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Reading Double? 7 Must-Read Books About Books

Do you love the world of books?

From dusty magical books, to extraordinary booksellers, or the characters of classic tales parading through the outtakes of a modern novel, we can’t get enough of them. We chose our favourites for the recent Boundless Book Clubepisode, "Books about Books," but there were so many good ones we have put together our ultimate reading list below. 

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

A fireman from the future whose job it is to burn books, until one day, he reads one instead…

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

A mysterious library of forgotten books and an elusive writer whose work offsets a literary manhunt in Barcelona.                        

You by Caroline Kepnes

A huge hit on Netflix, this is a creepy stalkery romance that begins in a bookshop is burning the midnight oil, just one more page, material.

The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak

Liesel steals books in Nazi Germany. 

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

The human story behind the Oxford English Dictionary and the parallel creation of the Dictionary of Lost Words; a collection of women’s words deemed not important enough. 

If On a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino

A postmodernist classic about the reader trying to read a book called If on a winter's night a traveler. 


The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Jane Eyre is missing from her book, and it is up to literary detective Thursday next to find her, solving crimes against literature as they find her. 

Are there any books you would add to this list? Let us know in the comments!

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