Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

4 Stars

The relationship between book and reader is private.

When Mr. Penumbra asked Rosemary the question, “Why do you love books so much?“, I felt as if he was asking me, because it was something I’ve been asked countless times. This book was like an adventure, a silent tribute, for book lovers like me. It’s hard to describe. While reading this, I felt so at home, so in my element. This book was written for people like me who simply love to read.

It’s an easy read, no stress, no too elaborate complexities. Reading it was a breeze, a fun breeze. I put off reading this book, but this morning I finally decided to scrap it off my reading list and be done with it and it’s a good thing I did. This book was a happy mystery that kept me guessing. It kept me reading because I just wanted to know what the bloody hell was the secret behind Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. The way the mystery was built up was great. It really made me ask the same questions Clay did: What the hell is happening here?

Although the big reveal was not what I expected or hoped for, I wasn’t disappointed by it. I was satisfied and the epilogue was probably one of my favorite bits of the novel. This is a great and simple story I’m sure all bookworms would enjoy. Now here I am wishing there’s a real store like Mr. Penumbra’s Bookstore somewhere here on Earth… oh how I’d love to visit that.

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