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Book Notes: Cozy Holiday Reading

When we’re tired out from trying to find the perfect gift or calculating just how long we can procrastinate on sending packages without actually missing Christmas, it’s nice to escape into the pages of a cozy holiday-centered read. Here are a few that I’ve finished this holiday season that are helping me get in the spirit.

While Lovelight Farms by B. K. Borison begins in the fall, it takes place at a Christmas tree farm and runs all the way through the festive season. A very fun friends-to-lovers steamy romance with some fake dating thrown in, I quickly devoured it and then read the other two in the series, In the Weeds and Mixed Signals (fair warning, these two are not set during the holidays). Adorable and cozy with small town quirkiness and recurring characters, but also definite heat in the romance department and thoughtful emotional depth.

Favorite Kids Book of 2023

Get ready for a slew of recommendations from our outstanding children’s section! We’ve compiled lists for each age range, from pictures books to early chapter books, graphic novels to YA, with everything in between. Each section has had fantastic titles come out that we’ve loved showcasing to kids (and their adults).

Our Children's Specialist, Lillian, says: "I stopped calling these lists "Best of the Year" a while ago because the first question I asked anyone who wants a recommendation is - what are you interested in? A book that I think is good might not be good for you or your reader. That's why we call these lists Favorites. We collect them up by age group or section, some lists are longer than others (picture books started out with 42 titles!), and they're a collaboration between the staff who work in the kids/teens section."

Favorite Fiction of 2023

We’re giving you a head start this year on our favorite reads of 2023, starting with fiction! We’ve found winners ranging from literary fiction, sci-fi, fantasy and romance, translated works, thrillers and short stories. The staff had a great reading year and overlapped favorites in several instances. Nancy, Brad and Caitlin all loved The Librarianist, by Patrick de Witt, and raved about it enough that I put it on my own TBR. The cozy historical fantasy Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries, by Heather Fawcett, was a hit with me, Lillian, Becca and Jes.

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