Book Lovers by Emily Henry is a bookish rivals-to-lovers rom-com that is full of fun surprises and twists. Nora and Libby, two book-loving sisters, plan a summer getaway to a picturesque cottage in the slow and sleepy town of Sunshine Falls. But instead of getting a relaxing vacay away from the work, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a rival editor from back in the city.
Forget the grumpy/sunshine trope… this grumpy/grumpy duo are perfect for each other! Nora is complex, deep, funny, and relatable. And Charlie is always saying all the right things, in a good way. I loved them together. Their deadpan humor and teasing banter are so cute, and I love their chemistry as a couple.
I think a lot of readers love books about books, myself included. And with such a bookish title, this title is basically irresistible. The title Book Lovers hints at some subtle details of the story, and there are plenty of literary references to romance authors, tropes, archetypes, and specific books throughout the story. The two main characters even wear the same gender neutral cologne, a scent that is just called “book”.
Modern and fresh, this is a must-read for rom-com lovers.
Thank you to Libro.fm for providing me a free ALC of this title. All opinions are my own.
It was 2013 and I was browsing old paperbacks in a local bookshop that sadly no longer exists. I remember the shop well, it was one of those cozy narrow stores that was crammed full of leaning stacks and overflowing shelves. I liked it because they had low prices on classics, and bought used books for store credit. So I shopped there a lot, always looking to add something to my collection that I didn’t already have. I had never seen or heard of this book before, but when I saw it and had to have it.
I honestly couldn’t place what drew me to Lost Horizon. Perhaps the stunning vintage paperback art style and the striking sprayed pages? Maybe it was the smell of old book that greeted me every time I flipped a page? Or simply that the short tale captured my imagination and took me on an adventure. At the time I was really into hiking and maybe I was drawn to the mountainous cover art, or maybe my wandering soul craved the isolated utopia I found within the book. I guess it was all of it, the experience as a whole.
Lost Horizon is best remembered as the origin of Shangri-La, a fictional utopian lamasery located high in the mountains of Tibet. Though I had heard of Shangri-La before, I never really thought about what it symbolized or where it came from. Until I found Lost Horizion.
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Have you seen the new Emma movie yet? I didn’t get a chance to see it before the theaters closed (thanks, Coronavirus), so I got to enjoy it from the comfort of my own couch—but I’m not complaining! LOL I actually prefer seeing movies from home, it is way more comfortable to lounge around under your own blankets, and you can pause/rewind the show if you ever need to take a snack-break! So shelter-at-home premieres don’t bother me, so much. Plus, all the time at home got me inspired to make some bookmarks! You can check them out on my newly launched etsy shop, WandererLitJournal Bookish Bookmarks.
“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.” ―Jane Austen, Emma
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It’s a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is the best romance writer of all time. Don’t @ me.
Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen’s now classic romance novel, has been beloved by readers for the last 200 years. The story charts the emotional development of Elizabeth Bennet, who learns the error of making hasty judgments and comes to appreciate the difference between the superficial and the essential. The comedy of the writing lies in the depiction of manners, education, marriage, and money during the British Regency period.
“Till this moment I never knew myself.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Pride & Prejudice is one of the most loved and widely adapted of Austen’s works. Since it was first published in 1813, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has sold over 20 million copies, and is now one of the most recognizable names in British literature. Though it was written over 200 years ago, it remains relevant. Not only is it a beautifully written love story with a happy ending, but it contains timeless insights about human nature that reminds readers that first impressions can often be wrong. Continue reading “Pride & Prejudice: A Film Guide”
Netflix is constantly changing – adding and removing – titles, based on licensing agreements, so it’s important to keep checking for new titles, and to make sure you watch them before they’re gone.
As of 2018, here is an updated list of everything bookish that you can stream on Netflix!
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