As I actually read more than one book this month picking the best one is a hard call. A very hard call, so I will just say they are all the best since it's a series. I finally got off my lazy butt and went to the actual book store at the end of July as we were going away and I wanted something new and shiny to read on the train.
I was going to get 'The Ocean At The End Of The Lane' because I have been hearing fantastic things about it all around but I was wondering around in the fantasy section as I have been known to do on occasion. And I got into a chat with another patron regarding George R. R. Martin's 'A Song of Fire and Ice' series (which I had not read yet).
It has on my list for a while, really it has, because it has come highly recommend from a lot of people who I trust about these things. But I haven't had time for reading lately. However, as I said, I was going on vacation, so based on the insistence of a random stranger in Indigo I picked up the first four books and started in.
Well....30 days later I am halfway through the fourth book, because wow. The writing is incredible, it really gets to your imagination. I had to stop reading before bed because I started having nightmares. I haven't had that happen in a very long time. Maybe since 'Cujo' and I was pretty young when I read that.
I had only watch one episode of Game of Thrones before reading the books, and I am glad because the books are so much better. And that is saying a lot because the show is pretty fantastic. I have now sat down and watched the first half of the first season and I love it.
Still though if you like that sort of thing read the books. (not before bed if you are squeamish like me)