As a bookworm, I love reading books about books. I’m sure most of my fellow bibliophiles can totally relate, hence I decided to write this post.
In case you want to get lost in a bookish world but are not sure which books to pick up, these 15 books about books will inspire you.
Let’s get right down to my version of 15 books about books.
The Trap by Melanie Raabe
A thriller that involves a secluded writer who sets a trap for her sister’s killer. After seeing her younger sister’s alleged murderer on tv, Linda decides to set a trap for him through her next book’s plot. But is he the real killer, or is she on the wrong path? Sounds intriguing, so go pick it up if you haven’t done so already.
The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
Novelist Jane Austen is at the center of this historical fiction novel. The book takes place after the second world war in Chawton, a small English village. It follows a group of like-minded individuals who get together to preserve the fine novelist’s legacy by creating The Jane Austen Society. If you’re a fan of the classical works of the late Austen, you will enjoy this book.
The Lonely Hearts Book Club by Lucy Gilmore
I was privileged to get approved for this ARC earlier this year. I loved this cute book centered around a book club a few oddballs created in order to help an old man get over his loneliness. It was one of my favorite books in March, and I urge you to pick it up if you want a lighthearted, quirky book that can be read during a weekend.
Convincing Florence by Celine L.A. Simpson
I recently discovered this little gem of a book, and I’m so glad I did. Florence is a librarian who is a loner, with only her grandmother as a close person in her life. As most of this book is focused around the library, bookworms that love books about books will like this light, cute rom-com. I previously reviewed it, so I’ll leave the link to that article here.
The Writing Retreat by Julia Bartz
A month-long writing retreat among five aspiring writers like herself is a dream come true for Alex. The catch is that while there, they must all come up with a novel to complete individually. The best one will win a seven-figure publishing deal, therefore the competition is on. But when the women begin to die, Alex knows there’s more at stake than just a publishing deal. She must save her life.
The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis
With the New York Public Library at the center of this novel, you will enjoy this book about books. The book is based on thefts of a series of valuable books that are stolen from the library. Laura Lions is a 1913 wife and mother of a superintendent of the New York Public Library. Her world changes when she decides, by a leap of faith, to apply to the Columbia Journalism School. A nice historical novel that is great for readers who love to read about bookish worlds.
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Cutthroat literary agent Nora Stephens is not a likable person. Only her clients and younger sister seem to tolerate her. That is until she keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish editor from the city. They keep meeting over the course of the summer in various scenarios. Centered around two literary agents whose first loves are books, this cute rom-com is a great summer read. I keep saying I’ll read an Emily Henry book, and this might be the first I’ll go for.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
This book has such a unique premise, plus the delivery was also spot-on. It is about a library that contains shelves upon shelves of books. Each book gives you a different outcome of your life from the one you’re currently living. It’s also a thought provoking book that is centered around endless books. If you had the chance to redo your life over and over, would you make different choices?
The Villa by Rachel Hawkins
The premise of this book is right up my alley: the perfect location, two longtime friends looking to reconnect, and a mystery. The two friends are both writers, although one is a fiction author while the other is a very popular self-help book best seller. The Italian villa they decide to spend their vacation comes with a dark secret, one that Emily wants to uncover. But as she starts digging, she notices some current day betrayals that affect her personally come to light. In my opinion, this book is not the author’s best work, but a fast, easy read that is centered around books and writers.
The Paris Library by Janet Skelsien Charles
The title of this book should be indicative of the book’s plot. Set during World War LL, this historical novel looks at how the power of literature can bring people together. The Librarians at the American library in Paris are bound together by their love of books. The decisions Odile, the main character makes at the end of the war set the tone for the rest of her life. Told from her perspective and Lilys a young teenager from Montana, the two end up having more in common than first meet the eye.
Misery by Stephen King
Everyone on this planet heard of this book. Written by one of the most famous authors in the world, Misery is one of Stephen King’s best selling novels. Disturbing in typical King fashion, Misery revolves around Paul Sheldon, best selling novelist, and Annie Wilkes, his biggest fan. She also happens to be his nurse following a car accident. To top it off, she is holding him captive in her isolated house, so it’s more than a crush gone wrong! This is probably a great book to read around Halloween if you’re looking to get spooky!
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
A funny, entertaining novel that follows Nina, a young woman who is an only child. Her life is as predictable as they can be. She has a job in a bookstore, a cat, a planner she swears by, and a trivia-team. She doesn’t need anything else. Or so she thought until her father she never knew died. He left behind a large family who lives close by and want to connect with Nina. Plus Tom, one of the trivia team members is suddenly paying attention to her. Her life is turned upside down in this cute book that is centered around books. It’s still on my to-be-read pile, but hopefully I can get to it soon.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Nazi Germany, 1939. Liesel’s life changed once she found an object by her brother’s grave. The object in question is the Gravedigger’s Handbook, left there by chance. She learns to read with help from her father, and she discovers a whole new world. But the times she’s living in are dangerous, and she has to be careful, especially because her foster family hid a Jew in their basement. But the love of books and learning makes her do things she would otherwise not dare. An enduring story that shows us a different side of humanity. A definite must-read!
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Also known as the first book in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, The Shadow of the Wind is one of the best novels ever written. It is a mix of detective story, thought journal, thriller, mysticism, magic, as well as a historical novel all in one.
After the second world war, in Barcelona, Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son finds solace in the book The Shadow of the Wind after the death of his mother. He loves the book so much, he tries to locate the author’s other works. To his dismay, he notices someone destroyed every copy of every book Julian Carax ever wrote. In his innocent quest, Daniel opened the door to one of the darkest secrets the city of Barcelona has ever kept.
Writers and Lovers by Lily King
This is a great book about a struggling writer who is trying to find her voice and is determined to follow her creative streak. It is a very well written and exhilarating novel that will inspire you to follow your dreams. It will challenge you to do what it takes to live the life you always wanted. Casey is a young woman who moved to Massachustetts following her mothers death. She rents a tiny room and waits tables, not exactly what she had in mind. But as she matures and meets two very different men, she is faced with life altering decisions. The story is mostly about Casey’s love of writing, and the way she expresses her thoughts on paper rather than expressing them aloud.
This sums up my list of 15 books about books everyone who loves reading should add to their to-be-read list. If you read any of these, what did you think?