Some underrated books you should give as gifts this year

Hello, friends and fellow book lovers! I hope your week has been going well. The day this post is going live is the day after my Tax Law final, so let’s all hope it went well.

Today I thought I would talk about some underrated books you should give as gifts! Most of these are going to be by marginalized authors, and I’ve given recommendations on who you should give these books to. So, without further ado, let’s talk about some books!

She Would Be King by Wayétu Moore
For the historical or literary fiction or magic reader

I recently talked about how much I loved this book, and I really just want everyone else to read it. It’s a fictional, magical re-telling of the formation of Liberia, and it’s fantastic. It’s so well-written and interesting, with truly fantastic characters and plot. I cannot recommend it enough.


The Poppy War by RF Kuang
For the fantasy reader

I know this book is fairly popular, but I will always take the time to plug fantasy written by women of colour. This book would be perfect for anyone who loves fantasy, particularly wartime fantasy (especially boys because they should read more fantasy written by and about women). I cannot recommend this book enough, and I also recommend this post by Tiffany, explaining the historical context of this book.


We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib
For the memoir reader

This is the memoir of a queer, Canadian Muslim woman and how all those identities interact and inform each other. It’s really fantastic and interesting, and I highly recommend it!

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
For the romance reader

This is one of my favourite books of the year. It’s the Muslim Pride and Prejudice, and it’s so sweet and funny. I love the characters and the plot and had such a great time reading it. It would be perfect for someone who loves romance.


Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice
For the dystopian reader

This book takes place on a Northern Indigenous reservation that suddenly loses all contact with the outside world. It’s very slow and ominous, and has a ton of great questions about humanity and society. I loved it so much. It would be perfect for anyone who loves dystopian novels, or Indigenous stories.


A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott
For the non-fiction reader

This is an essay collection about Elliott’s life and perspective on things as an Indigenous woman. They are by far some of the best essays I’ve ever read, and I bought this book for literally five different people last year. I cannot recommend it enough.

So those are some books I would recommend giving as gifts! They’re all fantastic and would be perfect for any reader tbh.

Do you have any books you recommend giving as gifts? Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? Let me know!

Ally xx


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