Thursday, May 02, 2013

Snuggling Up with Books About Books

My book buddy, Helen, inadvertently gave me a topic to write about today! I posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for today's #Estellagram prompt, that I'm currently reading Sara Nelson's So Many Books, So Little Time.

For some reason, when I was at the library on Sunday, I got an itch for books about books. After my post, Helen asked me to post a list of books about books! With a quick Google search, I found this completely awesome, and somewhat overwhelming, list of books about books from Goodreads. It includes fiction and non-fiction which is kinda fun.

So out of curiosity, I went through the first few pages to see which books about books I'd actually read. And WHOA! I've read a lot of them. Here are some of the non-fiction. The fiction books are a whole other post.

1. Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman -- Fun book. I think she's a little smarter than the average bear, and I felt a little alienated as a reader on occasion. Overall, a great read, though.

2. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason by Nancy Pearl - Fun, quick reference.

3. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff - One of my favorites. A touching book about a bookish friendship.

4. More Book Lust by Nancy Pearl - More quick reference. 

5. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby - Hornby has a great voice. I'd read hardly anything he discussed, but oddly, it didn't matter. 

6. So Many Books, So Little Time by Sara Nelson - Not too far in, but this one is very accessible and her goal (to figure out why she's so into books and reading) is one to which I can relate!

7. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch - Awesome. Depressing at times as it deals with death and grief, but still amazing. 

8. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi - Powerful. If a slog in spots. 

9. How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster - An accessible book for those interested in doing more analysis of their reading. 

10. Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose - Insightful, though I was more interested in the books and reading part than the writerly techniques and motivations part. 

11. How Reading Changed by Life by Anna Quindlen - A thin little book filled with awesome. 

12. Books by Larry McMurtry - I'm sort of cheating here since I read a portion of this book in a bookstore and never finished. Not the book's fault. But I was charmed. 

13. This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson - One of my all-time fave non-fiction books. This is a great spotlight on the changing nature of libraries and the role of librarians. They rock, FYI. 

14. My Reading Life by Pat Conroy - A really touching, poetic book about Conroy's life as a reader. 

15. How to Read and Why by Harold Bloom - Bloom is a douchey old windbag, but I still tried it. 

Which books about books have you read? Do you have any to add to the list? 

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