Why You Will Like This Book:
- These are real letters, sent back and forth between an American woman and the employees of a British bookshop during the post-WWII period.
- For book lovers especially, this is so sweet and cozy. It's filled with references to awesome books, and a proper appreciation for their covers and binding.
- And it's just a really sweet story, although a little bittersweet as well.
- I can't really think of any reason, especially since it's so short that it'll hardly take any of your time. I guess if you're too young to enjoy a story where nothing really happens?
This is definitely worth the hour or so it takes to read.
If You Like This, You Might Also Like: I haven't done very well at this new recommendation section so far, sigh. The problem is that I've been reading a few more books that are outside my usual fare recently. And this is totally outside it. I can't really think of anything that's much like it at all. Here's the best I've got:
--The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis: because you get some of that cozy-but-suffering-Britishers-in-wartime feel? Even though 84, Charing Cross Road took place after the war... but they were still having food shortages and stuff, so I'm counting it.
--Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones: because the girl falls in love with books and her friend sends her them in the mail. Yeah, I'm really stretching here, I know... But what else can I put? Daddy-Long-Legs because it's epistolary? Emily of New Moon because there's an eccentric female writer? The "Hetalia" anime because it has British/American contrasts?
I wasn't lying when I said it was outside my usual fare. Probably some day I'll read something that IS more like this and come back and edit, but for now, you'll have to research on your own.