The Bookseller’s Promise

What I read: The Bookseller’s Promise by Beth Wiseman

Why I picked it up: I found it on the new release shelf at the library, and it was a combination of some of my favorite things: books about books, sweet love story, and interesting religious community of faith.

How I read it: On paper over more days than it should have taken me, but I had a friend visit in the middle filled with great food, good movies, and an intense card game.

What it’s about: Jake inherited his grandfather’s book store and a special book he promised never to sell. He hired Eva when she was only 15, but now she’s 20 – and she’s fallen in love with him, but does he see her as a woman or just the teenage girl he hired for his shop? Yvonne shows up trying to buy the book that was never to be sold for $100,000 … that’s a lot of money!

What I liked: There was this sweet scene with Jake and Eva in the bookstore when her dad came in that was a real delight!

What I disliked: Sometimes it went in circles – I get it – the book was special, it was hard to read, and it was worth a lot – but without getting the actual text, it was hard to read “this is special” over and over again.

Genre: Christian love story, chaste romance, books about books, grief.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and yes, it’s super sweet.

The True Love Bookshop

What I read: The True Love Bookshop by Annie Rains

Why I picked it up: I was looking for books on the new release shelf, and I can hardly resist a book about a bookshop so I picked it up.

How I read it: On paper over a few days, it was good but didn’t grab me.

What it’s about: Tess lost her husband three years ago, and is now beginning to heal and wonder what he was doing in a town she didn’t know anything about the night he was killed. River’s questioning it as well. But will these two sworn enemies be willing to work together to find the answer to this mystery?

What I liked: I liked the mix of a little mystery sleuthing into this romance.

What I disliked: The writing wasn’t all that interesting, it felt a little like a Hallmark movie script.

Genre: Chaste romance, books about books, grief.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ and not sure you should waste your time.

Love and Other Words

What I read: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Why I picked it up: It was on the shelf at the library and I’ve read and loved it before so I decided on a re-read.

How I read it: On paper in just a day and a half.

What it’s about: Macey’s mom died when she was ten, and she left her dad a list of notes for raising her. One of them is to find a weekend get away which in turn introduces her to Elliot. They’re each other’s first everything.

What I liked: I love the hidden library her dad creates for her.

What I disliked: Emma. I just disliked her.

Genre: Second chance romance, open door, books about books.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and definitely!

The Boy with the Bookstore

What I read: The Boy with the Bookstore by Sarah Echavarre Smith

Why I picked it up: There was a category of “books about books” on Libby last week where I found an audiobook last week and this one that I read in one day.

How I read it: On Kindle this afternoon/evening.

What it’s about: A bakery owner and her bookstore owner neighbor end up figuring out they’ve both been dying to ask the other one out for 18 months – now they’re sharing a small space in the back of the building while their old ones are renovated. Lots of misunderstandings, inabilities to talk about their feelings, and family drama take place – not to mention the “sharing a small work space” thing.

What I liked: I appreciated all of the family history with Joelle. Her family is really important and who they are as Filipinos was celebrated and never dismissed. It was so sweet – and also I want to try an ube latte.

What I disliked: Max has a lot of hurt in his past – and I wish there had been even more healing for him.

Genre: Books about books, abuse, open door romance.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and I think it’s worth the read.

Ban This Book

What I read: Ban This Book by Alan Gratz

Why I picked it up: I was looking for an available audiobook on Libby and this came up and looked interesting.

How I read it: On audio at 1.75x.

What it’s about: Amy Anne loves to read, and her favorite book is suddenly no longer available at the school library because it’s been “removed” – which is code word for banned. A mom didn’t like the content and now not only that book, but lots of books are being “removed” from her elementary school library. She and her friends start the “Banned Books Locker Library” and work together to fight this injustice.

What I liked: It was a story about fighting for what’s write, freedom of speech, a love for reading, and read by a narrator I really like!

What I disliked: It was hard reading the parts where her family tends to not see her, and almost ignore the uniqueness of her character.

Genre: Middle grade, books about books, justice.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and definitely!

The Dead Romantics

What I read: The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston

Why I picked it up: Recommended by all kinds of people who read other things I like.

How I read it: On kindle

What it’s about: Florence wrote a book and then became someone else’s ghostwriter, which is ironic since she’s been able to see ghosts most of her life. She’s also recovering from an awful breakup and now can’t seem to write a happy ending to her last contract book. Also her dad dies suddenly.

What I liked: I really loved her growth throughout the book. Also Ben was such a delight.

What I disliked: While I thought this was good, I wasn’t engrossed in it. It took awhile to read.

Genre: Ghost story, books about books, grief, closed door romance.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and definitely.

Thank You for Listening

What I read: Thank You for Listening by Julia Whelan

Why I picked it up: She’s a delightful audiobook narrator and was recently on What Should I Read Next talking about audiobooks, her new book, and general reading stuff.

How I read it: On Kindle in less than 24 hours after downloading it.

What it’s about: Sewanee started as an actress, lived through a tragedy, narrated romance under a pseudonym, and now narrates “serious literature” (I.e. not romance). One crazy night in Vegas, a need for money for her grandmother, and a mysterious male narrator later – and her whole life changes.

What I liked: I loved the texting back and forth. I wanted to listen since the author reads it, but I’m glad I read it.

What I disliked: Nothing, it was a delight.

Genre: Books about Books, slightly open door.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and absolutely!!

Book Lovers

What I read: Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Why I picked it up: I’m a fan of Emily and preordered this book months ago, then let it sit on my coffee table for months because I didn’t want the experience of reading it and loving it to be over.

How I read it: On paperback while on vacation in Maine.

What it’s about: Book agent, Nora, and book editor, Charlie, are the same but opposite, and they do not like each other. Then they end up in the same small town for different reasons. Her sister wants her to have a small town romance and move there, but that’s not how it ends up.

What I liked: The. Banter. It’s a delight.

What I disliked: It’s not long enough.

Genre: Romance, books about books, slightly open door.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and yes, it’s one of my favorite books this year.

The Vanishing Type

What I read: The Vanishing Type by Ellet Adams

Why I picked it up: It’s the fifth in a series I started awhile ago set in a small town in the mountains of North Carolina featuring a bookstore and a book club.

How I read it: On audio at 1.75x speed.

What it’s about: It’s been awhile since anything awful happened in Miracle Springs but a body of an old lover is found right after Hester is engaged to her new love. Complicated family dynamics prove for a crazy turn of events.

What I liked: I liked revisited my old friends and seeing a new love for Nora. Also I want to visit her bookstore and have a cup of tea made by Sheldon.

What I disliked: Money makes everyone crazy!!

Genre: Cozy mystery, books about books.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and yes, but better as part of the series.

Booked on a Feeling

What I read: Booked on a Feeling by Jayci Lee

Why I picked it up: It was suggested to me on Hoopla, and I do like a good “book about books” so I downloaded it.

How I read it: On audio at 1.5x speed over a couple of days.

What it’s about: Lizzie is arguing he first case that she’s had on her own when she has a panic attack in the court room. So she takes a three week vacation to her best friends hometown. Jack is delighted she’s around so he can finally declare his love for her.

What I liked: There’s a delightful bookstore Lizzie helps revive; I loved reading about all the little things she helped do for the owner.

What I disliked: The narrator!! She spoke quickly except she paused an inordinate amount between sentences, which didn’t go away when I sped it up, it was annoying!

Genre: Finding oneself, mental health, books about books, open door.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ and maybe, but not on audio.