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TSS: Pick of the Month… well, Months

July 10, 2011

The Sunday Salon.comHappy Sunday, all! I realized recently that I’ve been terribly, terribly remiss in announcing my pick of the month for June… and May… and April. (and March.) Somehow it just seemed to get away from me for the past third of a year (sidebar: how the heck is it already double-digits July? I was not consulted about this, and I do not approve.) But let’s remedy that, shall we?

So if we’re being accurate about things, it’s actually picks of the month. Each month, my two picks were both very good, and very different from each other… it’s impossible to pick just one!


Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Likeness by Tana French

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POD by Stephen Wallenfels

Poison by Sara Poole


Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister


A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Map of Time by Félix J. Palma

What about you, readers? What’s the best book(s) you’ve read in the past month(s)?

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. July 10, 2011 11:29 am

    Love THE LIKENESS! One of my all-time faves.

    • July 11, 2011 11:57 am

      Lenore – It’s a serious contender for my yearly top 5, for sure.

  2. July 10, 2011 11:30 am

    Probably the best book I’ve read so far this year was Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand. I think it might be running in for best book of the year too. I read it earlier in the year, but haven’t come across a book as good yet. Of course, when you’ve only read 25 books, it makes it a lot easier.

    • July 11, 2011 11:58 am

      unfinished – Hmm, I read Seabiscuit about a million years ago, but I haven’t thought to pick up Unbroken yet. That’s quite a recommendation, though… I’ll have to check it out!

  3. July 10, 2011 11:56 am

    I recently read Joy for Beginners and loved it as well. Another recent winner for me was The Help.

    • July 11, 2011 11:58 am

      Kathy – Everybody raves about The Help, and it’s been on my wishlist for a long time, but I never seem to get around to picking up a copy.

  4. July 10, 2011 12:11 pm

    Great picks. Thanks for sharing. I need to read POISON

    • July 11, 2011 11:59 am

      Carolina – For sure! There are some cheap copies at Amazon at the moment, it looks like…

  5. July 10, 2011 1:10 pm

    I really want to read The Map of Time! As for The Likeness, I am not at all surprised you chose it as a favorite!

    • July 11, 2011 12:01 pm

      Lola – I let The Likeness sit on my TBR pile for an unconscionably long time, even after loving In the Woods, then when I finally got to it, I was berating myself for waiting so long!

  6. July 10, 2011 4:52 pm

    Lots of good looking book there! Several of them I really want to read but haven’t got around to, yet!

    I also don’t know where the year is going..

    • July 11, 2011 12:01 pm

      Kailana – Seriously! Wasn’t it 2009, like, three weeks ago? :)

  7. July 11, 2011 8:07 am

    I’ve been reading very little this year which has been recently published. My favourite book of June was probably A Tale of Two Cities!

    • July 11, 2011 12:03 pm

      Ela – I’ve been trying to read more off my backlist, which includes older books, but they just keep getting swamped by new arrivals! Still, A Tale of Two Cities has to be a classic for a reason, so maybe it’s not surprising that it was a favorite?

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