The Most Popular Books About Books for Avid Readers

Posted by Marie on July 10, 2019
Calling all bibliophiles! What better way to celebrate the joy of reading than with a book about, well, books?

To create this list, we took a look at the most popular fiction and nonfiction titles featuring vast libraries, quaint bookshops, lively book clubs, and more. How did we measure that popularity? By taking a look at a title's number of ratings as well as the number of times it was added to Goodreads members' Want to Read shelves.

Among these bookworm-friendly titles are fan favorites including Shadow of the Wind, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, The Library Book, as well as new releases including The Overdue Life of Amy Byler and Sorcery of Thorns.

Share your favorites with us in the comments!

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Which books about books do you recommend, dear readers? Tell us in the comments!

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message 2: by Tim (new)

Tim Umberto ECO - The Name of the Rose


message 4: by Carmen (new)

Carmen (TheReadingTrashQueen) The Binding by Bridget Collins!


message 6: by Teresa (new)

Teresa I loved Inkheart, it's forever one of my favourite books.


message 10: by Winnie (new)

Winnie Matilda.


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message 13: by Bara (new)

Bara Tim wrote: "Umberto ECO - The Name of the Rose"

Excellently spectacular addition, my dear. It's such a shame Goodreads forgot about this timeless classic. On the other hand, they included the Shadow of the wind so I forgive them.


message 14: by Sierra (last edited Jul 10, 2019 10:19AM) (new)


message 16: by Adrienne (new)

Adrienne Reeser Love The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society!


message 17: by Kaycee (new)

Kaycee Sterling Carmen wrote: "The Binding by Bridget Collins!"

I agree with this one... I loved The Binding!


message 18: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Sharp My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues

Any bibliophile who is ANY bibliophile needs to read this book!


message 19: by Emmeline Joy (new)

Emmeline Joy Libriomancer

this is a fun fantasy adventure about magic based in books :)


message 21: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Tim wrote: "Umberto ECO - The Name of the Rose"

Yes, absolutely, YES!


message 22: by JP (new)

JP A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel


message 23: by Jinhee (new)

Jinhee From Goodreads listopia
- Books about Books
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/5...

- Books About Bookstores
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/7...

Happy reading!


message 24: by Seth (last edited Jul 10, 2019 02:37PM) (new)

Seth Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Book within a book


message 25: by Renee (new)

Renee Babcock If The Club Dumas (Perez-Revert isn't on this list then the list is highly suspect, incomplete. Also agree about the Eco.


message 26: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Fitzgerald Goodnight, June by Sarah Jio is a great read for book lovers!📚


message 27: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Fitzgerald The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan is also very good!🙂


message 28: by Janet (new)

Janet Beasley Stephanie wrote: "The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan is also very good!🙂"

I agree!


message 29: by Karen (new)

Karen I would also recommend The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller


message 30: by Carli (new)

Carli Heintzel Rabbit back literature society- Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen


message 31: by Meaghan (new)

Meaghan Just happened to start Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore today! Thank you for this list—it's helping feed my Books About Books shelf.


message 32: by Kristen (new)

Kristen So many others!! What about Ellery Adams, Miranda James, the many Jasper Fforde books that follow the Eyre Affair. I know there are hundreds more!!!


message 33: by Peter (last edited Jul 10, 2019 08:25PM) (new)

Peter Conway I've read 15 of them so far, and have several more in my TBR pile. Missing was First Impressions, and The Bookman's Tale by Charles Lovett, Used and Rare, and Slightly Chipped, plus a couple of others by Lawrence & Nancy Goldstone. Plus Howards End is on the Landing by Susan Hill. All Nicholas Basbanes' wonderful books. Plus many others, who's names escape my right now.


message 34: by Vartika (new)

Vartika Goyal The book thief


message 35: by nitya (new)

nitya Words in Deep Blue & Sorcery of Thorns!! Both are love letters to bibliophiles/libraries


message 36: by Toni (new)

Toni Moore Charissa wrote: "How To Be a Heroine"

Yes! This is a wonderful book that I stumbled upon in the new books section of the Tyler (TX) Public Library. Thoroughly enjoyed it.


message 37: by Mondkindchen (new)

Mondkindchen The City of Dreaming Books

I love this book by Walter Moers.


message 38: by Maria (new)

Maria Ahhhh LOVE The Book of Lost Things ! One of my all-time favourites. I also remembered The Book of Three also good, and the inside the story gets the same amount of spotlight (i.e. not much, but still related to the story, indirectly).


message 39: by Marie (new)

Marie Also, most Paul Auster novels


Bookkitten (collector of nice things) Homicide in Hardcover (Bibliophile Mystery, #1) by Kate Carlisle is an all time favourite of mine


message 41: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Sara Nelson's So Many Books, So Little Time


message 42: by Holly (new)

Holly Vicki wrote: "Once you choose hope anything will be possible
Stop contacting spellcasters, they are all fake. I paid nothing to the great Dr. Gurilarico Guru. He based in Europe and comes to the United State reg..."


It's so wonderful that we came here to discuss books and you get to hijack the conversation with this ridiculous advertisement.


Viridian.Starflower This list is not complete without The City of Dreaming Books and Bibbi Bokken's Magic Library :o
The City of Dreaming Books
Bibbi Bokken's Magic Library


message 44: by Yesica (new)

Yesica -The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction by Meghan Cox Gurdon
-Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
-The Ingredients of Love by Nicolas Barreau


message 45: by Felycia (new)

Felycia Aranda L💚VE Books about books!


message 46: by Richard (new)

Richard How about The Anthologist? I loved this.

I also enjoyed Alberto Manguel's A History of Reading


message 47: by Mike (new)

Mike Parnassus on Wheels


message 48: by Katie (new)

Katie Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton. I love this list, btw.


message 49: by Tim (new)

Tim Bohumil HRABAL - Too Loud a Solitude


message 50: by Judy (new)

Judy Some of my favorite books of all time are on this list! Great list.


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