Non-Fiction · Short Stories

Seven Kinds Of People You Find In Bookshops – Shaun Bythell ★★★★

Blurb; It does take all kinds. If you visit bookshops more often than the grocery store, you’ll recognize the types. There’s the Expert (with subspecies from the Bore to the Helpful Person), the Young Family (ranging from the Exhausted to the Aspirational), Occultists (from Conspiracy Theorist to Craft Woman).
Then there’s the Loiterer (including the Erotica Browser and the Self-Published Author), the Bearded Pensioner (including the Lyrca Clad), the The Not-So-Silent Traveller (the Whistler, Sniffer, Hummer, Farter, and Tutter), and the Family Historian (generally Americans who come to Shaun’s shop in Wigtown, Scotland).
Two bonus sections include Staff and, finally, Perfect Customer — all from Shaun Bythell (author of Confessions of a Bookseller), the funniest sell-and-tell observer in the house of books.
This is the perfect read for anyone who ever felt a bookstore was home. You’ve been spotted! Or have you?

My Review; This is a short story at just under 130 pages. So an easy read for me. Layed out beautifully. It is exactly what the title says… A look into the people you will find if you run a second hand bookshop. A great insight. I did find myself trying to spot which group of characters I was but believe they didn’t included huge bookworm, friendly, introvert and buys lots of books etc.

Some of the characters described had me laughing out loud! I bet a second hand Bookseller has really seen it all to be honest. It is an honest, sometimes brutal description of each person that enters the shop. We are all different remember. The author also mentions his least favourite characters and his most favourite characters. Also includes some tips for those who do enter his bookshop!

With second hand bookshops very rare these days and competition with amazon we need to respect and use them. I enjoyed it! I cant wait to read his other books and I wish him all the success with his bookshop. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Children's · Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* Hector’s Perfect Cake – Lily Clarke ★★★★★

Blurb; Hector is baking a cake for his Granny and he’s determined that it’s going to be perfect.

But when he discovers that the peanut butter jar is empty, Hector decides that he must head out to find some more, or else his perfect cake will be ruined.

As time begins to run out, Hector’s luck begins to run out too.

He may have to accept that sometimes, perfection just isn’t possible…

Charlotte’s (5) thoughts;

I liked the huge cake.

I liked the pictures (illustrations).

I liked the end of the story.

I would give it 100 stars.

It’s funny cause he’s chasing around for peanut butter.

I liked the SMASH!

It’s a good story and I enjoyed it a nrw favourite. I’m going to take it into school so all my class can read it together.

My thoughts as a parent;

Charlotte was made up to get her own signed book through the post and wanted to read it straight away. Ofcourse her younger brother Noah (2) joined us aswell. It’s a great, short story and illustrated beautifully. Kept us wondering if he ever did get the peanut butter. Kept the kids busy and quiet! I’m sure this will be a new favourite in our house as we all love chocolate cake here.

It also teachers a lesson that I don’t think Charlotte understood… It’s okay for things not be perfect! They’re still loved and appreciated just as much. With thanks to the author and Rachel for the book! We would recommend to all kiddies. We gave it five stars as a 100 wouldn’t fit.

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Emotional · Short Stories

And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer & Longer – Fredrik Bachmann ★★★★★

Blurb; A little book with a big heart!

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here comes an exquisitely moving portrait of an elderly man’s struggle to hold on to his most precious memories, and his family’s efforts to care for him even as they must find a way to let go.

With all the same charm of his bestselling full-length novels, here Fredrik Backman once again reveals his unrivaled understanding of human nature and deep compassion for people in difficult circumstances. This is a tiny gem with a message you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

My Review; WOW! This has gone straight into my top 20 of the year and I am amazed because it’s only 75 pages long, but it is a hard-hitting, emotional and for me a tear jerker of a read. Such beautifully written. Eye opening and a story that many readers themselves may have experienced or will do in the future.

Perfection. I did tear up. A short read which won’t take long to get through so perfect for those readers with busy lives or in a book slump. Has some beautiful illustrations throughout to accompany the story. Its a must read from me. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars. Pop it onto your pile you won’t regret it.

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