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Carpe Librum

Reviews and bookish conversation with author Samantha Wilcoxson.

If I am lost, you will find me in medieval England.

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Currently reading

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
Barbara W. Tuchman
7 Lessons from Heaven: How Dying Taught Me to Live a Joy-Filled Life
Mary C. Neal, M.D.
The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America
Richard John Neuhaus
A Year with Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Carla Barnhill, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jim Wallis

#bookaday Day 9: Book about a Bookshop

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan

This wasn't one of my favorite books, and I probably would have never even picked it up had it not been a book club read. However, it is definitely the most book-themed book that I have ever read.


A mysterious cult that is searching for the secret to immortality in an odd old bookstore - interesting concept, but one that failed to have a fulfilling ending for me. It did make me think about how awesome it would be to work the night shift at a 24 hour bookshop!