Books about books

I am currently reading The Rabbit Back Literature Society, a Finnish novel which follows a young literature teacher as she becomes a member of the mysterious society of the book’s title. She discovers a lot of strange goings on in the town involving books and the local library, including books rewriting themselves. I have read about a third of the book so far, and it is quirky to say the least….

Reading this book has got me thinking about other books that are about books. Earlier this year, I read Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore, and I have also seen the film adaptation of the wonderful Book Thief.

So what other books are there out there that are about books?



  1. Interesting. The Princess Bride is kind of about a book, in the sense that the author creates this whole scenario where he tells the reader that this isn’t his book, but a book someone else wrote, and he breaks up the story with all kinds of interjections about the author not including this in the book, or deciding to include this, and so on.

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  2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is sort of a book about books. More about a society who loves to read books and their correspondence with an author about her articles. It’s fantastic! The Never Ending Story, of course.

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  3. I’m reading The Book Thief just now and I’m really enjoying it. I was going to see the film but I never got around to it. The first three books about books that come to mind are Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder, S. (Ship of Theseus) by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst and If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino. All brilliant books and all a little odd, now that I think about it!

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