A Poisonous Page by Kitt Crowe ⁠⁠- Book Review

Genre Fiction The Plot It’s summer festival time in Confection, Oregon. When two members of the chamber of commerce suddenly die, Lexi Jones, owner of the local bookstore, decides to investigate. Lexi, helped by her border collie Cookie and the Macaroon Book Club, have a lot to do, especially if they want to clear the… Continue reading A Poisonous Page by Kitt Crowe ⁠⁠- Book Review

The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review

Genre Fiction The Plot It’s 1944, and while the war destroys buildings, houses and people, librarian Clara Button and her best friend Ruby decide to create the country's only underground library. Down the disused Bethnal Green tube station, a secret community thrives: with not only Clara's library, but also thousands of bunk beds, a nursery,… Continue reading The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review

The Little French Bookshop by Cecile Pivot ⁠⁠- Book Review

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Genre Fiction The Plot Esther runs a bookshop and loves exchanging letters with her father. When she loses him, she decides to keep the tradition alive, inviting people to join her letter writing workshop. Five people sign up: a disillusioned businessman, a husband and wife struggling with her postpartum depression, a lonely elderly widow, and… Continue reading The Little French Bookshop by Cecile Pivot ⁠⁠- Book Review

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections by Eva Jurczyk⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review

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Genre Fiction The Plot Liesl Weiss works in the rare books department of a large university. When her boss has a stroke, and she's left to run things, she discovers that the library's most prized manuscript is missing. She tries to inform the police but is told to keep quiet and not upset the donors.… Continue reading The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections by Eva Jurczyk⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review

Chemistry by ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Weike Wang ⁠⁠- Book Review

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Genre Fiction The Plot The unnamed narrator of the story is a PhD student in chemistry at a university in Boston. She hasn't completed her dissertation yet, and she is struggling, much to the frustration of her Chinese parents: if she doesn't get her PhD, she's no longer their daughter. Also, Her longtime boyfriend Eric… Continue reading Chemistry by ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Weike Wang ⁠⁠- Book Review

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review

Genre Fiction The Plot In a small back alley in Tokyo, a café had served coffee for more than one hundred years. Its longevity is not the only reason for its popularity. In fact, this coffee shop offers its customers the chance to travel back in time. They must sit in a particular seat, cannot… Continue reading Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review

Flora’s Travelling Christmas Shop by Rebecca Raisin⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review

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Genre Literary Fiction The Plot ⁠Flora loves Christmas more than anything else in the world. When her boss fires her from Deck the Halls Christmas emporium, she decides to follow her dreams: she books a spot at the Christmas Market in a small town in Lapland, where she'll sell all things Christmassy, from her van.… Continue reading Flora’s Travelling Christmas Shop by Rebecca Raisin⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review

The Post Box at the North Pole by Jaimie Admans⁠ ⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review

Genre Literary Fiction The Plot ⁠As a child, Sasha loved Christmas, but now it has completely lost its magic. But everything is about change, thanks to a phone call from her estranged father who's been running a Christmas village in Norway. Eager to reconnect with him, Sasha books the next flight out there, even if… Continue reading The Post Box at the North Pole by Jaimie Admans⁠ ⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review

Beartown by Fredrik Backman⁠ ⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review

Genre Literary Fiction The Plot ⁠Beartown is a small town deep in the forest. All the hopes and dreams of the community for a better future rest on the young shoulders of the junior ice hockey team, about to compete in the national semi-finals. This heavy burden is the catalyst of a violent act that… Continue reading Beartown by Fredrik Backman⁠ ⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review

Meet Me Under the Northern Lights by Emily Kerr⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review

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Genre Literary Fiction The Plot ⁠When radio host Lucy Fairweather gets suspended after her drunken exploits are manipulated in a video that goes viral, her friend Skye offers her a trip to Finland to help her brother in law Tommi with his new resort Wild Zone.⁠ ❤️ What I liked about Meet Me Under the… Continue reading Meet Me Under the Northern Lights by Emily Kerr⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review