“The Lost for Words Bookshop” by Stephanie Butland

The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland book review

Okay, this is another one of those books that just kept popping up on Litsy and Goodreads with fantastic reviews. People said; “it is the book for book lovers!” I feel like I read something TOTALLY different than everyone else.

This book had a hard time keeping my concentration, but I did finish it. I felt like giving up, but I persevered mostly because I was doing a 25 hours in 5 days reading challenge.

I really hate giving bad reviews, because I know people put their heart and soul into a book. But, I really struggled with this one.

The main character has the name Loveday… Yes, that’s right Loveday. It is one of those “too bookish” character names I can’t jump on board with.

She suffered tragedy in her childhood. The affects carried over into her adulthood. (For the love of everything that is holy – LET IT GO!) The book is very slow, and goes back and forth between the present and the past (her parents and their relationship?) I didn’t like the way the story was told at all.

Also, I believe the author was trying to be humorous in portions of the book. However, in my opinion in doing so made Loveday come off as rude and stuck up.

Then don’t even get me started on the constant descriptions of her tattoos. I felt like banging my head into the book repeatedly when this happened. Who needs a page full of a description of a tattoo of all things. Nobody. That’s who.

The saga continues, she hooks up with people just to be with them? But, she also has this super loving, wonderful, always by her side man. Despite the fact that she was pretty much a terrible person. Didn’t believe their relationship for a second.

Was there honestly even a plot to this book? Most of the book was about her job or how terrible of a person she was. “Must unpack boxes of books, and place in shelf.” “Must be rude and inconsiderate of everyone around me.”

I don’t want to sound hateful, but this is probably one of the worst books I’ve ever read. No plot, terrible main character name, and character development. Double thumbs down from me. 👎🏻 👎🏻

Let me know if you’ve read The Lost for Words Bookshop and what your thoughts were on it. Also, am I missing something about this book?

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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan book review

I bought this book right after Christmas last year, because it was one of those books that kept popping up on Goodreads and Litsy with amazing reviews. While I did enjoy the book, it really left me wanting more from it.

I thought the premise of the book sounded wonderful. A mystery in a bookshop! However, that’s wasn’t the case…

The first 50 or so pages were incredibly slow, and kept jumping from the present to the past of Lydia the main character. Lydia had experienced trauma in her childhood, and her relationship with her father is estranged.

A “Book Frog” and a friend of Lydia’s, Joey commits suicide, but leaves Lydia cryptic messages. The messages could’ve honestly been “decrypted” in about 10 minutes. And, the mysterious/suspenseful portion of the book wasn’t even in the bookshop.

The book was a little over 300 pages, and the pertinent information could’ve probably been fit into about a 120. I just wish there was more to the bookstore portion of the mystery.

3/5 stars

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“The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry” – Gabrielle Zevin Review

“The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry” is totally outside of my normal realm of reading. I borrowed it on Libby, because I had read great reviews on Litsy. (I’ll tell you more about Litsy in a bit) But, because this isn’t my regular genre I enjoy I dove into the book not expecting too much.

To my surprise this wasn’t a Hallmark movie plot book like I believed it would be. This book had far more to offer, and plot twist I totally did not see coming.

A. J. Fikry is bookstore owner on an isolated island called Alice in Massachusetts. He finds himself widowed in his 30’s, and lives an incredibly isolated life himself. He isn’t a friendly towns person, and most of his business comes from summer vacationers (who he hates).

A woman named Amelia from Knightly Press comes to show A. J. the new books in the Knightly catalog for winter. A. J. Is terribly rude to her, and doesn’t set a great first impression.

A book is stolen, a baby is left in the bookstore all of which test the character of A. J. Fikry. I don’t want to reveal everything, but the book doesn’t end or play out in the middle as I expected.

Zevin does a fantastic job evolving Fikry’s character throughout the book. And, the fact that the book takes place in a bookstore, has “book” people in it, and name drops books here in there adds to the magic.

Favorite quote from the book – “We read to know we’re not alone. We read because we are alone. We read and we are not alone. We are not alone.”

Now, about Litsy-

If you are not on Litsy, and love bookish talk- GET ON THERE! Litsy is basically a social network for book lovers. I know it is available on iPhone, and on kindle.

I have met wonderful people, exchanged bookish gifts, and had wonderful chats about books on Litsy.

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