Needed the summer break to find time for an 832-page read, but Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries was worth it. Also finished my Barcelona read, Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Shadow of the Wind, which is close to the book I would have written if only I had the talent.
‘Paris requires more than two days,’ said Julián. ‘It won’t listen to reason.’ Shadow
Both rate 9/10.
Miss Montreal, by Howard Shrier, showed a different, but plausible, side to the city I visited in July. First two-thirds were great, but the final straight took too many themes too far. 7/10