Monday, January 4, 2021

Review: Confessions of a Curious Bookseller by Elizabeth Green

Confessions of a Curious Bookseller
by Elizabeth Green 

Publisher: Lake Union
Pages: 483
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Without question, Fawn Birchill knows that her used bookstore is the heart of West Philadelphia, a cornerstone of culture for a community that, for the past twenty years, has found the quirkiness absolutely charming. When an amicable young indie bookseller invades her block, Fawn is convinced that his cushy couches, impressive selection, coffee bar, and knowledgeable staff are a neighborhood blight. Misguided yet blindly resilient, Fawn readies for battle.

But as she wages her war, Fawn is forced to reflect on a few unavoidable truths: the tribulations of online dating, a strained relationship with her family, and a devoted if not always law-abiding intern—not to mention what to do about a pen pal with whom she hasn’t been entirely honest and the litany of repairs her aging store requires.

Through emails, journal entries, combative online reviews, texts, and tweets, Fawn plans her next move. Now it’s time for her to dig deep and use every trick at her disposal if she’s to reclaim her beloved business—and her life.

Kritters Thoughts:  A book told through emails, journal entries, blog posts and so on from the perspective of a fifty-something bookseller in Philadelphia as she navigates the change of her neighborhood and the addition of a competitive bookstore right near hers.  

I waffled a lot throughout this book on my feelings about Fawn.  There would be moments where she would write an email or do something that made me giggle and I loved her and then on the next page she would do something that would make me roll my eyes or I would be greatly disappointed in how she handled something.  Because this book was presented in the way it did, plot was hard to put together and characters played a big part, so my roller coaster of feelings made me feel as though I would go back and forth on whether I liked the book or not.  

With all that being said, I love reading a book with a different format, it is fun to switch up reading in that way and work through a plot in a different way.  As a book lover, I enjoy all books set in bookstores and seeing the inner workings of how a bookstore functions, so seeing two bookstores in the same neighborhood and how they interact was good to read.

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 128 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Lakeside Crew.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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