Friday, January 16, 2009

Books on Books

After finishing my post about People of the Book, I realized that I read quite a few books that are about books, booksellers and libraries. Here are a few of the ones worth checking out (pun intended) ...

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly -- An evil fairy tale world which houses a powerful book.
The Meaning of Night: A Confession by Michael Cox -- A childhood friendship goes bad with the theft of a book and turns even worse with the theft of a legacy.
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde -- Thursday Next has the ability to travel into books and must save Rochester and Jane Eyre from a real world villain ... luckily this one is the first in a whole series of book travel novels.
The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte -- A fast-paced mystery about the ruthless worlds of book collecting and Satanism.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling -- A diary that writes back when you write in it and brainwashes Ginny Weasley into doing very bad things.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon -- A young man follows a trail of ashes and tears as he tries to discover who is burning all of Julian Carax's books.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield -- An older author invites a young author to her home and reveals her long held secrets to her in hopes of finding a sympathetic mind before the end of her life.
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester -- A non-fiction book about one of the main contributors to the Oxford English Dictionary, an asylum inmate.

Do you have any recommendations for books about books?

Obsessed with books,


  1. I've read all of these but The Meaning of Night! I'm trying to think of some others, but the only ones I'm coming up with are nonfiction.

  2. I would love any non-fiction recommendations as well!

  3. Two fiction books about books that I liked a lot were Daphne by Justine Picardie (about Daphne Du Maurier, the Brontes, and JM Barrie) and Possession by AS Byatt (old poetry manuscripts).

    For nonfiction, I loved Michael Dirda's Classics for Pleasure (truly a book about books--profiles of good, sometimes unexpected classics). And on a different note, there are AJ Jacobs's books The Know It All (reading the Encyclopedia Brittanica) and The Year of Living Biblically (reading and attempting to follow the entire Bible).

  4. I really liked Inkheart, tho I haven't read the next two in the series.

  5. Teresa - Those are some great recommendations! I definitely need to get Classics for Pleasure because I love finding sleeper classics.

    Booklogged - I want to read Inkheart especially with the movie coming out next week. Thanks!