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384 pages, ebook
First published February 11, 2016
Because every day with a book is slightly better than one without, and I wish you nothing but the happiest of days.Nina Redmond is my favorite kind of main character - she feels like a best friend. A very bookish best friend. The best possible kind of best friend.
for Nina, whenever reality, or the grimmer side of reality, threatened to invade, she always turned to a book...They had mended her heart when it was broken, and encouraged her to hope when she was down.But all that vanished. All that comfort and security from her library job - snuffed out. And Nina is just reeling and the midst of her panic, she comes to a realization (with the help of her friend):
Just do something. You might make a mistake, then you can fix it. But if you do nothing, you can't fix anything. And your life might turn out full of regrets.So, armed with an unwieldy old van and far more books than one can imagine, Nina sets off to explore the countryside - selling her books at farmers markets and festivals, all the while blossoming from a shy, timid librarian to the woman she was always meant to be.
There is no dedication in this book because the entire book is dedicated to you: the reader. To all readers.The 2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge - A book that involves a library or bookstore
Because this book is about reading and books, and how these things can change your life, always, I would argue, for the better....
"Books had been her solace when she was sad, her friends when she was lonely. They had mended her heart when it was broken, and encouraged her to hope when she was down."
"Books were the best way Nina knew – apart from, sometimes, music – to breach the barrier; to connect the internal universe with the external, the words acting merely as a conduit between the two worlds."
“Just do something. You might make a mistake, then you can fix it. But if you do nothing, you can't fix anything. And your life might turn out full of regrets.”
"But you know when you're watching a film you feel like you can see what's happening?" Ben nodded. "Well, that's one thing. But when you read a book, you feel like you're in it." "Like a computer game?" "No. Not like a computer game. Computer games are fun, but you're still just looking at stuff and pressing buttons. Reading is being in stuff." Ben squinted. "Like actually being there?" "Like actually being there. You plug straight into the writer's brain. It's just you and them. You experience what they experience."
“Dogs are tremendously good at showing you you don’t have to check your phone every two seconds to have a happy life.”
“You know, on the bus, everyone used to read books. But then they were fiddling on their phones or those big phones.”
"The problem with good things that happen is that very often they disguise themselves as awful things. It would be lovely, wouldn't it, whenever you're going through something difficult, if someone could just tap you on the shoulder and say, "Don't worry, it's completely worth it. It seems like absolutely horrible crap now, but I promise it will all come good in the end"