Much as I love novels, I also really enjoy collections of short stories for the variety of styles and themes they offer. It's also easy to read a single story when I'm busy; it doesn't matter if I don't get back to the book for some time, I won't be losing the plot or forgetting the characters. Dip in, savour, move on.
Secondary Character is a collection of 28 stories by writers who identify with Wales (including me - see disclaimer at end; details of the launch event and my reading here). A variety of subjects, voices and genres. The writing is excellent throughout - I was often arrested by an image or way of wording things, which I usually jot down so I can revisit them later. Some of those in my pad as I glance through it now are: