I’m afraid I’ve been a little slack and neglecting you all. As a peace offering I give you a list of my favourite books for book lovers. Each of these books are about books, libraries or bookstores. Something all book lovers can appreciate and lose themselves within. Have a look below, tell me what you have read, what you want to read, what I have missed and need to read myself.
Dear Fahrenheit 451: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Break-up Notes to Her Books by Annie Spence. Well, exactly as the title suggests this is a book written to make you fall in love with our favourites all over again, leave you desperately wanting to read many and will give you all the bookish feels. A great gift for the bookworm in your life that probably has a copy of everything else. Or even better, a gift to yourself.
Neverland by Margot McGovern. A little YA bookish love to get this post going. A delightful if intense Australian YA offering that is rife with literary references and is full of the most amazing imagery. Don’t be fooled by the YA tag, this book is also all about the nostalgia of the past, how we rose-tint our memories and rebuild our own stories.
The Book Ninja by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus. A brand new offering is the most adorable contemporary romance going. Frankie is fed up wth online dating and decides the best way to find the literary lover of her dreams is to release her favourite novels onto public transport with her details hidden at the end. Cue hilarious dates and meeting a guy who ticks all the boxes except, god forbid, only reads YA. A fun read for all literary lovers but also a great start for your friends who want to get into reading but don’t know where to start.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. This beauty of the novel has the most romantic setting for all book lovers. The cobbled streets of Barcelona in the 1940’s, a cavernous space hidden within the city: The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. A place to protect books from falling out of existence. Plus an incredibly paced gothic story with twists you won’t spot coming.
Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell. Again, pretty much what the title suggests we have a bookseller’s diary of all that it is to own a book store. Okay, confession, I haven’t read this one yet but it is on my list of books to read this month and I have heard it is all kinds of laugh out loud funny and entertaining so I can’t imagine this one not making this list.
Paris by the Book by Liam Callahan. A wife’s husband goes missing and she follows her instincts and some boarding passes he purchased prior to his disappearance to move to Paris with her two daughters and starts running a bookshop, ever searching for her husband convinced he is not dead and has not left them. Another romantic setting that a reader won’t be able to resists, the alluring Paris and a little read book store.
The Strange Library and Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. Any readers of Murakami will know that books are just one of the recurring themes across his weird and wonderful novels. The Strange Library is a short, illustrated read about a boy who finds himself locked in a library and the adventures he fins within. Bizarre and entreating this is a great short read with the most beautiful pages. Kafka on the Shore is in true Murakami style. A novel about a boy who runs away from his life, stays in a library and is full of the kinds of themes that only Murakami can pull off.
The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. A great novel to get the reader thinking. A man who unwillingly finds himself travelling through time and his love story as he meets his wife along the way. And book wise, well he is a librarian. A tenuous link but hey? It is a great and unique read.