Man, I don’t even know about this book. I was so excited to dive in because BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS but also because I’ve enjoyed a lot of books by German authors that have been translated into English in my life time and I was ready to discover another author I could add to my favs. The Book Jumper is not by any means a terrible book but if you’re reading it because you love books about books, you are gonna be disappointed. The world building is severely lacking in this one and there were a lot of things I did not understand about the world in which this book was taking place in. It represents a world similar to ours except for this select group of (white) people that have…
Yesterday, I posted a review for The Book Jumper talking about my disappointment because I am really into books about books and thought I’d do a follow-up today recommending some A+ books about books (most I’ve read and others come highly recommended by friends.)
1. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
Whenever I make recommendation lists, I don’t have any particular order in which I list the books in but The Invisible Library is #1 on this list because it was one of my fav books of 2016 and I didn’t have a lot of favs. IT IS ULTIMATE BOOK PORN. Blurb in a sentence: Detective Librarians who venture into alternate universes to find and protect different versions of books or find new ones that only exist in that universe.
2. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
You may have seen this one roaming around the blogosphere last year when it came out and I am here to tell you it is more than just a book that exists to look pretty on your shelves. I will be the first to admit this might not be everyone’s cup of tea because it is very slow but it is SO WORTH IT. Blurb in a sentence: A reality in which the Library of Alexandria survived the tests of time and is now a VILLAIN. EVIL LIBRARIES FTW.
3. Libromancer by Jim C. Hines
DONT JUDGE THIS BOOK BY ITS UGLY-ASS COVER. I read this one because my friend
forced me to recommended it to me and I AM GLAD I DID because holy wow. Also definitely book porn for readers. It is very much adult fic but so so good. Blurb in a sentence(ish): Libromancers are readers with powers. They can draw objects from books to help aid them in the fight to evil. All Libromancers tend to have gigantic personal libraries they can access too. Like I said, book porn for readers.
4. The Reader by Traci Chee
While I have not read this book, it has come highly recommended from friends and has a gorgeous cover. I cannot fangirl about it as much since I OBVIOUSLY HAVENT READ IT but here is the blurb in a sentence: In a world where reading (seems to be) outlawed, a girl discovers a book and slowly discovers all the secrets its been hiding. DUN DUN DUN DUN.
5. The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
This one is a short story I only recently discovered (aka while I was doing a little research for this post) but IT SOUNDS SO GOOD. Blurb in a sentence: “The story of a lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plotting their escape from a nightmarish library.” (Actually taken from GR blurb because I don’t think I could make it sound any better than that.)
If you read mangas, you may want to add this one on your list because it sounds so GOOD.
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 1 by Kiiro Yumi, Hiro Arikawa
My friend and I were having a discussion about books about books and how a+ they are and he recommended me this manga which sounded A+. Blurb in a sentence(ish): A government that created a committee to get rid of unsuitable books & a Library Defense Force that will fight against the government to protect those books = war. Very reminiscent of our fight against banned books if I do say so.