So easy! I’d also like to thank Nicole for starting this post and putting up with our very awful time differences…
But to be serious again, this book is hands down, one of my favourites concerning bookstores. It fuses technology with the richness of a historical mystery. It’s brilliant and one of my favourite reads of all time. Here is a synopsis:
The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything—instead, they “check out” large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious, Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele’s behavior, seeking help from his variously talented friends. But when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls. Rendered with irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.(
I could only think of two books I’ve read where bookshops really feature at all (though they’re not what either book is about really). Akata Witch is the one I’m going with because, even though the bookshop in the other book played a somewhat bigger part in the story I guess, I didn’t like the other book and I really liked Akata Witch.