All Booked | Cozy Books About Books

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Hello book lovers!

I hope you enjoyed my last newsletter about strange books. For those of you who don’t like weird books, I see you too. My love of weird books is definitely a recent addition to my reading tastes. And because I know weird books aren’t for everyone, I’d like to recommend a few books that make readers feel the opposite way. These picks are the coziest, most comfortable reads I’ve read. They are also all books about books. So grab a blanket and a cup of tea and enjoy one of these leisurely reads. They are the perfect complements for the cooler days and nights I think lie ahead.

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I firmly believe in going into a book with as little knowledge as possible. I try not to read too many synopses or reviews as most of them share too much. My pitches below are short and sweet for this reason alone.


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The storied life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is probably the cutest book I’ve ever read. It’s the epitome of a feel-good read. We follow AJ Fikry, who owns a bookstore on a very remote island in New England. Life doesn’t go its way until one day someone walks into your life and everything changes. This book is a declaration of love for reading. I cried several times while reading this story. And at 260 pages, it’s the perfect companion for an autumn afternoon.

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If you are looking for something with a little more romance then The bookstore on the corner by Jenny Colgan is for you. This book has big Hallmark movie vibes – a woman in her 20s moves from the big city to the Scottish countryside and opens a mobile bookshop. She has made it her mission to bring a love of reading and books to her new community. I read this book a few years ago and still think about it often. If you love romance with a surly love interest then this is the book for you.


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Of course it wouldn’t be All booked Newsletter without a dash of literary murder. magpie murders by Anthony Horowitz is the perfect combination of books, detective stories and the English countryside. There is a novel within this novel that is so well done that for a while you forget it isn’t the main story. This read is reminiscent of classic detective stories—think Agatha Christie. I highly recommend this one; it is one of my favorite books i have read.

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I still love reading cozy books and books about books – especially around this time of year. If you have any recommendations for me, please email me at [email protected] and let me know! I am always looking for more books and would love to hear from you.

Your bookworm in love, Emily


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