Reading Books about People Reading Books

Reading books about people reading books? Yes. I’m a librarian. I do like books. And I take this a step further because I like to read books in which the author discusses the book or books that he/she has read. It’s interesting to understand what they got out of the book, why they picked it up, and to see how it compares with my own opinions of a book.

In addition, these books can be used as a book review tool, albeit a rather long review. But it’s nice to find new titles to read whilst you are reading other books. (It’s always about the books.)

I also enjoy hearing the history behind a book: how the story came to be, the life of the author, and the impact of the book’s publication. There is more to a book than just what’s between the covers.

Try these titles and find out:

The Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading / Phyllis Rose

The End of Your Life Book Club / Will Schwalbe

The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary / Simon Winchester

My Life in Middlemarch / Rebecca Mead

The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 books to cure what ails you / Ella Berthoud & Susan Elderkin

Reading Lolita in Tehran: a Memoir in Books / Azar Nafisi

Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages / Ammon Shea

The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books / Azar Nafisi

So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why it Endures / Maureen Corrigan

The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie / Wendy McClure

The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-So-Great Ones) Saved My Life / Andy Miller

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book / Peter Finn & Petra Couvée

That’s so meta.

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