Whether you're looking for the perfect present for a loved one and bookworm or you're wanting to pick up one last new release to squeeze in before the end of the year, take a look at our recommendations. These Books are perfect for entertaining you during these dark December nights and include our last additions to our Books of the Year 2023.

Fiction Books of the Month

With our December Fiction Books of the Month follow Princess Anastasia once more in The Witch's Daughter, continue The Tyrant Philosophers series, revisit 44 Scotland Street and catch up on Kay Scarpetta's latest case and much more. 

The Witch's Daughter by Imogen Edwards-Jones - "An intimate, enthralling and oh-so readable slice of historical fiction set within one of the key moments of the 20th century."

House of Open Wounds by Adrian Tchaikovsky - "This knockout of a read roars with vivid intensity as it explores the viewpoint of a team of diverse healers on the front line of an impossible war."

Unnatural Death by Patricia Cornwell - "Scarpetta and her team face a multifaceted mystery as they visit their most chilling crime scene yet."

The Stellar Debut of Galactica MacFee by Alexander McCall Smith - "A completely charming and amusing novel that explores the lives of those linked to a street in Edinburgh."

Winter Lights by Deborah Jenkins - "Speaking to both heart and mind, this is a truly lovely and beautifully engaging collection of festive short stories."

Dirty Geese by Lou Gilmond - "Compulsive, thought-provoking reading awaits in this near-future thriller dominated by artificial intelligence, where political corruption haunts the corridors of Westminster."

Non-Fiction Books of the Month

Our Non-Fiction Books of the month are a duo that offer opportunities for well-being through a range of recommended titles and a chance to improve your cooking skills while exploring the great outdoors. Scroll to see why these books made our recommendations and add them to your basket at the bottom of the page. 

A Therapeutic Library by The School of Life - "Engaging and stimulating, these recommended 100 non-fiction and fiction titles will encourage thought and endorse calm, and well-being."

Cook Out by Harrison Ward - "Amazing cooking meets the Great Outdoors"

Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month

Another year comes to a close but our Editorial Expert Liz Robinson is still delivering a stack of reading delights to us. Enjoy the festivities, slip into another world or dive into a deliciously dark contemporary thriller. Keep reading to hear from Liz why these books made her final picks of the year. 

House of Open Wounds by Adrian Tchaikovsky - "This knockout of a read roars with vivid intensity as it explores the viewpoint of a team of diverse healers on the front line of an impossible war."

The Escape by Ruth Kelly - "A deliciously dark and contemporary thriller that sets the more twisted side of social media alight with tension and suspense."

HIM by Geoff Ryman - "A fascinating and thought-provoking reimagining of the story of the son of God set in an alternate reality, where virgin Maryam gives birth to a girl."

What the River Knows by Isabel Ibañez - "The LoveReading Team adore this vibrant historical fantasy adventure novel set in Egypt with a plucky heroine at the helm."

That Festive Feeling by Heidi Swain - "A delightfully festive relationship tale, it really does have it all, friendship, romance, community spirit, and a pair of gorgeous dogs to help spread the Christmas cheer."

Star Books

Its December already and with the final month of the year comes our final chance to make sure our Books of the Year selections are all present and correct. All of our Star Books are the books that have been devoured and adored by the LoveReading Team, which throughout the year make up our Books of the Year collection. Here are the additions from December, but you can click here to browse our full, impressive Books of the Year 2023 list