Nothing is better than a book about books! Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is a lighthearted, fantastical book reminiscent of Ready Player One in which a previously unemployed man suddenly finds employment in a 24 hour book shop with three strict rules: 1) he must work from 10pm-6am without exception, 2) he may not read any of the books in the bookstore, and 3) he must document the physical appearance of everyone who comes into the bookstore and the details surrounding their business at the shop.
The bookstore is split into two sections- books up front are typical used books purchased by customers where the books in the “wayback” are borrowed by odd looking individuals, typically older, frantic for specific books. One evening a friend visits our main character at the shop and convinces him to break rule #2 by opening one of the books. Doing so launches this book into a fast paced treasure hunt that I simply adored so much that I ordered my own copy from BookOutlet.com
I’m so in love with books about books!!! OH, and the cover glows in the dark!<3
A bell above a door and the tinkle it makes. A clerk and a ladder and warm golden light, and then: the right book exactly, at exactly the right time.