10 Favorite “Books About Books” #toptentuesday

March 24, 2020

10 Favorite Books About Books for Top Ten Tuesday (Image: a tall stack of books on a blue table)

Top Ten Favorite “Books About Books”

Before we get to the book talk, I’m curious if you are in isolation at home due to Covid 19 or are you an essential worker? Most of my family and I are at home. We do have three essential workers in our family that we cover in prayer. God Bless the medical staff and grocery store workers!

Honestly, it’s been a little difficult to read with an anxious mind. Have you been finding it difficult to focus on reading? How are you practicing self-care? I discovered that I need lighter reads right now which will likely play havoc with my Spring TBR. This Top Ten topic involving a favorite genre is timely because most of the titles in this post could be considered lighter reads.

A Favorite Genre

Do you love the “book about books” sub-genre? If you are a bookworm like me, one of your favorite genres might be “books about books.” Here are a few of my favorites! Do we share any favorites?

Top Ten Tuesday (meme)

I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for TTT: Favorite Genre.

Titles are Amazon affiliate links and my reviews are linked.

(listed in order of favorites)

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson (cover)

Genre: Histfic (Kentucky) 5 Stars
What I Love: the fearless, feisty, determined, compassionate main character

Full Review Here


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Book Thief

Genre: Histfic (WW11) 5 Stars
What I Love: the perspective, the characters/relationships, the writing

The Book Thief Movie Adaptation (excellent!)

(not reviewed)


Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shafer

Guernsey

Genre: Histfic (WW11) 5 Stars
What I love: the setting, the delightful characters, the epistolary format

Guernsey Movie Adaptation (excellent!)

(Not Reviewed)


The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay

The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay (cover)

Genre: Women’s Fiction 4.5 Stars (5 rounded up)
What I Love: the lovely themes of friendship and forgiveness

Full Review Here


The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (cover)

Genre: Contemporary Fiction 4 Stars
What I Love: the setting, the heartfelt second chances theme

(not reviewed)


How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry (cover)

Genre: Women’s Fiction 4.5 Stars
What I Love: the small-town community, the complicated and lovable characters

Full Review Here


The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonia Iturbe (cover)

Genre: YA Histfic (WW11) 5 Stars
What I Love: the fearless, clever, determined main character

Full Review Here


The Lost For Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland

The Lost For Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland (cover)

Genre: Contemporary Fiction 5 Stars
What I Love: the found family trope, the courage to face the past and hope for a bright future

Full Review Here


The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Genre: Women’s Fiction 3.5 Stars
WhatI Love: the quirky main character, the snappy and humorous writing
(CW: eye-rolling crude jokes in Chapter 5…but the rest is great)

Goodreads Review Here


84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

84, Charing Cross Road by Jelene Hanff (cover) Image: sepia toned picture of a London bookstore

Genre: Nonfiction Memoir (Classics) 3 Stars
What I Love: the beautiful writing, the epistolary format

84, Charing Cross Road Movie Adaptation

(not reviewed)



QOTD:

What is your favorite genre?

Do you have a favorite “book about books”?

image of a girl reading with one hand while pulling a wagon piled high with books



Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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49 thoughts on “10 Favorite “Books About Books” #toptentuesday

  1. I have read and loved The Book Thief and the Guernsey Book and Potato Peel Pie Society. Also loved watching the movies later. The other books on this list look great too. I like how you wrote a short blurb saying what you liked about them.

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  2. Wonderful post Carol! I loved Lost for Words I listened to the audiobook and it was narrated by Imogen church one of my favourite narrators. We’re not in lockdown yet in Jersey but I imagine it’s going to come eventually. My husband and son are both essential workers in utilities, so they’ll be working through it all, which is a worry. xx

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    • I’m happy to hear you loved lost For Words! My son is a psychologist working in the prison system and we have a nurse in the family and a doctor…..it is worrisome but on the bright side it’s nice to have a paycheck! I worry about the small business owners who have had to shut down and all the children missing their education. It’s a nightmare.

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  3. Great topic! 😊 I consider books about books as one of my favourite subgenres. Bascially all the books on this lists are books I either have read or want to read. The Book Thief and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society are both amazing stories! And especially The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is high on my TBR-list.

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  4. Clever choice for this week’s Top 10. I started thinking about it then got distracted. So glad to see you have my favourite listed – 84, Charing Cross Road is simply brilliant. Actually this would be a good film to dig out right now because this virus crisis has me feeling nostalgic for better times….

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  5. Hi Carol, thanks for the great suggestions. I have read several of them & some are on my to be read list. But I am glad you asked about being distracted, I thought it was just me. But yes, I am having great difficulty focusing. When I struggle I put my book aside and either journal or crochet.

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    • She would have loved amazon prime! I remember that she’d rather write a letter and order from London than walk a few blocks to her own bookstore! 😂😂😂 I love epistolary format!

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  7. Great list Carol. I have read most of these. I have had The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry that I forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder, I actually have a physical copy of this one on my shelf. A couple of others that I will need to check out as well.

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