Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling.
From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.
Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Realistic Fiction/Chick Lit
Format: Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 20, 2016)
Author's website: http://www.jennycolgan.com/
Notes: I received an eARC loan from the publisher for an honest review. Any errors with the quotes are most likely mine as they were hand typed.
Once upon a time a librarian lost her job due to budget cuts and library closings. With only one spot available to many displaced workers, her hopes of being the one to land the position are bleak. While attending a confidence building workshop hosted by her employer before the final choice is made, she is asked a thought provoking question that will change her life....
"What do you really want to do?"(...)
Very reluctantly, Nina edged toward the table.
"I haven't really thought about it."
"Course you have," said Mungo. "Everybody has."
"Well, it'll sound silly. Especially these days."
"Nothing sounds silly in here. We've all been falling backward off tables."
Nina climbed up onto the table. The rest of the group looked at her expectantly. Her throat went dry and her mind went blank.
"Well," she said, feeling herself color in that awful way. She swallowed painfully. "Well...I mean. Well. I always ...I always dreamed that one day I might have my own bookshop. Just a very little one."
Sometimes all you need to make your dreams come true is to close your eyes and take a leap of faith...
'If you thought of all the tiny things that divert your path one way or another, some good, some bad, you'd never do anything ever again.
And some people don't . Some people go through life not really deciding to do much, not wanting to, always too fearful of the consequences to try something new, Of course, that in itself is also a decision. You'll get somewhere whether you put any effort into it or not. But doing something new is so hard. '
Some of my favorite quotes:
- "But when you read a book, you feel like you're in it." (...) "Like actually being there. You plug straight into the writer's brain. It's just you and them. You experience what they experience."
- "But for Nina, whenever reality, or the grimmer side of reality, threatened to invade, she always turned to a book. Books had been her solace when she was sad, her friends when she was lonely. They had mended her heart when it was broken, and encouraged her to hope when she was down."
- "There was a universe inside every human being every bit as big as the universe outside them. Books were the best way Nina knew - apart from, sometimes, music--to breach the barrier, to connect the internal universe with the external, the words acting merely as a conduit between the two worlds."
Overall, I gave this one 4 1/2 out of 5 roses. A charming tale that spoke to the inner book lover in me It inspires you to be true to yourself, face your fears, take a chance on your dreams, and just go for it. I enjoyed all the bookish quotes and book recommendations. It's a must read for the avid book lover. There is also the start of a romance, but it is not the primary focus of the book, therefore, I'm foregoing my romance rating. I'll definitely be recommending this one to my friends. It left me feeling warm and fuzzy, and like all was right with the world.
You may also purchase a copy of The Bookshop On The Corner directly from HarperCollins at: https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062467263/the-bookshop-on-the-corner
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