Friday, 15 January 2016

Book Review: The Readers of the broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald



About the book:
Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen...
Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy's funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look after their bewildered tourist—even if they don't understand her peculiar need for books. Marooned in a farm town that's almost beyond repair, Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend's memory. All she wants is to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel and to convince them that reading is one of the great joys of life. But she makes some unconventional choices that could force a lot of secrets into the open and change things for everyone in town. Reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, this is a warm, witty book about friendship, stories, and love.

My Review:

Isn't it always a pleasure to read books about reading?
Isn't it always a pleasure to read about characters that unfold as the plot proceeds?
Isn't it always a sheer delight when a feel-good book becomes your companion for a while?

Well, this is precisely the kind of book I described above.
An ode to books and readers, the book plays its part well. Broken wheel is a strange town, granted, and Sara has set new definitions of friendship with her pen pal. Beautiful gestures come together, like Sara opening a bookstore in the memory of her friend. And although I could've read through it again and again, at times the prose was verbose enough for me to flip through or skim through pages.

But then again, I wouldn't mind that if the story is about reading and books.
Every reader, whether casual or ardent, should read it at least once.


Every now and then, we got to show some love for our favourite bookstores, don't we?




a Rafflecopter giveaway

Anyone can nominate their favorite bookstore at http://books.sourcebooks.com/readers-recommend-your-bookstore-sweepstakes/. Sourcebooks will award the winning bookstore with a $3,000 prize; two additional bookstores will each receive a $637 prize (the population of Bivald’s fictional Broken Wheel, Iowa). In addition to bookstores receiving prizes, weekly giveaways for those who nominate will be held throughout the campaign. Voting began January 4, and runs until February 19, when the winning bookstores will be announced.


Source of the book: Netgalley
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