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The last Pre-Reads post of the year is brought to you by a well-read angel.–No, not me, that lovely being on the left over there. S/he has guided the sixteen choices brought to you today; eight fiction and eight non-fiction titles that were published or reprinted this December. All items are highly reviewed from Amazon, Baker and Taylor, Kirkus Review, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. The summaries provided are straight from these sources as well. Since these titles are newly published, I have not had a chance to read them ahead of time, so I am unable to recommend one book over the other for you. However, I always encourage you to share your own reviews and comments.
This month proved to be more than challenging for the fiction section as 90% of Victorian-esque novels are Romance. Evidently there is not a large market for 1800s inspired Christmas books focusing on peace on Earth and good will toward men. . . Thus said, I managed to uncover other titles you might find interesting. There are a couple of Sagas, the closing of a Steampunk trilogy, time-travel!, a Western featuring good ol’ Arizona, and a fantasy to round out the offerings. The non-fiction section will be your best bet if you are looking for meat to your reading choices and less saccharine. The non-fiction also displays a couple of stories and notes from the Wild West, spirits in New Orleans, pioneering women in science and journalism, a new twist on the ascension story of our beloved Queen, a close view of a Victorian workhouse, and a detailed perspective of 19th century fashion! Which ones are you planning on picking up? Leave a note in the comment section.