Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Book Review: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating System
5- Loved it! All the feels and flails. New favorite
4- Really liked it
3- Decent
2- Would not recommend. Ehh
1- Did not like.  Didn't finish. Gave book away.

Rating: 3-3.5


Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen...
Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy's funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor -- not much else to do in a small town that's almost beyond repair. They just never imagined that she'd start a bookstore. Or that books could bring them together – and change everything.

Let me preface this by saying that I don't tend to read "women's fiction" or feel good type of books. I originally saw Readers of Broken Wheel on a couple posts from the Show Us Your Books link up and it had decent reviews so I requested it on Netgalley. What originally drew me into the book was the literary theme (more on that later). You can't help but smile at the story of Sara's trip to Broken Wheel and the transformation that happens to the town and Sara. And while you know all along where the story is going to go, it doesn't make the book any less enjoyable. 

What I Loved:

I absolutely adored the book theme that was the thread of Readers of Broken Wheel. When you have a deep love and connection with books and reading, you can't help but feel at home when you find people who feel the same; whether it be fiction or not. As my fellow readers know, you can't help but like someone a little better when you find out they are a book lover like you. I loved some of the things that Sara's character said about reading and books; like how different books have different smells and "there's a book for every person ... and a person for every book". I just generally connected with Sara's character. I love quirky, off-beat, messy women in books. 

I also could not help but smile at the evolution of Sara and Tom's relationship.  I knew where it would end up but it was just so dang cute. 

 What I Didn't Love:

I'm just going to be a little nit-picky on this one and say that the formatting on the e-book was distracting.  I've gotten other books from Netgalley before and they read just like any other Kindle but this had such a wonky format. There would be a conversation going on and it was confusing trying to figure out who was talking because it would end up like a paragraph. It was just weird and took something away from the reading experience.

My only other negative is that there was some stuff teased or alluded to with a couple of the supporting characters and then it never went anywhere. It's like there was a half thought of developing this story line with that character and then it was forgotten about.  


Readers of Broken Wheel was a delightful read with a nice happy ending. This is a book you want to take on vacation or lounge on a beach with. You don't have to put too much thought into it. It's a nice light read that will leave you smiling.


Sourcebooks is giving away three copies of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend. Enter for your chance to win below. The giveaway will be open until 1/28/16.

They are also awarding grant money to three nominated bookstores. Click here to nominate your favorite independent bookstore to be in the running to receive a $3000 grant. 

Sourcebooks will award the winning bookstore with a $3,000 prize; two additional bookstores will each receive a $637 prize (the population of Bivald’s fictional Broken Wheel, Iowa). In addition to bookstores receiving prizes, weekly giveaways for those who nominate will be held throughout the campaign. Voting began January 4, and runs until February 19, when the winning bookstores will be announced.

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  1. Sounds cute. I don't usually read a lot of 'women's fiction' (what is it called?), either, but I've been noticing a lot of books about books, lately.

  2. i'm glad you liked it! i quite enjoyed it as well. sara and tom were super cute. i don't remember there being any issues with my kindle formatting, but i have had some seriously messed up kindle books from netgalley, like sentences in the wrong order. so distracting.