“Is there anything better than iced coffee and a bookstore on a sunny day? I mean, aside from hot coffee and a bookstore on a rainy day.”Emily Henry, Book Lovers
Title: Book Lovers
Author: Emily Henry
Genres: Romance, Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 377 (Paperback)
Published: May 3rd, 2022
My Rating: ★★★½
Read: 1/18/2023 – 1/30/2023
Emily Henry still takes the prize for being my favorite romance writer even though I wasn’t vibing with this one as much as People We Meet on Vacation and Beach Read.
Book enthusiasts Nora and Charlie cross paths (repeatedly) while Nora is on a vacation with her sister in North Carolina. He is hardly part of her small-town bucket list. Nevertheless, a lot of her trip is spent with him as they edit a manuscript together as well as keeping Charlie’s parents’ bookstore afloat.
There are a lot of fun literary references in this old and new. I also enjoyed Libby and Nora’s relationship and was my favorite part of the book. As for Charlie and Nora, I liked them together, but I really struggled to get super into the story. The writing felt a bit sappier this time around and it’s just not my thing. It’s something I would have enjoyed more in the summertime when I’m typically in the mood for a lighthearted read. I may try it again in a few months.
Likes & Dislikes:
What I liked:
- The book references.
- The small-town setting.
- Nora’s relationship with Libby. I love seeing siblings who get along.
What I didn’t like:
- An overuse of similes.
- I feel like each of the plots could have been its own story. I didn’t find they flowed well together.
Even though I wasn’t feeling it, I always love buddy reading with my friend Nicole. She enjoyed this one more than me and her excitement in turn made me enjoy it more than I would have on my own.