The Top 10 Most Popular Books About Books on Goodreads

Posted by Marie on April 16, 2018
You know you’re a next-level bibliophile when the books you read are about books themselves. These are the stories where cavernous libraries, charming bookshops, ancient manuscripts, and magical tomes take center stage. Between their pages, both readers and characters can share the joy that books bring.

For this roundup, we focused on fiction titles where books play a major role in the plot. From there, we surfaced the most popular titles with at least 100,000 ratings on Goodreads. So fan favorites with a lower number of overall ratings like The Eyre Affair, The Library at Mount Char, and The Book of Lost Things are under the cut. You can add to our list by sharing your favorite books about books in the comments. Don't forget to add what catches your eye to your Want to Read shelf.


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message 1: by Julia (new)

Julia I love books about books! Inkheart and Fahrenheit 451 are two of my favourite books of all time!
Have also read The Neverending Story, and my sister read The Library at Mount Char!


message 2: by Amy (last edited Apr 16, 2018 06:11AM) (new)

Amy The Library and Mount Char is not featuring books, though. :)


message 3: by Julia (last edited Apr 16, 2018 06:17AM) (new)

Julia The Princess Bride, in a way, is also a book-about-books, when you take into consideration all of the S. Morgenstern sub-plot/back-drop that adds to the fairy-tale-like setting.

Also, maybe The Invisible Library? I haven’t read it yet, but I just bought it thanks to a Goodreads Recommendation.


message 4: by Brent (new)

Brent Cox Julia wrote: "I love books about books! Inkheart and Fahrenheit 451 are two of my favourite books of all time!
Have also read The Neverending Story, and my sister read The Library at Mount Char!"


Ironically, Library at Mount Char wasn't really about books at all. One of those books I went into now knowing what it wasn't about. I wasn't disappointed, per se, but I was thrown for a twist.


message 5: by Tamsyn (new)

Tamsyn LOL -- I guess I qualify for a "next level bibliophile": I've read 9/10, and have wanted to read the 10th. :-)


message 6: by Laura (new)

Laura Boonstra Just reading a book about books, "Ink and bone" by Rachel Caine and I like it.


message 7: by Julia (new)

Julia Brent wrote: "Julia wrote: "I love books about books! Inkheart and Fahrenheit 451 are two of my favourite books of all time!
Have also read The Neverending Story, and my sister read The Library at Mount Char!"

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Oh, I just saw it listed in this post as one of the books they considered for this list, so I assumed it was about books! My sister was thrown for a twist with this one, too... I know she voted for it on Listopia’s list of “Trippy Books.”


message 8: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Thompson Hitchhikers Guide -- sort of


message 9: by Jenine (new)

Jenine Inkheart <3<3


message 10: by Yvette (new)

Yvette https://images.gr-assets.com/featured...
I just loooove the picture accompanying this topic. My dream library... gods, I wish there were magic in this world so that I could have a library like this in my basement. Imagine having such an extensive library at your disposal.


message 11: by Marcia (new)

Marcia How on earth is The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde not on this list! Thursday is literally a Literary Detective who can travel INTO books.


message 12: by Oda Renate (new)

Oda Renate I second the invisible library series
also libromancer has a very book theme.


message 13: by Bookworm (new)

Bookworm The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers should definitely be on this list, too!


message 14: by Cendaquenta (new)

Cendaquenta Read and loved half of these and most of the other half are want-to-read...

Inkheart was a major childhood favourite, so nice to see it here. <3


message 15: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Love People of the book by Geraldine Brooks


message 16: by Erik (new)

Erik Larson The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe was wonderful.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Marcia wrote: "How on earth is The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde not on this list! Thursday is literally a Literary Detective who can travel INTO books."

If you read the full blog post, it doesn't meet the qualifications with 98,000+ ratings

"From there, we surfaced the most popular titles with at least 100,000 ratings on Goodreads."


message 18: by Stefanie (new)

Stefanie I loved, loved The All Souls Trilogy. The Discovery of Witches had caught my eye at Borders when it went out of biz. A blogger had mentioned it reminding me about it and I bought the Kindle book to read. I wasn't disappointed at all.


message 19: by Grüffeline (new)

Grüffeline Die Stadt der Träumenden Bücher (City of dreaming books) von Walter Moers <3


message 20: by Mary (new)

Mary Kramer Don't forget "People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks


message 21: by LadyBlue (new)

LadyBlue Julia wrote: "The Princess Bride, in a way, is also a book-about-books, when you take into consideration all of the S. Morgenstern sub-plot/back-drop that adds to the fairy-tale-like setting.

Also, maybe The In..."


Yes. The entire series is a trippy melange of various tropes and resonates with all the bibliomaniacs who ever felt that they would be justified in nicking books because no one else would ever love them like they did:)


message 22: by Nina (new)

Nina .c Loved the Yellow lighted bookshop by Lewis Buzbee.


message 23: by Karen Floyd (new)

Karen Floyd Parnassus on Wheels, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend


message 24: by Rona (new)

Rona I'm excited to start reading these! Another good book about books is "Too Loud A Solitude".


message 25: by Marcia (new)

Marcia Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder* wrote: "Marcia wrote: "How on earth is The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde not on this list! Thursday is literally a Literary Detective who can travel INTO books."

If you read the full blog post, it doesn't ..."


Oh so close! Oh well - it's an excellent book. One of my absolute favorites.


message 26: by Liv (new)

Liv There's also Die Buchspringer/The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser <3


message 27: by Gillian (new)

Gillian Brownlee Karen Floyd wrote: "Parnassus on Wheels, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend"

Yes! I loved The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend! Such a lovely, joyful book.


message 28: by Philip (new)

Philip There are tons of good books and series featuring books but that 100,000 rating criteria sure eliminates most of the newer ones. I see other people mentioning books that don't meet that rating level so here's a few more good series - All of Vicki Delany writing as Eva Gates' "Lighthouse Library" series as well as Vicki Delany's own "Sherlock Holmes Bookshop" series and the very good "Book Collector Mystery series by Victoria Abbott. Lots of individual books or parts of series too like Eric Wright's "The Hemingway Caper".


message 29: by Wendy (new)

Wendy Nichols Disclaimer a book about a book and it reflects unknowingly the life of the owner with a secret horrific event. 👀👀


message 30: by Greta (new)

Greta Samuelson Love this list
I also loved The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster - it wasn’t necessary about books but a bookstore in Brooklyn played a big part.


message 31: by cindy (new)

cindy I love Gaarder's Bibbi Bokkens Magic Library. It's fun to get cozy in a library while playing detectives.


message 32: by Matt (new)

Matt Battaglia I loved The Club Dumas, I wish more people would read it!


message 33: by Rachel (new)

Rachel What about the Harry Potter series? Books are pretty prominent in those stories and played pivotal roles: Tom Marvolo's diary (a major plot point to CoS AND DH); the giant tome featuring Nicholas Flamel (SS); the potions book once belonging to the Half-blood Prince (HBP); the frequent trips to Flourish & Blotts; the forbidden section of the Hogwarts library...


message 34: by Jane (new)

Jane My favorite book about a book is S. by J.J. Abrams. I'm just getting ready for a re-read.


message 35: by Teri-K (new)

Teri-K 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff is about books and writing letters. Two things I love.


message 36: by Margot (new)

Margot I would add "The readers of Broken Wheel recommend..." by Katrina Bivald, because it's a book about how books can change people's lives. I loved it and everyone who loves reading will love it too!


message 37: by Julia (last edited Apr 16, 2018 03:33PM) (new)

Julia Rachel wrote: "What about the Harry Potter series? Books are pretty prominent in those stories and played pivotal roles: Tom Marvolo's diary (a major plot point to CoS AND DH); the giant tome featuring Nicholas F..."

And don't forget "The Tales of Beedle the Bard"! :)


message 38: by Jule (new)

Jule Marcia wrote: "How on earth is The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde not on this list! Thursday is literally a Literary Detective who can travel INTO books."

Exactly - the best and most detailed books about books - and brilliant


message 39: by Erika (new)

Erika I will have to check some of these out! The Thirteenth Tale comes to mind too. It's like a beautiful love letter to books, especially the novels of the Victorian Era, and it has a charming, moving, mysterious plot.


message 40: by Melliott (new)

Melliott The Book Shop on the Corner, by Jenny Colgan
The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George
The Uncommon Reader, by Alan Bennett
The Reading Group, by Elizabeth Noble
The Book of Air and Shadows, by Michael Gruber
Voices, by Ursula K. LeGuin
The Telling, by Ursula K. LeGuin
If On A Winter's Night A Traveler, by Italo Calvino


message 41: by Greta (new)

Greta Samuelson Margot wrote: "I would add "The readers of Broken Wheel recommend..." by Katrina Bivald, because it's a book about how books can change people's lives. I loved it and everyone who loves reading will love it too!"

Just checked this out and it looks fabulous- another book on my TBR


message 42: by Gail (new)

Gail Chris wrote: "Dunning's Bookman series didn't make the cut? That's a shame because the first two books at least are quite readable. The series is about ex-homicide detective Cliff Janeway who loses his badge and..."
Mr. Dunning is the man whom my husband blamed for my purchasing "EXPENSIVE books" as he called them. I would just look at his garage full of tools.... same difference...


message 43: by Linda (new)

Linda Amy wrote: "The Library and Mount Char is not featuring books, though. :)"
But it IS about a library - a massive, amazing library!


message 44: by Erin (new)

Erin My favorite novel, purely about books and reading them, is If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino!


message 45: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Fitzgerald I loved The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend! Another book I would suggest to all of us “next-level bibliophiles” is Goodnight, June by Sarah Jio. A true treasure of a book about a bookstore! For younger readers, Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick is excellent( adults would enjoy it also!)


message 46: by Carol (new)

Carol Gilliam I love Goodnight June by Sarah Jio.


message 47: by Krystal (new)

Krystal The Club Dumas was absolutely brilliant! One for the scholars in particular, I think!


Jen from Quebec :0) Really, the Stephen King 'Bill Hodges' trilogy is about books- especially the (2nd?) book where the kid finds that manuscript....The 3 books are: Mr. Mercedes , Finders Keepers and End of Watch
The Bill Hodges Trilogy Boxed Set Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, and End of Watch (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1-3) by Stephen King

---Jen from Quebec :0)


message 49: by Inga (new)

Inga Yvette wrote: "https://images.gr-assets.com/featured...
I just loooove the picture accompanying this topic. My dream library... gods, I wish there were magic in this world so that I could ..."

It's the Long Room of Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland. The Book of Celts is on display there too. Magical place.


message 50: by Mickey (new)

Mickey I'm glad to see that I wasn't the only one missing If on a Winter's Night a Traveler!

I'd add the Ian Sansom Mobile Library mystery series. Also Lorna Barrett and her Booktown Series and Ellery Adams with the Book Retreat series.


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