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BookLoons Recommended Reads 2021
by Hilary Williamson

2021 has been a very challenging year! Not only has the pandemic dragged on for longer than anyone expected and isolated us, but there have been increasing environmental catastrophes, both crises causing loss and grief. Still, there is growing light at the end of the very dark tunnel we've been pushing through, hence reason to celebrate. Carpe diem!

Books help make sense of challenging times, or let us escape them to live briefly in other worlds. As always, we have recommendations, based on the best of our 2021 reading. These are mainly hardcovers - find rave reads most likely published in paperback in 2021 in our Recommended Reads 2020.

Contemporary Fantasy Historical
Fault Lines
The Forever Wish of Middy Sweet
The Marsh Bird

The Empire's Ruin
The Pariah
She Who Became the Sun
Dovetails in Tall Grass
Sharpe's Assassin
Sparks Like Stars

Mystery Mystery-Cozy Mystery-Historical
Daughter of the Morning Star
Psycho by the Sea
A Rogue's Company
Twelve Jays of Christmas

Dance with Death
Defending Britta Stein
The French Gift

Mystery-International Mystery-Thriller SF
The Historians
Love and Other Lies
We Know You Remember
Arctic Storm Rising
Dead by Dawn
False Witness

A Desolation Called Peace
Fugitive Telemetry
Unconquerable Sun
Non-Fiction YA Fiction YA Non-Fiction
Facing the Mountain
Neglected No More
Chaos on CatNet
A Spindle Splintered
Victories Greater Than Death

The Black Friend
How to Change Everything
When I Grow Up
Books for WeeLoons
The Boy and the Gorilla
Love is Powerful
When We Say Black Lives Matter

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

All of us at BookLoons wish you and your loved ones better times, the happiest
of holidays, and a joyous, peaceful, prosperous and healthy 2022!!

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