Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Fabulous Books Set in Fabulous Book-ish Settings

Don’t you love Books-about-Books? I do. Books-about-Books is my favorite genre. I love reading about reading. I’m a reader who loves to read about readers. I’m always searching the library shelves for books set in book-ish places.


So how about if I share a list of fabulous books set in fabulous book-ish settings...

BOOKS SET IN BOOKSTORES
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
84, Charing Cross Road
How to Find Love in a Bookshop
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookshop
The Little Bookshop on the Seine
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop
Eighty Days to Elsewhere

BOOKS SET IN LIBRARIES
The Midnight Library
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
The Librarian by Salley Vickers
The Archivist by Martha Cooley
The Library of the Unwritten
The Borrower

BOOKS SET IN BOOKMOBILES
Parnassus on Wheels
The Night Bookmobile
The Case of the Missing Books
The Uncommon Reader

BOOKS SET IN BOOK CLUBS
Reading Lolita in Tehran
The Jane Austen Book Club
The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo

BOOKS SET IN A COMFORTABLE READING CHAIR
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair

BOOKS SET IN THE MOST BOOK-ISH OF SETTINGS...INSIDE A BOOK ITSELF!
Inkheart
The Book Jumper
A Book for Escargot
The Wall in the Middle of the Book
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
The Book in the Book in the Book
We Are in a Book

As comprehensive as this list feels to me, I know there are other Books Set in Book-ish Settings I have not yet read. I would love to have you share others with me!


And if this list of settings is not enough for you, take a look at my thirteen (yes, thirteen) Top Ten Tuesday lists of book settings from the past.

Thirteen Top Ten Tuesday Lists of Book Settings


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each Tuesday That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.  

20 comments:

  1. On the whole list, I've only read one (The uncommon reader), shame on me ! But thanks for the list that gives me ideas :)

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  2. What great lists here; I've only read 5 from the books you'Ve mentions but, have heard of most of them. Just too many choices for us readers!

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  3. What fun! I've read several of these, but see so many more that appeal to that bookish love of bookish settings!

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  4. Wow, who knew there were so many books about books? I guess it makes sense. You have to REALLY like books if you want to write one. :)

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  5. Oh, I'm definitely taking note of some of these titles. Who doesn't love a book with very bookish settings?! Fab list!

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  6. I love books set in libraries or bookstores!

    Lori
    https://fiftytwo.blog/2021/10/11/ttt-favorite-book-settings/

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  7. I love books set in books!

    Happy Tuesday!

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  8. I love so many of these! Books set in bookshops are the best.

    Lori
    https://fiftytwo.blog/2021/10/11/ttt-favorite-book-settings/

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  9. Wonderful list of bookish setting in books. I love it. I will have to investigate several of the new-to-me titles.

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  10. A book set inside a book? I've never heard of any of those but it sounds highly imaginative

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  11. What a fun way to interpret this prompt. I remember reading a book in the early '90s that was set in a bookstore and I loved it: The Education of Harriet Hatfield. I just relooked it up and I have no memory of the LGBTQ theme, just fond memories and that it was set in a bookstore.

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  12. What a fun list, I love books with bookish settings!

    One I read recently was The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams, based on a reading list and the main character works in a library. Earlier this year I read The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin and Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin.

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  13. The only book you've mentioned that I've read is The Midnight Library. A couple of others I've read that you may enjoy is the Pages & Co series (it's middle-grade), The Bookshop on the Corner, and the Lost for Words Bookshop.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!
    https://readbakecreate.com/autumn-vibes-books-whos-cover-has-autumn-feels/

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  14. I didn't even realize there were quite so many books with bookish settings, which makes me so happy since I love books set in bookstores and libraries.

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  15. Oh I can add Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore (bookstore) for you and Mobile Library (mobile library). Yes, books about books sure are the best!

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  16. That is such a brilliant list, Deb. I will definitely have to pick up some of them. ´

    I would have many books to add to it though yours is already more than ample. The first one that springs to mind is one that I had on my list, as well, is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and the three sequels of the "Cemetery of lost books". All about a library AND a bookshop.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier which took me around the world to thirteen countries..

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  17. What a great list! I've only read two, so there's plenty more for me to discover. I think I've only read one book which features a bookmobile and that was The Bookshop on the Corner, which I really enjoyed. I need to add more to my tbr. :)

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  18. I don't think I've ever read a book that takes place in a BOOKMOBILE. I'll have to check out Parnassus on Wheels, The Night Bookmobile, The Case of the Missing Books, and The Uncommon Reader sometime. Great list!

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  19. Here are a couple (both of which I loved!) to add to your list:


    Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence
    The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

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  20. Books about Books are my favorite too. I printed the list so I could get some I haven't read. Am enjoying The Last Chance Library right now.

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