wonder & the cuckoo's calling & the sense of an ending

Wonder by R. J. Palacio
This one has become hugely popular for a reason. It's touching, charming and simple in its message - you'll read this in a day, and fall in love with August. There's not much that I can say about it, just make sure it's in your suitcase (literal or figurative) for your summer holiday reading.

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
As everyone probably already knows by now, Robert Galbraith is actually J. K. Rowling. I was interested to read this to see how it compared to her other non-HP novel, The Casual Vacancy. As with that book, I recognised her writing in the distinctive creation and development of her characters - something I really do love about her, regardless of what she writes - to the point of being a little Dickens-esque. The plot itself (it's a crime novel) wasn't the most convincing in my opinion, and although the ending was satisfying enough it didn't particularly impress me. It was a worthwhile read though, and I will probably give the next book of the series a go when it comes out.

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
I was recommended Julian Barnes in general by one of my best friends and a fellow bookworm, so I decided to try this one out first. It's more of a novella in length, but in the substantiality of the writing and story, it's definitely one that will stay with you and bears a weight that will make you think and reflect. The writing is that rare kind which makes you feel as though you're alone in a room with the narrator, and they're telling this story to you and only you. I can't wait to read more of his works.

I'm already one and a half books into my next batch of three, so I'll probably be back with another book review soon!