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BookLoons Recommended Reads 2014
by Hilary Williamson

Snow hangs heavily on the branches in the forest surrounding our home and ice is spreading across the lake. The sky is bleak, but happy holidays approach (faster each year it seems, as time accelerates with age). We're drizzling fruit cakes, hanging wreaths, making charitable donations, practicing carols on piano and harp, and generally enjoying the season.

Books have always been a big part of the holidays for my family. I've already put aside carefully chosen volumes for my sons, and am looking out for some to save for my own reading in the lull between Christmas and New Year festivities. If you're also a fan-atic reader, look over our recommendations of the best of BookLoons 2014 reading below (limited to 3 per genre). These are mainly hardcovers - find rave reads most likely published in paperback in 2014 in our Recommended Reads 2013.

Contemporary Fantasy Historical
Bingo's Run
Ghana Must Go
Monday, Monday
The Emperor's Blades
Tower Lord
Words of Radiance
All the Light We Cannot See
I Shall Be Near to You
Under the Wide and Starry Sky
Mystery Mystery - Cozy Mystery - International
Everyone Lies
The Secret Place
Windigo Island
The Axe Factor
Tiger Shrimp Tango
The Marco Effect
The Son
Water Rat of Wanchai

Mystery - Thriller Horror Romance
Missing You
Peter Pan Must Die
Red Rising
The Shotgun Arcana
Deeper Than Need
Written in My Own Heart's Blood
The Cusanus Game
Hurricane Fever
Lock In
Biography General Travel
Ethel Merman, Mother Teresa...and Me
Rebel Yell
Under Magnolia
Wild Things!
A Field Guide to Happiness
While the Gods Were Sleeping
YA Contemporary YA Fantasy YA Non-Fiction
Pieces of Me
Road Rash
The Winner's Curse
How the Beatles Changed the World
Pure Grit
Taking Flight
Giant Vehicles
The Story of Buildings
Yoko Finds Her Way

Find more book gift suggestions in our many previous Holiday Columns. And if we missed any of your own 2014 favorites, please write and tell us about them.

All of us at BookLoons wish you and yours the best of times, the happiest of
holidays, and a joyous, healthy, prosperous and peaceful 2015!!

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