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BookLoons Recommended Reads 2023
by Hilary Williamson

Last year I wrote of a challenging 2022 - a lingering pandemic, environmental catastrophes, war in Europe, an economic downturn worldwide. We have had all those this year and worse - with desperation for so many in the Middle East and for refugees everywhere.

These are times when many turn to populism, that can never be trusted - read Jo Walton's Small Change for where it can lead. Though books are always a refuge, this is not a time to withdraw but rather to do all we can as individuals to create a better world around us.

Yet books can provide a balance, and hope in dark times. Here are BookLoons' picks from the year's reading harvest. These are mainly hardcovers - find rave reads most likely published in paperback in 2023 in our Recommended Reads 2022.

Contemporary Fantasy Historical
Las Madres
Lucky Girl
Under the Tamarind Tree

All the Seas of the World
The Frugal Wizard's Handbook for Surviving Medieval England
The Warden
The Last Masterpiece
The Other Princess
The Trackers

Mystery Mystery-Cozy Mystery-Historical
Deep Fake
Her Too
Just Another Missing Person
Devil's Delight
Flop Dead Gorgeous
Let It Crow! Let It Crow! Let It Crow!

Ashes in the Snow
Better the Blood
The White Lady

Mystery-International Mystery-Thriller SF
A Death in Denmark
Killing Moon
The Spider
Code 6
Going Zero
What Have We Done

Antimatter Blues
Furious Heaven
Starter Villain

Non-Fiction YA Fiction Books for WeeLoons
Walking With Gorillas
The Wonderful World of James Herriott

Promises Stronger Than Darkness
Secrets Never Die
Swift the Storm, Fierce the Flame

I Am a Meadow Mermaid
Three Little Mittens
What Does Little Crocodile Say At the Beach?
Find more book gift suggestions in our many previous Holiday Columns.

All of us at BookLoons wish you and your loved ones better and safer times, the
happiest of holidays, and a peaceful, prosperous, joyous and healthy 2024!!

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