A Booklist for Bookworms: 5 Engrossing Titles About Books, Building Community & Mysteries!

Posted on December 6, 2022 at 6:00 am

By Alison Johnson

Reading a book that revolves around books makes me happy. I am sharing my joy of books about books with other book lovers out there.

Here are five books that feature either a fictional author, editor, librarian, bookseller, or a community of readers, and of course… books! I hope you’ll give one a try.

The Bookshop on the Corner, by Jenny Colgan

If you are looking for a little romance, this book reads like a Hallmark movie. A young librarian arrives in a new town in the Scottish Highlands and shares her gift for finding the perfect book for the people she meets by opening a mobile bookshop. This feel-good book is perfect for a cozy day of reading. What really makes this book great is that it shows how the power of a good book can impact your life.

The Dictionary of Lost Words, by Pip Williams

Based on original research in the Oxford English Dictionary archives, this historical fiction shares the story of a woman who saves words that were misplaced or discarded by an editorial team for the Oxford English Dictionary. The is a celebration of words and the importance and influence they have on our lives. The backdrop for this tale includes the woman’s suffrage movement and a looming World War, which both round out a great story!

The Reading List, by Sara Nisha Adams

The Reading List is a charming story about a list that recommends eight books and its journey through a community that affects the lives of those it touches. Primarily revolving around a widower, his granddaughter, and a troubled young library worker, this book is all about how finding and reading the right book at the right time can make a difference and build connections. Another great cozy read!

Magpie Murders, by Anthony Horowitz

This is a murder mystery within a murder mystery! Set in the 1950s in England, the story is about a book editor who, while reading the manuscript of one of her popular crime authors, learns that he has committed suicide. She then discovers that the last chapter of the manuscript is missing and starts to wonder if there is a real crime hidden within. And did the author commit suicide or was he murdered?

Eight Perfect Murders, by Peter Swanson

Eight Perfect Murders starts with a bookseller who wrote a blog post about the books with the most unsolvable murders. Years later, an FBI agent thinks someone is using the books as a guide for murder. The bookseller and FBI agent team up to find said murderer. This clever whodunit will keep you guessing until the end!

From romance to historical fiction to a cozy read to murder mysteries, this short and sweet booklist gives you options for enjoying books about books. Happy reading!

Librarian Alison Johnson

Alison Johnson is an Education and Enrichment Librarian at Spokane County Library District and the community librarian for the Airway Heights Library. She creates library programming and events for children ages 8–18. This means she gets to play with many things, including messy paints and mini robots. When she has free time, Alison enjoys hiking trails with her dog, paddle boarding (on very calm waters), and reading while enjoying a cup of tea.

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