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

FanLit Readers' Favorites!It’s the first Thursday of the month. Time to report!

What’s the best book you read in September 2022 and why did you love it? It doesn’t have to be a newly published book, or even SFF, or even fiction. 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.

One commenter with a U.S. mailing address will choose one of these prizes:

  • a FanLit T-shirt (we have sizes M, L, XL)
  • a book from our stacks.
  • a $5 Amazon gift card (this is the only option for non-USA addresses).
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  1. John Smith /

    “Big Bad: A Novel” by Lily Anderson. This book is set in the Buffyverse, and has all your favorite characters from both “Buffy” and “Angel.” It’s a lot of fun, and a great light read. The author really gets all the characters exactly right.

  2. (not entering!)

    I was all romance all month which in retrospect makes sense as I was getting pretty sick through the month. I’m way better now after a significant shake-up of my metabolism and major revisions to my diet.

    Some book favorites were family saga by Rachel Ember (Wild Ones), The Sunny Side by Lily Morton, and Soft Hands (hockey) by E.M. Lindsey which includse an aromantic main character.

  3. Katharine Ott /

    The most enjoyable was the second in Sebastien de Castell’s Greatcoats series, “Knight’s Shadow.” Falcio and his companions have to fight hard once again to save the kingdom. A fun swashbuckler. Runner up was Robin Hobb’s “Fool’s Errand,” although I should have taken on an earlier series so I knew the characters better. Both were fine escapist reading.

    • Kevin S. /

      I love the Greatcoats series and cannot understand why it’s not more popular. Sebastien de Castell’s writing is outstanding.

  4. SandyG /

    My favorite book last month was a cozy mystery. Rum and Choke by Sherry Harris. I like the characters and the mystery was interesting

  5. Kevin S. /

    About 7 years ago, I read Half a King (Shattered Sea, #1) by Joe Abercrombie and it was terrific. However, I never continued the trilogy (for reasons unknown) and hadn’t even thought about it. I went to my town library the first week of September and noticed they now have the next two books in the series. I read them both and they were just as good, if not better, than Half a King. So, my favorite books for September are:

    Half the World (Shattered Sea, #2)
    Half a War (Shattered Sea, #3)

    This trilogy would be a great introduction to fantasy for someone new to the genre. They don’t have super complex magic systems or hundreds of characters. All three books are quick reads, with a lot of drama, humor, battles, and tragedy. I highly recommend them.

  6. Melita, I just saw your comment as I came over to do the giveaway. I hope you are dong all right!

    • Hi Marion! Thanks for asking. I’m doing so, so much better. I’d basically ignored my diabetes this year and a stressful move (which caused me to stress eat tons of candy and drink tons of soda/pop) precipitated a crisis. A few days in the hospital, overhaul of medications, and a much more careful diet and I’m doing great.

  7. Katharine,if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks, or a T-shirt, or a gift card If your address is outside of the USA, you will get a $5 Amazon gift card.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

    Please include your first 2 preferred sizes if you choose a gift card. Thanks!

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