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A lot of readers choose monthly TBRs and place the stack of books they intend to read in the coming weeks in a special place lik their bedside table. I have often done this, built a stack of books with every intention of reading them…only to wander off to other parts of my bookshelf or read only library books or audiobooks.
But this last month I actually stuck to my Middle Grade TBR. I read two of the series I aimed to read and read some of the standalone books (some of which are actually the first in a series, but I didn’t realize that).
So for April, I’ve decided to create another themed TBR—books about bookshops. There’s something that is simply absolutely lovely about reading a book set in a bookshop. Many of these stories speak to the power of the written word or of the bookish community to care for others or heal the soul.
If you’d like to join me, these are the books about bookshops on my April TBR stack.
The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts by Annie Darling
A woman inherits the ailing bookshop that she spent most of her childhood in, and while trying to save the business enters a battle of wills with the most infuriating man she’s ever met, who happens to be the previous owner’s grandson. And, she might just be falling in love with him.
My husband bought this book for me on one of our bookstore dates recently, and I knew it would be at the top of my TBR. I think it will be a fun, cozy read—perfect for an escape from real life.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane
A man loses his graphic design position and takes a job as the night clerk at a 24-hour bookstore. He quickly realizes that it isn’t a normal store…and the readers who come in and borrow strange tomes are part of something much bigger than a book club.
I discovered this book in an ebook sale years ago and loved it. When I stumbled upon a paperback copy at the thrift store I knew I needed to nab it and reread it.
The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan
A single mum moves out of the city to start a new life for her and her son. She takes work in a bookshop beside Loch Ness and a role as an au pair in a crumbling nearby castle for a single dad, and thinks that maybe, just maybe, things are looking up.
I adore Jenny Colgan books. They are sweet, uplifting reads and always have a bit of humour and a bit of romance. I received this book from my bookish Secret Santa last Christmas.
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The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
A woman runs a bookstore in the 1960s and relishes her fun life as a single business woman in her thirties. But at night, she dreams of her life as married woman living in picture-perfect suburbia. Soon, the lines between her real life and her dream life start to blur and she isn’t sure which life she really wants.
This book has been on my list since 2016. I bought this copy in 2017 and am finally going to read it.
The Bookshop at Water’s End by Patti Callahan Henry
A woman in her fifties heads back to the small town, and its bookshop, where she spent her childhood summers before her best friend’s mother disappeared. While there, she reconnects with her best friend and the bookshop owner and long buried secrets and loves are discovered.
I received this book in a care package from my coworkers after my son died. It’s been on my shelf for a year and a half, and I think it’s time to read it.
All of these books are from my unread shelf. I’ve read Penumbra once before but that was in digital format and when I found this paperback I knew I needed to reread it. The Bookseller has been on my TBR for four years. It’s time to read.