Hello! I’m Nour El-Hoda, a business college student. For me, reading is the best gateway to take a break from reality, like a one way ticket to escape anything. Fantasy, comedies, thrillers, romance, you name it, I read it. Because I enjoy a lot of different genres; I love introducing my friends to new things that they might like as well. What better way than a book as a heartfelt gift?

We’ve all been in that tight spot as readers or non-readers: “I’d love to get my friend a book as a thoughtful present, but which one?” It has to be both memorable and unique, but then you search and find hundreds of seemingly endless choices, so you abandon the idea entirely. Hopefully, these customized recommendations for different personalities would help narrow down your choices and convince you that you got the perfect gift! All these are stand-alones so you won’t have to worry about getting any other follow-up books.

1) For the Thrill-Readers

I’ll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark is for the adult mystery-lovers, those who love to keep guessing potential theories every step of the way. This suspenseful book takes you along a murder mystery, a kidnapping, and a re-occurring theme of identity theft, which all tie together in a staggering revelation. Those who were really entertained by books like Gone Girl would enjoy this.

2) For the Hopeless-Romantics

We all know hopeless romantics in our lives; they’re often the sweetest ones we know. I truly recommend The Siren by Kiera Cass for them as it’s quite a different love story. It explores the lore of sirens and the ocean, as a deadly siren walks the thin line between the mortal world and her own, while falling in love against the strict rules of her existence. It’s similar to The Little Mermaid, but definitely has a lot more modern and fresh perspectives. It would be extra special if who you’re gifting this to has a sweet bond with his/her sisters, as sisterhood threads play a big role in our main character’s life.

3) For the Younger Audience

If you’re looking for a suitable book for a middle-grade, boy or girl, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is definitely the book to consider. Every night, 13-year old Conor has the same anxious and horrific nightmare, until a wild monster appears in his backyard. We join Conor in his discovery of why the monster haunts him so mercilessly, while learning about his struggles with family and school. It’s a sad yet beautiful story with a moral lesson. Any audience would relate to Conor’s point of view, but I believe those still in middle school would see their own inner thoughts better represented.

4) For the Emotional Warrior

Here comes the tear-jerker—the heaviest book on this list, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Set in Afghanistan, we follow two generations’ lives during instability, violence, and fear. This book had me on a rollercoaster of emotions that left me tearing up even after I’d finished it. It is still undoubtedly worth the heartache. Not for the faint hearted or the new readers, but for those who love reading more serious novels with a touch of political unrest and melancholy.

5) For the Comic Geeks

Finally, all aboard the geek train! Our stop: comic-inspired novels. Comic book lovers usually stick to their beloved comic format and they’re the first to know everything about the new movie releases. I couldn’t recommend them a better introduction to the fiction-reading world: the DC Icons. They’re four completely separate novels by four different authors and are unrelated, so plenty to choose from if your friend has a favorite character. How the authors wrote new plots for different characters was really impressive for me. Even Marvel fans would love these, no doubt.

I think anyone would enjoy a book as a gift as long as you know what interests them. It may not seem like a customized gift, but it is a personal one (the thought counts!). It’ll also definitely remind them of you whenever they pass by a bookstore.

What do you think?

What are your thoughts? Were these helpful in narrowing down your picks? Tell us if you’ve read any of these yourself and would recommend even more choices for fitting personalities.