If anyone is interested, here are links to my reviews for my genre readings (in fantasy) for this term:
A Darkness Forged in Fire by Chris Evans: Elves, guns, and colonialism. Not a bad first book.
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson: A satisfying ending to an epic fantasy trilogy.
The Cipher by Diana Pharaoh Francis: Reasonable read. Great opening line. Love the resistance to explaining.
All of the reviews contain spoilers for the books, just so you know. :) timons is my mentor, and he had us pick recent books (published within the last 5 years) to read, if you're wondering why these books.
My thesis novel is kind of a mosh pit between contemporary fantasy and high fantasy, with a little bit of romance thrown in (though I'm probably stripping bits of that out in the rewrite). I tend toward high/epic fantasy in my reading and specifically look for non-earth fantasy worlds that are not stuck in the middle ages (which is specifically why I picked the Chis Evan's book).