Sunday, February 28, 2016

Best of the Bunch: February 2016

Today I'm sharing the best book I read in February.

This month was a pretty mixed bag, with a lot of books that were good but not great. I didn't have any 5-star reads. Two books earned 4.5 stars:

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I enjoyed both books a lot, but I'd have to say that I think the better book is...

I remembered nothing from the first time I read this eight years ago, but it turned out to be quite good. It took me a while to settle in to the quirks of the fantasy world, but once I got oriented I was pretty immersed in the story. I appreciated the effort Le Guin went to in this novel to develop all the details of her world, from the politics and social norms to the geography and climate. I felt there was a good balance between expository detail and narrative action, where it was possible not only to visualize the story but also to feel what the main characters were feeling. The characters' dilemmas felt real, as they determined who to trust and what course of action to take. I'm glad I had the chance to reread this, and I would recommend it both to lovers of sci-fi and those who are willing to wade through the world-building to get to an action-packed and heartwrenching story.

What is the best book you read this month? Let me know in comments, or write your own post and link up below!

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