A book that makes me happy? Books in general make me happy. I once described bookstores and libraries as my happy place. For me, walking along the shelves in a library, my hand gliding along the spines, makes me happy and calm at the same time. Picking up a book and escaping into the world that the author has created is for me the best feeling in the world. Because of this I have decided to feature a book about bookstores as my book that makes me happy. I got The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee from a friend for Christmas two years ago and once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down.
This book perfectly encapsulates what I love about bookshops. I could see myself within the pages. The book, for all it is a memoir, was also about me. It was about books and it was about love. When I read it I felt that same warm glow that I get in a bookstore spread through me. It is a book I think everyone who loves books should read.
It is about a love of books and the independent bookshops that work hard to find the perfect book for each customer. In today’s world with big box shops and internet bookselling the independent bookshop needs a book like this one. I do buy my books from big box stores. I love going to Barnes & Noble when I am in the states. Or to sit in Waterstone’s on Princes Street in Edinburgh with a latte looking out at the Castle and leafing through a book. But I also miss James Thin. The family owned bookstore where I bough my text books my first few years at Uni. I am also so very happy that the town I’ll be moving to in the fall has an independent bookshop. It is the small, tightly packed bookshop I love.
So any book that promotes this is a book that makes me happy.