It’s time to get meta. Have you ever wanted to read… about books? As any book-lover knows, books are one of humanity’s greatest creations. Why shouldn’t you want to read about them? Well, this list is for you. Take a look!
1. Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life by Annie Spence
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This book is just what any book-lover needs to laugh, cry, and overall have lots of feelings about books. Dear Fahrenheit 451 covers the wide range of emotions you can have about a book after finishing it—from feeling like it’s your new soulmate or a bad relationship that you’re glad is over. Librarian Annie Spence shares her painful and complicated breakup with The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and her love letter to The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
Spence also shares lots of reading lists and recommendations, and even one of her love letters is plenty evidence that a book is worthy reading. She’ll also make you think of old favorites in new ways with sometimes super funny, sometimes surprisingly poignant takes, and the whole book is filled with universal truths. So if you love books and would love to hear a fellow book-lover go on about books, check out Dear Fahrenheit 451!
2. I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel
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I’d Rather Be Reading is the perfect literary companion, a collection of charming and relatable reflections on reading and the reading life. Anne Bogel leads readers to a book-loving community and teaches them new ways to approach literature. She’ll also give expert advice on books and publishing, and you’ll learn so much about everything book-related. And, since Bogel is no stranger to reading, she’ll also share her reflections on the role reading plays in reader’s lives.
Bogel also hosts this book-related podcast, What Should I Read Next?. With her abundance of reading experience, in I’d Rather Be Reading, Bogel will lead readers to remember the first book that hooked them, the place where they first fell in love with reading, and everything that helped make them the reader they are today. In this painstakingly crafted journey, Bogel celebrates reading and all those who love it.
3. For the Love of Books: Stories of Literary Lives, Banned Books, Author Feuds, Extraordinary Characters, and More by Graham Tarrant
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This light-hearted, funny book explores books and the people who write them. With amusing fun facts, riveting anecdotes, and extraordinary people, Tarrant will lead readers through an unforgettable literary experience. You’ll learn about the history of books, how the craft developed over the years, and the behind-the-scenes of some of the most famous books ever written.
For the Love of Books is no stranger to controversy, and you’ll explore the juicy stories behind some widely-banned books and some famously-feuding authors. Ever wanted to learn about an exciting literary felon? Or what foolish publishers have rejected masterpieces through the years? Whether you want to hear these stories or just learn about some tips and recommendations for readers, For the Love of Books has got you covered. Go check it out!
4. The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time by Keith Houston
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Have you ever picked up a book and thought: how did anyone ever come up with this? Who invented books? Keith Houston answers that question and even more that you never knew you had in The Book. The history of the book is, in itself, a fascinating story? If you read that a story was about civilizations, empires, human ingenuity, and madness, you’d think it was fantasy, or maybe sci-fi. Nope, this story is about books.
Houston follows the development of writing, printing, illustrating, and binding to show how we’ve improved and loved this medium for the more than 2,000 years we’ve had it. This momentous and surprising book will keep you hooked. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the books you love and the medium that keeps you coming back time and time again, then The Book is for you!
5. Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions by Alberto Manguel
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This is the story of a true bibliophile and his heartwarming and touching thoughts as he packs up his enormous, 35,000-volume personal library in a centuries-old village home in France’s Loire Valley to move to a one-bedroom apartment in Manhatten’s Upper West Side. As Manguel goes through each book in his library and tries to decide what to keep, store, or cast out, he reflects on the nature of the relationship between books and readers, books and collectors, order and disorder, memory and reading.
These reflections and musings range from Manguel’s thoughts about the idiosyncrasies of book-lovers to his deeper analyses of historic book-related events, like the burning of the Library of Alexandria, and contemporary library looting. Manguel shares his thoughts and experiences about books and their universality and centrality to an engaged society. The musings of this best-selling author and definite lover of books is a fascinating read and one any book-lover should check out.
There’s nothing better than a book about your favorite thing, so these five books about books should be amazing for anyone whose favorite thing is, in fact, books. With the books on this list, you can learn about anything from the history of the book, the juicy author feuds behind-the-scenes of some famous books, to a person’s love-hate relationship with the books they’ve read. So if you’re a lover of books and you want to read about them, take a look at one of these and be swept away by countless stories and memories all centered around books.