Books About Books and Reading

For dedicated bookworms, it’s not enough to read books—we love to read books about books.

Readers love to talk about books that are about books and the experience of reading.

We know the richness and depth these books add to our reading life. Books about books and reading are a great place to gather ideas and insight.

Reading is, for the most part, a solitary act. But readers always find ways to create community—from book clubs to Booktube—we love to share our reading experiences and our favorite books with others who understand our obsession.

Books about books combine all the things we love about reading into one package of bookish catnip. We get to read about how books are created; how reading has shaped the lives of those we admire; how books influence culture and encourage change. We are constantly amazed at the power of the written word, and books about books make us feel like we are tapped into that power.

Check out these recommendations, and then share yours in the comment section:

Howards End Is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home by Susan Hill

How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs

My Reading Life by Pat Conroy

The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma

The Child That Books Built: A Life in Reading by Francis Spufford

Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading by Maureen Corrigan

Book Crush: For Kids and Teens - Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Interest by Nancy Pearl

Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl

The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books by J. Peder Zane

What is your favorite book about books and reading?
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