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BookLoons Recommended Reads 2017
by Hilary Williamson

It's not quite December yet, but outdoors it's already whitewashed, a pale backdrop for the bright holiday lights and decorations to come. There's still plenty to do to prepare for the festivities - cards to send, donations to make, gifts to choose, treats to bake, friends to meet - but it's a happy, busy time for most.

In my home, books are a big part of the holidays, whether given as gifts, or enjoyed by a roaring fire with a mug of hot mulled wine at hand, and a cat purring nearby. As always, BookLoons has recommendations for you, based on the best of our 2017 reading (limited to 3 per genre). These are mainly hardcovers - find rave reads most likely published in paperback in 2017 in our Recommended Reads 2016.

Contemporary Fantasy Historical
A Dog's Way Home
New Boy
The Rules of Magic
The Girl in the Tower
Miranda and Caliban
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir
The Half-Drowned King
Love and Other Consolation Prizes

Mystery Mystery - Cozy Mystery - Historical
Fast Falls the Night
Paradise Valley
The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes
How the Finch Stole Christmas
Miles Off Course

The Countess of Prague
The Irregular
Racing the Devil

Mystery - Int'l Mystery - Thriller Romance
Blue Light Yokohama
The Fifth Element
Skeleton God
Dead Woman Walking
The Marsh King's Daughter
Two Nights

Seeing Red
Some Kind of Hero
SF Non-Fiction
The Man in the Tree
Ancient Brews
If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?
Letters to a Young Muslim
YA Fiction YA Fantasy/SF YA Mystery
Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined
Optimists Die First
Turtles All the Way Down

Martians Abroad
Shadow Run
Shattered Warrior
City of Saints & Thieves
Never Say Die
Picture Books Chapter Books
I am Jim Henson
Sam Sorts
Who Wants a Tortoise?
The Best Bear in All the World
Dog Night at the Story Zoo
Henrietta and the Perfect Night

Find more book gift suggestions in our many previous Holiday Columns.

All of us at BookLoons wish you and yours the best of times, the happiest of
holidays, and a joyous, healthy, prosperous and (especially) peaceful 2018!!

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