The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

img_3289“Just do something. You might make a mistake, then you can fix it. But if you do nothing, you can’t fix anything. And your life might turn out full of regrets.”

Nina Redmond is a librarian who loves finding the perfect book for each reader. However, when her job becomes obsolete, she is forced to take stock of her life and determine what the next step for her is. How brave and bold does she dare to be? Turns out, brave enough to realize a long-standing dream of owning a bookshop by opening a bookmobile. With plenty of books in tow, she sets off to change not only the lives of those she encounters, but her own as well.

“What is it your dream to do? I suppose . . . I want to be with books, have them all round me. And recommend them to people excited to be going on vacation, and people who need to know they aren’t alone in the universe and books for children . . .  And to go places where I’m needed.”

The Bookshop on the Corner is a lovely book that will speak to anyone looking to make a change, be brave, and pursue a passion. It is sweet, endearing, and a real love letter to books and bookworms alike. I found it to be an easy story to get into and quite the little page-turner, as I had a hard time putting it down at times. There are some interesting romances, a charming village in Scotland, and of course plenty of books. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a simple and engrossing story to escape into.

“Because every day with a book is slightly better than one without, and I wish you nothing but the happiest of days”

My Favourite Books About Books

IMG_2029“The words you can’t find, you borrow.
We read to know we’re not alone.  We read because we are alone.  We read and we are not alone.” – Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

My recent read of The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman, a book about a secret Library society, spies, and of course books, made me think back to some of my favourite books that have books as one of the main themes.  It is always wonderful to read something that captures the love of reading so many of us share and the beauty of a story.  These are my favourite books about books:

1. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Young Daniel becomes fascinated by a book called The Shadow of the Wind by Julián Carax.  When he sets out to find other works by tis mysterious author, he discovers that someone is destroying every book Carax had ever written.  Beautifully written and engaging story with an intriguing mystery.

2. Mr. Peneumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Young protagonist Clay Jannon stumbles upon a pattern in customer book selection, and sets out to uncover the mystery of Mr. Penumbra’s bookstore with the help of his friends.  A fun adventure that examines the relationship between new technology and old school books.

3. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Independent bookstore owner A.J. Fikry is grieving the loss of his wife and has isolated himself from just about everyone.  When he discovers an unexpected package left at his bookstore, his life takes a turn in a whole new direction.  A beautifully written and touching story. Continue reading “My Favourite Books About Books”