Shauna Robinson | Must Love Books

The Book: 

Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson
Published January 18th 2022 by Sourcebooks
Date read: March 4, 2022

The Characters: 


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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The Plot (from Goodreads):

Meet Nora Hughes—the overworked, underpaid, last bookish assistant standing. At least for now.

When Nora landed an editorial assistant position at Parsons Press, it was her first step towards The Dream Job. Because, honestly, is there anything dreamier than making books for a living? But after five years of lunch orders, finicky authors, and per my last emails, Nora has come to one grand conclusion: Dream Jobs do not exist.

With her life spiraling and the Parsons staff sinking, Nora gets hit with even worse news. Parsons is cutting her already unlivable salary. Unable to afford her rent and without even the novels she once loved as a comfort, Nora decides to moonlight for a rival publisher to make ends meet…and maybe poach some Parsons’ authors along the way.

But when Andrew Santos, a bestselling Parsons author no one can afford to lose is thrown into the mix, Nora has to decide where her loyalties lie. Her new Dream Job, ever-optimistic Andrew, or…herself and her future.

The Review: 

Any book about the publishing world is a must-read for me, so the cover and title of Must Love Books did a great job of drawing me in. I really related to Nora feeling overworked and underpaid in her current position, and loved that she decided to make a change to improve her mental health. I was excited to read about a BIPOC woman in a very white-male-dominated field!

I definitely expected this one to be lighter and more on the romance side due to how it was marketed, but was pleasantly surprised by the mental health and self-improvement aspects. I do wish that the mental illness was addressed a little more instead of just mentioned.

My favorite part was where Nora picked out her core intentions for her career. That is a great idea, and something I should take a look at myself! I really enjoyed her relationship with her coworkers and friends.
Audio Review: The audiobook is narrated by Tyra Kennedy. This was my first book from this voice performer. I don’t think the narration added anything particularly special to the story, but the production quality was good.

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