Most days I’m either reading books, thinking about books or talking about books. If I’m lucky, it’s all three (I would also like to at some point just become a book, but that is proving more complicated than expected). And if the stars truly align then not only do I get to read a great book, but I get to read a book about books! From fiction books featuring a library or bookstore to nonfiction books that explore the love of reading, there are many books about books to discover!

Fiction

The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams

Working at the local library, Aleisha reads every book on a secret list she found, which transports her from the painful realities she’s facing at home. She decides to pass the list on to a lonely widower desperate to connect with his bookworm granddaughter.

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

Cussy Mary Carter is the last of her kind, her skin the color of a blue damselfly in these dusty hills. But that doesn’t mean she’s got nothing to offer. As a member of the Pack Horse Library Project, Cussy delivers books to the hill folk of Troublesome, hoping to spread learning in these desperate times. But not everyone is so keen on Cussy’s family or the Library Project, and the hardscrabble Kentuckians are quick to blame a Blue for any trouble in their small town. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength and one woman’s determination to bring a little bit of hope to the darkly hollers

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner AJFikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel—a young German girl whose book-stealing and storytelling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbor.

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Nonfiction

Ex Libris: 100 Books for Everyone’s Bookshelf by Michiko Kakutani

From “the most powerful book critic in the English-speaking world” (Vanity Fair) comes 100 personal, thought-provoking essays of the life-changing books she wouldn’t want you to miss—beautifully illustrated throughout

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The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book: An Interactive Guide to Life-Changing Books by Stephanie Kent and Logan Smalley

The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book is an interactive illustrated homage to the beautiful ways in which books bring meaning to our lives and how our lives bring meaning to books. Carefully crafted in the style of a retro telephone directory, this guide offers you a variety of unique ways to connect with readers, writers, bookshops and life-changing stories.

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The Curious Reader: A Literary Miscellany of Novels & Novelists

This literary compendium from Mental Floss reveals fascinating facts about the world’s most famous authors and their literary works. Readers will learn about George Orwell’s near-death experience during the writing of 1984; meet the real man who may have inspired Pride and Prejudice’s Mr. Darcy; discover which famous author kept her husband’s heart after he passed away and learn about the influence of psychedelics on Dune.

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Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount

Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany, is a love letter to all things bookish. Author Jane Mount brings literary people, places and things to life through her signature and vibrant illustrations. It’s a must-have for every book collection and makes a wonderful literary gift for book lovers, writers and more.

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