Book Review: The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell

The Bookshop BookThe Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you thought you had to go to Flourish and Blotts to find curses for book thieves, then Jen Campbell will surprise you with the magical, albeit muggle-run, bookshops she discovered.

These places are time machines, spaceships, story-makers, secret-keepers. They are dragon-tamers, dream-catchers, fact-finders, and safe places. They are full of infinite possibilities and tales worth taking home.

From big cities like New York and Tokyo to unlikely places like a bomb shelter in China to a traveling library in Colombia, you’re sure to come across a bookshop that the bookworms in your house (including yourself) would love to visit.

However, The Bookshop Book is more than just about charming book stores and where to find them. It’s also about the lives in these bookshops, the books that touch these lives, and the magic that these books carry. It’s about the comfort and safety that brick-and-mortars and words on paper can give people. It is a reminder that, when I get lost in a book or feel wonder when I touch spines in a bookstore, I am not alone.

Because whether we’re in the middle of the desert or in the heart of a city, or the top of a mountain or on an underground train: having good stories to keep us company means the whole world.

I thought I had to find Diagon Alley to see magic but this book reminded me that all the magic in this and all the other worlds can be found in books and, now, in bookshops too.

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