Amy Byler is a school librarian and a single mom. When her ex reappears and wants to take the kids for the summer, she decides to head to a conference in New York City.
When her friend gets involved, her NYC trip takes an unexpected turn! Full of laugh-out-loud moments and adventures in blind dating, Amy finally focuses on herself rather than the children her life normally revolves around.
We both rated this one five stars as a fun, light novel.
Nina Hill adores her life as an introvert. She's a single child, raised by a nanny, and finds comfort in life with a good book and her cat. She works at a bookshop, leads several book clubs, and is devoted to her trivia league. Life is good.
Then she finds out about her complicated family on her father's side, the book shop she works at has financial struggles AND she develops a crush on a trivia competitor.
Should she take the safe route and continue relying on her books, or is it worth the risk to explore her new family and potential relationship?
Sometimes twists and turns of life make childhood dreams disappear. Madeline loved working in her aunt's bookshop as a kid, but by the time she inherits it 20 years later, she's up for partnership at a law firm, her heart is hardened, and she's ready to sell.
Will the long-time bookshop employees and her experiences in the small town change her mind?
Melissa just finished this one and really loved both the story and all the references to other books that are included throughout. The characters learn some life lessons through book quotes, so there's no mistaking it as a book perfect for book lovers. If you love reading and Hallmark Christmas movies, this is a perfect book for you!
This recommendation is a bit of a crossover with our 1940s book list from the decades challenge!
Set in 1946 with London emerging from years of WWII, writer Juliet is looking for a great subject for her next book. She receives an unexpected letter from a stranger who found her name written in a book.
As their friendship develops through letters, she learns about his eclectic friends and their life on the island of Guernsey.
Nina loves her life as a librarian at a small neighborhood library. When it's downsized from the system, she's devastated.
Should she give in and work for the large branch that is mainly a tech-center helping people on computers versus being surrounded by book? Or is it time to stop playing things safe and follow her dreams?
Melissa really liked this story as a pleasant light read about a fellow book lover. The following quote almost mirrored the conversation we had as we excitedly had the initial idea for Book Girls Guide.
What do you want to do? Forever. What is your dream? Nina sat up. "Well," she said. "I suppose... I want to be with books, have them all around me. And recommend them to other people: books for the broken-hearted and the happy, and people excited to be going on vacation, and people who need to know they aren't alone in the universe, and books for children who really like monkeys, and, well, everything really.
This book also has an alternate title - The Bookshop on the Shore.
While the last recommendation was a lighter read, this one will hit the mark if you're looking for more drama, mystery, and darkness.
This highly-rated debut novel follows Lydia's investigation into the suicide of one of her bookshop regulars. Throughout her search into his past, she uncovers a buried memory from her own violent childhood.
Written in 1970, this love story is a collection of letters between the author, Helen Hanff, at the time a freelance writer living in New York City, and a used-book dealer in London at 84, Charing Cross Road.
The letters take place over 20 years from 1949-1969 and they include both heart-warming moments and humor. You'll finish with insight into the evolving world over two decades.
By the Book is a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Persuasion. Anne Corey is an English Professor up for tenure when she learns her first love and ex-fiancé has been appointed as President of her university.
He's a constant distraction from the book she's trying to write while juggling the care of her father. But is he back in her life for a reason?
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living in Nazi Germany in 1939. While trying to avoid all the death around her, she learns to read and being stealing books. Soon, she's sharing the books with neighbors and the Jewish man hidden in their basement.
It's a heart-breaking read like so many others that cover this subject, but the Book Thief also underscores the vast power of books to help you through a terrible time.