Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Fav Books Set in Libraries

Best Books Set in Libraries

Settings. Settings are a pretty popular topic here at Top Ten Tuesday. I've done lots of posts on settings. Top Ten Settings in Books. Top Ten Most Vivid Settings. Top Ten Settings I'd Like to See More Of. And Paris, of course. Even a Top Ten Books That Take Place in Paris

So let's venture off today to a new setting, a quieter setting. Let's take a look at books set in libraries. What are the top ten books set in libraries?

You may be saying, "Top Ten Books Set in Libraries? Really? I bet there aren't but ten books set in libraries!" I would reply, "Surprise! You'd be amazed at how many books are set at least in part in libraries." It was very difficult to pick just ten. So many, in fact, that I had to break the books into small lists.

Here we go....

Best Adult Mysteries Set in Libraries
The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom 
Mrs. Zukas and the Library Murders by
The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

Best Adult Fiction Set in Libraries
The Gold Bug Variations by Richard Powers
The Dewey Decimal System of Love by Josephine Carr
The Loop by Joe Coomer
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

Books Set in Libraries With Odd Titles:
Help! I'm a Prisoner in the Library!
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
Here Lies the Librarian
Please Bury Me in the Library

Nonfiction About Libraries
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
Biblioburro: A True Story Set in Columbia
The Librarian of Basra
The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

Best Kid Books Set in Libraries
Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora
The Library by Sarah Stewart
I Took My Frog to the Library by Eric A. Kimmel
Bats in the Library by Brian Lies
Miss Brooks Loves Books (But I Don't) by Barbara Bottner
That Book Woman by Heather Henson
Library Lil by Suzanne Williams
But Excuse Me That is My Book by Lauren Childs

I'm something of an expert now, an expert on books set in libraries. 

Did I miss anything? Any other suggestions?

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  1. What a great post Deb. I've read Body in the Library, Dewey, Biblioburro, and Bats at the Library.

  2. What a neat list idea! I really enjoyed Dewey the Library Cat and The Librarian of Basra.

  3. Shulman's The Grimm Legacy and The Wells Bequest. Awesome stuff! I want to work there!

  4. Librarians can't resist books set in libraries.

  5. These two are new to me. Off to add Grimm Legacy and Wells Bequest to my wishlist. Thanks!

  6. I completely forgot about a children's book I read early this summer which is set in the Chicago Public Library! It's called Hold Fast by Blue Balliett. It's excellent.

  7. What a great topic! I love the title 'Help! I'm a Prisoner in the Library!'. As if you could be a prisoner in somewhere as great as a library!

  8. The Body in the Library will be my next Agatha Christie, and I LOVED The Uncommon Reader! Great list.

  9. We listened to Body in the Library on our recent trip (nine hours in the car!) to West Texas. So many mysteries set in libraries. So much murder in libraries.

  10. Have you read the picture book The Library Lion? I think it is adorable. :)

  11. Great choice of setting for this week's list! I don't think I've read very many books featuring a library but I'll have to check out some of these titles :)

    My TTT

  12. I would not have thought there would be so many books set in a library. I have not heard of any of these but there are a couple books on these lists that look rather interesting.

  13. This is such a great setting! Sadly, I've only read Dewey off of this list. Must remedy this!

  14. Great setting! Who would've thought so many books are set in libraries (though of course, we all love libraries!) :) Thank you for visiting my blog earlier!

  15. It's pretty crazy that so many books are set in libraries!

  16. Ooo like a bit of Allan Bennet, thanks for bringing these books to our attention!

  17. really cool! maybe you should organize a reading challenge around this idea?

  18. There's certainly enough books to do a challenge!

  19. I have to admit that I haven't read any of the books you have on your list.I have to check them out though!Thanks for stopping by my TTT.

    Elena @ Book Lady's Reviews

  20. Fantastic list! I was never aware of any of these and now I want to read them all!

  21. Fantastic list, so many books I've never heard of. I recommend Long Overdue, which is an anthology of writing about libraries, great to dip in and out of.

  22. I love your choice of setting. Many books I haven't heard of before, great list.


  23. The Grimm Legacy (The Grimm Legacy, #1)
    by Polly Shulman

    for young readers, interesting and unique


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