In order to be a writer, you have to be a book lover. As Stephen King said, “In order to be a writer you must do two things above all else – read a lot and write a lot.” So, it only makes sense that there are plenty of great books about books out there. To nourish your book-loving soul, check out these seven selections:
1. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
A fun, well-crafted story that kicks off a trilogy, this young adult (but of course, also all ages!) book is a tribute to the power of books and stories. Funke creates a full, intense world, and book lovers will not only love it for the story, but for its honest admiration of books.
2. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
A quick and quirky read, this book is a treat for any lover of books, puzzles, and mysteries.
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This best-selling book, now a movie, tugs at the heartstrings of all people – not just booklovers. But booklovers will feel a special kinship with the main character, Liesel, as she crosses lines to steal books and in doing so helps not only herself, but those around her, during some of the darkest day’s in Germany’s history.
4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
Written in the epistolary style, this book shows how books affect the lives of WWII era residents of tiny Guernsey. You’ll not only enjoy reading the story, but you’ll learn a lot along the way.
5. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
This book is a mysterious tale started on the steps of an antiquarian bookstore that hinges on the fact a book entitled “Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation,” only has twelve stories. With a writer as the main character, any lover of the written word and a good story will enjoy this book.
6. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Antiquarian book dealers lend themselves well to books themed and plotted around books. In this mystery, set in 1945 Barcelona, the main character is on a mission to find out why copies of books by Julian Carax are being destroyed. Travel with him as he explores the world of books in post-war Spain.
7. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Yet another book-themed mystery! This one, the first in a series, is a tad more light-hearted than Shadow of the Wind and The Thirteenth Tale and is chock full of literary references. The plot of this mystery revolves around a kidnapping of Jane Eyre from the pages of the same-named book, and follows a London-based literary detective in her quest to find the culprit.
So get meta, and get reading!
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