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53+ of Your Favorite Books About Books

Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

This giveaway is sponsored by The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald.

broken wheelBroken Wheel, Iowa has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy’s funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor—not much else to do in a small town that’s almost beyond repair. They just never imagined that she’d start a bookstore. Or that books could bring them together—and change everything.






The only thing better than reading books is reading books about books! Writers are more often then not also readers, so it’s no surprise that some of the most heart-warming and dear books to the readerly community are ones about the love we all share for stories. Books about books and reading remind us of the magical ways books can shape our lives, and it’s a theme that defies genre borders. There are mysteries about books, sci-fi about books, romances about books, and more.

Here’s a nice big round-up of over 53 of your favorite books about books. If we missed any, as always, drop ’em in the comments!


84 Charing Cross by Helene Hanff

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Bestseller by Olivia Goldsmith

Book Lust by Nancy Pearl

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler

The Cemetery of Forgotten Books by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Classics for Pleasure by Michael Dirda

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

First Impressions by Charlie Lovett

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

The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley

A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel

How To Be A Heroine by Samantha Ellis

How to Read A Book by Mortimer J. Adler

How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read by Pierre Bayard

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading by Maureen Corrigan

The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life by Nava Atlas

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Matilda by Roald Dahl

The Mobile Library Mysteries series by Ian Sansom

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger

The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin

On Literature by Umberto Eco

On Writing by Stephen King

Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

A Reader on Reading by Alberto Manguel

Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma

S. by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Ten Years in the Tub by Nick Hornby

Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

The Most Beautiful Book in the World by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone 

The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee