You know what’s fun as a reader?
A book that fully embraces the world of books and reading.
Each of these books takes you along with a character who loves books, works in publishing or as an author, or uses well-known books as jumping off points for their own story.
It’s just so fun to see references to beloved books appear in the storyline or see your own book love reflected back to you in the pages of these books.
A few years ago, I did a blog post about my favorite non-fiction books about books and reading and I’m so happy to finally have a companion post that includes my favorite FICTION books about books and reading!
20+ Fiction Books About books or reading
Books for Adults
Dear Mr. Knightley by
Samantha is a very bookish twenty-three year old whose only friends are the characters in her beloved books. Her life takes a mysterious turn when she gets a letter and a scholarship from an unknown Mr Knightley. She begins a pen pal relationship with her questionable benefactor and learns a lot about herself, trust and relationships. This one is fun and sweet.
The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
The Book Thief by This book is absolutely stunning – it’s a young adult book about an orphan girl who teaches herself how to read from stolen books and the story is brilliantly narrated by Death (I know it sounds weird but it works incredibly well). One of the best books I’ve read. (Full review here)
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
If books are your love language, this book about Nina, who works in a bookstore and lives a solitary life, is for you! Her whole world is turned upside down when the father she never knew dies and she suddenly discovers a large family she didn’t know existed. Is there life beyond her bookshelves or is it better to stay home and read?
Thank You For Listening by I LOVE Julia Whelan’s audiobook narration and her new book that she wrote (and narrated!) has been all over the charts this summer. This book is especially fun because it’s all about the world of audiobook narrating. The main character, Sewanee, used to be an actress, but now she has moved into audiobook narrating. She got her start in romance novels which she’s decided to leave that behind her, but she gets roped into doing one last romance project. This final project ends up being with the most popular male audiobook narrator of the romance genre, Brock McKnight. You will definitely want to listen to this one on audio! Heads up for one brief open door scene.
P.S. When I asked for book recommendations along these lines, by FAR the most recommended title was Book Lovers by Emily Henry. I read it when it came out this year but it’s more steamy than books that I’m comfortable recommending. If you don’t mind a couple open door scenes, it’s wildly popular, and I knew if I DIDN’T mention it here, I’d get a million comments suggesting it, since fully 50% off the recommendations were for this book:
Book Lovers by
Nora is a cutthroat literary agent in New York City. When her little sister Libby begs her for a girls’ trip to which Nora grudgingly agrees and they find themself in the small town of Sunshine Falls, North Carolina. It isn’t the laid back trip she thinks it will be because she keeps running into the handsome, but unpleasant Charlie Lastra, a brooding book editor she knows from back in New York. Their repeated encounters go from unpleasant to something a little. . . more pleasant.
Tilly Pages loves her grandparents’ bookshop and finds great comfort among the shelves and stores housed there. When her favorite book characters Alice from Wonderland and Anne of Green Gables start showing up at the shop she finds that not only can they wander into her world, she can go into theirs. This is exciting, but there can also be danger lurking at every page turn.
I read this book after my younger brother had mentioned it to me while on vacation. For some reason, I expected it to be about dragons (hint: it’s not), but even without dragons this book is quite good. Meggie lives with her father, Mo, who is a book binder by trade and particularly skilled at bringing ancient and tattered books back to their former glory. After receiving a strange visitor and a whispered conversation, Mo and Meggie set out on an adventure. The second half of this book was especially gripping!
This is one of those books I meant to read for years, and I’m so glad I finally did! Alcatraz is an unhappy foster kid shuffled from house to house. He has a troublesome habit of leaving things around him completely destroyed. His previously unknown grandfather shows up and tells him the world isn’t what it seems and that it is actually controlled by a group of evil librarians. This is a quick read with a fun sense of humor and great characters. This is the first of a five book series.
A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus
This historical fiction title absolutely charmed me and it’s been one of my favorite read-alouds in the past couple of years. When three young children lose their grandmother during WWII, they find themselves orphans with no place to go. Until their grandmother’s lawyer suggests that they go to the English countryside with all the children being shipped out of the city for safety and see if they can’t find a temporary family to take them in and cross their fingers that it might turn into a permanent situation.
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