This friend loves her appearance, makeup, clothes. She may like to people watch and look at others fashion sense as well (and make jabs on occasion). She may not frequently read, unless its on the “beach reads of the summer” list or, you know, 50 Shades of Grey. She prefers movies, probably chick flicks, rom coms, or humorous movies.
This friend loves to watch CSI and other crime scene shows. They may also like puzzles, you know, like the daily cross word or what not. They may already like reading, which is always a plus! Bookworm friends are full of magic (I swear)!! Their favorite movies may be thrillers or actions!
Total animal lover. Cries when those adoption commercials come on the TV (guilty) and talks about helping out a shelter, or maybe they do help out at a shelter. Cats, Dogs, you name it. This person wants to be surrounded by fur. (And probably doesn’t wear black too often, you know?)
Want a book for them? For the dog lover- Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. For the cat lover – A Streetcat Named Bob by James Bowen and The Cat who Came Back for Christmas by Julia Romp.
Is your friend a studious bookworm? Probably a Type A personality who wants very much to succeed? They probably don’t think they have much time to read for pleasure, but I assure you that there are books out there that they’d want to put aside some time to read. Plus, they probably like learning about new things.
Want a book for them? Outliers and Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (He also wrote What the Dog Saw, Blink, and David and Goliath. All pretty good reads) also, The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson is a pretty good read, unless your Type A friend may get paranoid that they are a psychopath, that’s not good. But remember kids, if you are worried that you’re a psychopath, then you probably aren’t.
We all have the friend that loves zombies and horror stories and other scary things. Halloween is the best time of the year, especially because of all of those haunted houses right? They probably have read the Zombie Survival Guide and maybe even participated in a zombie walk/run/5k in the area. I like this friend of yours, we should all be friends.
Want a book for them? Zombie by J.R. Angelella and the Hater trilogy by David Moody. For the psycho/thiller horror addict Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk and for someone who just likes strange sci-fi type stories The Boy who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had to by DC Pierson.
History Buff? This friend likes to read books relating to the past, either fiction or nonfiction. They may like to share facts with you too, which is awesome, soak up all those facts because it’s the best to learn new things you didn’t know before! There are a lot of great books out there for them and they will eat them up (well, unless they’ve already read them!)
Want a book for them? The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, The Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson and also, if they haven’t already read it, The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
For your quirky friend, the one that might be a little bit geeky but still super cool. They like a whole bunch of different things in different genres and like to try new things. They do out-of-the-box things maybe some DIY stuff too. Quirky, interesting, and maybe a bit nerdy.
Want a book for them? The Fifty Year Sword and House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, Where’d you Go, Bernadette By Maria Semple, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan, and The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff.
The Romancer, loves movies that make you cry. (Aka The Notebook for most) Don’t even judge their fantasies, because we all want to get swept off our feet, don’t you lie to me! They love flowers, cute stuff, adorable love stories, and stuff like that. Even though they are all for the romance, they also like sentimental stories and movies as well. Drama. Swoon.
Want a book for them? The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Five People you Meet in Heaven and actually every book written by Mitch Albom and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (Yes she’s probably seen the movie, but let me tell you about that book, my heart)
Strong females leads make your friend smile. You know that Netflix category that says “movies with a strong female lead?” that’s your friend, she is that strong female lead. Being a feminist isn’t a bad thing and you know, we should celebrate awesome women in literature! There are a lot out there to choose from.
Want a book for them? Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, and When She was Bad by Jonathan Nasaw (awesome lead girl in that one, which Multiple Personality Disorder).