Tuesday, August 23, 2016
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen...
Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy's funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look after their bewildered tourist—even if they don't understand her peculiar need for books. Marooned in a farm town that's almost beyond repair, Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend's memory.
All she wants is to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel and to convince them that reading is one of the great joys of life. But she makes some unconventional choices that could force a lot of secrets into the open and change things for everyone in town. Reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, this is a warm, witty book about friendship, stories, and love.
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads).
A few weeks ago, it seemed like everyone was posting about The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend on Instagram. It was in close to every one out of three posts. Then, I would go to Twitter, or Facebook, and it would be all over there. Everyone was talking about it all over Booktube as well. I finally decided to break down, and read it to see what all of the hype was about. Unfortunately, the hype monster got me on this one. It was just okay for me.
Everyone was saying that Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend was for people who love books, so I went into it with high expectations. I came out a little disappointed. From that description, I thought it was mostly going to be about books. While there were parts in it about books, that wasn't the main theme of the book. The book was mostly about the inner workings of a small town, friendship, and falling in love when you least expect it. It made the book a very slow read, and quite boring. There were several times when I wanted to DNF it, but I kept going in hopes that it would get better.
The book wasn't all bad though. I did like the bookish references that were in there, even if there weren't as many as I wanted. I found a couple of books to add to my tbr. Some of the characters were quirky, which I loved. Caroline made me chuckle quite a bit. She was definitely my favorite. I didn't agree with all of her view points, but I loved how much she had developed as a character by the end of the book.
While the book didn't live up to my expectations, I didn't hate it either. I would recommend The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend to anyone looking for a light, fluffy, sometimes over the to nonsensical read. I don't know that I would recommend buying it, but if it sounds like it would be your thing, it might be best to rent it from the library.
I give The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend: 3/5.
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I received this ebook from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.