It’s awful being both a slow and a fussy reader. It’s tricky enough finding books that are okay, but books that are good? Books that are amazing?

A few months ago I finally read Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti by Genevieve Valentine. Oh my gosh! Such an amazing book. It almost makes the books I’ve never been able to finish worth it. I couldn’t stop thinking about it while I was reading it. I couldn’t wait to get back to it.

And it wasn’t the plot, though I did like that, or the characters, though I loved them, or the world building, though I enjoyed that, or the prose, though I really liked that. It was the structure, the non-linearity, the returning to certain events from different POVs (and the asides). Inspiring and lovely. I wish I could have read it forever.