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2017 Books for the Holidays: Genre Lovers

Some of our favorite mystery, Western, romance, science fiction, and fantasy books from the past year.

Check out all our 2017 holiday lists here.

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    From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars) Book Cover Picture
    From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars) Book Cover Picture

    From a Certain Point of View

    by Renée Ahdieh, Meg Cabot, Pierce Brown, Nnedi Okorafor and Sabaa Tahir

    Experience Star Wars: A New Hope from a whole new point of view. On May 25, 1977, the world was introduced to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and a galaxy full of possibilities. In honor of the fortieth anniversary, more than forty contributors lend their vision to this collection of Star Wars stories from unexpected voices.
    From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars) Book Cover Picture
    From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars) Book Cover Picture

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    Artemis Book Cover Picture
    Artemis Book Cover Picture

    Artemis

    by Andy Weir

    The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller—a heist story set on the moon.
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    Artemis Book Cover Picture

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    Into the Water Book Cover Picture
    Into the Water Book Cover Picture

    Into the Water

    by Paula Hawkins

    A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.
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    Into the Water Book Cover Picture

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    Reincarnation Blues Book Cover Picture
    Reincarnation Blues Book Cover Picture

    Reincarnation Blues

    by Michael Poore

    A wildly imaginative novel about a man who is reincarnated over ten thousand lifetimes to be with his one true love: Death herself.
    Reincarnation Blues Book Cover Picture
    Reincarnation Blues Book Cover Picture

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    Gork, the Teenage Dragon Book Cover Picture
    Gork, the Teenage Dragon Book Cover Picture

    Gork, the Teenage Dragon

    by Gabe Hudson

    Gork, the Teenage Dragon Book Cover Picture
    Gork, the Teenage Dragon Book Cover Picture

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    Canto Bight (Star Wars) Book Cover Picture
    Canto Bight (Star Wars) Book Cover Picture

    Canto Bright

    by Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, Mira Grant and John Jackson Miller

    Canto Bight, where exotic aliens, captivating creatures, and other would-be high rollers are willing to risk everything to make their fortunes. Set across one fateful evening, four interconnected stories explore the deception and danger of the lavish casino city.
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    Canto Bight (Star Wars) Book Cover Picture

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    The Scarred Woman Book Cover Picture
    The Scarred Woman Book Cover Picture

    The Scarred Woman

    by Jussi Adler-Olsen

    Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q, Copenhagen’s cold cases division, meets his toughest challenge yet when the dark, troubled past of one of his own team members collides with a sinister unsolved murder.
    The Scarred Woman Book Cover Picture
    The Scarred Woman Book Cover Picture

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    Don't Let Go Book Cover Picture
    Don't Let Go Book Cover Picture

    Don’t Let Go

    by Harlan Coben

    With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller.
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    Don't Let Go Book Cover Picture

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    The Bear and the Nightingale Book Cover Picture
    The Bear and the Nightingale Book Cover Picture

    The Bear and the Nightingale

    by Katherine Arden

    As Vasilisa’s village’s defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, she must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed—to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales. Katherine Arden’s bestselling debut novel spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice.
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    The Bear and the Nightingale Book Cover Picture

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    Deep Freeze Book Cover Picture
    Deep Freeze Book Cover Picture

    Deep Freeze

    by John Sandford

    A woman’s been found dead, frozen in a block of ice. There’s a possibility that it might be connected to a high school class of twenty years ago that has a mid-winter reunion coming up, and so, wrapping his coat a little tighter, Virgil begins to dig into twenty years’ worth of traumas, feuds, and bad blood.
    Deep Freeze Book Cover Picture
    Deep Freeze Book Cover Picture

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    Secrets in Summer Book Cover Picture
    Secrets in Summer Book Cover Picture

    Secrets in Summer

    by Nancy Thayer

    The queen of beach books returns to the shores of Nantucket in a novel about one memorable summer when flirtations flourish, family dramas play out, and scandalous secrets surface.
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    Secrets in Summer Book Cover Picture

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    The Name of the Wind: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Book Cover Picture
    The Name of the Wind: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Book Cover Picture

    The Name of the Wind: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

    by Patrick Rothfuss

    The Name of the Wind: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Book Cover Picture
    The Name of the Wind: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Book Cover Picture

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    Origin Book Cover Picture
    Origin Book Cover Picture

    Origin

    by Dan Brown

    In Origin, Robert Langdon arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend an event hosted by his former student, Edmond Kirsch. Robert soon finds himself in the midst of chaos at the event and is joined by the elegant museum director, and together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.
    Origin Book Cover Picture
    Origin Book Cover Picture

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    The Changeling Book Cover Picture
    The Changeling Book Cover Picture

    The Changeling

    by Victor LaValle

    This captivating retelling of a classic fairy tale imaginatively explores parental obsession, spousal love, and the secrets that make strangers out of the people we love the most. It’s a thrilling and emotionally devastating journey through the gruesome legacies that threaten to devour us and the homely, messy magic that saves us, if we’re lucky.
    The Changeling Book Cover Picture
    The Changeling Book Cover Picture

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    The Silent Corner Book Cover Picture
    The Silent Corner Book Cover Picture

    The Silent Corner

    by Dean Koontz

    When Jane Hawk’s husband takes his own life, she seeks to learn why, and becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America. Her powerful enemies are protecting a secret so important, so terrifying, that they will exterminate anyone in their way.
    The Silent Corner Book Cover Picture
    The Silent Corner Book Cover Picture

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    Meddling Kids Book Cover Picture
    Meddling Kids Book Cover Picture

    Meddling Kids

    by Edgar Cantero

    With raucous humor and brilliantly orchestrated mayhem, Meddling Kids subverts teen detective archetypes like the Hardy Boys, the Famous Five, and Scooby-Doo, and delivers an exuberant and wickedly entertaining celebration of horror, love, friendship, and many-tentacled, interdimensional demon spawn.
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    Meddling Kids Book Cover Picture

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    The Rooster Bar Book Cover Picture
    The Rooster Bar Book Cover Picture

    The Rooster Bar

    by John Grisham

    Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. When they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.
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    The Rooster Bar Book Cover Picture

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    The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye Book Cover Picture
    The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye Book Cover Picture

    The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

    by David Lagercrantz

    The series that began with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo continues as brilliant hacker Lisbeth Salander teams up with journalist Mikael Blomkvist to uncover the secrets of her childhood and to take revenge.
    The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye Book Cover Picture
    The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye Book Cover Picture

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