Are you looking for the perfect books for book lovers? Find seven heartwarming books about books, libraries, and reading.
Books, literature, and stories are the pillar of humankind. They provide a way to communicate, remember, and document. They provide human connection, love, and even healing. Have you ever hugged a book when you finished it…
Books about books are twofold – they magnify the connectedness of literature while reminding us just why books are so precious to begin with. They remind us not to take books and stories for granted.
These books for book lovers definitely showcase the power of storytelling, but they also speak to the humanness of stories. You’ll uncover stories of curiosity and intrigue, heartbreak on a book barge, and even war.
Head to someone’s personal library for a fascinating take on organizing literature, and discover books that never fully came to fruition.
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10 Books About Books
On the banks of the Seine, Jean Perdu runs a bookshop he calls a literary apothecary. Possessing a rare gift to soothe human ailments by prescribing books, Jean can heal anyone except himself.
Heartbroken after the love of his life left him over twenty years ago, Jean locks away all memory of her, along with an unread letter. Until now.
With an Italian chef and young author in tow, our lonely book purveyor is ready to embark on a search for his long lost love.
One of my favorite books for book lovers, The Little Paris Bookshop is heartbreaking, hopeful, and funny all at once. Uncover the power of books to heal and the need for human connection.
Juliet Ashton, pen name Izzy Bickerstaff, is on a tour of England promoting her latest book, a comedic compilation of columns about life during WWII.
She receives a letter from Dawsey Adams, a native of Guernsey. Adams is in possession of her copy of a Charles Lamb novel. Curious to learn more about both Lamb and Ashton, he reaches out.
Juliet takes an interest in Adams’ life on Guernsey and in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. After learning more about the group, its taste in books, and its founder Elizabeth, Juliet begins correspondence with other members for her next article on the benefits of literature.
Juliet soon sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her life forever. Written as a series of letters, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a true celebration of books and the written word.
One of the lesser known books about books, The Library At Night chronicles Manguel’s inspiration behind building his own home library
A bibliophile himself, he recounts his own childhood memories of reading. Additionally, he weaves in the personal libraries of famous authors and lost libraries like Alexandria.
Manguel also talks about preserving the freedom to think, the concept of banned books, and librarians and booksellers who fought oppression.
He touches on the concept of organizing books as a dichotomy; the act of reading is a very personal experience, yet we place books into categories by on our shelves, limiting a potential reader. As a librarian, it’s an incredibly intriguing, genuine concept.
This stands out to me as one of the greatest celebrations of books and libraries as a way to preserve humanity and freedom.
Clay Jannon, a laid off web designer, takes a job at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore. After a few days on the job, he begins to realize that there is more to Mr. Penumbra and his book store that he initially thought.
Suspicious of the bookshop’s curious customers, Clay begins to analyze their behavior and seek help from his friends. He discovers, among other things, a savvy cast of characters, codes hidden inside books, and a secret society.
Mr. Penumbra’s secrets extend far beyond his bookstore’s walls. With elements of mystery and adventure, this quick read wittingly brings to light the conflict between technology and print materials.
If you’re looking for unique books about books that will have you thinking, Sloan’s got you covered.
Part history of libraries and the LA Central Library fire, part ode to libraries and librarians everywhere, The Library Book is aptly named.
On April 29, 1986, L.A. County’s Central Library went up in flames. Susan Orlean recounts the fire, its aftermath and investigation efforts, and the history and future of the Los Angeles Public Library System. Along the way, we’re introduced to a staffers essential to the LAPL system and to the modern library world.
Weaving in her own love of books and libraries, Susan Orlean chronicles the evolution and growing importance of libraries in general. Amidst an unsolved library fire, she tells a larger story of librarianship and library staff, whose everyday work she deems heroic and essential to communities.
As a librarian, it’s no surprise that Orlean’s ode to libraries is one of my favorite books for book lovers.
The Book of Lost Books pays tribute to poems, prose, and plays that were destroyed, lost, unfinished, or never even started.
Consider it a tribute of sorts to a world where lost books exist as more than what-ifs. A world with Jane Austen’s incomplete novel, Sanditon. Shakespeare’s sequel to Love’s Labours Lost – Love’s Labours Won. Sylvia Plath’s second novel. Robert Louis Stevenson’s Weir of Hermiston. Vladimir Nabokov’s Speak, America.
Anyone who loves books, has studied literature, or simply likes history will appreciate this unique expose of what only exists now in thought.
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Doerr pens one of the most incredible books for book lovers in his epic novel and tribute to libraries and libraries everywhere. Three stories set across three time periods – 15th Century Constantinople, present day Idaho, and the future aboard a spacecraft – are woven around the fictitious Greek tale of Aethon and the need to keep stories alive for the future. Similarly to his other novels, Doerr proves himself to be a masterful storyteller.
If you’re looking for books about books and libraries, The Midnight Library has a unique angle. Somewhere out there, between life and death, is the Midnight Library, containing volumes of the lives you could live had you made a different choice at any point in life. Nora Seed finds herself at this library and is forced to reckon with what her life could have been, and if she’d like to try a different story for herself.
Based on the true story of Dita Kraus, an Auschwitz prisoner who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust. A story of unimaginable courage comes alive when Dita is asked to keep possession of eight precious books snuck past the guards.
For children’s books about books, it doesn’t get more classic than Matilda. Uncover the story of a girl, ostracized by he parents and brother, and deeply misunderstood at school, who is continually buried in her books to escape. She also possesses the rare gift of telekinesis. Between her books, her magical gift, and a relationship with a teacher who begins to see Matilda for who she is, her life begins to turn around.
What are your favorite books for book lovers?
What popular or lesser known books about books would you add to this list?