Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday #107 Best Book of the Month

You know, I've been doing Road Trip Wednesday for a few months now, and I have always had a very difficult time with the 'what's the best book you've read this month' question.  I've skipped it, I've evaded it, because for me the meaning of 'best book,' doesn't mean the least bad of books, but the number one book of all the ones I enjoyed.

(I should probably write out the semantics for this, where if the denotation of [[thoroughly enjoyed book]] is empty, then [[best book]] must be empty.  But I won't.)

But finally, November!

For book club we read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which I found readable and okay, but not excellent or satisfying.  And then I read Medicus by Ruth Downie.

This was an excellent book.  It was hilarious, complex, intriguing.  I loved all the characters: Ruso, Tilla, Chloe.  The setting was awesome, visually and socially compelling.  Roman Britain is a really cool place, and Downie brought it to life with the perfect details.  But the plot, oh my, the plot is what keeps those pages turning and turning.  (And for all the FYAers, I found this incredibly swoonworthy, an 8 at least.)

Basically, I can't recommend it enough.  Check it out!


  1. OK... I'm intrigued! Having studied ancient Rome, and having a soft spot for history as a whole, there are some points of interest here. Another for the TBR list.

  2. Hmm... never heard of this one! I'm a total Anglophile, so I'll have to check it out :)

  3. oh, I love ancient Rome and Greece ... I'll add it to my TBR list!
    Thanks ;)

  4. ...Who doesn't love Rome? And Britain? Sounds like an excellent read!

  5. I'd never heard of it; thanks for the recommendation!