Among Others worked super well for me, especially considering that there is little-to-no plot and the whole book is a well-dressed bibliography. But the protagonist’s (diary author) voice is super strong and realistic, and … okay, let’s be honest here: I felt very pandered to in the best way. This book is in some way a modern equivalent to Gaudy Night, intellectual+atmospheric pandering to an in-group, and I’m in the in-group, and that’s all there is to it.
Interlibrary loans are a wonder of the world and a glory of civilization.
There are books you can fall into and pull up over your head. There’s the distant hope of a karass sometime in the future.