10 Aug 2015

Reasons to Read: The Bookshop Book

The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell
December 2014 · Murdoch Books
Source: Publisher
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 288
Every bookshop has a story.

We’re not talking about rooms that are just full of books. We’re talking about bookshops in barns, disused factories, converted churches and underground car parks. Bookshops on boats, on buses, and in old run-down train stations. Fold-out bookshops, undercover bookshops, this-is-the-best-place-I’ve-ever-been-to-bookshops.

Meet Sarah and her Book Barge sailing across the sea to France; meet Sebastien, in Mongolia, who sells books to herders of the Altai mountains; meet the bookshop in Canada that’s invented the world’s first antiquarian book vending machine.

And that’s just the beginning.

From the oldest bookshop in the world, to the smallest you could imagine, The Bookshop Book examines the history of books, talks to authors about their favourite places, and looks at over three hundred weirdly wonderful bookshops across six continents (sadly, we’ve yet to build a bookshop down in the South Pole).

The Bookshop Book is a love letter to bookshops all around the world.

1. The Bookshop Book will remind you just how important it is to support your local bookshops. Yes, online shopping is great. Prices can be more affordable and you can get it shipped to your door, but… With more and more bookstores struggling to stay open, it’s up to us readers to help keep their doors open and support our local stores.

2. So...this is kind of terrible when you don’t have the finances, but boy, will The Bookshop Book give you a case of wanderlust.  There are such amazing bookshops mentioned, all around the globe, and reading about them is going to make you want to hop on a plane and go explore! This might sound like a reason to avoid the book, but truthfully, it was just quite lovely to imagine visiting them all one day - yes, a girl can dream. I may or may not be going to use this book like a bucket list!

3. Owning a bookstore is probably never a far thought for book lovers who dream of being surrounded by books all day, but reading this made me so badly want to open my own. It was fun imagining what my fantasty-store would be like… Tea parties, dress up days, author events, bookish inspired cupcake competitions galore!

4. It will make you appreciate the good ole bookstore and all that it offers. There’s nothing like walking into the warmth and comfort of a book shop and being surrounded by books, as far as the eye can see.

5. Simply put, it will remind you of the magic and wonderment that stepping into a bookshop can bring.


  1. So well put, Rebecca! As nice as ordering books online is, it doesn't beat the feeling of walking into a bookstore or buying your books in person (and supporting them at the same time).

    This sounds like a great read :) I remember Dash and Lily's Book of Dares gave me a massive case of wanderlust as well! Thanks for the cute review!

  2. 'The Bookshop Book is a love letter to bookshops all around the world.'

    That's so precious and beautifully worded. I love bookstores, especially the smaller, non chain bookshops that smell like books, not plastic and paint. You know the ones where you open a book, duck into a little nook and read the first few pages before purchasing. Sadly they seem like a rare breed these days, especially in my area. We have one grossly overpriced chain store bookshop with it's bright lights and not many Aussie YA titles on their shelves either which makes me incredibly sad.

    I love pop up bookshops, book buses or anything that brings books to the masses and this sounds like an incredibly lovely read. Brilliant review Bec <3 absolutely loved it.

  3. Great review, I have this book and can't wait to read it now!

  4. Wow great review. I need this book. I adore bookshops and I love how this shows the magic of bookshops from all over. Interesting! Off to add to my wishlist.

  5. Lovely review!! Made me want to read this book. I will definitely be on the lookout for this title on my local bookstores! :)