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What I'm Reading Wednesday: Books about Books

Wednesday, October 21, 2020


There are few things better this chilly time of year than curling up in a comfy chair with a blanket and a hot cup of coffee or tea or a nice glass of wine. If you're a book lover like I am, then one thing you probably love a little extra is reading books about books! 

This week's What I'm Reading Wednesday features a list of novels that feature books, bookshops, or authors. I hope you find one or two to enjoy! Every novel on this list will show that stories inspire us, connect us, and make us human. They're each a love letter to books. 

For a more complete list, visit my Bookshop.org shop, Happily Ever Krafter

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Nina Hill is an introverted, anxious planner who works in a bookstore. Her life is suddenly upended when the father she never knew dies, leaving her a brand new, large family. 

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

A.J. Fikry lives alone and owns a bookstore. One day an unexpected package arrives at his bookstore, and his life is completed changed. 

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

Upon her father's death, Samantha Whipple presumably inherits a treasure trove of old documents, paintings, and diaries -- and drafts of works by the Bronte sisters that are coveted by scholars. Samantha works to unravel a literary mystery that is closely tied to her own family history. 

The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers and Their Muses by Terri-Lynne DeFino

This particular retirement home is only for literary legends who are living out the golden years of their lives. As you might suspect from a home comprised solely of writers, new stories are written every day. 

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald 

Sara travels from Sweden to Broken Wheel, Iowa, to meet her book-lover pen pal Amy. When Sara arrives, she finds the townspeople just leaving Amy's funeral. When Sara decides to stay in the run-down town, the citizens of Broken Wheel adopt her as one of her own, and Sara opens a quirky little bookstore. 

The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay

Madeline finds out she inherits a bookshop and a house in a small town from her recently deceased -- and estranged -- aunt. At the same time, Madeline's career implodes, so she decides to move into her aunt's old house and prepare the bookshop for sale. However, the shop's current employees, Janet and Claire, have other ideas. 

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