This fun collection of anecdotes about Darkshire’s life as an antiquarian bookseller is delightfully quirky and playful. He takes us deep into his unpredictable apprenticeship at Sotheran’s in London–one of the oldest bookshops in the world–sharing tidbits about the people he interacts with, the books he comes across, and the unexpected perils of rare bookselling.
Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson is a love story to Los Angeles. When Miranda Brooks takes over her uncle’s bookshop after learning of his death, she must face her own past and her family secrets that have been buried for well over a decade. This book gracefully explores grief, community, and family. Being from Southern California, I enjoyed how this book had me engrossed in a wistful portrait of Los Angeles.
Set in the town bookstore (!!!), this friends-to-lovers romance is an emotional, dramatic ride. If you are inclined to agree that the phrase "baby fox coffee" is a loving term of endearment, this is the contemporary series you should read next. Read in or out of series order - spoilers don't detract from the wit and heart of this series.
With my own cozy reading chair and judgmental cat, I spent most of this book believing Abbi Waxman had probed my brain while I was sleeping. Frankly, I’d be surprised if other bookish folks, general nerds, or organization enthusiasts didn’t feel the same way. It’s a perfectly weird combination of rampant thoughts, happy places, and anxious social encounters; the frustration and comfort of a crazy family; a thoughtful love letter to booksellers and bookstore patrons. Add the sassy narrator, scents of pine and flavors of ice cream, and sickeningly cute romance--and I'm sure it’d pair well with summer itself.