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, ’cause we do this on the first Thursday of every month! Time to report!

What is the best book you read in December 2016 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.)

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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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18 comments

  1. Melanie Goldmund /

    The best book I read last month was also the best book I read all year: The Girl With All the Gifts, by M. R. Carey.

    Tied for second place are The Hanging Tree, by Ben Aaronovitch, and Adrian Tchaikovsky.

  2. Paul Connelly /

    Europe in Winter (Dave Hutchinson). Now I have to re-read all three books to make sure I understood who did what to whom!

  3. E. J. Jones /

    Last month I read and loved Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. Trying to track down the sequel at my local library.

  4. I really enjoyed The Girl with all the Gifts by M. R. Carey as well. But the best book I finished in December was Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I started it earlier this year and then became distracted with Dresden Files. I decided to download it on Audible in December and start fresh and it was… enchanting. Engaging, enthralling and a very majestic tale.

  5. Sandy Giden /

    I didn’t get much reading done in December. Out of the few books I did read Summerlong by Peter S Beagle was my favorite.

  6. April /

    The four best books I read in December are all the latest book in their respective series so I guess I’m reccing the below series:
    October Daye by Seanan McGuire, latest is Once Broken Faith
    Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews, latest is Magic Binds
    Immortals by Tamora Pierce, fourth book was The Realms of the Gods
    The Shadow Campaigns by Django Wexler, the latest was Guns of Empire

    The Immortals is the only one of the series above that is complete, the rest are ongoing. I know that some people prefer to start a series once it has been completed.

  7. Kevin S. /

    I was the last person on the planet to read “Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone” by JK Rowling and I loved it. IMO it deserves all the praise it has received. I can’t believe I waited so long to read it!!

    I enjoyed almost everything about the book. The plot was unique and interesting. There was humor and drama. The characters were vivid and I felt connected to Harry. Rowlings kept her writing simple and to the point. There was very, very little needless fluff. Totally well done.

    • RedEyedGhost /

      I still haven’t read any Harry Potter, so you’re not the last one!

      My best read of December was The Liberation by Ian Tregillis. I thought it was an excellent capper to the trilogy, although the first part was a bit slow as the table was being set. I still think his Milkweed Triptych is the superior series, but this one shouldn’t be missed either.

  8. I was rereading last month, when I was reading at all. I’d have to say the Tale of Indigo and Cloud, a novella in Martha Wells’s Raksura series.

  9. I finally picked up Hild by Nicola Griffith off my shelf and I wonder why it took me 3 years to get around to it. Wonderful book and I can’t wait for the sequel.

  10. James Schmidt, 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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