I have always been known as the book girl. In primary school I was the one reading Stephen King and Virginia Andrews in Year 5 and at University I was the one who spent her student loan on books rather than wine. I adore all books but I have a particular thing for books about books and I eagerly look for new ones to add to my collection (a bit like my weird obsession with end of the world films but that is a whole other blog post!). I can’t quite put my finger on why it is. It could be because I really just love anything book related so books about books are a must. It might also be that it is a way to get insight into other people’s book passions and some recommendations thrown in there too. It makes me realise I am NOT THE ONLY ONE. When I discovered the wonderful world of book blogging it was exactly the same feeling. I would love to share with you some of my favourite books about books. It was really hard choosing a top list and it changes regularly. But as of June 2014 I adore;
- Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman. This is a gorgeous volume of essays about books, reading and collecting. It it one I revisit often and appears regularly on book blogs.
- The Library Book by various. This is a collection of essays by well known writers that celebrate the amazingness of libraries. Each essay shares something different but personal to the author and it is a reminder of how important our libraries are.
- A Book Addict’s Treasury by Julie Rugg and Lynda Murphy. A fun and quirky collection that is described as being for anyone ‘who has ever smelled a book before reading it.’ Guilty! The collection contains quotes from a wide variety of people. It is divided into chapters such as Booknesting, Buying Books and Settling Down to Read and has a quote to suit every book related occasion. A great book to dip into!
- Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch. I have to confess I am still reading this book but I had to include it as it is a heart wrenching tale of one woman’s loss of her sister and how she devotes herself to reading a book a day for a year. A powerful story of the healing power of literature.
Have you read any of the above? What did you think of them? Do you have any books about books recommendations? I would love to hear them!
A huuuge thanks to Kelly - don't forget to go and check out her blog!