The Readers Of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina BivaldThe Readers Of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

The Readers Of Broken Wheel Recommend

byKatarina Bivald

Paperback | August 25, 2015

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A debut novel to charm all readers, that shows beyond all doubt that it's books, along with love, that make the world go round.
     It all began with a correspondence between two quite different women: 28-year-old Sara from Haninge, Sweden, and 65-year-old Amy from the small town of Broken Wheel, Iowa. After years of exchanging books, letters and thoughts on the meaning of literature and life, Sara, mousy, disheveled, who has never been anywhere in her life--has really lived only for her work in a beloved bookshop, which has just closed its doors for the last time--bravely decides to accept her unknown friend's invitation to visit. But when she arrives, she finds her house empty, the funeral guests just heading home. . .
     Sara finds herself alone. And what choice do the inhabitants of Broken Wheel have but to take care of their bewildered tourist? And what choice does Sara have, faced with a town where nobody reads and her desire to honour her friend, but to set up the perfect bookshop with all the books she and Amy shared--from Yann Martel's Life of Pi to Iris Murdoch and Jo Nesbo, to Bridget Jones and Doug Coupland's All Families Are Psychotic to Little House on the Prairie? And then watch as the townsfolk are, one by one, transformed in unexpected ways. . .
     In the glorious tradition of 84 Charing Cross Road, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, Will Schwalbe's The End of Your Life Book Club, Jane Austen, and movies such as You've Got Mail and Love Actually, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a big-hearted, witty book about books, friendship, love--and always being open to the unexpected.
KATARINA BIVALD grew up working part-time in a bookshop. Today she lives in Älta, Sweden, with her sister and as many bookshelves as she can squeeze in. She has still not decided whether she prefers books or people.
Title:The Readers Of Broken Wheel RecommendFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:384 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 1 inShipping dimensions:8.2 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:August 25, 2015Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385683596

ISBN - 13:9780385683593


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! So fun and whimsical. It felt Stars Hollow-esque and I loved reading about all of the kooky ways that the Broken Wheel inhabitants stepped up to welcome their visitor. Tourist boards could take some pointers ;) Books about books are my favourite things and this one didn't disappoint.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Charming! This is such a lovely, clever, feel good book. The perfect book to cozy up with on a quiet Sunday.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a book about book! I gave this 3.5! This is an easy read, there is no drama, no plot twist. Just a girl, books , a dying town and a dude. I read this after heavy readings and it was like a balm on my brain. I laugh and sometimes wanted to curse because....some people are just blind!!;)
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different but not bad 3.5/5 This book felt longer than it was. I enjoyed it for the most part. It wasn't a bad read, however sometimes I questioned what the point was or where the story was going and if certain parts were really necessary/a little prolonged. I think what Bivald was trying to do was make an interconnecting tale (sort of like all those popular Valentine's day movies) but sometimes her attempt at making the characters lives interconnect made things hard to follow. I wonder if it's a better read in its original and non-translated version. Sadly I don't read Swedish. I did however enjoy the letters from Amy every now and then. Those were definitely a good idea. I also loved the end of the book (particularly the last page) which is why I gave the book a 3.5 and not a 3. I wouldn't dissuade a friend from reading this book but I also wouldn't persuade anyone to read it either.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Colourful For the person who is looking for a quick and comfortable read, this book may satisfy. For someone looking for a bit more substance, a little less cliche, this book may strike you as slightly two dimensional, without much depth. This may be something that was lost in translation.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Colourful For the person who is looking for a quick and comfortable read, this book may satisfy. For someone looking for a bit more substance, a little less cliche, this book may strike you as slightly two dimensional, without much depth. This may be something that was lost in translation.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a heartwarming, hilarious, and sometimes surprising, story of a small town, sweet romances, the power of books, and the power of friendship. And it made my commute so much fun. So. Much. Fun.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this! This story encaptures in words what it means to be a true book lover and reader. The author manages to convey all the nuances of a life where books have become as integral as breathing in their personal lives.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE I absolutely adore this book. It was a bit slow to start but in a rather nice kind of way. The author really spends time developing characters in a way that makes you feel like you are sitting along people watching. I work in a bookshop and really identified with the main character. I think many book lovers will find pieces of them self in this book and find it to be a sweet escape from our busy world.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Page Turner I blew through this book in a matter of days- Main character is surprisingly loveable and you're really rooting for her to make it work.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sweet, enjoyable love letter to books Thank you to Goodreads and the publisher for a free copy of the Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend. This is an adorable piece of chick lit for people who like books. At it's core, the Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a love story. Yes, part of it is about love forming between characters (which -- minor quibble -- was probably my least favourite side of the book. One of the romances felt predictable; the other felt like it was playing sexuality off for laughs). This is also a love story about small towns and finally finding the place where you belong. Broken Wheel is so vividly portrayed, and the book perfectly captures the comfort and sadness of a dwindling town. More than that, though, it's a love letter to the power of the written word. The inclusion of letters from one character to another, the book recommendations, and the story of an unlikely bookstore all combine to create a quaint, cozy, and heartwarming story about the written word. So, who would I recommend this for? For people who collect Penguin editions, who get all creative with their goodreads shelves, who have ever worried about all of the books they won't have a chance to read before they die. For people who still send snail mail and know the cozy comfort of mismatched furniture.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A cute book about books! I loved how many other books this book referenced! The main character loves books and when she goes to a small town she tries honour her friend by opening a bookstore. Full of delightful and fun characters this book was a fun read!
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Delightful! This was definitely a breezy read. Finished it in one sitting, absolutely endearing and lovable! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun! A great beach read--not heavy, but not too light either. Fun characters and story. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from fun read This was a fun read. Better than sappy romantic summer reads, there's much more to this one, and it makes you want to read a lot more books. The characters are diverse and interesting. Not exactly an incredibly indepth read, but certainly entertaining.
Date published: 2016-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Feel good read This is one of those books that transports you smack into the story location. Broken Wheel is a simple small town with fun characters. There is nothing challenging about the story line, it's just a nice feel good read. By the end of the book you feel like a member of Broken Wheel and wish you could take a mini-vacation with them.
Date published: 2016-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book Lover's Book The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a book lovers book. It's about a young, Swedish woman named Sara who goes to visit her elderly pen pal, Amy in the small town of Broken Wheel in Iowa. However, once Sara gets to Broken Wheel, she finds that Amy has died. It's an unlikely scenario, but one that works. Amy and Sara are bonded by their love of books, and letters from Amy to Sara are written throughout the book. Sara finds an unlikely place for herself in Broken Wheel, where she finds a way to share her love of books. The author herself must love books -- she leisurely explores various books in this one. I highly recommend this book to other book lovers. It is a lovely story of a young woman finding who she is and what her dreams are, and who also provides an interesting lens for the other characters in Broken Wheel. I should also note that the translator did a fabulous, seamless job.
Date published: 2016-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Pleasant Read... Katarina Bivald writes well and creates characters that the reader ends up caring about. While the ending is expected it is still enjoyed. For those who love books and those many book clubs that exist - this is a book that will generate some discussion on the value and importance of books and their contribution to people's lives as well as their importance in shaping communities. There are also brief observations on human relationships that cajole the reader to examine personal views. The prose moves effortlessly and the plot offers enough to keep one interested. The novel is one of those light summer reads that doesn't demand a great deal of deep thought or self-inspection, but offers that satisfied sigh at story-end that says, "I enjoyed this read, what a lovely, though predictable story."
Date published: 2015-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lovely, funny,, uplifting book This book was delightful. A young bookworm from Sweden comesmto meet-visit an elderly booklover with whom she has been having an ongoing correspondence, largely about books. Sara arrives in the dying town of Broken Wheel, Iowa and her life and the resident's lives will be changed forever. Loved it!!
Date published: 2015-09-07

Editorial Reviews

"Charmingly original. . . . [A] sweet, quirky book." —The Washington Post"A lovely novel. . . . Heartwarming and full of summer charm, it will keep you dreaming about the magic of reading." —The Huffington Post"A hotbed of romance and progressive ideas. . . . Between the book references and the idyllic setting, readers won't want to leave Broken Wheel." —Kirkus Reviews"More than anything, this is a story about community, about being needed and about belonging. . . . A warm, cosy, compassionate read." ―The Independent (UK)