Cyber Monday? We’d Rather Be Browsing in a Bookshop

Shelf Renewal

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a less observed but equally deserving retail holiday of note: Small Business Saturday. If I had to guess, I’d say our readers were much more likely to be browsing bookstores for gifts than lining up in cold parking lots for a chance at a doorbuster big-screen TV. For those who like to avoid the shopping scene altogether and cozy up with a good read, there are plenty of good books about bookstores!

The Bookshop, by Penelope Fitzgerald

The Bookstore, by Deborah Meyler

Death on Demand, by Carolyn G. Hart

Deep Waters, by Jayne Ann Krentzfikry2

The King’s English: Adventures of an Independent Bookseller, by Betsy Burton

The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book, by Wendy Welch

The Love Letter, by Cathleen Schine

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan

My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Brows, Read and Shop, edited by Ronald Rice

The Secret of Lost Things, by Sheridan Hay

The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Shelf Life: Romance, Mystery, Drama, and Other Page-Turning Adventures from a Year in a Bookstore, by Suzanne Strempek Shea

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin

Strangled Prose, by Joan Hess

Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare and Co., by Jeremy Mercer

The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, by Lewis Buzbee




About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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