What are the best books set in a bookstore?

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    #1Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

    Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

    Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is a novel by Robin Sloan. It tells the story of Clay Jannon, who started working at Mr. Penumbra's bookstore. While there, he investigated the shop's patrons and discovers a conspiracy about the book world.

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    #2The Little Paris Bookshop

    The Little Paris Bookshop
    The Little Paris Bookshop is a semi-autobiographical novel by Nina George. It tells the story of a bookstore built on a boat in the Seine and includes stories about traveling in France, loss and mourning, and how books can change a person.
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    Mildred Cole
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The Little Paris Bookshop is my best book is talks about a story of a bookstore built on a boat in the Seine and includes stories about traveling in France, loss and mourning, and how books can change a person."
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    #3The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is a contemporary fiction novel by Gabrielle Zevin. It tells the story of A.J. Fikry, a bookstore owner. The most expensive book in his store got stolen, but an unexpected surprise more than makes up for it.

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    Vincent Henderson
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "It is hard to find books taking place in a bookstore. Even if there were lots, this one would still be great. This book surprised me a lot."
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    #484, Charing Cross Road

    84, Charing Cross Road
    84, Charing Cross Road is a collection of 20 years' worth of correspondence between Helene Halff and Frank Doel, a book dealer. Halff, a lover of rare books, sends a letter to Doel, and from there blossoms an enduring friendship.
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    Christine Snyder
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Get your tissues ready folks, “84, Charing Cross Road” is sure to more you heart into your throat, or rather, onto your sleeve. Enduring love is that name of the game in this sensational novel and is chuck full of heart. Helene Hanff’s “84, Charing Cross Road” is truly a gem and once you pick it up you won’t be able to put it down. "
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    #5Time Was Soft There

    Time Was Soft There
    Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co. is a memoir by Canadian journalist Jeremy Mercer. It tells the story of his stay in the famous Parisian bookstore, Shakespeare & Co.
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    Teresa Flores
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "What a snooze fest! Do not waste your time on this one. Keep looking."
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    #6The Thirteenth Tale

    The Thirteenth Tale

    The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield is a gothic historical fiction on how children allegorically think of their birth. It tells the gothic strange encounters of the protagonist throughout the story.

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    Katherine Gonzalez
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Eerie and fascinating! Very few books leave such an impression on me like The Thirteenth Tale did. Even when I wasn't reading it was in my thoughts. I was puzzling it through or wondering what would happen to one or more of the characters. It's hypnotizing and I didn't want to stop reading! "
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    #7Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

    Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

    What is the most bizarre question you've heard on a bookshop? This book is a funny collection of them. Questions such as "Can books conduct electricity?' or 'Is this book edible?'.

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    Madison Bowman
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This book will have you laughing. Sometimes you hear the funniest things in the strangest places and the author took the funniest stories heard in a bookstore and put it into a book . It will keep you entertained."
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    #8Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

    Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

    From the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan tells the story of a young girl named Lily who left a notebook with challenges written on it, in hopes of finding a guy to accept these challenges.

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    Aanya Tata
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book is so fun and exciting to read! I would say it is appropriate for ages 12 and up. It feels fresh and unpredictable. It is a new twist on romance and adventure. I think anyone would enjoy it!"
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    #9The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books)

    The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books)

    The Shadow of the Wind is a historical novel by Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Published in 2001, it is the first book in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. It tells the story of Daniel, the son of an antiquarian book dealer.

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    Louis Fuller
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "There cant be many books set in a bookstore so that really limits the options. This book seems cool enough, I might dive a little deeper into it to see what it is about."
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    #10The Bookseller of Kabul

    The Bookseller of Kabul

    The Bookseller of Kabul is a feminist and socialist book written by author Asne Seierstad. It was published in October 2004. It is about a bookseller, his wife, and their battle to bring books to Kabul despite the authoritarian regime in the country.

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    Jorge Luis Escamilla
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "This is a great little tale, and especially so if you are like me, and fond of books about books...or in this case, about bookstores! The bookseller of kabul is a engrossing story, sure to keep you up late turning the pages! Don't hesitate to add this to your cart, if you're already on the fence about it!"
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    #11People of the Book

    People of the Book

    People of the Book is a 2008 historical fiction novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks. It focuses on a book conservator, Hanna Health, as she attempts to restore the Sarajevo Haggadah, a Jewish manuscript.
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    Philip Coleman
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is literally the story of a book as it passes through time. There are not really any characters to follow, as the main character is the book. There are interesting stories written in a style that is easy to read. Not a great book, but probably worth a read."

Summary

Best What are the best books set in a bookstore
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour BookstoreBooks 49 Paid
2The Little Paris BookshopBooks 44 Paid
3The Storied Life of A. J. FikryBooks 43 Paid
484, Charing Cross RoadBooks 40 Paid
5Time Was Soft ThereBooks 38 Paid
6The Thirteenth TaleBooks 37 Paid
7Weird Things Customers Say in BookshopsBooks 33 Paid
8Dash & Lily's Book of DaresBooks 31 Paid
9The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books)Books 30 Paid
10The Bookseller of KabulBooks 26 Paid
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