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The Christmas Bookshop
The Christmas Bookshop: A Novel | Jenny Colgan
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Perfect for the holidays! A brand-new heartwarming Christmas novel from the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop on the Corner and Christmas at the Island Hotel. Laid off from her department store job, Carmen has perilously little cash and few options. The prospect of spending Christmas with her perfect sister Sofia, in Sofias perfect house with her perfect children and her perfectly ordered yuppie life does not appeal. Frankly, Sofia doesnt exactly want her prickly sister Carmen there either. But Sofia has yet another baby on the way, a mother desperate to see her daughters get along, and a client who needs help revitalizing his shabby old bookshop. So Carmen moves in and takes the job. Thrown rather suddenly into the inner workings of Mr. McCredies ancient bookshop on the picturesque streets of historic Edinburgh, Carmen is intrigued despite herself. The store is dusty and disorganized but undeniably charming. Can she breathe some new life into it in time for Christmas shopping? What will happen when a famous and charismatic author takes a sudden interest in the bookshopand Carmen? And will the Christmas spirit be enough to help heal her fractured family?
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Skeeterisme
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Lovely

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tara_ashley
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I read this book last month to put me in the holiday mood. I love Jenny Colgan books, they are pretty much always the same story... girl has a dead end job/lifestyle, girl moves to small town, girl finds simple life more fulfilling, girl falls in love. Sometimes the comfort of predictability is needed.

megnews I like comforting books in December. I read this last month as well. (edited) 4mo
tara_ashley @megnews I always find myself reaching for her books when my life seems a little out of control. 4mo
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Read4life
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#12BooksOf2021 #December

Christmas. A failing bookshop. Jenny Colgan.
That was all I needed to jump into this one & I wasn‘t disappointed.

Andrew65 Sounds great! 4mo
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Britdarko
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Read this during my winter break as a December themed book. Loved it. Short and sweet and a nice message.

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Read4life
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1 of 2 #BookSpinBingo cards I completed in December. 🎄
I love reading winter and holiday books. 🤓

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fabulous month!!! 5mo
Read4life @TheAromaofBooks I read 10 #BookSpin books (missed February & April) and 11 #DoubleSpin books (missed May) for 2021! Thanks! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Thank you for the update!!! 5mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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I really loved this story (even though the narration was not great). Carmen is 20 something and feeling a bit lost in life, especially when compared to her perfect older sister with her perfect home and perfect family. She reluctantly moves in with her sister and tries to help an old man save his bookshop, and her heart begins to melt and grow as she spends time with her nieces and nephew and finds herself interested in 2 very different men. ⬇

annahenke I agree the narration on this series is rough. 5mo
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BookBosomed1
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My cozy reading set up was elevated thanks to my partner‘s Mom. Digging my reading lap desk & personalized book cup.

KateReadsYA For Christmas I got a willow tree figurine from my mom. I love yours! It's really cute 5mo
BookBosomed1 @KateReadsYA Thanks! I love it, too. 5mo
KateReadsYA @BookBosomed1 you're welcome 5mo
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kspenmoll
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#weeklyreport #feliznavidad #merrymerry #holidayspirit #

Finished An Eggnog to Die for, The Christmas Book Shop, Shadow and Light.
Still reading the other four.

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JenReadsAlot
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This was enjoyable and the description of Edinburgh amazing! @StayCurious #teamgamesleighers
@TheAromaofBooks #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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BookInMyHands
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I found the main character annoying at first, but I ended up really liking this one- redemption, sisterly love, Scotland, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and a bookshop that needs saving.
Also, the narrator was great for the audiobook!

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Bookwormjillk
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This was a cute, light seasonal read. I loved the setting and can‘t wait until things are different and traveling to Scotland seems doable again. Until then hooray for books.

My only complaint was the narrator on this made the main character sound like a complete snot, which she wasn‘t.

#WinterGames #MistletoeManiacs #WinterCosy #AVeryMerryReadathon #LittenListen #WrapItUpReadathon #ChristmasMyWay

TheSpineView Fantastic! ❤🎄💚📖🎄❤📚 5mo
kspenmoll I am reading this now! 5mo
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Read4life
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Clwojick Way to go! Woohoo! ❤️💚❤️💚 5mo
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kspenmoll
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#dashingdecember #readathon #Dec11toDec19

Read & finished 4 books- Murder at an Irish Christmas, Silent Nights, The Twelve Clues of Christmas, Murder Most Fair. The rest I am at various stages.

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂🎄 Thanks for playing along. 5mo
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candc320
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THIS is what I‘m looking for in a holiday read/romance! I absolutely LOVED it! The main character, Carmen, was an absolute delight - so messy and snarky and realistic - and the descriptions of Edinburgh during the holidays with all the twinkle lights, snow, and beautiful architecture makes me want to live there right now! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 all day long! #wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs 26 points

candc320 “This Christmas” for #averymerrybingo @Jadams1776 5mo
Jadams1776 👍🏻🎄 5mo
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kspenmoll
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#festivespirit #coffeeandbooks
Coffee first. A short read, then holiday cards.

ShyBookOwl Enjoy! 5mo
ShelleyBooksie Love your holiday decos 5mo
Nute What a lovely festive spot!💚♥️💚 5mo
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MaureenMc 🥰 5mo
kspenmoll @ShyBookOwl I plan to! 5mo
kspenmoll @ShelleyBooksie This table makes me happy!!! Thank you! 5mo
kspenmoll @Nute I feel full of cheer & coffee and inspiration at this table! Thank you! 5mo
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tdrosebud
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I really enjoyed this book. Taking place in Edinburgh, we have Carmen, who is floundering and insecure when compared to her perfect, successful sister Sofia,helping try to turn a profit at a struggling bookstore.We get to explore the rivalry between them as Carmen stays with Sofia. Throw in Mr. McCredie, Sofia's children, a holistic nanny, and a couple of love interests for Carmen and we have a nice little holiday story.

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candc320
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This was an easy prompt for today‘s #wintergames2021 #festivephotochallenge : festive read! #mistletoemaniacs

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candc320
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I love this line! Who hasn‘t felt this emotion when holding a precious book? I‘ve got to tell you, this is my favorite holiday read so far this month!

BookBabe Sounds like a great holiday read! 😊 5mo
candc320 @BookBabe it really is 😍 5mo
marleed It‘s a great line! 5mo
kplovesbooks Love this!!!!! 😍😍 5mo
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candc320
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Started this yesterday and LOVING IT!

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Mitch
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My local bookshop is helping with my subliminal messaging! Just sent this photo on to Mr K and told him how lovely the window display is! Subtle!

LeahBergen Perfect! 😆 5mo
Desha I agree wholeheartedly with this sentiment! 📚♥️🎄 5mo
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DebinHawaii
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Finished while working on my #HolidayCardSwap cards. Listening to a Jenny Colgan Christmas book during the holidays has become a tradition. It took me a while to warm up to Carmen (her voice annoyed me) but I grew to love her & enjoyed the book. Fun to visit a few familiar characters as well. An #audiobook so I couldn‘t catch the holiday words but I‘m sure their were many.🎄🤷🏻‍♀️26 points for #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers

#readathons ⬇️

TheSpineView Fantastic 🎄🎄🎄 5mo
Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 5mo
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keys_on_fire I really need to read this lol! 5mo
BookBabe That sounds like a nice tradition too! Maybe I‘ll try it. ☺️ 5mo
MidnightBookGirl I love audiobooks, but Carmen's voice was whiny! lol
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marleed
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This is everything we come to expect from a Jenny Colgan book set at Christmas. I knew upfront which guy the MC would go for - the fun was reading it unfold. Now I know where Edinburgh is located and someday I will to get to Scotland. Until then I have Jenny Colgan books!

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Julsmarshall
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While a bit disjointed, this cozy Christmas novel has a memorable cast of characters and a cranky enough heroine to keep it from being too sweet. #wintergames #holidayread +26 points #mistletoemaniacs @Clwojick @StayCurious #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

nichollinlove That cover is gorgeous 😍 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 5mo
BookBabe I might try this one! 5mo
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megnews
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The perfect cozy Christmas romance set in a dying Edinburgh bookshop. Can Carmen save it and find love?

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Lizpixie
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Bk10 of December & #WinterGames2021 is done! I love Jenny Colgan‘s books. I‘m not a romcom/chicklit reader at all but her books always make me smile. Plus I love the setting, Scotland is top of my travel wishlist, and this book makes Edinburgh sound so magical. And there‘s a bookshop!🙌 #AVeryMerryBingo #HemisphereGames #MerryBookmas #TisTheReadson #AVeryMerryReadathon #WinterCosy #WrapItUpReadathon #Adventathon #MistletoeManiacs 5,326pts👇

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Kdgordon88
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StayCurious Wow great job! 5mo
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MallenNC
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This is another sweet installment in Jenny Colgan‘s bookshop series. Carmen is lost after the shop she‘s always worked in closes, and she ends up reluctantly staying with her successful lawyer sister, Sophia, in Edinburgh, helping with her kids and working in an unsuccessful used bookstore. I especially liked the relationship between the sisters, because neither was perfect but neither was “bad” either. A fun read for the holiday season.

megnews I‘m reading this right now and enjoying it so far n 5mo
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Curvybookgirl
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My first book by this author and I would definitely read more. A lovely festive tale centred around an old book shop in Edinburgh. Full of seasonal cheer

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aperfectmjk
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keys_on_fire Great job! And thank you, because I realized after seeing your point total that I had only been giving myself 1 pt per word in the search. 😬 6mo
Jadams1776 🎉🎄🎅🏻👍🏻 6mo
TheSpineView Great job 🎄📖 6mo
aperfectmjk @Jadams1776 I am using prompt 16 for this one. 5mo
bthegood Can put book in Google books for word search, for those not reading an ebook. 5mo
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Cathyloves2read
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What a perfect little book for this time of the year! It definitely helped to get me in the Christmas spirit. I am lucky enough to have visited Edinburgh, Scotland and I walked the Royal Mile. The author does a wonderful job of describing the look and feel of the beautiful city. I so want to go back and visit some of the spots mentioned in this story! Thank you, Goodreads, for the ARC!

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aperfectmjk
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I started this last night. I don't own a copy of this one, so I'm trying to get those words. Over here like, "That's 3 Christmas, 2 Snow, and 1 Santa... wait... back up, did she just say snow again?" ?

#WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious #LittenListen #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

PuddleJumper 🤣 6mo
TheSpineView I feel your pain! 😛 6mo
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TheAromaofBooks Oh my gosh, it's hard enough with the physical copy in front of me... I could NOT do it on audio!!! 6mo
ozma.of.oz Oh same! 😅 6mo
keys_on_fire You need a clicker counter or something like that. Wow that‘s got to be tough! 6mo
Jadams1776 One book I listened to said Santa like 20 times in one sentence 🤣 6mo
StayCurious Just remember to still enjoy the book! 6mo
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Read4life
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Red & Green for #WinterGames2021 #festivephotochallenge
This is also my next audiobook listen. 🎄❤️💚

Clwojick ❤️💚 6mo
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DebinHawaii
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Thank you for the #two4tuesday tag @Eggs 🤗

1️⃣ There‘s a large condo building by my house & every year they wrap the trunks & bottom branches of their palms & other trees along the street with lights Seeing them as I drive by makes me feel Christmasy.🎄🎄🎄

2️⃣ The tagged audiobook because Jenny Colgan books make me happy & the narrator‘s (Elidh Beaton) accent is always a delight to listen to.💚❤️

AmyG Deb, did you get my box? It shows it was delivered Monday. 6mo
Susanita I love Christmas lights on palm trees! 6mo
TheSpineView Love Christmas lights! Thanks for playing! ❤🎄 6mo
DebinHawaii @AmyG Yes, so sorry I didn‘t post anything yet. I was working late the last two days & didn‘t get a chance to take a picture, but I will later today. Thank you! 🤗Your box will go out tomorrow, missing one item that still has not arrived here & still shows in transit. I plan to send it separately so you will have almost everything on opening day. Hopefully it will be on time too but I don‘t want to take the risk with everything else. 6mo
AmyG Thank you. I am a nervous nellie so happy to know it‘s in your hands! And thank you about my package. So greatly appreciated. 😘 6mo
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mcctrish
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It was looking pretty magical here this morning! The latest JC book is pure delight, as are all of her books. They make you smile and laugh and swoon. Some older characters make an appearance in this story and that is wonderful too

bibliobliss Beautiful 6mo
Darklunarose What a beautiful sight all that snow is. 6mo
mcctrish @bibliobliss @Darklunarose it is almost all melted now 😱 6mo
Darklunarose @mcctrish 😔 maybe there will be some that sticks by xmas. 6mo
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mcctrish
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This was a total impulse buy on Friday when I picked up a birthday present for my sister in law. I meant to save it for a bit closer to Christmas but I fell on icy steps returning a book to the library later Friday night. After 2 days of pain, I‘m treating myself and thankful I grabbed it

Jas16 I hope you are feeling better soon! 6mo
mcctrish Oh thank you @Jas16 slowly but surely ( even though I‘m over it already) 6mo
ShelleyBooksie Sending speedy healing vibes! 6mo
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dragondrool Hope you are feeling great soon! 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Feel better soon! 6mo
mcctrish Thank you @ShelleyBooksie @dragondrool @erzascarletbookgasm I was feeling very very cranky and very sorry for myself, this book, a glass of wine and a heating pad have cheered me up somewhat. 🤞🏻to a better Monday 6mo
Texreader Hope you are doing better! 6mo
Julsmarshall Sending healing vibes! 6mo
Kimzey Oh, my! Hope you feel better soon! 6mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Oh no. Hope you're better soon. 6mo
mcctrish @Julsmarshall thank you, I need all the help I can get ❤️ 6mo
mcctrish @Texreader @Kimzey @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego thank you ☺️ I see lots of reading and tea in my future ( and complete justification in my compulsive book shopping #justincase ) 6mo
marleed I‘m late to this post and hope you are okay now! 6mo
mcctrish @marleed this afternoon I finally feel like I‘ve turned a corner, still sore but I‘m certain I will live ( and I might even go to the library again but I‘m using the back door) 6mo
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Julsmarshall
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Clwojick Duke, Actually! 😱 Is that a spin off of Love, Actually! I have to go look this up! 6mo
OriginalCyn620 Great stack! 🎄 6mo
BeckyRoy @Julsmarshall I read Christmas Bookshop this weekend. It was delightful! 6mo
JessClark78 Nice stack! 6mo
Emilymdxn I‘ve got almost midnight on my stack as well, I‘m so excited to read it! 6mo
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mdm139
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There is definitely a theme going with my holiday book purchases this year. Gorgeous cover design on both.

peanutnine These both look so cozy and wonderful 😍😊 6mo
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BeckyRoy
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Next up for the Christmas 🎄 season. This one tics a lot of boxes for me. Jenny Colgan. Christmas themed. Books with the word book, bookstore, or library in it (I collect these as well❤️💙💜). This was one I had to preorder as soon as I saw it was coming out. 🎄🎁🎄🎁🍷#weekendplannned

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kissmehardy
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Okay but now /I/ want to spend a magical Christmas in Edinburgh saving a bookstore and falling in love with a dendrologist! #christmasfiction #womensfiction

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howjessicareads
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I love Jenny Colgan books on audio so much! Yay for Scottish accents.

And I managed to wait till 11/3 before I let myself start this one! *pats self on back* #christmasbooks

marleed I love her books too! I have a library hold on this one! 6mo
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