The best books are the ones that are bite-size, the books that can be crunched through in one sitting. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes is one such book. And it helps that Barnes has written it with some love. A few lines:
Because just as all political and historical change sooner or later disappoints, so does adulthood. So does life. Sometimes I think the purpose of life is to reconcile us to its eventual loss by wearing us down, by proving, however long it takes, that life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.