I recently finished Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones. It's set during a tumultuous time in Bougainville and centres on the reading of Great Expectations to a group of children - hence Mister Pip. It is intriguing and slightly whimsical until the heartbreak that has been stealthily building takes over.
One thing I loved about it was this vignette about the experience of reading:
"You cannot pretend to read a book. Your eyes will give you away. So will your breathing. A person entranced by a book simply forgets to breathe. The house can catch fire and reader deep in a book will not look up until the wallpaper is in flames."
So true. I wish I had written that.