If you're looking for a sweet, heartfelt novel that really captures a broad range of London life, and human life, The 24-Hour Café is the novel for you.
Through the Water Curtain was a lovely selection of fairy tales and folk tales from a number of countries. I wouldn't say it was hugely diverse, and there were a few I recognised, but it they were the kind of short stories that I enjoy.
What a stunning cover. What tricky content. Wilder Girls isn't a clear one thing or another story for me - the pacing was great, the story telling was really enjoyable. But I've come away from it with the feeling that I've lost my peripheral vision - I was so focused on powering through the story, that I lost sight of the plot itself.
I found it! I finally found it! A rom com novel that didn't make me cringe! So many have done it before, and yet I keep coming back to the genre. Reading If I Never Met You, I never once rolled my eyes, sighed or gurned. That's some serious progress.
This is a lovely graphic novel adaptation of La Princesse de Cleves, written in the 1600s by Madame de la Fayette. It is a convoluted story of the intrigues of the French court, and of a young woman who must decide whether to a be a virtuous wife, or an impassioned lover.
There is so much going on in Brimstone, that it is amazing that it is all crammed into a short 96 page novella. However, I imagine that this is also incredibly off-putting for many readers, as very little concession is made to explaining, well, ANYTHING.
Reading The Beautiful feels a bit like emerging from a deep dream. You know you are asleep, and your body is heavy, sluggish and can't be moved. Your mind is still trying to catch up with your body, to tell it to move, but instead you are mired down and tangled in your sheets.