Saturday, November 9, 2019

The Bookshop Book - Nonfiction Book

Goodreads:  The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell

Rating:  Good
Source: Purchased

Description: Every bookshop has a story.
We’re not talking about rooms that are just full of books. We’re talking about bookshops in barns, disused factories, converted churches and underground car parks. Bookshops on boats, on buses, and in old run-down train stations. Fold-out bookshops, undercover bookshops, this-is-the-best-place-I’ve-ever-been-to-bookshops.

Meet Sarah and her Book Barge sailing across the sea to France; meet Sebastien, in Mongolia, who sells books to herders of the Altai mountains; meet the bookshop in Canada that’s invented the world’s first antiquarian book vending machine.

And that’s just the beginning.

From the oldest bookshop in the world, to the smallest you could imagine, The Bookshop Book examines the history of books, talks to authors about their favourite places, and looks at over three hundred weirdly wonderful bookshops across six continents (sadly, we’ve yet to build a bookshop down in the South Pole).

The Bookshop Book is a love letter to bookshops all around the world.

Genre: Nonfiction

Why I Picked This Book:  It's described as a love letter to bookshops.  How could I pass that up?

My Impression:  This was a nice read.  A few paragraphs to a page or two about bookstores all around the world with an occasional deeper insight into the people behind it or an interview with an author that loves that particular bookstore.  The book is divided up into regions and the variety of what makes a bookstore was absolutely fascinating.  This is almost like a checklist for bookstore traveling. 

I really loved dipping into this book.  It wasn't one I'd sit down and read from cover to cover but I loved picking it up and reading a few pages.  It was like a having a gorgeous box of chocolates that you eat a piece from a day.  A nice treat at the end of the day.  I'd like to read more from Campbell.  This was a great book to read a little bit from when you're in a slump or too tired for much of a plot.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  I'm looking forward to reading some of her other books.

Would I Recommend this Book?  Definitely!  But don't expect a cover to cover read kind of book.  This works best as one to pick up to read a few pages at the end of a long day.


  1. I have a few non fiction books that I plan to dip into over the next few weeks and maybe through December. Some books are better to read this way for sure!

  2. Yes... I have a few non-fiction books that benefit from being sipped at... Thank you for sharing this one, Katherine.

  3. Sounds good, one to be taken in small bites. Like the sound of this one.

  4. This sounds delightful! Thanks for the heads up! 👍✨

  5. This does sound fun! It would be interesting to read about bookstores in different countries and see how they compare/differ from those in the U.S. I'll have to keep an eye out for this one.

  6. Glad you enjoyed this - I agree with this being a good book to dip in & out of.

  7. It's interesting how bookshops have their own stories.