You know you're a true book lover when you like to read books about books. These kinds of books can be fictional stories set in bookstores, stories about the power of reading, or nonfiction books full of diverse reading suggestions. Check out the list below for some great books about books, and swing by the library to check one out.
BY THE BOOK: WRITERS ON LITERATURE AND THE LITERARY LIFE FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITED BY PAMELA PAUL: "Sixty-five of the world's leading writers open up about the books and authors that have meant the most to them. These wide-ranging interviews are conducted by Pamela Paul, the editor of the The New York Times Book Review, featuring personalities as varied as David Sedaris, Hilary Mantel, Michael Chabon, Khaled Hosseini, Anne Lamott, and James Patterson. These questions and answers admit [the reader] into the private worlds of these authors, as they reflect on their work habits, reading preferences, inspirations, pet peeves, and recommendations. By the Book contains the full uncut interviews, reflecting a range of experiences and observations that deepens readers' understanding of the literary sensibility and the writing process."
THE UNBEARABLE BOOK CLUB FOR UNSINKABLE GIRLS BY JULIE SCHUMACHER: "When four very different small-town Delaware high school girls are forced to join a mother-daughter book club over summer vacation, they end up learning about more than just the books they read."
MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE BY ROBIN SLOAN: "Clay Jannon, the new night clerk at Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore, notices the strange behavior of the customers and is determined to find out what is really going on."
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."
ALL THINGS SHINING: READING THE WESTERN CLASSICS TO FIND MEANING IN A SECULAR AGE BY HUBERT DREYFUS AND SEAN DORRANCE KELLY: "Discusses the relevance of classic Western literature and philosophy for everyday life in the early twenty-first century, examining works by Homer, Dante, Kant, Melville, David Foster Wallace, and other authors."
MY IDEAL BOOKSHELF EDITED BY THESSALY LA FORCE: "The books that we choose to keep-let alone read-can say a lot about who we are and how we see ourselves. In The Ideal Bookshelf, dozens of leading cultural figures share the books that matter to them most-books that define their dreams and ambitions and in many cases helped them find their way in the world. With colorful and endearingly hand-rendered images of book spines by Jane Mount, and first-person commentary from all the contributors, this is a perfect gift for avid readers, writers, and all who have known the influence of a great book."
READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN: A MEMOIR IN BOOKS BY AZAR NAFISI: "Azar Nafisi chronicles her life in post-revolutionary Iran, focusing on her organization of a group of young women in 1997 who met secretly once a week to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature."