The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, Katarina Bivald

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a story about books and bookshops and of lifting your head out of a book once and awhile…


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.


I really did not enjoy this book. And was a serious struggle! I really wanted to like it but it just fell flat for me. It is chick lit for book lovers but predictable and boring because of it.

The characters are one dimensional and stereotypical. None of them are in engaging and didn’t really care about any of them or what happened to them. It’s a predictable plot that lectures on not living life to the fullest. It panders to those who love books – but is super boring. I felt like she was just ticking off boxes of what makes a successful book make it into the book club circles with no real thought or passion.

Unfortunately, the description and story sound better than it is. By all rights, I should have loved this book but I’ve already forgotton what happens.

One peg. Skip this one.
What did you think? Check out my review of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society here for a much better review!






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