If your aesthetic includes dusty shops, wandering mermaids, sewing machines, stark living conditions with food in tins, and feminism, The Doll’s Alphabet is the book for you. This collection of wonderful atmospheric stories deserves to be on the shelf next to your beloved copies of Angela Carter and Shirley Jackson.
An Unkindness of Magicians is a book about consequences and the price of magic, and it has everything you want in a great fantasy novel: excellent cast of characters, complicated relationships, intrigue, family feuds, duels, and revenge. It is dark and dangerous and utterly absorbing. Whether you’re in a Song of Ice and Fire limbo, or waiting for a new Victoria Schwab novel, this book should definitely end up on your to-read list.
Mattias Bostrom’s great overview of all things Sherlock is not simply a biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is a remarkable tour of Sherlock facts and myths, from Doyle's original ideas to the latest TV series and fandom. Bostrom's lively narration makes this hefty book feel just as fun as the original detective adventures. It is detailed but never boring, and is probably the only book over 200 pages that I have read in one sitting (do or do not try this at home).