I like exploring books in bookstores. I also enjoy reading about bookstores in books. Truth be told, fiction about bookstores is especially pleasing to me. Happily, when I’m in the mood to read another novel that centers on a bookstore, it’s easy to find one. Even setting aside mysteries, for no other reason than the sheer numbers of them set in bookstores, there remain plenty of bookstore novels – some shelved in historical fiction, others in general fiction, and even some in the romance section.
If you love books and reading, and especially if you cherish settling in with a well-written novel, the following four titles are for you. When cold winds bluster, nestle into your nest and dedicate yourself to these books about books – and about love. Embracing these novels as you burrow in your burrow, you will find narratives about booksellers, printers, and authors – and their individual passions, some inconstant and some enduring. I was enwrapped in these stories of ardor and loss, invention and devotion.
When I was a little girl, I was afraid of everything. And I mean everything. It took years for me to sleep without a TV on, and even longer to see scary movies with my friends.
Then something changed.