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Book review: The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

Another comfort book read! This was the first book from Jenny Colgan I’ve read and I think I will read more from her in the future. The Bookshop on the Corner was light, fluffy and perfect book to balance these stressful times.

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.

I feel like I’ve seen many people talking about this book (online). A comfort book about books and a very bookworm main character is the perfect combination for another book lover. 🙂 Add into the mix beautiful countryside in Scotland and I’m sold.

If you’re not into funny, light and cozy books, The Bookshop on the Corner isn’t for you. It felt like a sweet cupcake that’s shaped like a pile of books. 🙂 It’s a book about a librarian, Nina, who has lived her life mostly through her love of books and finding the perfect book to others. When she gets laid off from the library she’s thrown off balance. So what does she do? She saves the books from the closed library that would’ve been thrown away, buys a huge van and moves to beautiful countryside in Scotland to run a cute bookshop on wheels. Talk about life-change for someone who was mostly avoiding real life.

Then of course there is the whole aspect of coming out of your shell, healing power of nature and of course the gorgeous men she meets when she settles into the cozy village.

Yes, the plot is a bit predictable, but I really didn’t mind. The book made me laugh and Nina’s struggles were so relatable. I’m someone who used to hide behind books and use mostly escapism to survive life. I still do that sometimes, but not as much as when I was younger. But the struggle was so real that it made me remember fondly how I got past that difficult stage of opening up to the world a bit more (thank you husband for all the help with this! ). I used to work in a bookstore years ago because I just wanted to be with the books. This was before I knew what I wanted to do with my studies and in the end I ended up working also while studying, so in total I worked at the bookstore for 7 years. Loved the books, angry customers not so much. 🙂 So many aspects of Nina and her journey felt like it could’ve been written from my own diary.

Also another funny, relatable detail was the human resources/ recruiter character (Cathy) at the beginning of the book. The stiff, almost grim woman that had to do recruiting for libraries in challenging circumstances had my sympathies. She was such a misunderstood character when other characters didn’t know her context. I hope one of the future books will offer her some nice plotline. 🙂

The Bookshop on the Corner fills these prompts from the two Reading Challenges I’m doing:

A book plays an important role in the book (Helmet Reading Challenge)
A book that has a book on the cover (Popsugar Reading Challenge)

If you love books that are about loving books, cozy village stories and Scotland, read this book. Do it now. It will make you feel better. Perfect comfort read for these times. ❤

Author:

I love books, games and the coziness of our house (currently it's the kingdom of me and my husband). My work in a game studio as a Senior HR Specialist keeps me busy and social, but I am an introvert in my core. Navigating life between my very social work and my introvert, less social personality can be tricky and it goes hand in hand with my interest in overall personal well-being.

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