For the Love of Reading

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An avid reader is always searching for their next conquest. What better genre could there be for a lover of reading to peruse than books about books? Check out these “bibliobooks” from your local library for further investigation into the beloved pastime of reading:

Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live by Peter Orner – A collection of 41 short essays about reading and life reflects the acclaimed writer’s beliefs about the role of stories in shaping his identity and includes entries on the censoring of the works of Isaac Babel and Zora Neale Hurston, the paradoxical loneliness of Franz Kafka and the dubious insanity of Robert Walser.

 

The Literature Book edited by James Canton – A global assessment of the forefront works of literature and the themes that unite them is presented through a collection of 100 articles, infographics, photographs and author biographies and is complemented by suggestions for additional reading.

The Books That Changed My Life edited by Bethanne Patrick – Including contributions from Al Roker, Carl Hiaasen, Gillian Flynn, Liev Schreiber, Tim Gunn, Margaret Atwood, Mayim Bialik and many others, 100 of today’s most prominent literary and cultural icons share the books that changed their life, why they love them and their passion with readers everywhere.

Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living With Books by Michael Dirda – A latest volume of writings by the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and Washington Post columnist shares personal essays on diverse topics ranging from literary pets and cursive writing to book inscriptions and the pleasures of science-fiction conventions. Continue reading

Star-Crossed Lovers

beautifulruinsWe’ve all heard of Romeo and Juliet, but their story is just one of many tragic tales of love and loss. Try one of these titles from JMRL if you’re looking for another pair of star-crossed lovers to keep you company on Valentine’s Day:

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter – Follows a young Italian innkeeper and his almost-love affair with a beautiful American starlet, which draws him into a glittering world filled with unforgettable characters.

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler – Follows the experiences of hairdresser and African-American single mom Dorrie, who while struggling with difficult family dynamics reluctantly agrees to drive an octogenarian client to a funeral several states away.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – Taking a job as an assistant to extreme sports enthusiast Will, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident, Louisa struggles with her employer’s acerbic moods and learns of his shocking plans before demonstrating to him that life is still worth living.

The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill – Two orphaned soulmates, one a piano prodigy, the other a dancing savant, dream up a plan for the most extraordinary circus show the world has ever seen against a backdrop of the Great Depression.

One Day by David Nicholls – Falling in love on the eve of their 1988 college graduations, Dexter and Emma embark on a heady relationship marked throughout subsequent decades by their disparate personalities, conflicts and misconceptions, in a tale told on the anniversaries of the day they met. Continue reading

Hidden Figures: What to Read While You Wait

If you are on the holds list for Hidden Figures, don’t despair! We have plenty of other great (and available) books to tide you over.

If you are interested in women who advanced our knowledge of and experience with outer space, pick up one of these.

  • Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone
  • The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel
  • Rise of the Rocket Girls: Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt
  • Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America’s First Female Rocket Scientist by Mary Sherman Morgan
  • Women in Space: 23 Stories of First Flights, Scientific Missions, an Gravity-Breaking Adventures by Karen Bush Gibson

If you want to read stories about innovative women who are trailblazers in other sciences, law, medicine and more, try one of these books.

If you’d like more suggestions, remember you can always ask for us to create a custom list for you by filling out our What Do I Read Next? form.