5 On My TBR #2 : Books About Books

5 On My TBR is a weekly meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. A prompt is provided every Monday, which gives us the opportunity to rave about 5 books that fit the prompt which are also on our TBRs. This week, the prompt is…

Books about books.

I interpreted this prompt pretty widely. In no particular order, we have:

The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

This is one of my two picks for Scotland for my “Read Across the Globe” project. I think this is nonfiction, and is the memoir of a Scottish bookseller who runs Scotland’s largest secondhand book store. I’m expecting something light and not particularly emotionally turbulent, and some insights into what life is like in the book trade. I don’t expect I will pick this up particularly soon, but it’s on my TBR for whenever I get around to it.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

A Swedish girl named Sara travels all the way to Broken Wheel, Iowa to meet her pen pal, only to arrive at the close of her friend’s funeral. Now stranded in a small, dying farm town, Sara decides to start a book store to convey her love of reading to the citizens of Broken Wheel. This sounds like a very sweet, whimsical read, one that I’ll pick up in between heavier and more difficult books.

The Maximum Security Book Club: Reading Literature in a Men’s Prison by Mikita Brottman

Another nonfiction pick, and one where I genuinely don’t know what to expect from it. It sounds captivating, and I’m sure will be full of insight into the brutality of the American prison system. I think this won’t be a book that I’ll turn to when I’m feeling fragile or in need of comfort.

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

This sounds like a funny, ribald, East-meets-West comedy story about a Punjabi community in London, England. It involves a law school dropout teaching a creative writing class at a community center full of Punjabi women, and the stories they create together. I’m very much excited for this one, and will pick it up when I’m in the mood to smile and laugh.

The Library of Legends by Janie Chang

This is a historical fantasy set in China in 1937. As Japanese bombs begin to fall, a university in Nanking is evacuated. Students, teachers, and staff must walk hundreds of miles to the western provinces, and are charged with the safekeeping of a collection of folkloric texts known as the Library of Legends. As humans and written words travel across China, spirits and immortals awaken and embark on their own journeys, which will change China forever. I don’t think I’ve ever read a historical fantasy set in China, so I’m very intrigued by this book.

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  1. Your assumptions about The Diary of a Bookseller are right. It was a really good read and funny too. I highly recommend it. I think by the end you’ll want to visit Bythell’s bookshop and maybe spend a night there. That’s how I felt by the end.

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