Book Club – The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley

Marcy from book club is one of those people who just loves the old stuff. She majored in history, she knows antiques, she does stuff the old fashioned way and she sees the value and beauty in things that are slow, hand-made, authentic. She’s younger than me but she is an old soul. And I mean that in every positive way.

It was Marcy’s turn to pick for book club and she chose Parnassus on Wheels and The Haunted Bookshop, both by Christopher Morley. Ya’ll, did you know there are book lover books from a hundred years ago? And of course, when Marcy mentioned what she had chosen and when it was written I was immediately suspicious  cause, you know, I don’t want to read anything boring and complicated. BUT she gave us her disclaimer that it didn’t read like a hundred year old book at all. And she was so right.

Parnassus on Wheels was an absolute pleasure and joy to read. So funny, so easy and oh my gosh, the quotes. The quotes!! This short little book took me twice as long to read it as it should have because I spent so much time highlighting the quotes!!

The Haunted Bookshop was almost as good as Parnassus. Two of the main characters were the same but he got into a little bit of his own personal philosophy in that one and the general mood was different, but again, the quotes!

So, back to Marcy, I knew homegirl was going to do the book club up right. From the decor and the food, right down to the discussion. She did not disappoint.


Our greeting at the front door




“That’s why I call this place the Haunted Bookshop. Haunted by the ghosts of the books I haven’t read.”




Eggs Samuel Butler, the favored supper of  protagonist Roger Mifflin. Marcy’s husband made all the food and served it up on blue china, just like the china Mrs. Mifflin inherited from her mother. I just can’t even….



Book seller Roger Mifflin was writing a book


Marcy, doing her thing…


Brent, Garcon, serveur, egg poacher, fire stoker, cocoa bearer, etc.

Don’t hate me cause my book club is awesome.


4 thoughts on “Book Club – The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley

  1. I love it when I find an old book to like — I tend to think that I much prefer newer stories, but I’m often wrong.

    What a fun meeting you had!

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