While I’m neither a reader nor a writer of poetry, I do appreciate that the shape of the lines on the page matters, the white space almost as important as the words. But does something similar apply to fiction? Do we need wide margins and paragraph breaks to give the sentences space to breathe?
Do you notice white space, or its absence, as a reader? Do you think it makes a difference to your reading pleasure?
Comparing these ten novels with the targets I set myself earlier this year, I deserve a pat on the back for 80% (target ≥ 50%) by female authors and 70% (target ≥ 50%) from independent publishers. But I should hang my head in shame regarding the paltry 10% (target ≥ 25%) BME authors, albeit an improvement on last month’s statistics and 10% (target ≈ 20%) translations, although perhaps I shouldn’t be too hard on myself given that I read somewhere that under 2% of novels published in the UK are translations. I also identified one potential favourite (Every Note Played) for my books of the year.