It is fun to think about a new season, new possibilities, and of course, new books! Of late, my reading trend is books about books. Books about libraries and librarians. Books about bookstores and their dealers and owners. This all began with The Library Book, my book club read in early summer (see:https://kristinsaatzer.com/happy-summer/)
Here are a few I’ve enjoyed since then:
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes: This was my second time to read this one. It was a book club selection, and I enjoyed re-reading the tale of Packhorse librarians in Kentucky during the Great Depression.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fickery by Gabrielle Zevin: An ornery bookstore owner, the people who come into his life, and the changes they bring. Lots of bookish references and humor.
The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson: In this story, a young woman inherits a bookstore, sending her life into a tailspin. There is a scavenger hunt, family secrets, and lots of books (of course).
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff: A quick read. A record of letters between an American woman and a used-book dealer in London. Utterly delightful, touching, and funny.
There are two more in the queue:
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
The Lost Manuscript by Cathy Bonidan
A shout out to another literary delight (I have read it three times): The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. This is another gem written exclusively in letters from one character to another. It is set on the Island of Guernsey after its WWII German occupation, focusing on a book club and its quirky characters. Sweet, sad, beautiful, and funny. Also a fantastic Netflix movie.
Literary accounts I like on Instagram:
Happy fall reading, friends.
“If a book is well written, I always find it too short.”
~ Jane Austen