L is for Love
The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
I was really struggling whether to go for London or Love for the letter L, and then I was struggling even more over which book I could use for love, as it's a theme in so many books. In the end I decided to go with this, The Lover's Dictionary.
Subtitled 'a love story in 185 definitions' this really summarises this book, and one of the reasons I love it is the way the story unfolds cleverly through a series of short dictionary entries. The story isn't in chronological order, but reveals snippets of this couples life until the end when you see the full picture of their relationship over the years the book follows them. I loved this book when I first read it and it instantly became one of my favourites. Straight after reading I rushed to goodreads to hear everybody elses praise and was a little shocked to find the feedback was very mixed. The reason for this is probably easily summarised by one review on goodreads that simply said 'do not read this book unless you are in love or in love with the idea of love.' I found this book really romantic and sweet and I can see how that can be grating if that's really not your thing or you are not in the mood for it.
Aside from that this is a very quick read, you'll whizz through it in a couple of hours and I LOVE it, and hopefully you will too.