Wednesday, August 02, 2023

by Emilyn Linden

It’s no wonder that there are so many books written about book lovers as it’s usually readers who are writers. From Little Women to Fahrenheit 451 to The Librarianist (this one’s new and still has holds), authors write about books because they love them. There are books of all different genres and for all different ages on subjects ranging from lost books to selling books to being pulled into books. 

Enjoy this curated list of books about books and bibliophiles for a bookish summer read. 

 Book Club and Book Club: The Next Chapter

Four friends' lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club tackles the infamous "Fifty Shades of Grey." 

 Dead Poets Society

I can’t believe this one came out in 1989. Professor John Keating and his love of English literature inspires his students to seize the day - with unexpected results.

 The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

The story of an extraordinary and influential young woman who had to go to great lengths to hide her heritage in order to achieve and maintain a place in New York society.

 The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

The story of two women from the same family, one in 1913 and the other in 1993, who must navigate their professional and personal lives and ties to the New York Public Library.

 The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean

Devon lives out on the Yorkshire Moors with her clan known as The Family, a line of people for whom books are food, and who retain all of a book's content after eating it. 

 The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

Not just the beloved ‘80s movie but also the book on which it’s based. The story of a lonely boy who steps through the pages of a book into a special kingdom.

 The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

A small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store's most annoying customer.

 By the Book by Jasmine Guillory

A young, black woman working in publishing makes a surprise connection with an author who has failed to deliver his highly anticipated manuscript.

 The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith

Books that aren't finished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, but when restless characters who emerge from those unfinished stories escape, it is up to the Librarian to track them down...and keep the collection complete.

 Book Lovers by Emily Henry

A by-the-book literary agent must decide if happily ever after is worth changing her whole life for.

 The Messy Lives of Book People by Phaedra Patrick

When Liv’s employer (and personal hero) bestselling author Essie Starling asks Liv to complete her final novel as her dying wish, Liv can’t say no.

 Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Feeling cast off when her best friend outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college.

 The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

Making a Faustian bargain to live forever but never be remembered, a woman from early eighteenth-century France endures unacknowledged centuries before meeting a bookseller who remembers her name.

 The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Old and ailing author Vida Winter summons a biographer to tell the story of her life in this gothic paean to fairy tales and family mysteries.

 Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan 

After a layoff during the Great Recession sidelines his tech career, Clay Jannon takes a job at the titular bookstore in San Francisco, and soon realizes that the bookstore is a facade for a strange secret.

 The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams

Mountweazel (n.), the phenomenon of false entries within dictionaries and works of reference. Often used as a protect against copyright infringement.

 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 story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

Emilyn Linden is a librarian in the FDL Public Library Information and Outreach Services department.