Biblionovels: Books About Books

penumbrabookstoreIf you’re a lover of books and reading, you’ll probably appreciate at least one of these novels. They are books about or involving books, bookstores, booksellers, and libraries. Pick one up from your nearby JMRL branch if you’re looking for something new to read.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – After a layoff during the Great Recession sidelines his tech career, Clay Jannon takes a job at the titular bookstore in San Francisco, and soon realizes that the establishment is a facade for a strange secret.

You or Someone Like You by Chandler Burr – Anne Rosenbaum finds herself running a book club for some of Hollywood’s elite as she tries to save her marriage after her producer husband has a crisis of faith and turns back to Jewish Orthodoxy.

Cooking the Books: A Sloane Templeton Novel by Bonnie S. Calhoun – After inheriting a bookstore, Sloane Templeton begins to receive cyber threats and uses her Cyber Crime Unit experience to uncover the source of the threats.

If Books Could Kill by Kate Carlisle – Book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright investigates the murder of her ex, who had an original copy of a scandalous text that could change history and destroy the British monarchy.

The Cherry Cola Book Club by Ashton Lee – To save the library and her job, librarian Maura Beth Mayhew starts the Cherry Cola Book Club and soon the booklovers of Cherico, Mississippi gather together to talk about literary classics, romance, and dreams over potluck dinners.

Book, Line and Sinker by Jenn McKinlay – Library director Lindsey Norris finds herself knee-deep in a murder mystery when the local tourism director is found dead and her downstairs neighbor is accused of the crime.

The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society by Beth Pattillo – A new member and new reading list will help the women of the Sweetgum Christian Church knitting and book club to discover the possibility that they can still be the heroines of their own stories.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – Daniel selects a novel from a library of rare books, enjoying it so much that he searches for the rest of the author’s works, only to discover that someone is destroying every book the author has ever written.

This list was created by Reference Librarian Erica Younglove.

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