1st - Nessie: Exploring the Supernatural Origins of the Loch Ness Monster by Redfern. This year has been a good year for books on Nessie (with more on the way), and this one looks as good as the others. It also seems like it won't be your "typical" Nessie book.
"Dive into the Dark and Turbulent Domain of Nessie, the World's Most Supernatural Monster
"Deep in the black waters of Loch Ness lurks a long-necked, hump-backed monster that for centuries has fascinated those lucky - or unlucky - enough to see it. From the earliest sightings in 565 AD to the Nessie craze of the twentieth century, this creature has been steeped in the world of supernatural strangeness.
"Join Nick Redfern on an exciting journey into the paranormal origins of Nessie, exploring ideas that go far beyond the ordinary. This comprehensive guide offers lore, unique theories, hot spots, and photographs. Experience firsthand encounters, discover how Nessie is connected to the occult, and meet other mysterious monsters that live in Loch Ness. Nessie presents a fresh approach to the mystery, one that will take you down new and sometimes frightening paths as you hunt for the truth."
2nd - The Monster Book: Creatures, Beasts, and Fiends of Nature, also by Redfern. This one is similar to his book on Bigfoot from last year, but covers a wide variety of creatures.
"Monsters have been spotted everywhere, not just hiding under a child's bed, lurking in the closet, or springing forth from folkloric tales. Exploring the history, mythology, pop culture, and the world of the supernatural, The Monster Book: Creatures, Beasts, and Fiends of Nature is a comprehensive resource to the monster menagerie from around the world. Examining the lore and legends, as well as the first-person accounts of bizarre freaks of nature and spine-tingling paranormal entities, it details each beast with thorough research, while recounting the facts in an engaging narrative.
"This fascinating look at monsters investigates nearly 200 beings, beasts, freaks, and fiends, ranging from the renowned and celebrated to the little-known and inglorious, including Werewolves, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, the chupacabra, Mothman, the Abominable Snowman, the Mongolian Death Worm, Living Pterosaurs, Alien Big Cats, Lizard Man, Lake Worth Monster, the Monstrous Monitor, South American Sasquatch, the Jersey Devil, Sea Serpents, Phantom Black Dogs, and much, much more."
3rd - A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts: Encounters with Cryptid Creatures by Ken Gerhard.
"Draw Back the Curtain and Marvel at the Amazing Collection of Mysterious Beasts Within
"Join cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard on an enigmatic journey through the world of mysterious beasts, exploring eyewitness encounters with creatures thought to exist only in myths and legends. This compelling compendium presents a wide variety of astounding and bizarre creatures, from the Minnesota Iceman to the While Bluff Screamer to the Texas T. rex.
"Discover the fascinating history and modern case studies of ape-men roaming the America. Experience captivating, first-hand accounts of dragon, werewolf, and mermaid sightings from Europe to Australia. Featuring sea monsters, colossal insects, enormous eagles, oversized amphibians, and more, A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts is the ultimate resource for cryptid creature enthusiasts."
Be sure to check out these books!