Books about books are probably my favourite genre ever. I love it when a main character is just as obsessed as I am about a nice cover, or a great character, or the world building. So this is going to be a really easy and yet hard blog for me since I have so many amazing bookseller characters to choose from!
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George – If you haven’t read this book yet, and you love books and romance, then you really need to give it a try. The main character owns a book barge where he prescribes books to people. Of course, the only person he can’t seem to fix is himself. His lovelorn past is revealed, and to escape it he takes on some equally quirky passengers as each of them they set out to run away from the things that haunt them.
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman – I recently posted a review about this book, so I won’t go into much detail about this one. Basically, Nina Hill is exactly what you would expect from an introverted bookseller. She’s stubborn, and frequently odd, and sometimes you want to shake her. But she’s also relatable, caring, and fun.
The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts by Annie Darling – This cute contemporary romance has so many great characters, who each get a chance at love throughout the series. I really enjoyed this first book because the main character feels somewhat like me, a bookish girl who seems to be falling for someone who could care less about literature.
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – I feel like epistolary novels don’t get enough attention these days. I love reading books written in letter form. It allows the reader to imagine a lot of the setting and visuals themselves, while still maintaining the character’s voice and personality. It’s like finding a package of old letters in the attic that tells you all about the previous owners of the house.
Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett – This great cozy mystery features two specialty bookstores, one for mysteries and the other for cookbooks. When the owner of the local cookbook shop is found with a carving knife in her back, the new mystery bookshop owner who has been seen fighting with her recently is the obvious suspect.
Who is your favourite fictional bookseller?
The Bookish ABC is a bi-weekly challenge set by the Literary Counsellor to explore the different character tropes that show up in many books. Every other Sunday is a new post, which might feature one single book, or many different ones. Check HERE for a full list of upcoming topics.