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The Book Haters’ Book Club
The Book Haters’ Book Club is the latest novel to be checked off the to be read list, and the title is what caught my attention. How can book haters have a book club? I figured it had to be an entertaining read!
“We book people can be awful, prickish snobs. Why is a yummy romance any less worthy of a reader’s love than the latest New York literary sweetheart? I say if a certain type of book isn’t your preferred cocktail, darling, simply put down the glass and order something new. You don’t have to act as if you’ve been poisoned.”Gretchen Anthony, The Book Haters’ Book Club
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About The Book Haters’ Book Club
All it takes is the right book to turn a Book Hater into a Book Lover…
That was what Elliot—the beloved co-owner of Over the Rainbow Bookshop—believed before his untimely passing. He always had the perfect book suggestion for the self-proclaimed Book Hater. Now his grief-ridden business partner, Irma, has agreed to sell the cozy Over the Rainbow to condo developers.
But others won’t give up the bookshop without a fight. When Irma breaks the news to her daughters, Bree and Laney, and Elliot’s romantic partner, Thom, they are aghast. Over the Rainbow has been Bree and Laney’s sanctuary since childhood, and Thom would do anything to preserve Elliot’s legacy. Together they conspire to save the bookshop, even if it takes some snooping, gossip and minor sabotage.
Filled with humor, family hijinks and actual reading recommendations, The Book Haters’ Book Club is the ideal feel-good read. It’s a love letter to everyday heroes—those booksellers and librarians dedicated to putting the right books in the right hands every day.
Thoughts on The Book Haters’ Book Club
“Humans don’t need stories the same way whales don’t need oceans.”Gretchen Anthony, The Book Haters’ Book Club
The Book Haters’ Book Club is a novel that kept my attention from start to finish, and I found it to be a really fun and enjoyable read. I laughed out loud on several occasions. My husband and I have weekly “mandatory reading time” together, as we call it, and he shot me some funky looks more than once as I read this and was laughing out loud. Because that isn’t normal for me.
“You can try to stop us, but you’re gonna have to put on your clothes first!”Gretchen Anthony, The Book Haters’ Book Club
One of the things that impressed me was the character development. I found myself liking all of the characters and wanting to see their personal growth and success. There weren’t any terrible characters that needed to be hated. Personal growth and development was a big theme in this book, yet in such a great and positive way.
Gretchen Anthony has a lovely way of throwing in plot twists that make you want to keep reading, without being over the top stupid or shocking, and I appreciated that. But she certainly made me want to keep reading from start to finish. I read eighty five percent of this book in one sitting, and damned the fact I needed to sleep instead of finishing it all in one sitting.
“You’re smiling like I’m some sort of fruit pervert.”Gretchen Anthony, The Book Haters’ Book Club
My favorite parts of the book were the “intermissions” from Elliot throughout the book, because you could almost hear him talking. But they were also the little twists of information to really make you want to keep reading and learning about the characters and what happens next.
This really was such a light and fun read for me. I have a couple of book lovers on my Christmas list who will be receiving a copy of The Book Haters’ Book Club.
Final Thoughts on The Book Haters’ Book Club
“Books are like people. The ones who stay on the shelf look like beautiful porcelain dolls, but it’s the page-worn ones that have the best stories.”Gretchen Anthony, The Book Haters’ Book Club
This was the first novel from author Gretchen Anthony that I had ever read, and I’m really glad I had the opportunity to read it!
This is just a really fun and cute book that I would highly recommend for anyone wanting a lighthearted read, any book lover, or anyone in a reading slump and needing something to get them going again. This is absolutely perfect for that!
Have you read The Book Haters’ Book Club or any other writing from author Gretchen Anthony? Are you a fan? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
About the Author
Gretchen Anthony is the award-winning author of The Kids Are Gonna Ask, recipient of the 2021 Alex Award from the American Library Association. Her debut novel, Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners, was a Midwestern Connections Pick and a best books pick by Amazon, BookBub, PopSugar, and the New York Post. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, Medium, and The Write Life, among others. She lives in Minneapolis with her family.
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