Re-gifting is an option, but you can also go to a book seller and sell them and get credit toward something you may want to read. As far as telling someone how you liked them, you can always say they just weren't your type of book. You appreciated the thought.
On another note-- have you tried to read them? Maybe you will find another genre that you like. I had someone give me some books and I am a front cover title kind of person. I sat down and read one and hated it. But the other one I loved. I usually try to give a book the first three or four chapters unless it is the Hobbit and they I have to go much further.
I wouldn't feel awkward or crummy. You did appreciate the thought it just wasnt your normal genre.
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