March 4, 2013

Crafty Book Reviews: March 2013

This month I’m going to stray from my usual craft book theme and tell you about a book that will make you fall in love with reading all over again. I have been voraciously reading for almost 38 years and this is the BEST book I have ever read. The BEST. 

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is a love letter to bibliophiles. If you are enamored of the way a book smells, if you crave the feel of pages in your hands, if you are entranced at the sight of the words on the pages, if you are addicted to the sound of the page turning…this is the one book you MUST read. 

Our hero has lost his job in the economic downturn and takes a position as the night clerk at a small little bookstore tucked away between an unsavory exotic nightclub and some dusty storefronts. In his misguided attempts to help Mr. Penumbra bring more business to this hidden gem, he meets a potential girlfriend (who happens to work for Google – and a fascinating peek into that world ensues) and he discovers there isn’t as real a need for more business as he thinks. This little bookstore appeals to a specific customer – one that is on a quest for knowledge. And inadvertently, he solves the puzzle that many have spent years trying to solve, opening the door to the real adventure of this book. 

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is a very fast read, I finished it in one two-hour sitting. And then proceeded to re-read the whole thing. I cannot even begin to explain how much I LOVE this book. Please. If you are any kind of book reader, pick up a copy at your library, your bookstore, heck – even your e-reader (yes, I went there!), PLEASE read this book. And then come back and thank me. I’m THAT confident you will love this book as much as I do. 

And to think, I only picked it up because the cover is my favorite color…Happy Reading! 

Ky is owner, inventor, and creator of Book-Inz, the handmade, fabric magnetic bookmark that's taking book readers by storm! When she's not creating a happier, dog ear free world for books, she's reading anything she can get her hands on…including receipts she finds on the ground in parking lots.