Undone by seasonal allergies. The day has had a horizontal viewpoint. I filled the between sneezes and itchy moments with this book. It‘s a slim novel telling a quiet story that felt right for a Sunday afternoon. Never once did I feel the urge to assume a vertical viewpoint until close to the end when I realized that sometimes unkind schemes result in a permanent alteration to sweet hopes and dreams, unlikeable people often remain unlikeable,👇🏽
I just recently learned that our Barnes & Noble closed back in May (haven‘t been getting out much lately 😷). The space is going to be converted into doctors‘ offices. ☹️ I didn‘t even shop there much but I liked knowing it was there.
This wasn‘t what I expected, but I really enjoyed it. It was far less bookish than I anticipated, instead focusing on the petty grudges of an English village—with a bookshop as the stage for playing out those social machinations. It‘s a bit quirky, a bit funny, a bit sweet, a bit sad. And it‘s thoroughly British—so much is in what‘s not being said. Recommended, with the caveat that it‘s not a cozy bookish read—it‘s much sadder & sharper than that.
I finished three books this week, two of which were from my TBR. And I need to post reviews for all of them, as well as for everything I read last week! 😬
This coming week, I‘m planning to finish a re-read of The Golem & the Jinni for book club, and will continue reading Immortal Diamond. I‘ll probably pick up something else as well—still TBD!
1. I like ☂️. Generations of my family were umbrella makers in Glasgow.
2. Project manager
3. Working from home, little one‘s schoolwork, telly, reading ebooks, wasting time on my phone
4. Agatha Christie novels, St Mary‘s, The Bookshop, other fiction
5. Clearly I need some as evidenced by being awake at four in the morning.
This isn‘t a simple “feel good book” as much as we might wish for a bookish escape novel right now.
I should have known as my previous experience of Fitzgerald was biting and incisive character portrayals. In this novella, as beautifully as Fitzgerald paints the bookshop and its eccentric owner, she removes our rose coloured glasses - there is small town villainy afoot.
I love her writing and I must read more of it - this was just a tiny taste.
Thanks @Chrissyreadit ! Yes our Nashville indie The Bookshop is on bookshop_org where you can buy online and support Joelle! We Nashville littens love it there! Great reminder to support indies!
Hope it turns out nice enough for framing and hanging next to my bookshelf! 🖼
Bill Nighy was simply fantastic in the movie adaptation! What body acting, subtle things that make his character real.
I just finishing watching this on Prime. Has anyone else watched it?
In between books, I can‘t quite decide what to read next.
So tonight I shall be watching a bookish movie & resting my weary soul 🍿🎥🍷
I should absolutely *not* be allowed into a bookshop unsupervised....
Most of these were picked up at the pop-up Waterstones at the #CheltenhamScienceFestival, which is basically the same as the #CheltenhamLiteratureFestival, but wholly non-fiction. The other two books I picked up in Waterstones Gloucester while on my way to the Science Festival
This prompt was harder than expected, but I always imagined that Mrs. Gamart, the local arts doyenne, who caused so much trouble for Florence lived in a #castleonthehill
#wanderingjune @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB
Next up, I've started this book. Not sure what to make of it so far. Very different writing style, definitely one I'm not used to, so we will see. I like reading books about bookshops so I'll muddle along...
They opened a new bookshop in the town I went to college and where my brother ended up living. I got to visit it today and it‘s gorgeous. I exercised self-control and did buy anything.
This is a forgettable little book of manners about a middle aged lady who wants to run a bookshop in a frankly unsuitable location. I was trying to come up with a witty one liner about damp squibs and damp bookshops, but couldn't. For a lover of bookshops this novel was a disappointment.
So traveling from the Buffalo, NY airport to the Minneapolis International Airport,(getting to our hiking in the Badlands) I noticed a quaint bookstore nestled next to a bunch of coffee joints! It was priced pretty fairly for an airport ($9.99) for almost everything, but they were all basically mass market paperbacks (perfect for traveling) too bad I already brought 5 books with me😅✈️📚 #travel #vacation #bookstore
As I am about to go to London, I wanted to ask if anyone of you can recommend good English books to me? Which are also written in slightly simpler English. 😬 prefers thriller, but I'm open for everything. ☺️
Da ich demnächst nach London fahren werde und vorhabe, dort den größten Buchladen der Welt zu besuchen; wollte ich fragen, ob mir jemand von euch gute englische Bücher empfehlen kann? Die nach auch in etwas einfacherem Englisch geschrieben sind. ? Bevorzugt Thriller/Krimi, bin aber auch für alles offen. ☺️
I don‘t know what the prayer should be today: exhibit no self-control...buy all the books - be happy or exhibit much self-control...buy what you need - be happy in another lifetime. I‘m hanging out with my nephew today. We‘re doing books, music, movies and food. Of course, if we do books in a big way, there might not be enough money for food.😕 My question to him will be, “Is food really necessary?” I think a bag of peanuts can go a long way.🤣
Beautiful sky in Las Cruces! But wasn't allowed to go into the bookshop, son and husband were too hungry and didn't want to wait 😭
The epitome of economical prose, this slim volume tells of fortysomething Florence Green's experience setting up a bookshop in a small seaside town aptly named Hardborough. The events in this story are not big and the characters lives are pretty quiet, but their world is still fraught with connections, kindnesses, complications and disappointments. I wasn't sure I cared much at first but the book's subtlety won me over.