I’m reading The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell, a conglomeration or anecdotes and adages about bookstores and their owners. Each of the stories averages two a couple pages but they are all quaint and entertaining. The content of this book meets or exceeds the minimum criteria for quaint bookstore anecdotes which make the reader want to get out and visit their local bookstore.
Within this book is the explanation of the origin of the phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On”.
If that isn’t enough to make you want to read the his book, I don’t know what will. Seriously, though, it’s just a plethora of peeks and previews of little book shops, mainly in Europe, but all over the globe. You will imagine yourself with a croissant and an Americano in a street side cafe across from the independent book shoppe where you just purchased the copy. (I used the classic olde English spelling to add to the already supersaturated quaintness up to which I’m trying to build.)
Its like watching You’ve Got Mail bundled up on your couch with snow on the window and a hot chocolate and a puppy on your lap. Yeah. Just about like that.
Ok, I’m going to leave you with that. I need to get out and pick up a few items today. I’m braving the quarter inch of snow we received here in Texas which melted when it hit the sidewalk. Only the flakes agile and smart enough to land on the grass was able to survive. Tomorrow, it will be nearly seventy once more. ‘Gotta love Texas.