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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.