Winter Reads: Bookshop and Bonedust, Days at the Morisaki Bookshop, and Murder in the Family

Some min book reviews of the books I read this winter. I appeared to love reading about bookshops and unusual mysteries. If you are unaware of my rating system, it is ☕ I didn’t like it. ☕☕ It was okay. ☕☕☕ I enjoyed it. ☕☕☕☕ I liked it, and ☕☕☕☕☕ I loved it.

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Bookshops and Bonedust

Travis Baldree

Set in the same world as Legends & Lattes, Travis Baldree’s second book, Bookshops & Bonedust, is a cosy fantasy novel that tells the story of Viv. A soldier of fortune who is forced to recuperate in a small beach town after she gets injured during a hunt. While spending time at a struggling bookshop, Viv meets some interesting characters, and unexpected adventures ensue.

Bookshops and Bonedust

Rating: ☕☕☕☕/5

The story is a prequel to the popular fantasy novel, filled with cosy cafes, bookshops, and loveable characters. This story offers a chance to discover more about Viv and her past. A perfect mix of cosiness and action!

Days at the Morisaki Bookshop

Satoshi Yagisawa with Eric Ozawa (Translator)

Days at the Morisaki Bookshop is a heartwarming story about Takako, a young woman who moves into the tiny room above her eccentric uncle’s bookshop after her boyfriend breaks up with her. As Takako gets lost in the stacks of books, she discovers new worlds and learns about life, love, and the healing power of books.

Days at the Morisaki Bookshop

Rating: ☕☕☕☕/5

Set in a hidden Tokyo suburb, Jimbōchō, this book is a lovely, cosy read for all lovers of books and those who have experienced the mending of a broken heart.

Days at the Morisaki Bookshop is a delightful, exquisitely crafted, and deeply touching novel. That will captivate fans of the Before The Coffee Gets Cold series.

Murder in the Family

Cara Hunter

In October 2003, Luke Ryder was found dead in the garden of the family home in West London, leaving behind a wealthy older widow and three stepchildren. The murder was never solved.

Now, 20 years later, Luke’s stepson, a film-maker, produces a TV programme looking into Luke’s murder. Gathering a group of experts from around the world, they hope to finally solve the mystery of Luke’s death on a television show.

Rating: ☕☕☕☕.5/5

What drew me to this book was the format. Each chapter is a transcript from a fictional programme, Infamous, mixed with copies of emails or text messages. Because of the format, the book allows the reader to follow the investigation and try to solve the murder before the experts.

The format also provided lots of twists and turns. Each episode of the programme ends on a cliffhanger. Therefore, so does each chapter in the book. These twists in the plot kept me reading. 

Whilst I disliked most of the characters in the book, I loved the style of storytelling and the unique format.

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

Gabrielle Zevin

Spanning thirty years, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Venice Beach, California. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is a love story. Unlike any love story you have read before. Sam and Sadie, childhood friends, are reunited in Cambridge on a snowy day, and they begin a legendary collaboration that will launch them to stardom. Designing a hit blockbuster video game, Ichigo, the two friends discover the world is theirs. But they soon realise being brilliant and rich will not protect them from their creative ambitions or betrayals.

Rating: ☕☕☕☕☕/5

This is a love story for the modern age, an epic tale about the highs and lows of friendship. I loved this book; both the main characters are adorable (but do have their flaws). I also loved the storytelling style of this book, especially the ‘extra’ chapters, both NPC and Pioneers.
This tale will stay with you for a long time!

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