In last week’s Weekly Reading Round-Up, Ashley and Joanne had a great suggestion: books about books. (Not like we’re a little book obsessed over here or anything.)
So, if you like books about books, you’ll probably like….
— A.S. Byatt’s Possession, in which a letter stuck in a book starts a scholar off on a quest through poetry and the past;
— Arturo Perez-Reverte’s The Club Dumas, in which skullduggery and swashbuckling abound when a book detective is brought in to authenticate a fragment of Dumas’s original manuscript of The Three Musketeers;
— Deborah Harkness’s A Discovery of Witches, in which a book called up in the Bodleian launches an American scholar– and witch– into a world filled with arcane creatures and danger;
— Katherine Howe’s The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, in which a Harvard grad student’s search for the mysterious shadow book of Deliverance Dane takes her on a journey into the Salem Witch trials and her own family’s past;
— Barbara Michaels’ Houses of Stone, in which a manuscript by an unknown nineteenth century woman writer sends a scholar hunting through an old Virginia mansion for clues;
— Caroline Llewellyn’s Life Blood, in which a Canadian children’s book illustrator sets out to discover just why certain parties were so eager to see all the copies of her grandmother’s mystery novel destroyed.
Although it doesn’t entirely fit the category, I would also list Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey as a book about books, since it is Catherine Morland’s fascination with gothic novels that drives the plot.
What are your favorite books about books?