Books on Books

Books about other books for people who love books … What are your favorites?
  1. The Most Dangerous Book, by Kevin Birmingham
    From its tortured beginnings to an epic legal battle to censor it, the backstory of James Joyce's Ulysses is almost as fascinating as the book that revolutionized fiction.
  2. Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Book Store by Robin Sloan
    A thrilling nerdventure with a love of books at its very core …
  3. The Thursday Next novels by Jasper Fforde
    Part fantasy, part mystery, part comedy, all book nerdery. Follow Thursday Next on a hunt with and for your favorite characters released into an alternate-reality England.
  4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    In which Bradbury describes every reader's nightmares …
  5. So We Read On by Maureen Corrigan
    I loved Gatsby as a teen, and I like it even more after reading this. Corrigan (a prof at Georgetown and book critic on Fresh Air) interweaves Fitzgerald's biography, history and culture to show how and why Gatsby endures.
  6. H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
    Macdonald's memoir about grief, and training her goshawk, Mabel, also carries a fascinating tour through TH White's (who famously wrote Arthurian novels like The Sword in the Stone) lesser-known work, The Goshawk.
  7. The Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovett
    Also his other unrelated but just as good book - First Impressions. Both are mysteries with bibliophiles as the main character.
    Suggested by   @annalara
  8. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
    This book follows a bookkeeper who recently lost his wife and how his life begins to turn around for the better. This book is a romance with reading. A book for book lovers.
    Suggested by   @annalara
  9. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
    Suggested by   @Starmist
  10. Reading Lolita in Tehran
    I haven't read Lolita but I've read this book. It's a memoir about a woman who goes back and teaches in Tehran. Very good!!
    Suggested by   @evak
  11. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    Sorry this ones so obvious, but it changed the way I read and it needed to be included.
    Suggested by   @meganlasher
  12. The Reader by Bernard Schlink
    A really intriguing quick read about a very strange couple
    Suggested by   @meganlasher
  13. Ex Libris by Ann Fadimam
    A collection of essays on books. My favorite is called "The Odd Shelf" where she takes us through her bookshelf and explains why she's obsessed with polar exploration. "It has long been my belief that everyone's library contains and Odd Shelf. On this shelf rests a small, mysterious corpus of volumes whose subject matter is completely unrelated to the rest of the library, yet which, upon closer inspection, reveals a good deal about its owner.
    Suggested by   @nantea
  14. The Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke
    The first book is the best but this trilogy about someone who impress stories out loud so beautifully that he will read characters out of books and into real life against his will, is fun, sad, adventurous and fantastical and will connect you to many of your favorite childhood characters and give you many new ones to love. Don't watch the movie.
    Suggested by   @maretorliss
  15. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    Suggested by   @Quinton42503