We’re in full swing for the holidays, with over 300 Penguin employees working hard making personal book recommendations on the Penguin Hotline!
As John said last week, we were delighted and amazed by the huge enthusiasm you all showed for this service.
I’ve been plugging away, sending out the emails from our employees to you. I’ve even gotten some good gift ideas just from reading the recommendations.
Just to give you an idea of how thoughtful and thorough our employees are, here’s an excerpt from one of the emails, sent by our own Farin:
Happy Holidays! Thank you for contacting the Penguin Hotline. I’m so excited to pass some great book recommendations your way!
I love knitting as well and swear by Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Halverson – the patterns are easy and beautiful and don’t take a million years to finish.
To satisfy your reader’s non-crafting reading interests, though, I highly recommend the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. It combines all the great elements of fantasy: supernatural beings (in this case, a witch and a vampire – but not the Twilight kind), time travel, a twisted villain, and a great love story. It’s one of my absolute favorite series. And if your reader loves Doctor Who, you will love Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – she actually took inspiration for her leading male character from a Highlander who appeared with the Second Doctor.
Finally, for historical fiction, there is no one better than Beatriz Williams, in my humble opinion, so I would definitely pick up The Secret Life of Violet Grant, which captures both 1960s New York and Berlin in 1914.
Happy reading and shopping!
I’ll quit bragging about the Hotline now… and let a few other people do it for me! Look at the lovely things people have been saying on twitter:
— Veronica Johnson (@vdyej) December 15, 2014
— Joan Dempsey (@LiteraryLiving) December 6, 2014
Just got the most amazing recommendations from #PenguinHotline! Can't praise this awesome (free!) service enough!
— Lindsay Lackey (@LindsayWrites) December 15, 2014
I got a response back from the #PenguinHotline. Book recommendations are great and the email was so insightful. Buying all the books!
— audrey (@eloquentcodex) December 4, 2014
There’s still time to ask for a personal book recommendation from the Penguin Hotline! The page is up until 12/23, for all you last minute shoppers. Let us dish about the books we think you and your giftees will love!