My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“It’s not particularly difficult to run a successful bookshop, thought Valerie: a grasp of the rudiments of business, a sensible plan, a little skill in negotiation, a couple of contacts and a large portion of magic.”
When businesswoman Valerie takes over the bookshop owned by her aunt — who has vanished without a trace — her intention is to bring some order to the chaos, and then sell the business. But she has underestimated the power of the little shop. One day she stumbles upon a mysterious book with an unfinished ending. Valerie thinks it must be a defective copy, but when a customer turns up searching for that very book, her view of the shop — and the world — shifts, as she is forced to question what is and isn’t possible.
A Very Special Year is a declaration of love for literature, for beautiful books, the power and magic of stories as well as proof that the world of the imagination is still alive within us.
This book is a truly wonderful tale for bibliophiles that want to smile.
I picked this up mainly because it was about a bookshop, however, I read it because it was about discovering yourself through literature. It was such a short sweet read and even though it hasn’t changed my life in any particular way it was still a lovely book to read.
I love when I read a book that is based around a bookshop as I love sinking into the world of a bookseller and imagining what the bookshelves look like and how the place is cosy. I love walking into a new bookshop and finding lots of new reads. This is also a translated book and It is the second I have read this year which I now find fascinating.
I would recommend to any bibliophiles that love book recommendations from a book as this has lots of them. Also, it is an easy read so it is so quick to fall into the narrative and the magic of a bookshop.