-scenes details of the most famous wedding in twentieth century, this is a fascinating read!


The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

In what could be the BIGGEST thriller of the year, The Perfect Girlfriend is less of a “Will they, Won’t they?” and more of a “What the heck is she going to do next?!” Juliette and her ex boyfriend Nate may have broken up, but she’ll stop at nothing to get him back, including training as a flight attendant at the airline that employs him. A compelling, crazy read, The Perfect Girlfriend is the perfect thriller to pick up next.

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The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

Looking for a laugh? This hilarious contemporary YA debut novel will do the trick. The Field Guide to the North American Teenager follows Norris Kaplan, a black French-Canadian teen, as he moves from Montreal to Austin, Texas. Norris is cynical but endearing, as he experiences all the clichés and joys that an American high school has to offer, including falling in love. If you liked Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, you’ll love The Field Guide to the North American Teenager!


The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash

Have you heard of the Dakota Apartments in New York City? It’s a NYC landmark, and famous for its celebrity residents and the assassination of John Lennon.  The Dakota Winters is a wildly absorbing novel that follows the Winters, a family living in famed Dakota apartment building in the year leading up to John Lennon’s assassination. It’s an authentic New York story and filled with a star-studded cast of characters that you won’t be able to put down.


Freefall by Jessica Barry

If you’re looking for an exhilarating thriller, I wholeheartedly recommend Freefall by Jessica Barry. After a private plane crashes in the Colorado Rockies, Allison Carpenter is the only survivor and must fight for her life. Across the country, her mother Maggie has just been informed of the crash and that her only child is presumed dead. In her grief, Maggie begins to immerse herself in Allison’s life, unearthing her secrets and realizing her daughter might still be alive but in grave danger. Told from alternating perspectives of mother and daughter, Freefall is a propulsive debut about survival and the unbreakable bond between family.



Feel like you overspent a bit over the holidays? Use your gift card on Kakebo! Kakebo is the traditional Japanese method of money management, and this book will help you control your spending, save money, and make your life happier and healthier. Kakebo isn’t just about money—it helps to develop self-awareness, self-discipline, and self-esteem, and promotes peace of mind. A perfect way to start off the new year!


Jamie Cooks Italy by Jamie Oliver

For when you can’t use your gift cards to directly buy copious amounts of pasta, there’s Jamie Cooks Italy by Jamie Oliver. Celebrate the joy of Italian food with 130 recipes in Jamie Oliver’s easy-to-follow style. There are familiar classics with a twist, plus simple everyday dishes. Let’s resolve to eat more Italian food in 2019!


Which books are you going to buy? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!


Happy shopping,


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