‘The Curiosity Bookshop’ Reader Personality: A Book Dumpling List

April 28, 2015

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Profile: ‘The Curiosity Bookshop’ Personality

  • Books you love are not fantasy, in its pure, genre manifestation – more like they incorporate just the right amount of magical realism.
  • You love stories having to do with real issues that incorporate light doses of magic and / or incredulous situations.
  • You are curious about a world in which anything quirky can happen. As long as the quirkiness is grounded by more relatable characters.

If you’re a ‘Curiosity Bookshop’ Personality, enjoy the list below. If you’ve never thought about it, take a gander with some of the titles here. If you know a ‘Curiosity Bookshop’ reader, consider this as a guide for gifts. If none of these appeal to you, that’s ok, too: there will be a personality list that you relate to coming your way soon.

Please share with other ‘Curiosity Bookshop’ readers you know.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon

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Few contemporary books rival The Shadow of the Wind’s haunting plot: set in Barcelona, during 1945, the novel follows the story of Daniel, who saves novelist Julian Carax’s parallel titled novel from the ‘Cemetery of Forgotton books.’ As Daniel’s life starts to mirror Carax’s, he finds himself embroiled in a mystery of epic literary proportions. Impossible to put down, the book is a biting condemnation of those who try to suppress culture, while maintaining the feel of a box-office thriller. A modern classic.

Perfect for: 

  • Magical-realist fans.
  • A page-turning, intellectual read that sweeps you into Franco’s Spain.
  • Any lover of books about books.

BONUS: If you liked the book, rent the movie(s): Pan’s Labyrinth

 Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore_Book Cover

What’s going on in Mr. Penumbra’s San Francisco bookshop? Customers come in and never seem to buy anything: when Clay Jannon is hired as the late-night clerk (after losing his software job), he discovers strange happenings in the data he builds to understand the peculiarity of the store. An eccentric, wonderful read.

Perfect for:

  • Lovers of magical realist books about books.
  • Readers looking for a hip, fantastical story.
  • Fans of techie characters in San Francisco.

 The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

The Golem and The Jinni


In this whirlwind, fantastical story, Chava (a Golem from Jewish mysticism) and Ahmad (a Jinni from Arab folklore) are stranded, separately, in turn-of-the-century New York City. The ensuing story is too delicious to put here. You know if you’re interested in this kind of book. And if you are, just read it.

Perfect for:

  • Lovers of rhythmic fairy-tales for adults.
  • Anyone interested in the urban fantasy set in New York City
  • Readers who loved Shadow of the Wind.

Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

Alif the Unseen_Book Cover

Meet Alif: as a brilliant internet hacker in an unnamed Middle Eastern country, he works to protect the government from censoring others unjustly on the web. When an unexpected twist, wrought by a love affair, forces him underground, he encounters the mystical realms of jinnis and the dark side of a policed state. This page-turner investigates the power of myth combined with one man’s thrilling quest to stay alive for the woman he loves.

Perfect for:

  • Anyone interested in an original story about the Arab Spring.
    • Readers who enjoy magical-realist / political fiction.
    • Fans of a classic, solid, good story centred on hactivists.

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

The Sisters Brothers_Book Cover

Eli and Charlie Sisters are hired assassins. During The Gold Rush Era. Their boss is The Commodore. That’s already too much info. Jump on in.

Perfect for:

  • Lovers of the Coen brothers’ movies.
  • Anyone looking for a Western-style book with some added spunk.
  • Those who appreciate dark wit and humour.

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