Title Drop! Biblio-Nerds Only

An earlier post listed children’s books about reading and libraries. Click here to check it out.

It's a bit strange, admittedly, to want to read stories that feature book- or library-related themes, but for me personally it might have a great deal to do with the passion for literature and literacy that is inherent in most avid bibliophiles.  There's a nostalgia these kinds of stories evokes that reminds you of things when you first fell in love with reading, things you may have forgotten, like the hush of old libraries and bookstores, or finding a book that excites you when you aren't looking for it, or the urge to knock on that one mysterious-looking door, on the off chance that it will open unto something unexpected.  Don't lie - I've done it, too (like just the other day in fact - hey, you never know!). 

So, I thought it would only be fair to have a list of such titles for the older set.  Here is my list of books about books, books about libraries, and books about librarians!

A young web-designer loses his job and finds work as a night-shift clerk in what appears to be a dilapidated bookstore, except its regular patrons don’t actually buy anything but instead borrow tomes written in strange cipher connected to a mysterious society of bibliophiles. Technology and text meld in a mystery with clues to the secrets of immortality hiding in plain sight. (Adult Fiction)

The Archived by Victoria Schwab
A girl, trained from a young age to keep bodies - called Histories - stored in an otherworldy library known as The Archive from awakening and ravaging the mundane world, discovers unsettling truths about the system and its strange librarians and keepers. (Teen Fiction)

Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde
Fforde’s intricate and literarily (literally?) complicated series follows a woman who is a Literary Detective, someone who specializes in literature-related crime. Time-travel is so mundane that it must be policed, cloning extinct creatures for pets is an everyday hobby, and literature is so important that it not only inspires gang wars, it can bleed into the real world (with many characters from well-known classics joining the fray). (Adult Fiction)

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
A man, as a young boy, is introduced to a secret library called the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and as an initiate he must choose a single title to protect for the rest of his life. Selecting a book called The Shadow of the Wind draws him as an adult to search for the truth behind its tragic story and its author, and the strange methodical destruction of its copies by a mysterious stranger. (Adult Fiction, Foreign)

Lirael by Garth Nix
A girl discovers that she will never develop the prescient abilities common in her female clan of seers and instead devotes herself to her work as a library assistant, in a vast library holding ancient mysteries the least of which are contained in books (such as the Disreputable Dog, which may or may not be a dog).  Lirael is the second novel in Nix’s Old Kingdom trilogy. (YA Fiction)

The Grand Complication by Allen Kurzweil.
A New York Public Library reference librarian with peculiar obsessions is hired by a wealthy gentleman to research a cabinet of curiosities that once belonged to an ingenious 18th-century inventor. Filled with various little objects that somehow narrate the inventor’s life, one of the curious objects appears to be missing, and it is the librarian’s job to discover what the object was and where it disappeared to. (Adult Fiction, Mystery)

A chubby, underachieving, and headache prone vegetarian takes a full-time job as a librarian in the humdrum Irish town of Tumdrum, only to find that he will not be the curator of a brick and mortar immobile library as he was led to believe, but the driver of a derelict puttering mobile library (technically a van with books in it) and unofficial investigator of local crime. (Adult Fiction, Mystery)

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
A woman raised in a bookstore is offered a chance to write the truth of an author’s life, as the author is a famous liar who has told many tales not a one of them true. Twelve stories that were thought untrue but with the telling of the thirteenth, the line between truth and lie and the writer’s freedom to embellish and twist blend to create what really took place. Maybe. (Adult Fiction)

The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
An apathetic little-town librarian makes a careless wish and is struck by lightning, surviving only to find that her emotionless state now feels physically cold, and she is unable to see the color red. The incident brings her to discover other survivors like her, who now live with strange abilities, and to the person who is fire as she is ice, thawing her once-frozen heart. (Adult Fiction)

The Giant's House by Elizabeth McCracken
A shy introverted librarian befriends an “over-tall” eleven-year-old, and as the years pass, the boy grows taller (six feet five inches at age twelve, then seven feet, then eight), and their friendship grows by the same leaps and bounds, in this odd but poetical romance. (Adult Fiction)

Magic Ex Libris series by Jim C. Hines
A young man, a member of a secret organization - founded by Johannes Gutenberg - of people with the ability to reach into books and draw out objects from their stories, investigates paranormal crimes and defends against magical threats (some of them from the pages of familiar books). (Adult Fiction)

Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia McKillip
A young orphan, found by the royal librarian of a kingdom on the edge of the world, is trained to translate languages that no one else knows how to read. Books with words like swimming fish, and words like tangled thorns, one such book takes her into the distant past where, as the thorns spell out a story that only she can read, ancient history and the present intertwine to form a looming danger that brings with it the secrets of her past. (Adult Fiction, Fantasy)

The Silver Bough by Lisa Tuttle
Three American women, at different stages of their lives, have come to the small old-traditions-following Scottish town of Appleton to rediscover themselves. When the town’s only road to the outside world is cut off by a landslide, the origin of its otherworldly tales and traditions suddenly becomes apparent as the fantastic comes out of hiding. (Adult Fiction)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
In a future where human thought and independence is manipulated and controlled by propaganda and endless broadcast entertainment, where books are things to be burned, as well as the houses that keep them, a fireman (someone whose duty it is to destroy books by fire) begins to see his empty, meaningless life for what it is, and the knowledge and cerebral freedom that exist in the things he once enjoyed destroying. (Adult Fiction, Dystopian, Classic)

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