Books for Book Lovers

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If reading was your first love, then consider scheduling a date with one of these books for Valentine’s Day:

I’d Rather be Reading by Anne Bogel – Blogger and host of the “What Should I Read Next?” podcast offers a charming, relatable essay collection for book lovers everywhere, examining the magical and maddening aspects of the reading life.

What to Read & Why by Francine Prose – Celebrates the pleasures of reading and pays homage to the works and writers the author admires above all others, from Jane Austen to Charles Dickens to Jennifer Egan.

The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders by Stuart Kells – An author and book-trade historian describes his travels around the world to different types of libraries and discusses how he began to notice amazing and interesting patterns that replicated themselves in these collections over the centuries.

The Lost Chapters by Leslie Schwartz – A powerful, skillfully woven memoir of redemption and reading, as told through the list of books the author read as she served a 90-day jail sentence.

Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence – Presents a collection of love letters and break-up notes addressed to the books the author has encountered throughout her career as a librarian.

Wild Things by Bruce Handy – A nostalgic ramble through classic children’s literature explores the stories of forefront authors and illustrators while revealing the wisdom that can be found in masterpieces ranging from “The Cat in the Hat” and “Charlotte’s Web” to “Goodnight Moon” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson – Explores the reading life as a gift and an adventure for women, one meant to enrich, broaden, and delight.

The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller – Chronicles the author’s adventure reading 50 great tomes, reminding readers why they should make time for books.

Biblionovels

Topics in biblionovels tend to revolve around books – bookstores, booksellers, libraries, and book clubs. They also occasionally have murder or mystery. If you’re a book lover and want to read about some of the same, try one of these titles.

accidentalThe Accidental Book Club by Jennifer Scott – After losing her husband, Jean Vison surprises herself by starting a book club for comfort and support.

The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler – Esme is young student, recently broken up with, and newly pregnant. To cope with her new circumstances and escape the pressure of her Ivy League college, she takes a part time job at a used bookstore.

A Likely Story by Jenn McKinlay – Librarian Lindsey Norris must solve a murder and a missing person’s case in the latest library lover’s mystery.

Murder in the Paperback Parlor by Ellery Adams – While organizing Valentine’s Day activities for book-themed resort Storyton Hall tragedy strikes when one of the most celebrated authors is killed.

Ripped from the Pages by Kate Carlisle – Book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright discovers a treasure trove while exploring a cave on vacation that includes a mummified body in this bibliophile mystery.

Sweetgum Knit Lit Society by Beth Patillo – A new member and new reading list will help the women of the Sweetgum Christian Church knitting and book club discover that they can still be the heroines of their own stories.
 

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