Reading Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan is going to be tiring and distracting—because you won’t be able to put it down, and when you do, you won’t be able to stop thinking about it!! This book is absolutely fantastic. It’s a fast read, but that doesn’t detract at all from the beautiful moments of raw humanity, compassion, and sincerity. This book isn’t about flawless heroes; it’s about characters with histories and secrets and struggles and fears. Put another way, this book is about people, and you will fall in love with them, believe in them, and mourn for them. Sullivan has created an entire world within the lives of just a few characters. In addition to telling the story of the characters, this book is a love letter to its city of setting: Denver. Walk its streets, feel its chill, be glad to duck into your bookstore and feel the warmth of home, here in the pages of Sullivan’s debut novel.
She noticed that his windshield was growing little laces of ice, the night outside working its way in.
Here we go for reading challenge updates:
- PopSugar 2017 reading challenge No. 16, published in 2017. My copy is an advanced reader’s edition (not for sale or quotation!) but it hit the shelves 6/13/17 so I think I’m okay.
- Book Dragon’s Lair Audiobook challenge No
- Book Dragon’s Lair Pages Read challenge This 336 pgs brings me to 6,224 pgs
- Read It Again, Sam No
- My Reader’s Block Mount To Be Read (TBR) and Rock My TBR challenge No
- For the Diverse Reads challenge (here and here) the mini-monthly challenges are sexuality and gender for June & July. This book did not explore either theme so I’m still on the hunt.
- The Book Date Full House challenge Second verse same as the first, this is my “published in 2017.”
- The Book Date Read the Books You Buy challenge No
- Whatever I Think Of Memoir Bingo challenge No
- The Worm Hole’s What’s In A Name challenge No
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