December 4, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
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*Published August 29, 2019*
The second book by the same author of The Diary of a Bookseller, and I was super excited to hear that Shaun Bythell was writing a second book. I’m definitely thankful for Book Depository and that I was able to buy it from them as soon as it came out.
“Do you have a list of your books, or do I just have to stare at them?” Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland. With more than a mile of shelving, real log fires in the shop and the sea lapping nearby, the shop should be an idyll for bookworms. Unfortunately, Shaun also has to contend with bizarre requests from people who don’t understand what a shop is, home invasions during the Wigtown Book Festival and Granny, his neurotic Italian assistant who likes digging for river mud to make poultices. The Diary of a Bookseller (soon to be a major TV series) introduced us to the joys and frustrations of life lived in books. Sardonic and sympathetic in equal measure, Confessions of a Bookseller will reunite readers with the characters they’ve come to know and love.
Overall, this was an enjoyable book; another look into Shaun Bythell’s life as a bookseller in Wigtown, Scotland. With that though, that is exactly what it is. It’s nearly exactly the same as the first book, just different experiences because it’s a different year. And I truly loved this the first time I read it in his first book. So, my enjoyment of the book was a little bit less, but that’s only because I’m used to his style of writing and his humor.
I do love that Shaun Bythell continues to write about his life as a bookseller and how this impacts his life outside of the bookshop as well. There isn’t much outside of his life that isn’t affected by The Bookshop, but I will say this. It doesn’t deter me from wanting to own my own secondhand bookshop, which is a vague, nebulous dream for future Ashley. If anything, The Diary of a Bookseller and Confessions of a Bookseller give me an insight to owning my own bookshop and it still gives me starry eyes when I think about it. For now though, I will keep working in my library and just peek at having a secondhand/indie bookstore of my own at some point.
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