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12 More Books About Books for Big Book Nerds

Taylor Noel is a corporate marketing manager at Simon and Schuster. She loves literary fiction and memoirs, but will read any book put in her hands. Taylor shares her book obsessions on Instagram @books_with_taylor.

All right, bookworms, listen up. I’m about to make your dreams come true. We all know that there is nothing better than a good book. Except a good book about books. Well, how about a whole list of terrific books about books? I know, I know. It’s basically the holy grail. Add these 12 literary treasures to Your Shelf, and get reading!


The Bookman's Tale
by Charlie Lovett
After the death of his beloved wife, Amanda, Peter Byerly relocates from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to outrun his grief and rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, he discovers a Victorian watercolor of a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Amanda. THE BOOKMAN’S TALE is a delightful exploration of one of literature’s most tantalizing mysteries.
The Bookman's Tale
Charlie Lovett

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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
by Matthew Sullivan
MIDNIGHT AT THE BRIGHT IDEAS BOOKSTORE is a fiendishly clever novel about a Denver bookstore clerk who, in the wake of the suicide of one of her regular patrons, must unravel the puzzle he left behind in the pages of books. And in her attempt to uncover the hidden message left for her, Lydia’s own troubling past is brought into question.

Read the full review of MIDNIGHT AT THE BRIGHT IDEAS BOOKSTORE.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
Matthew Sullivan

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The Little Paris Bookshop
by Nina George
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life, healing his customers with literature. But he can’t seem to heal himself, still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter his wife left behind, he departs on a mission to the South of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story.
The Little Paris Bookshop
Nina George

Monsieur Perdu, a literary apothecary working from a floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, can tell the exact book a reader needs to ease the hardships in their life. But the only broken heart he can’t mend is his own, and he departs on a mission to the south of France hoping to make peace with his lost love.

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The Jane Austen Book Club
by Karen Joy Fowler
In California’s Central Valley, five women and one man join to discuss Jane Austen’s novels. Over the six months they get together, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens. This is also a great read for your book club!
The Jane Austen Book Club
Karen Joy Fowler

In this smart social comedy, six friends meet once a month to discuss Jane Austen’s novels. If you don’t consider yourself an Austenite already, you soon will—each friend’s love life parallels one of the novels they read and you’ll find yourself revisiting Austen’s classics to catch every last reference and in-joke.

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Goodnight June
by Sarah Jio
June Andersen is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby’s estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children’s bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s. Among the store’s papers, June stumbles upon shocking letters between her great-aunt and the late Margaret Wise Brown, author of the adored childhood classic GOODNIGHT MOON. A remarkable novel of friendship, love, and books.
Goodnight June
Sarah Jio

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The Bookshop on the Corner
by Jenny Colgan
Nina is an excellent librarian and literary matchmaker. Or she was before she lost her job. Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van, transforms it into a bookmobile, and drives it from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling. Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home . . . a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.
The Bookshop on the Corner
Jenny Colgan

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The Secret of Lost Things
by Sheridan Hay
Rosemary arrives in New York from Tasmania with little other than her love of books. Taking a job at a vast, chaotic emporium of used and rare books called the Arcade, she knows she has found a home. But when Rosemary reads a letter from someone seeking to “place” a lost manuscript by Herman Melville, the bookstore erupts with simmering ambitions and rivalries.
The Secret of Lost Things
Sheridan Hay

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The Bookseller
by Cynthia Swanson
It’s Denver in 1962, and Kitty Miller has come to terms with her unconventional single life. She loves the bookshop she runs with her best friend, Frieda, and enjoys complete control over her day-to-day existence. Then the dreams begin. Fast forward one year later. Katharyn Andersson is married to the love of her life and has beautiful children, an elegant home, and good friends. It’s everything Kitty Miller once believed she wanted—but it only exists when she sleeps. As the lines between her worlds begin to blur, Kitty must figure out what is real and what is imagined.
The Bookseller
Cynthia Swanson

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How to Find Love in a Bookshop
by Veronica Henry
Nightingale Books is a dream come true for book lovers. But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open after her beloved father’s death, and the temptation to sell is getting stronger. The property developers are circling, yet Emilia’s loyal customers have become like family, and she can’t imagine breaking the promise she made to her father to keep the store alive. Enter the world of Nightingale Books for a serving of romance, long-held secrets, and unexpected hopes for the future—and not just within the pages on the shelves.
How to Find Love in a Bookshop
Veronica Henry

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The Last Bookaneer
by Matthew Pearl
THE LAST BOOKANEER is an astonishing story of an epic literary heist, set in 1890s London. Meet Pen Davenport, the most infamous bookaneer (read: book pirate) in Europe. When a dying Robert Louis Stevenson finishes his final novel, Davenport sets out for the South Pacific. But he’s hardly the only bookaneer with a mind to steal Stevenson’s last work. This literary showdown is a must-read.
The Last Bookaneer
Matthew Pearl

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The Book That Matters Most
by Ann Hood
Ava’s 25-year marriage has fallen apart, and her two grown children are pursuing their own lives outside of the country. So Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. When Ava remembers a mysterious book from her childhood during a meeting, she sets out on a mission to find that book and its enigmatic author, not knowing it will unravel the secrets of her past.
The Book That Matters Most
Ann Hood

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Close Enough to Touch
by Colleen Oakley
Bookish fans of Jojo Moyes will love CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH—the heartwarming story of a 28-year-old recluse who is allergic to human touch. Forced to reenter the world after her mother’s death, Jubilee gets a job at the library and meets a single father having trouble connecting with his adopted son. Jubilee and Eric’s feelings for each other are born in the stacks, but can they survive the real world?

Read the full review of CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH.

Close Enough to Touch
Colleen Oakley

After spending years as a recluse, Jubilee Jenkins is forced to face the world when her mother dies. When she meets Eric, a divorcee and single father, he can’t understand why Jubilee keeps him at arm’s length. But anything closer might literally kill her since she has a rare allergy to human contact. CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH is the most unlikely love story you’ll read this year.

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