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BookLoons Recommended Reads 2003
by Hilary Williamson

Looking for books to give as gifts, or simply to read yourself over the holidays? Here are BookLoons reviewers' recommendations of some that made us sit up and take notice this year.

We kept our selection (with great difficulty) to only a few hardcover and paperback titles per genre. Hope you find something here that suits your own reading taste!

Recommended Hardcover Releases

These were all hardcover releases this year:

Contemporary Cookbooks Fantasy
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Lucia, Lucia
Postcards from Berlin
Forever Summer
From the Cook's Garden
My French Kitchen
Crystal City
Monstrous Regiment
Paladin of Souls
Historical Kids Mystery
The Book of Salt
Dreaming the Eagle
Render Unto Caesar
Bow Wow Meow Meow
I'm A Manatee
What Are You So Grumpy About?
The Distant Echo
A Fountain Filled with Blood
Maisie Dobbs
Non-Fiction Romance SF
A Mighty Heart
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Ultimate Punishment
The Guardian
Hello, Darkness
The Killing Hour
Callahan's Con
The Companions
Teens Thrillers Travel
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
The Revealers
The Wee Free Men
Bangkok 8
Land of the Living
Nine Hills to Nambonkaha
The Storyteller's Daughter

Recommended Paperbacks

We highly recommend these recent paperbacks:

Contemporary Cookbooks Fantasy
Tricky Business
Three Daughters
Semi-Homemade Desserts
The Starving Students' Cookbook
The Eyre Affair
The Lost Steersman
A Sorcerer's Treason
Historical Kids Mystery
The Crimson Petal & the White
Wet Grave
December 6
Don't Make Me Laugh
The Worrywarts
Blood on the Tongue
You've Got Murder
The Rose in the Wheel
Non-Fiction Romance SF
And Words Can Hurt Forever
Persuasive Technology
Take Joy
Breathing Room
Never Walk Alone
Perfect Together
Altered Carbon
Dark Light
Teens Thrillers Travel
The Arctic Incident
The Kin
Mortal Allies
Mortal Sins
Blue Latitudes
The Ghost with Trembling Wings
River Dog

If we missed any of your favorite reads for 2003, please drop us a line and let us know titles and author names - we'd love to add them to our own holiday reading lists!

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