books about books

May 23, 2021

The Starless Sea is about Zachary Ezra Rawlins who discovers a rare book hidden in a library. As he turns through the entrancing tales, he finds a strange story from his childhood. He then finds a bee, a key, and a sword which leads him to a doorway–a hidden place far below the surface, a place of lost cities, seas, and lovers. As Zachary travels through this strange yet magical world, he discovers the purpose of his own life and in his story.


When I first picked up this book, I thought it would be an interesting read and keep me hooked. It did turn out to be good, however, I was confused

Apr 20, 2021

The Book Thief is a historical fiction novel about a girl named Liesel who loves words and books, to the extent that she is willing to steal them. It is narrated by the sarcastic, ever working, overwhelmed, and caring Death throughout the period of World War II. Given by her mother, who is unable to care for her, to foster parents, she learns from her foster father, Papa, how to read so that she will be able to read the first book she ever stole, which is the last link to her little brother, who died on the way to their new home. Gradually, Liesel grows to love books, stealing them from Nazi

Jan 8, 2021

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a wonderful futuristic sci-fi story about a fascist world full of censorship and where happiness is valued over thinking and free will. The book offers an insight on what our world might become, and even though the book was published in 1953, the problems that it presents are even more present today.


The story follows Guy Montag, a firefighter, in the year 1999. However, he is less of a firefighter and more of a fire starter. Guy’s job is to set houses on fire that are believed to contain books, which are now banned. Books began to change as people began to

Dec 7, 2020

Fahrenheit 451 is a science fiction novel written by Ray Bradbury in 1953.  The genre of this book is adventure and science fiction.  The novel is set in a futuristic dystopian society that burns  books in order to control dangerous ideas and concepts.  The novel tells the story of Guy Montag.  Guy Montag is a fireman, whose job is not to protect people but to protect them from books by burning them. Montag meets Clarisse, a smart and curious girl.  Clarisse questions everything about life, happiness, and love. Over the next few days, Montag experiences some disturbing events.  His wife

Books for Living

By Will Schwalbe
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Rated by Sarah A.
Aug 22, 2017

Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club, the true story of Schwalbe and his dying mother reading and discussing books together at the end of her life, now shares another meaningful book. Books for Living reveals how particular books have taught Schwalbe life lessons over the years. He says these are “books that prompted me to remember something, realize something or see my life and the world differently.” The book is written in short contained chapters that are quick and easy to read one or two at a time.


I was familiar with some of the books and I understand how he takes

Jul 10, 2013

When slacker web designer Clay Jannon finds himself downsized into unemployment, he takes a job working the overnight shift in a small, quirky bookstore, run by the eccentric Mr. Penumbra. Restlessness and curiosity drive Clay to stumble onto a vast, old conspiracy. Suddenly, his world is a collision of old and new, ancient bound books and pirated ebooks, hipster New York bars and Google headquarters in California. Such is the fun, fast-paced, geeky adventure of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. I adore this book! I'm not usually a fast reader, but I tore through Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour

Apr 23, 2012

“Thus it was that the dawn of sensibility was mistaken for the onset of senility.”

When Queen Elizabeth II unexpectedly finds herself on the City of Westminster travelling library, she immediately recognizes a dilemma. “Knowing that if she left without a book it would seem to Mr. Hutching that the library was somehow lacking”, and despite that “reading was something she left to other people”, the Queen checked out a book. And thus begins Her Majesty’s fascination with books.

Alan Bennett has penned an utterly charming and delightful tale; the first book I’ve ever wanted to immediately read

Mar 23, 2011

The Night Bookmobile is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Audrey Niffenegger. The Night Bookmobile was originally written as a short story based on a one of Niffenegger’s reoccurring childhood dreams.  According to the author, the Night Bookmobile is the first part of a much larger work.  The book tells the story of Alexandra, a passionate reader, who discovers a battered Winnebago  on a deserted Chicago street.  The only person on board is a spooky looking librarian and a collection of books that seems to be all the titles Alexandra has read over the years, even the cereal boxes.