Books are always an excellent gift with which to strengthen emotional ties by offering something that fits perfectly with one’s specific concerns and tastes. The variety of titles is such that it is impossible not to find something that, once the first pages have been read, does not absorb the reader’s attention.
However, it is not always easy to find that specific book that the other person might like.
Recommended books to give to friends
Here we offer this selection with recommendations of books to give to a friend . We have tried to make sure that there is variety, although almost all of them are fiction. If you are interested in something beyond this category, such as popularization, we recommend that you visit this article: “The 30 best psychology books you can’t miss”.
Having said that, let’s move on to the selection of works of literature.
1. Fictions (Jorge Luis Borges)
A compilation of fantastic stories that are not so much about describing spectacular situations as about the way in which magic and metaphysics come together in them. More than stories or tales, they are visions .
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2. The crooked lines of God (Torcuato Luca de Tena)
A very famous detective novel that takes place mostly inside a psychiatric hospital . Its author spent 18 days inside one of them to experience first-hand how people live and work there.
- Through this link you can find more information about the book.
3. The House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewsky)
This is one of the best books to give to those friends who are looking for a book whose reading is as fascinating as it is difficult. The House of Leaves tells a story not only through its content , but also through the way the information is displayed. Whoever wants to read it must decipher codes, interpret the way certain sections are laid out, read parts with the help of a mirror, etc.
- If you want to know more about The Leaf House, you can read more about it here.
4. A Happy World (Aldous Huxley)
What would happen if the human being lived dominated not by an oppressive and tyrannical state, but by the empire of hedonism and immediacy? What is described in this book could be a perfect society , but it has changed so much that it is unrecognizable in the eyes of a contemporary citizen.
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5. Harry Potter Saga (J. K. Rowling)
A well known title that, on the other hand, is not a book but a saga. However, one of the aspects of this work by J. K. Rowling that is most often forgotten is that it is composed of books about friendship perfect to be given to a younger audience .
- To learn more about the individual books or the entire saga, click here.
6. The Color of Magic (Terry Pratchett)
The first book in the renowned Discworld saga, known for the way humour and fantasy meet . It not only features such charismatic and unforgettable characters, but also describes the interesting universe in which the following titles will take place.
- If you are interested in getting to know the universe of El Mundodisco, here you will find more information about this book.
7. One hundred years of solitude (Gabriel García Máquez)
Among the possible books to give to a friend, it is always good to take into account the great classics of Spanish language literature, and this is one of the clearest examples of works belonging to this category. The history of the town of Macondo and its inhabitants seen through the magic realism .
- In this link you can learn more about the novel.
8. Wonder (R. J. Palacio)
The endearing story of a child born with a facial deformity who struggles to find his place in a world ruled by appearances. Full of humour, inspiring experiences and, above all, a spirit of self-improvement.
- There is more information about Wonder on this page.
9. Watchmen (Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons)
If the person you want to give is fond of cinema and literature but has no experience with the world of graphic novels, Watchmen should be among that mental list of books to give to that friend. It offers the best of both worlds, and for a reason is considered to be one of the best works by Alan Moore , who in this book uses the vignettes as if they were camera shots.
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10. Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
One of the great classics of literature, and also one of the most notable influences of the horror genre . A perfect work to revisit the roots of literature about the dead who are not so dead.
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11. My Badly Drawn Life (Gipi)
Another proposal for lovers of the graphic novel . This first-person story talks about love, relationships and life from that perspective that, despite being mature, does not renounce high amounts of humour.
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12. Elementary and fundamental principles of philosophy (Georges Politzer)
If that friend to whom we want to give a book is from those people interested in philosophy who are not clear about where to start learning about the subject, this title is a very good option. It explains the development of this discipline from its birth to the 1930s.
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- Related article: “How are Psychology and Philosophy alike?”
13. A Brief History of Almost Everything (Bill Bryson)
The title perfectly reflects what this excellent book can offer . Bill Bryson reviews the most fascinating aspects of what we know about the world and the way it, and the human societies it contains, have evolved. A work in which each page conveys that feeling of making fascinating discoveries that further feed the curiosity.
- If it has caught your eye here you will know more about this play.
14. The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)
There is much more to fantasy literature than the Song of Ice and Fire saga that has become popular through Game of Thrones. This book has been praised for renewing the genre of heroic fantasy set in a medieval universe.
- If you are interested in the start of this saga, click here.
15. Stupor and Tremors (Amélie Nothomb)
Another of the books inspired by the biography of this author who, as always, wastes a sharp and sardonic humour everywhere . Its pages tell the story of a Belgian woman who works in an office in Japan and tries to survive in a markedly hierarchical environment full of corporatism.
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