BookLoons Recommended Reads 2010 by Hilary Williamson
Outside, the leaves have all fallen, and the trees are bare, awaiting their holiday decorations of snow-laden branches to sparkle in the sun and gleam mysteriously by moonlight. We've had snowfalls already, but these were rehearsals only for the long-running winter drama that will soon play in these parts. Now the festive season is nigh ... time for baking and drizzling fruit cakes, exchanging cookies, planning gifts for friends and family, and reading by firelight.
I've always given - and received - books at this time of year (and I sometimes even give myself book gifts for holiday reading - how book-loony is that?) If you too have readers to buy for (yourself included), look over our best-of-the-year recommendations below (limited to three per genre with the usual difficulty, muttering and personal bias). These are mainly hardcovers - check out our Recommended Reads 2009 for excellent titles most likely published in paperback in 2010.