I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

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Fixie Farr works in her family’s housewares store, picking up the slack from her siblings. One day, a stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop, for which Sebastian, the computer’s owner, gives her an IOU scribbled on a coffee sleeve. Fixie doesn’t imagine she’ll every use the IOU, until her childhood crush, Ryan, moves back to England looking for a job. So begins a series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie.

This was such a fun read. All the characters are well-developed, and Fixie is an adorably quirky main character, who is very realistic and likable. You really get to see her grow and develop throughout the book. The first half of the book is a little slow to get going, but once you get the middle, the plot really advances. I loved the cute development of Fixie and Seb’s relationship. Overall, a really interesting read that kept me turning the pages.

I was provided with an e-galley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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Literary Places by Sarah Baxter

Literary Places was a stunning compilation of descriptions of the settings from twenty five of the most famous books in history. I loved the writing style- it had the power to make even the ugly seem beautiful- and it really made me want to visit some of the places it described or read some more of the books it mentioned. I truly felt immersed in every place described in the book. It was very well-researched, and gave plenty (but not too much) background on the historical context of each region. I also loved learning more about how each place influenced the book that was set in that area, and how instrumental the setting was in the construction of the story. Most of the books I had never read before, and I definitely added a couple to my TBR list after reading this book. Each place had several accompanying illustrations by Amy Grimes, which were absolutely amazing! This was such an inspiring and beautiful book, and would make a fantastic gift for any lover of literature.