Dear Fellow Reader,
Ah, the last book that I will write about from my vacation. As I have mentioned before, I do respect the effort that goes into writing a book and I am loathe to write a terrible review. The other books that I read were just not that good and since we all have limited time, I would rather suggest books you might want to read rather than ones I didn’t think were that good.
I was drawn to this book because it talks about books. Always a magnet – nothing better than to read a book that suggests other books to read, right? In The Bookshop on the Corner, Nina Redmond is a librarian. She loves being a librarian. But as the story opens, she is going to lose her job. Libraries are being consolidated and closed and there are too many books and librarians. Nina feels she has to rescue the books that the library doesn’t want any longer. Her dream is to have a mobile bookstore. She can then find homes for all the books that she has saved. She keeps collecting books until her roommate finally gives her an ultimatum. The roommate is afraid that the floors will collapse. One day, Nina finds an ad for a truck that sounds perfect for her. She sets off to Scotland to look at it. This decision sets off a chain of events that changes her life and the lives of many others.
One of the things that drives me a little crazy is when I see that a book is compared to another book. In the promotional material for this book, they compare this book to The Little Paris Bookshop. While I liked The Little Paris Bookshop, I would not compare the two books. Okay, maybe they are both about mobile bookshops but they are not the same. This is a sweet story about Nina and how she finds a new life that helps others and herself. I would hate for people who didn’t like the Paris Bookshop (most of my book club it seems) get turned off this book because of the comparison. They are very different.
I guess my vacation is really over now. No more reflecting on what I read while I was away. Sad but then I can look forward to the next one! If you decided to read any of the books I’ve reviewed, I would love to hear your feedback!
Thanks for reading!