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TSS: Pick of the Month(s)

August 8, 2010

The Sunday Salon.comHappy Sunday, all!

So, I had this brilliant idea back in early February – that each month I was going to pick out the best book I’d read the preceeding month, and thereby make my "best of the year" wrap up on New Year’s Day a little bit easier to write. It was a good idea, and it lasted until early April, when I just totally forgot about it. (Admittedly, I have had other things on my mind.) Therefore, we’re going to do it now, and you just get several months’ worth as a bonus.

April: Nation by Terry Pratchett, with honorable mentions going to The Unnameables by Ellen Booraem and The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry

May: Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

June: Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman

July: Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch, just narrowly edging out Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, with another honorable mention to Stealing Fire by Jo Graham


What say you, readers? What’s the best book you read last month?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. August 8, 2010 9:55 am

    Yay! for Nation!

  2. August 8, 2010 10:11 am

    What a great idea to do a pick of the month! The best book I read last month was The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.

  3. August 8, 2010 10:52 am

    I always have so much trouble picking favorites. The most recent book that I just LOVED was Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

  4. August 8, 2010 11:43 am

    Oh, picking a monthly favorite is a fantastic idea. I don’t even keep track of my monthly reads. Hmm…

  5. August 8, 2010 12:00 pm

    The book I adored this month was Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith. (And I’m so happy Tooth and Claw is on your shortlist for best of the year. It’s so good.)

  6. August 8, 2010 12:26 pm

    Pick of the month is a great idea! My problem is I am so terrible at picking. Like last month, I would say The House of the Dead, Manhood for Amateurs, The Last Olympian, and The Passage were all excellent reads, but to pick just one as a favorite would be impossible for me as I enjoyed them all for such different reasons. Yeah, I’m just too indecisive.

  7. August 8, 2010 4:23 pm

    Great idea to do a best of the month. I try to do a top list each quarter with the hopes my end year will be a bit smoother. My most recent favorite (and I have yet reviewed it) was The City of Dreaming Books. Love it!

  8. August 8, 2010 6:12 pm

    Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb was my favorite read of July. Great fantasy for people (me) new to the fantasy genre.

  9. August 8, 2010 7:23 pm


    I haven’t quite decided whether I’ll pick THE ORACLE’S QUEEN by Lynn Flewelling or AS YOU WISH by Jackson Pearce as my favourite July read.

  10. chandragarbanzo permalink
    August 9, 2010 1:27 pm

    One of the best each month, then a yearly round up – what a good idea. Even if you don’t remember every month, you’ve got some great suggestions. Thanks!
    A good one I read last month: Everything is Fine by Ann Dee Ellis. She approaches a sensitive subject creatively and skillfully for the YA market.

  11. August 10, 2010 3:29 am

    Nation! <3

    I think my favourite read of July was Half of a Yellow Sun. I had a slow reading month, but at least it was a good one.

  12. August 13, 2010 1:21 am

    My favorite book last month was probably Soulless by Gail Carriger and Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton.

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