The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson

The Bookshop of Yesterdays

\A woman inherits a beloved bookstore and sets forth on a journey of self-discovery in this poignant debut about family, forgiveness and a love of reading.Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric Uncle Billy’s bookstore, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he created just for her. But on Miranda’s twelfth birthday, Billy has a mysterious falling-out with her mother and suddenly disappears from Miranda’s life. She doesn’t he...

Details The Bookshop of Yesterdays

TitleThe Bookshop of Yesterdays
Release DateJun 12th, 2018
PublisherPark Row
GenreFiction, Writing, Books About Books, Mystery, Contemporary

Reviews The Bookshop of Yesterdays

  • Elyse Walters
    A FEW SET UP DETAILS BUT NO SPOILERS.... THIS BOOK IS AS DELICIOUS AS HOMEMADE PEACH ICE CREAM!...with mystery-literary clues sprinkled on top!!! “Every family has its unspoken stories. Billy was ours. It didn’t matter whether or not it was sad”. Miranda grew up in Southern California as an only child. Her mother tells her that she was named after one of the main characters in Shakespeare’s play ‘The Tempest’. Miranda, the daughter of...
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 Miranda Brooks adored her Uncle Billie. Anytime he spent time with her they had so much fun, treasure hunt ts, clues to follow, and his bookstore Prosperos where she loved spending time. Then on her 12thb birthday something happens between her mom and Billie. She would not see him again, but on his death she found d he left her his bookstore, a letter and clues to follow. Billie's story was not the joyous one she had always envisioned. I enjo...
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    4.5 stars“At the beginning, it seems like a play about vengeance but it’s really about forgiveness.” –Amy Meyerson The TempestJane EyreAlice’s Adventures in WonderlandFrankensteinFear of FlyingPersuasionThe Grapes of WrathBridge to Terabithia “Whatever clue it held, wherever Billy wanted to lead me I didn’t want to follow anymore”-Amy MeyersonAs a young child, Miranda loved her uncle Billy. He always had the neatest ideas to keep ...
  • Erin
    A memorable debut that reads like a love song to books and the people that adore them. Amy Meyerson blends family drama and a cast of characters so smoothly that I found this book really difficult to put down. Miranda Brooks is a middle school history teacher, living in Philadelphia with her teacher boyfriend, when she receives a startling phone call from California telling her that her beloved Uncle Billy has died. A man that she hasn't seen in ...
  • Cathrine ☯️
    3.75 ☕ ☕ ☕ I won this ARC which publishes June 12 in a Goodreads giveaway. Yay!My thanks to Harper Collins and the author.Lately there is a trend in novels with bookshop in the title. At this point I’m surprised we haven’t seen one titled The Girl In The Bookshop. We all know why this is occurring—they know right where to point that bright red laser light. Did someone say the B word? 💥‼You want to know if it lives up to the wor...
  • Sheila
    2 stars--it was OK.What I liked: The bookstore setting and literary "clues" were fun. The author clearly loves books and reading, and that shows.What I didn't like: The main character, Miranda, was selfish and unlikable. Why was she with her boyfriend? They seemed to despise each other. Why was her best friend her best friend? They had nothing in common. She treated the people around her poorly, and I didn't see much growth by the end of the book...
  • LaDonna
    Easily worthy of 4.78 stars!! Let's round it up to a nice round 5 stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 As I have read an advanced reader copy, I do not want to give away too much information. But, I want to go on record stating that The Bookshop of Yesterdays is destined to be one of this summer's great read! Amy Meyerson introduces us to very relatable characters who must navigate through love, loss, friendship and, of course, family drama. Through the h...
  • Cindy Burnett
    The Bookshop of Yesterdays is a tribute to independent book stores and the impact of those stores on individuals and the community. As the novel opens, Miranda Brooks inherits a struggling bookstore, Prospero Books, from her estranged uncle. When she was young, he would create elaborate scavenger hunts for her to solve. After his death, she discovers that he has left her one last hunt which she endeavors to solve while trying to save the falterin...
  • Yodamom
    A young woman unravels her life one clue at a time after the death of a family member and finds a truth that changes everything. She slowly follows clues with literary ties, that tie in with a bookstore from her youth. She goes down the rabbit hole and does not come out the same.This has been such a long read, interesting but dragged on with the drama. The author just took so long to get the mystery solved and didn't spend enough time writing abo...
  • Zimes
    I received an advanced uncorrected copy from NetGalley for an honest review. The Bookshop of Yesterdays is about Miranda, a history teacher on the east coast who's estranged uncle dies and leaves her not only his bookstore in LA but also the clues to a family mystery. The premise is interesting enough and I am always a fan of books about books. My two main problems with this story are the characters and the 'mystery' Miranda is solving . Beyond M...
  • Ingrid
    3.5 starsMiranda inherits a bookshop from an uncle she hasn't seen for 16 years. Before that time they used to be close and she never understood what had happened to change that. The book starts off very well, but halfway the story it loses energy. Some of the characters are very selfish and annoying. Still overall I enjoyed reading this book and I'm glad I did.
  • Sherri Thacker
    The Bookshop of Yesterday’s has a lovely cover of a pile of books on the cover so that is what drew me in right away! Miranda was always close to her Uncle Billy growing up until one day he just stopped showing up. Then one day he dies and she finds out all kinds of secrets about his life. Miranda inherits Uncle Billy’s bookshop and the apartment above it. Uncle Billy had always enjoyed hiding clues for Miranda to find. She had more clues to ...
  • Lisa
    [3.7] I am pre-disposed to like all books about bookshops and this is better than most that I've read lately. The heroine is smart, the writing is good, the mystery is engaging and the bookstore sounds fabulous. As GR friend Cathrine said "it goes down like cappuccino with chocolate sprinkles on top."
  • Robin Bonne
    On Miranda’s twelfth birthday, she witnesses a fight between her mom and Uncle Billy. Eventually, their falling out causes Miranda to virtually forget her uncle, so she is surprised to learn of his death and that she inherited his failing bookshop, Prospero Books. Her parents refuse to answer her questions about the past, but her uncle has sent her on one last scavenger hunt to unravel the mystery that tore her family apart. As she uncovers the...
  • EJ
    What an insufferable main character. Kind of an interesting premise, but lacked any emotional or even logical resonance.
  • Fictionophile
    Schoolteacher Miranda Brooks reaches a crossroads in her life when she learns of her Uncle Billy's death.  He was a big and very important part of her childhood years, but a family rift resulted in her not seeing him for over a decade.  Her mother, unable to find forgiveness in her heart, does not attend her brother Billy's funeral, so Miranda goes alone. With promises to her live-in boyfriend Jay, she embarks from their home in Philadelphia, o...
  • Kristen
    Sounded so promising, but the narrator drove me more and more nuts the further I got into it. Cut my losses on p. 163 to move on to something I might enjoy.
  • David Eppenstein
    When I started reading this book I had high expectations as it was a book about a bookstore and I am a sucker for books about books. Alas, after getting rather well into the book my disappointment was beginning to build. The bookstore does play into the plot but not to the degree I was hoping for. What there is in the book is a 28 year old woman named Miranda that was raised in L.A. but who now teaches history in a middle school in Philadelphia. ...
  • Layla (Between the Lines)
    “It helps, knowing we’re still happy somewhere.”I think we can all agree that books are magic. So, give me a story about an old bookstore and a little family mystery and I'm hooked. Anything with "book" in the title is bound to fulfill all of our bookish desires, right? Unfortunately, the excitement wore off for me quite quickly and I found the story to be a little underwhelming. It was still a pleasant read overall and I think some people ...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Netgalley #24Many thanks to Amy Meyerson, HarperCollins, and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for my unbiased review. Who wouldn't want to own a bookstore??? Ok! YOU! You're off GR now! The rest of you can read my review. Miranda, names after Shakespeare 's heroine in The Tempest, loves her Uncle Billy. Until he isn't around anymore and then she feels abandoned and betrayed. Fast forward about fifteen years and Billy dies leaving Miranda his boo...
  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    Listened to this one from Scribd - yay for such a great selection of audiobooks there! I also had a hard copy from the library but was able to get to the audio sooner :-) This was an entertaining story with a great premise and I desperately wanted to love it. I ended up enjoying it but not loving - the main character was a struggle for me to have sympathy for, and I figured out the whole mystery in the first few chapters. However, if you are look...
  • Caitlin
    I received this as an ARC and I can’t wait for it to come out June 2018 so I can begin recommending it to everyone. Working in a bookstore, the cover and title first caught my eye, but the story really caught my attention. It has mystery, drama, its fair share of family issues, and a lot of heart. A delightful first read to set the tone for a new year.
  • Kara Hansen
    3.5 stars. I received this book from NetGalley and Park Row in exchange for an honest review. The premise of this book sounded so intriguing: small, quaint bookstore that has been inherited by a young woman, Miranda Brooks. As a young girl, Miranda made many visits to Prospero Books in the company of her beloved uncle, Billy Silver. He would make finding books and learning about them through scavenger hunts at the store. A family rift occurs and ...
  • Michele
    I fished this audio-book against my better judgement. The only positive in the book was that, in the beginning, the "mystery" or "secret" that the main character was trying to discover was interesting. I guessed at the answer very early on, though. I kept reading because the author made you believe that there was more to be revealed. In reality, once you know the big secret, there is very little left in the book that was interesting.Now, for the ...
  • Alisha Marie
    Books about books are just mesmerizing. Even if they're not particularly amazing, something about the premise always seems so magical, yet you're greeting an old friend. And even though The Bookshop of Yesterdays didn't wow me, it was still a little bit like this.The Good: Again, the premise is amazing! I love books about books, particularly when there is a bookstore or library at its forefront. Prospero Books seems like it wou...
  • Taylor Holt
    This novel was a dark horse for me. I requested it from NetGalley because I wanted a small respite from the more noir/darker mysteries that I've been reading lately. I expected it to be much fluffier than it was. THE BOOKSHOP OF YESTERDAYS is a lovely, smart novel that followed a young woman's journey to fulfill her purpose in life, and how we don't always know where that path will take us. After the death of her uncle, Miranda follows clues in a...
  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    📚📚📚📚 Four Bookish Stars!A book about books and a bookshop? Yes please! I thought this was brilliant. The mystery has enough time to bulid and you can't stop turning the pages until you find out what it is. The ending is a surprising one and I loved all the scavenger-hunt games, not to mention all the wonderful book references too. The only thing I didn't like (not really 😁) I kept stopping to look up all the amazing book suggestio...
  • Stefanie
    The Bookshop of Yesterdays intrigued me because I love reading books about books and bookstores. It’s calming, refreshing, endearing... I just love it.I had heard mixed reviews on this book, but wanted to pick it up and read it anyway.Miranda, a teacher living in Philadelphia, receives a package from her uncle that had recently passed. A uncle she hadn’t seen or heard from in years. They used to be close, they used to do things together like ...
  • Katy
    This was a fun read, but not as exciting as I was expecting. As debut novels go it was an interesting plot and well executed, however, I thought that the characters were not as developed as I had hoped. The story was rather predictable from the outset, but the clues left in the trail of specifically significant books was enough to move you forward through the story.Truth be told, for me, this read followed another debut novel that was so stunning...
  • Beth
    A mystery-via-scavenger-hunt set in a bookstore? Sign me up! I liked the premise of The Bookshop of Yesterdays, but the execution fell a little flat to me. The pacing was a bit off: it was a slow burn for the first two-thirds of the story, and at one point the scavenger hunt almost died out completely, but all of a sudden everything came rushing out all over the place. The characters were interesting but none of them seemed fully fleshed-out (hon...