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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.After enjoying the first book from Shaun Bythell, The Diary of a Bookseller, I was excited to readdiary installments from Shaun Bythell s life as a second hand book seller in Wigtown I wasn t disappointed This is full of the charm of the original book, with Bythell s usual introspective views on life, love and buying and selling books to various oddball customers.Although misanthropic, Bythell still manages to come across as I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.After enjoying the first book from Shaun Bythell, The Diary of a Bookseller, I was excited to readdiary installments from Shaun Bythell s life as a second hand book seller in Wigtown I wasn t disappointed This is full of the charm of the original book, with Bythell s usual introspective views on life, love and buying and selling books to various oddball customers.Although misanthropic, Bythell still manages to come across as genuinely witty and down to earth His interactions with staff members are a particular highlight, as he affectionately records what Nicky has brought in from the Morrison s dumpsters on a Friday and the amount of food that Granny can pack away It s also the people of Wigtown, from Fiona next door to the grumpy postmaster, that seem to make Shaungrounded and relatable to the reader There are a few rather poignant moments scattered throughout the documented year that managed to elicit emotion from Shaun that may otherwise have been lost among thelighthearted chapters and offhand comments if it weren t for his neighbors I also really enjoyed the interactions with customers and sellers, and found it fascinating to read about the types of people who have large book collections to sell on various, often rather niche, topics.I also enjoyed the starting chapters for each month, which include an extract from an parody novel about booksellers, followed by Shaun s own interpretation on the subject matter and various insights into the trade itself The paragraphs on book binding and book plates I found particularly interesting Bythell s writing style is also always fun, and the chapters are quick and easy to read, flowing well This made it easy to put down and pick up, and I finished it quickly.As the previous novel, this is a fun and insightful look into life as a second hand bookseller that will interest anyone with a love of books This is an absolute delight Shaun Bythell brings to life the trials, tribulations and thoughts of a independent bookshop owner The approach is in diary form from 1st January to 31 December 2015 where the year starts with the shop, which is located in the Scottish town of Wigtown in Dumfries and Galloway, closed for New Year s Day.It is endlessly entertaining and genuinely laugh out loud in places Customers, those oh so wanted people, come in many shapes and sizes and we learn of their foibles This is an absolute delight Shaun Bythell brings to life the trials, tribulations and thoughts of a independent bookshop owner The approach is in diary form from 1st January to 31 December 2015 where the year starts with the shop, which is located in the Scottish town of Wigtown in Dumfries and Galloway, closed for New Year s Day.It is endlessly entertaining and genuinely laugh out loud in places Customers, those oh so wanted people, come in many shapes and sizes and we learn of their foibles, manners and interests There are descriptions of regular customers, as well as many who drive the author to despair.The shop s place in Wigtown is well described, as we see the various life of the town interact with the people and tourists and see how Shaun plays his part in festivals and other s initiatives and events.The visits to people across the county to buy books is interesting in what people offer, think is of value, and why they are selling collections, as is the insight into what actually sells well, what doesn t and what did but does no longer allied to this is the constant reduction of process and as such margin.This latter point is a theme throughout where we many of us on GR already know this and do the same are made aware of the wayhas changed the books market and the retail trade in both new and second hand But in the way that Goodreaders will buy books from shops and wish to support them, The Bookshop in Wigtown, like many Goodreaders, usesand Abe in Shaun s case as a sales and fulfilment tool The prices are low, the margin lower and the customers expectation is cheaper, cheaper anddiscount The backend cataloguing system called Monsoon as gets a mention, mainly for its problems and failings that do nothing to make a bookseller s life easy One constant across the book are the people who work in his shop Nicky, Granny and Flo Captain the cat also has many mentions They provide labour, help and assistance, as well as much humour and in equal measure exasperate and support the author running his shop Granny is as hilarious Flo grumpy and teenage Nicky is, wellNicky Anna, also plays a part, but it seems only right for readers of this review to discover her and Shaun s relationship themselves.I wanted the book to continue, but rather like when the shop closes and Shaun goes off for a pint to read a book from his ever growing TBR, I have to do the same.Recommended for all lovers of books, and those who enjoy diaries and observations of others Another enjoyable diary of a year in the life of a used bookseller in Scotland Like the previous book, I read a few entries every night I see from the GR blurb that this is being made into a TV series I sure hope we can get it here in the states. the latest book in the bookseller series is enjoyable its funny as it documents a year in the shop with the different customers and the characters the book doesn t disappoint ( FREE PDF ) ♽ Confessions of a Bookseller ♒ Do you have a list of your books, or do I just have to stare at them Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland With than a mile of shelving, real log fires in the shop and the sea lapping nearby, the shop should be an idyll for bookworms Unfortunately, Shaun also has to contend with bizarre requests from people who don t understand what a shop is, home invasions during the Wigtown Book Festival and Granny, his neurotic Italian assistant who likes digging for river mud to make poultices The Diary of a Bookseller soon to be a major TV series introduced us to the joys and frustrations of life lived in books Sardonic and sympathetic in equal measure, Confessions of a Bookseller will reunite readers with the characters they ve come to know and love 3.5 This picks up right where The Diary of a Bookseller left off and carries through the whole of 2015 So long as you keep in mind that this isof the same stuff the daily routines of buying and selling books, including customers and colleagues quirks, and of being out and about in a small town and you aren t looking for big thrills in your reading, you should enjoy it Some may find the built in repetition boring, while for others it will be comforting I read this on a summer tri 3.5 This picks up right where The Diary of a Bookseller left off and carries through the whole of 2015 So long as you keep in mind that this isof the same stuff the daily routines of buying and selling books, including customers and colleagues quirks, and of being out and about in a small town and you aren t looking for big thrills in your reading, you should enjoy it Some may find the built in repetition boring, while for others it will be comforting I read this on a summer trip to Milan and found it unexpectedly addictive I certainly wished that I was in Wigtown instead of a sweltering city Also, because of where I was reading the book I got particular enjoyment out of the characterization of Emanuela soon known as Granny for her poor eyesight and myriad aches and gripes , who comes over from Italy to volunteer in the bookshop for the summer.Bythell s break up with Anna is a recurring theme in this volume, I suspect because his editor publisher insisted on an injection of emotional drama he strikes me as someone who would have kept this part of his life completely private if he had the choice The month heading epigraphs are all from Augustus Muir s The Intimate Thoughts of John Baxter, Bookseller this time Once again we get a full accounting of each day s sales and customer numbers, with delightful anecdotes about his weirder encounters with the public and Nicky and notes about his reading and any escapes from the town for fishing, book buying excursions or brief vacations If you loved the first book, go ahead and read the sequel Just don t expect it to break any new ground It sounds perfect, a mile of bookshelves, 100,000 books to choose from, open fires, a bookshop cat and when you have selected your purchases then you can take a walk down to the sea to sit and read them This place can be found in Scotland s book town, Wigtown, and if you were a visitor you d hope that the proprietor, Shawn Bythell would be pleased to see every customer who walked in the door Well, he is, sometimes, but he often isn tDo you have a list of your books, or do I just have to star It sounds perfect, a mile of bookshelves, 100,000 books to choose from, open fires, a bookshop cat and when you have selected your purchases then you can take a walk down to the sea to sit and read them This place can be found in Scotland s book town, Wigtown, and if you were a visitor you d hope that the proprietor, Shawn Bythell would be pleased to see every customer who walked in the door Well, he is, sometimes, but he often isn tDo you have a list of your books, or do I just have to stare at them Inundated with requests from customers that range from the regular requests for a particular copy of a book, people wanting to take selfies with the kindle to the slightly strange and often the outright bizarre requests from customers who really are not engaging their brains before opening their mouths He also has to battle with those that think nothing of selecting a number of books off the shelf, coming up to the counter and then offering a paltry sum for the books that they want No one would think of doing that in any other shop, so why should he be different.He is still buying collections of books, from people who think that their value is far and above what he is prepared to pay And every now and again he finds a gem of a book in those collections, however, I never cease to be amazed just how many he takes to be pulped He lists the book viaand Abe books, and while I can see that if a book listed will get snapped up, he frequently gets a book in the day after someone has asked for itis the bane of his life The Monsoon system that they have to use to sell throughseems not to work most of the time They don t get the orders, so, therefore, have no way of knowing what to ship and the customer rightly complains that they haven t had the book yet It makes the shop look bad, even though they are not at fault in any way andberates them and holds onto their money for longer.On top of all that he has to cope with belligerent staff, one of whom has a unique way of stacking the books on the shelves and around the shop and he is assisted by an Italian lady who is working for free but gets board and lodgings His home fills up with people during the festival, bits of the wall fall off the building and he has a few hangovers to cope with I thought that this was a really good follow up to his first book, Diary of a Bookseller It is hilarious at times and occasionally quite melancholy He is not afraid to talk about the problems facing those in the new and second hand book trade and the massive problems caused byI liked the way that he shows his daily takings and the books ordered online compared to those found So go missing because of customers and others because of erratic filing Somehow through all of this he manages to only be slightly sarcastic some of the time, exasperated most of the time and I have this sneaky feeling that he wouldn t be anywhere else The second book by Wigtown, Scotland, book store owner, Shaun Bythell, is another amusing look at the life of a book seller He is in an unique position as Wigtown is the National Book Town of Scotland and his bookstore is the second largest second hand bookstore in Scotland There are a lot of book activities and tourists who come to town for the books The book is written in diary style For most of us book lovers, owning a bookstore is a dream job The reality Not so much It s a tough fiel The second book by Wigtown, Scotland, book store owner, Shaun Bythell, is another amusing look at the life of a book seller He is in an unique position as Wigtown is the National Book Town of Scotland and his bookstore is the second largest second hand bookstore in Scotland There are a lot of book activities and tourists who come to town for the books The book is written in diary style For most of us book lovers, owning a bookstore is a dream job The reality Not so much It s a tough field now withs control of the market and the author makes his displeasure of their practices known In some ways, I love the ease of finding books withbut in others I miss the joy of exploring second hand bookstores and discovering a book I have been searching for awhile I remember finding an old Rex Stout Nero Wolfe and almost skipping home Now I just click a button on the computer It s not the same thrill It s a frustrating job and I was surprised at the number of people that tried to bargain with him on prices Of course he did mention Americans rarely do that so it may be a cultural thing I also cannot imagine entering a bookstore and not buying anything I visited No Alibis bookstore in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and staggered out with 9 books which I mailed home That s right On vacation I visit bookstores I have an illness Anyway, it s a cute book although it does get dull in spots I mean no one s life is that interesting 365 days a year but his life is pretty darn close I mean visiting places and looking through their book collections to buy, working in an actual store and reading actual books seems ideal to me Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review It is hard to find anything wrong with this book I did not Just a diary of a bookseller in Wigtown, Shaun Bythell, but it seems like a complete novel with people you learn to love, and you hate it when they disappear or come back It is a dangerous book because it gives me a triple hankering living close to the sea, living in Great Britain and living in a bookshop I visited the town and the shop in 2018 yes, I have the t shirt , and i have the selfie to prove it If you are a book lover It is hard to find anything wrong with this book I did not Just a diary of a bookseller in Wigtown, Shaun Bythell, but it seems like a complete novel with people you learn to love, and you hate it when they disappear or come back It is a dangerous book because it gives me a triple hankering living close to the sea, living in Great Britain and living in a bookshop I visited the town and the shop in 2018 yes, I have the t shirt , and i have the selfie to prove it If you are a book lover buy this book, you will devour every page of it, and if you can t get enough, buy his Diary of a Bookseller too And one lesson for everybody not living close to Wigtown your town probably also has a bookshop It deserves your attention as much as Shaun s shop, and it is probabla also having a hard time fighting againstSo if you need a book, go there and buy it there, or order it from them You are doing yourselve a massive pleasure and the owner of that shop too and all other booklovers in your town So here I go, at least for two towns in Leuven, go to Barboek or Boekarest or Plato, and in Gent go to the fantastic Paard van Troje If it is raining, nothing warms the heartthan a visit to a bookshop, and the lovely weight of a fresh book This and The Diary of A Bookseller have been the best books I have read this year Technically I didn t read them I listened through Audible and have had to buy physical copies just so I can take my time and reread them This just has me feeling all sorts of tingly and good throughout Its one of those books you could curl up in front of a fire and let the hours slide by being completely engrossed in Shaun s book shop and everything his days entail I loved it so much I m going to plan a trip to This and The Diary of A Bookseller have been the best books I have read this year Technically I didn t read them I listened through Audible and have had to buy physical copies just so I can take my time and reread them This just has me feeling all sorts of tingly and good throughout Its one of those books you could curl up in front of a fire and let the hours slide by being completely engrossed in Shaun s book shop and everything his days entail I loved it so much I m going to plan a trip to visit the Bookshop before the end of next year.I advise reading The Diary of A Bookseller before hand if you haven t already, as a few names are in this second instalment that we got to know very well from the first.Absolute 5 star read listen