Thoughtful Thursday: What’s the best book you read last month?

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsIt’s the first Thursday of the month. You know what that means. Time to report!

What is the best book you read in November 2015 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. And we’ve also got a constantly updating list of new and forthcoming releases.)

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

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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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14 comments

  1. The best book I read this month was definitely Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson. I was a big fan of The Alloy of Law but this book was even better. A more epic story to be sure. Everything was on a more grand scale in this book, story and characters. I love everything I have read by Mr. Sanderson but this book is one of my favorites! I posted a review if anyone wants to check it out.

    https://mightythorjrs.wordpress.com/2015/11/20/book-review-shadows-of-self-mistborn-5-by-brandon-sanderson/

    Thanks!

  2. Jane Payne /

    A classic, but it’s stick under my skin. First time I’ve ever read Pet Semetary by Stephen King. My usual recourse when reading horror is to snuggle one of my pets, this book made that an iffy option.

  3. Jane Payne /

    A classic, but it’s stuck under my skin. First time I’ve ever read Pet Semetary by Stephen King. My usual recourse when reading horror is to snuggle one of my pets, this book made that an iffy option.

  4. I’m nearly finished Volume 1 of Ultimate Spider-Man and I may have a thing or two to say about it once I’m done.
    It’s been engaging and vibrant, and one of the only things I’ve been reading consistently besides course work literature.

  5. Conal O'Neill /

    The best book I read last month was Theft of Swords by Michael J Sullivan and looking forward to reading the follow up novels. I also enjoyed A Call to Arms by David Weber and Tim Zahn in audio version.

  6. Melanie Goldmund /

    I have a tie for first place between Court of Fives, by Kate Elliott, and Uprooted, by Naomi Novik. Both books kept me turning the pages in delight.

    Lhind the Spy by Sherwood Smith was very good, too.

  7. M. Robinson /

    Brandon Anderson’s Alloy of Law. I won and started reading it in November. But then this happened, and that; Thanksgiving too, etc. I’ll have to start from the beginning.

  8. I’m not quite done yet, but Black Wolves by Kate Elliott.

  9. Just under the wire is Warren Ellis’ Injection. With this series, it looks like Ellis is getting his groove back and bringing the weird and urban fantasy with it.

  10. RedEyedGhost /

    I had a really slow reading month last month, and only read two books. They were both excellent though: The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett and Those Across the River by Christopher Buehhman.

  11. Since I’m new here I want to mention the best book I read in October, which was The Golem and the Ginnni. This was a complete joy for me.
    The best book I read last month was The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Here is my Goodreads review:
    I alternated between listening and reading this. Kristin Hannah is such a wonderful writer. It’s hard to imagine the difficulties that many French citizens had to go through during the Nazi occupation. Some risked their lives to help others, while some did what they thought they must to save themselves and loved ones. The story revolves around two sisters with completely different lives and personalities who become heroines in their own way. A very emotional, dramatic, and educational read.

  12. Best book I read last month was The Providence of Fire (which I won on here, so thanks y’all!). Really excited to see how this series wraps up.

    Most disappointing book of the month I’d have to say was Archivist Wasp. I’d heard so many incredible things about it, and even though I liked it, I don’t really get what blew so many people away.

  13. Dino Mascolo, 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!

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