Thoughtful Thursday: Best book you read last month

It’s the first Thursday of the month. You know what that means. Time to report!

What is the best book you read in December 2013 and why did you love it? It doesn’t have to be a newly published book, or even SFF. We just want to share some great reading material. Feel free to post a full review of the book here, or a link to the review on your blog, or just write a few sentences about why you thought it was awesome.

(And don’t forget that we always have plenty more reading recommendations on our Fanlit Faves page and our 5-Star SFF page.)

As always, one commenter will choose a book from our stacks.

We’ve got a few giveaways still current. Find those here!

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KELLY LASITER, with us since July 2008, is a mild-mannered academic administrative assistant by day, but at night she rules over a private empire of tottering bookshelves. Kelly is most fond of fantasy set in a historical setting (a la Jo Graham) or in a setting that echoes a real historical period (a la George RR Martin and Jacqueline Carey). She also enjoys urban fantasy and its close cousin, paranormal romance, though she believes these subgenres’ recent burst in popularity has resulted in an excess of dreck. She is a sucker for pretty prose (she majored in English, after all) and mythological themes.

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  1. Trey Palmer /

    Blindsight by Peter Watts.
    Not the usual holiday reading, but good stuff nonetheless.
    As to a review, I’ll link to one I posted on a few years ago.

  2. April /

    The short list:

    Dragon and Liberator by Timothy Zahn – the final book of the series and it ends with all sorts of bangs. All of the plot pieces are worked into the finale and closed off satisfactorily and while there may have been some convenient bits, overall an excellent read.

    Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger and read by Moira Quirk. Fabulous. Funny.

    The Tell Tale Con by Aimee Gilchrist – an excellent contemporary YA mystery without the drama/angst, and with loads of wit and humor instead.

    • April, I’m glad you liked the Carriger book!

      • April V. /

        I’m sure I’d have liked it had I read it instead of listening to it but the audio made it that much better.

  3. Wanda /

    HILD by Nicola Griffith. Absolutely entrancing. I can hardly wait for the next book.

    Also, UNDER HEAVEN by Guy Gavriel Kay. Exquisitely written. I have a library hold on the next book, River of Stars.

  4. Melanie Goldmund /

    Serpent in the Thorns, by Jeri Westerson, a medieval “noir” mystery. Historical mysteries are my second favourite genre, right behind SFF, and this one had a touch of the supernatural in it as well, which made it even cooler.

    I also read Shift, by Hugh Howey, the second in the Wool Trilogy, though I have to admit, I didn’t like it as much as I liked the original Wool. Perhaps I was just impatient to get on and see what happened, instead of going back to the beginning to see how it all came about.

    I didn’t read as many books in December as I’d hoped, but I did get a whole stack of books for Christmas. In a month’s time, I’ll probably be quite spoiled for choice when it comes to picking out the best book I read in January.

  5. ‘Gillespie and I’ by Jane Harris; a terrific historical novel, one in which the reader is led a merry dance by the narrator, and in which by leaping between the narrative and the memory of the narrator some forty or so years later, the truth of the original events become less clear. Rich in intrigue, and written in a supple and evocative prose, the book was perfect for dark December nights.

    Highly recommended.

  6. “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor. I’d never read anything by her before; I’ve just heard over and over again that she is one of the best American short story writers. And she is. Good Country People? The River? Equal parts horrifying and beautiful.

  7. My favorite book would have to be Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. This book is amazing. I fell in love with the characters instantly and I loved the unconventional setting of the story. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes young adult or fantasy; this is a perfect blend of both!

  8. Just adding a comment because I forgot to check the follow up box.

  9. Marion /

    Wanda, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

    BTW, Kat and Terry have done a lot of work on the Stacks pages. Check them out!

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