The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
Star rating: ★★☆☆☆ 2/5
Format: library eaudiobook
Summary: Nina loses her job at the library, adrift and unsure what to do she impulsively buys a van and moves to Scotland to open a mobile bookstore.
Review: I really wanted to like this. And I tried really hard but oh my god. I could not with this book. The premise sounds good but it did not impress me.
First of all, I don’t know a lot about the U.K. Library system but I feel like this book is highly exaggerating. Their library shuts down and is incorporated into a “media center” but they don’t seem to care about the books? I don’t… Understand? Like they don’t track these books at all. Also it makes it sound like there are maybe books but also DVDs and other things and that’s a bad thing. I don’t get it. What’s supposed to be wrong about that?
I didn’t really like the main character. Often she falls into that trope a lot of “bookworm” characters do where they have a superiority complex because they read and others don’t. She’s supposed to be twenty-nine but has a disdain for selfies. Like okay. But she can’t even connect with twenty-three year olds, they aren’t that far in age so I don’t get why. She just reads like a baby boomer than a millennial. At one point a friend of hers suggests to another friend that he “send an Instagram” to this girl he likes. Um, what? The author obviously has never opened Instagram before. It’s kind of embarrassing.
The romance was so glaringly obvious and by the time Nina gets together with him I just don’t care. Like the grumpy divorced farmer falls for the manic pixie dream girl? Shocker. I just had no interest for it. I liked the train dude and was interested in that but then it was ruined. I was really annoyed that Nina was taking the blame when he was the douche who never mentioned having a baby and a girlfriend.
I wish I could point out something that I like but I honestly cannot think of a single thing. I didn’t hate it but I did not like it either.
Recommendation: I can see how this will appeal to some people but for me, it wasn’t a book I enjoyed.
Challenge prompt: A book that involves a bookstore or library.