Once upon a time, I would have said a doorstop was my favourite kind of read: a big chonk I could lose myself in. These days, I have shorter commutes (ahem) and less patience; consequently, I’ve come to love shorter-form. Last year, a third of my reads – and half my favourite reads – were novellas. Today and tomorrow I’ll be wrapping up my thoughts on a few I haven’t yet reviewed.

November was chock full of books I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. 2020 being an odd year in publishing – and me being an awfully subjective soul – there are far fewer in the final weeks of the year. That just makes them all the more special. If There’s Always Room For One More, let’s see what you should make space in your stocking for…

Book cover: Empire of Gold - S A ChakrabortyDaevabad has a new ruler with allies that make the blood run cold, willing to murder its people to hold the throne. All djinni in the city and beyond lost their magic when the city fell, leaving them defenceless. Nahri will face a terrible cost if she is to forge peace from the ashes…