Last year as I settled into my new position as a librarian, I read The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore. The main thing they shared in common was that the main character was a bookshop owner and loved books. I enjoyed them greatly and decided to start the year off with another book about books.
Jenny Colgan's The Bookshop on the Corner sounded like a perfect cold weather read. Nina is a librarian who is losing her job. She decides to take control of her life by changing what she doesn't like and pursuing her dream in a way that is unexpected to her as well as everyone who knows her.
I loved this about her. She was willing to put aside everything that was comfortable about her life and make a change because it felt right. This is an idea that I think many people can identify with, but few have the courage to pursue. As a reader, I loved that I was privy to Nina's thoughts, apprehensions, and excitement over the direction her life took.
The fact that this book is set in England and Scotland makes it even better. Colgan's description of the Scottish countryside, people, and its traditions made me feel as if I were there. The details were not superfluous; they made the book more enjoyable.
This is a great book for travelers (or those who would like to), book lovers, and romantics. This is adult fiction, but would be not be inappropriate for mature teen readers. I am very happy with my first read of the new year; it was a most happy way to pass some very chilly days!