A Great Big, Huge, Not Very Small at All List of Books About Books

Rebecca Joines Schinsky

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Rebecca Joines Schinsky is the executive director of product and ecommerce at Riot New Media Group. She co-hosts All the Books! and the Book Riot Podcast. Follow her on Twitter: @rebeccaschinsky.

A couple weeks back, a Riot reader who goes under the alias Anne Boleyn asked the Book Riot community to recommend books about books. She didn’t specify fiction or non, so we left it open, and HOO BOY. If ever there were a request in y’all’s wheelhouse, it’s this one! Here’s what you shouted out in the comments and on Facebook and Twitter.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke

The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley

In Quest of the Perfect Book by William Dana Orcutt

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Among Others by Jo Walton

Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen by Fay Weldon

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Breath of God by Jeffrey Small

O, Juliet by Robin Maxwell

Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard

The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

The World According to Garp by John Irving

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume edited by Jennifer O’Connell

Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage

City of the Dreaming Books by Walter Moers

Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife by Francine Prose

Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose

American Pastoral by Philip Roth

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee

The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby

Imagined London by Anna Quindlen

A Gentle Madness by Nicholas Basbanes

Ex-Libris by Ross King

The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte

The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber

The Bookman mystery series by John Dunning

Kensington Gardens by Rodrigo Fresan

Possession by A.S. Byatt

The Pagemaster by David Kirschner

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Alison Hoover Bartlett

Books by Larry McMurtry

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen

Ruined by Reading by Lynne Sharon Schwartz

Shelf Life by Gary Paulson

A Reader’s Delight by Noel Perrin

Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co. by Jeremy Mercer

What the Dormouse Said: Lessons for Grown-ups from Children’s Books collected by Amy Gash

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading by Sara Nelson

The Book on the Bookshelf by Henry Petroski

Behind the Bestsellers by Jenny Bond and Chris Sheedy

Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

Hit Lit by James W. Hall