This month is the perfect opportunity to get a new read for your To Be Read List because the holiday shopping season is upon us and December is Read a New Book Month! Here are some December 2017 books that you may literally be the perfect bookish gifts for the book nerd in your life, or you may just want to gift them to yourself and add to your Amazon wish list:

A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev

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Kimaya names means “miracle” in Sanskrit because she is the first baby to survive after several miscarriages. Kimi is surrounded by love and privilege in a mansion on the top of Pali Hill. However, at 11 years old, she develops a rare disease that requires her to be confined in a germ-free area in her home, until one person ventures into her world. (December 26, Kensington Publishing Corp.)

Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard

In this book, Mary Beard addresses the misogynists and trolls that attack and demean women, including Mary herself, everyday. She traces the origins of misogyny to its ancient roots and examines the pitfalls of gender and the ways history mistreats strong women. (December 12, Liveright)

Three Sides of a Heart: Stories about Love Triangles – Natalie Parker (Editor)

Sixteen short stories from top YA authors about the much-debated love triangle trope. You may think you know the love triangle, but you’ve never seen love triangles like these. Stories include a teen girl who offers kissing lessons, zombies in the Civil War, vampires at boarding school, and the last three people on the planet. (December 19, HarperCollins)

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History – Vashti Harrison

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Little Leaders features 40 trailblazing black women in American history. It educates and inspires with the true stories of iconic and lesser-known female figures in Black American history, such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, and filmmaker Julie Dash. (December 5, Little, Brown Young Readers)

Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey – Nicola Tallis

Jane is known in history as “the Nine Days Queen,” although her reign actually lasted thirteen days. Crown of Blood is a retelling of the often-misunderstood tale of Jane’s downfall and continues through her trial and execution. (December 6, Pegasus Books)

The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir – Maude Julien

Maude Julien’s childhood was defined by her controlling father who was convinced his daughter was destined for greatness. After he adopted Maude’s mother and indoctrinated her with his ideals, he forced her to birth Maude, who was the subject of his outrageous experiment to raise a perfect “super-human” being. (December 12, Little, Brown and Company)

The Vanishing Season – Joanna Schaffhausen

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Ellery Hathaway knows about serial killers because she was victim number seventeen, and the only surviving victim, or serial killer Francis Michael Coben. When three people disappear from her town within three years around her birthday, which is the day she was kidnapped, Ellery fears someone knows her secret. (December 5, Minotaur Books)

Roomies – Christina Lauren

After Calvin McLoughlin rescues Holland Bakker from a subway attacker, she pays him back by getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When Calvin’s tryout goes better than expected, he is set for a great entry into Broadway, until he admits his student visa has expired, and he is in the country illegally. Impulsively, Holland offers to marry Calvin to keep him in the country. (December 5, Gallery Books)

The Girl in the Tower – Katherine Arden

In the second book from The Winternight Trilogy, which began with The Bear and the Nightingale, the magical adventure continues as Vasya is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent. She chooses to flee her home, but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow. (December 5, Del Rey)

Enchantress of Numbers – Jennifer Chiaverini

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Although the only legitimate child of Lord Byron, Ada is estranged from him by her mathematician mother, who is determined to save her only child from her infamously “mad, bad, and dangerous to know” father. Ada’s mother banishes fairy tales and make-believe from her life and replaces it with a rigorous education grounded in math and science. (December 5, Dutton)

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 8: Mecca – G. Willow Wilson

In the only comic on our list of December 2017 books, an enemy from Ms. Marvel’s past resurfaces and begins targeting those closest to Kamala. She is no stranger to fighting for what’s right, but this challenges everything she is, not just as a superhero, but as a human being. (December 26, Marvel)

Your Turn

So…which of the December 2017 books on the list will you read next? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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