About the Book
I found the writing style easy to read and there were many moments of humour peppered throughout. Even taking into consideration the number and range of issues associated in owning a second hand bookshop, I feel a touch of the romantic in the portrayal of owning a bookshop remains.
There is a repetitiveness to some of the entries, but that’s understandable given the setting. As an observer of the seasons, the town and the people, this book shows how very different personalities cross the path of one man in one particular shop. Relationships and acquaintances are formed as well as wishing to never again set eyes on some of the people that visit the store.
I did find the author’s final notes somewhat melancholy. Since writing the diary, it seems everyone bar his cat has moved on; only the bookseller remains, or has he been left behind?
In addition to cementing my view that I never want to own a bookshop, I’ve also finished with a nice list of books to add to the reading pile as well as some potential future travel adventures.