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My Favorite Books About Books

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In my opinion, nothing can quite capture my love for books like a story that has books as one of its central themes. Even as a child, I loved books, but there was no one in my immediate surroundings who shared that love.

Luckily that has changed! But because of that, I started seeking out books that explored this love for books within the stories, and some of them ended up being my favorites!

Schermafbeelding 2018-05-10 om 17.08.30The Shadow of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. If you know one thing about me, it’s that The Shadow of the Wind is one of my all-time favorite books. It’s gorgeous, flowery writing, Barcelona setting and coming-of-age story will never be boring to me. This book, and the entire series, revolves around something called the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. This library is tended by Barcelona’s guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again. Our main character Daniel gets a book from this cemetery, and completely falls in love with it – something we can all relate to.

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Inkheart
by Cornelia Funke. Oh boy, do I remember loving this series as a kid. Inkheart is the story of twelve-year-old Meggie. Her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can “read” fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service. Inkheart is a middle-grade (or Young Adult on the ‘young’ side of the spectrum) novel, but don’t let that stop you. The story is complex and the characters are well fleshed out! 

Schermafbeelding 2018-05-10 om 17.09.35The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. If you haven’t read this book by now, what are you doing? In this story we follow Liesel, a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. This is quite a peculiar book, with lots of drawings and quotes throughout. It’s also narrated by death, which I thought was a really interesting and original format.

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Matilda by Roald Dahl. This HAD to be on this list! In my opinion, anyways. When I wasa little girl myself, Matilda was a character I related to so much. Really, what else can you say about Matilda? The story is funny, adorable, inspirational and addictive. If you haven’t read this one yet, you’re really missing out.

 

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21 thoughts on “My Favorite Books About Books

  1. I haven’t read any of these, well I might have read Matilda when I was younger but I definitely think I need to re-read it! The Shadow of The Wind sounds really good!! x

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  2. I feel like I’m such a weirdo because I actually hated The Shadow of the Wind, and everyone else seems to love it 😀 I guess you have to have at least ONE book where you opinion differs from everyone else’s though, huh. And I have the Inkheart series, but haven’t started it yet, but I am quite looking forward to it 🙂

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    1. Ohh nooo that is one of my favorite books! I totally understand how it’s not for everyone though, it can be a bit slow and dense if it’s not your style. Inkheart is really good, I actually just started rereading it after writing this post!

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  3. I was going to do this survey and one of the people that worked in the office saw me reading. So she started talking to me and she actually recommended The Shadow of The Wind to me. I haven’t read it yet but it sounds super interesting. It’s nice to see it on your list.

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  4. I’ve been hearing so many great things about The Shadow of the Wind, I definitely need to bump it up higher on my TBR. Books about loving books are really magical and relatable, I really need to find more of them. Thank you for the recommendations list, I’ll definitely check all of these out!

    Also I’ve nominated you for The Unique Blogger Award, not sure if you do those, but you can grab the link on my blog here: https://limitless-blue.net/lastpage/the-unique-blogger-award/

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    1. Yes, definitely bump it up higher on that TBR, it’s absolutely worth it in my opinion. I actually recently did the unique blogger award because someone else nominated me, but thank you so much for thinking of me, I really appreciate it!

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  5. Matilda was my favorite book growing up! My 4th grade teacher lend it to me and I remember treasuring it and returning it in a week. I couldn’t put it down. Finally, I saw books being appreciated! Since then, I’ve picked up and loved The Shadow of the Wind!

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    1. I LOVE Matilda. I actually really want to reread it now that I’ve written and chatted about the book. Bless your 4th grade teacher for lending you that book, that sounds like such a great teacher!

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  6. OH Shadow of the Wind! Such a stunning read. I remember reading Inkheart in middle school, and kind of struggling to get through it even though I loved the concept. I recently watched the movie, and did not like it..

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    1. Honestly it is suuuuch a stunning book. Inkheart is kind of a long book and there is a lot of back and forth going on, so it definitely needs to be your cup of tea!

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  7. This is a great list! I love books about books. 😍 You should check out The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry! I feel like it’d be up your alley.

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