Books about books…

booksaboutbooksAs fellow bibliophiles, I’m sure we all have our own favorite books about books, and in a moment of spare time, I thought I’d compile a list of books about books which are either titles that I’ve read or that have a space on my real TBR shelves at home. I’m sure that there are lots of other titles out there – this list is just what I had handy. Feel free to add your own favorites! (And to give credit where credit is due, this line of thought was also triggered by a post at Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings blog as well. Thanks!)

So – to the list of books about books (or reading or similar). Please feel free to contribute any titles that you’ve read and enjoyed as well. The more the merrier!

  • Of Studies (an essay) – Sir Francis Bacon (1597)
  • The End of Your Life Book Club – Will Schwalbe (2012)
  • The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett (2007)
  • Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury (1953)
  • Ten Years in the Tub – Nick Hornby (2013)
  • The Polysyllabic Spree – Nick Hornby (2004)
  • Classics for Pleasure – Michael Dirda (2007)
  • Readings – Michael Dirda (2000)
  • The Read-Aloud Handbook – Jim Trelease (2006 edition)
  • The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop – Lewis Buzbee (2006)
  • Bound to Please – Michael Dirda (2007)
  • Reading the OED – Ammon Shea (2009)
  • The Man who Loved Books Too Much –Allison Hoover Bartlett (2009)
  • Stylized: A Slightly Obsessive History of Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style” – Mark Garvey (2009)
  • Word Freak – Stefan Fatsis (2001)
  • A Little Book of Language – David Crystal (2010)
  • Walking English – David Crystal (2009)
  • Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason – Nancy Pearl (2003)
  • More Book Lust – Nancy Pearl (2005)
  • 500 Great Books by Women – Bauermeister et al. (1994)
  • Read a Book a Week (and Be Well-Read in a Year) – Kenneth McLeish (1992)
  • Rough Guide to Classic Novels – Simon Mason (2008)

I’m currently immersed in Readings, a book of essays about books and reading from the excellent Michael Dirda. Swoon. Loving every minute of it even though he seems to have read every book in the English language. Good for the TBR pile.

Have any more titles to add? You know how there can never be too many books about books! (A few titles have sneaked in as they are about language/words, but I thought they could count as well. Books are made up of words, after all.)

(Edit to add: I forgot about this delightful gem from Alan Jacobs: The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction…)

5 thoughts on “Books about books…

  1. Here’s some more!

    ‘Billion Year Spree’ by Brian Aldiss, a history of Science-Fiction.

    ‘Danse Macarbe’ by Stephen King , essays on the books, and films, that influenced him.

    ‘A Gentle Madness’ by Nick Badbanes, about collecting books with profiles of famous book collectors.

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