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

FanLit Readers' Favorites!It’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 January 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.

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  1. The best book I read last month was Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster. Was much better than the movie. Extra goodies and made much more sense! Have not wrote a review yet, but will soon. 4/5 stars for me!

  2. Written in Fire, by Marcus Sakey, the third book in his Brilliance Trilogy. I also reread the first two books, which made me as happy as anything else I read last year, so I was really excited to get the third. It did not disappoint. I like the idea of the genetic mutation that causes a miniscule portion of the population to become “brilliant,” and thought the forms the mutation took were fascinating, from the mundane to the pretty nifty.

    Also right up there was Matt Wallace’s Lustlocked, humor done well. Only four more months until the next installment.

  3. Wolf Land by Jonathan Janz – It was a really well-written werewolf novel. Had me scared more than a few times. :)

    Here’s a snippet from my review:
    This novel, Wolf Land, is not only a true masterpiece of werewolf horror. It is also just a damn good novel. I can’t help but think of Stephen King. You get the scares, but you also get great writing. This book definitely fills the bill. Read this one…now!

  4. I think it would have to be Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold. I also read Diane Duane’s Games Wizards Play and did a re-read of Martha Wells’ Raksura trilogy.

    I have so little time to read, that any book that doesn’t really keep my attention will get dropped pretty quickly.

  5. Melanie Goldmund /

    The Rising, by Ian Tregillis, tied for first place with Cibola Burn, by James S. A. Corey.

    Second place features Lhind the Spy, by Sherwood Smith.

  6. January having been full of life challenges, I didn’t read as much as I usually do. The only book I gave five stars to was A Red Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire.

    I did read several four stars though and they were:
    The Darker Carnival, Frank Tuttle
    The Damnation Affair, Lilith Saintcrow
    The three books (on audio by Full Cast Audio) of the Circle of Light trilogy: Tris’s Book, Daja’s Book and Briar’s Book.

  7. Dino Mascolo /

    The best book I read in January was Winter by Marissa Meyer. The finale to a wonderful series. The writing was excellent, the characters were well developed, and the story was full of action and suspense. 5 stars.

  8. I only read one book last month, but there is probably only a small list of books out there that would have been better: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch :)

    I am actually co-hosting a read-along of The Gentlemen Bastards Sequence if anyone is interested in joining or checking out some of my fellow bastard’s reviews :)

    The Read Seas Under Red Skies review will be posted later this month on the 15th.

  9. MP, 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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