Top Ten Tuesday | Books about books


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!

This week’s theme is ‘Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit’, and while I do love visiting bookshops and libraries they’re not really places I make lists for – when I go somewhere new I’m much more interested in checking out the museums, castles, manor houses and the cathedrals/churches, and I’ll just pop into whichever bookshop just happens to be there.


So instead, I’m going to talk about some books about books – some that are on my TBR, and some that I’ve read!


The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly: I’ve owned this book for years and still haven’t read it, which is essentially the story of my life, but considering it’s about dark fairy tales it’s a book I should definitely have read by now.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón: One of these days I’m going to read this book! I might have to give myself a challenge where, if I haven’t read this book within the next six months, I need to give it away because I should have read it by now.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova: This is a book I’m hoping to pick up very soon because I think it’ll be a great Halloween read, and another one I’ve owned for years and still haven’t got to.

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi: It’s Non Fiction November next month and while I’m hoping to concentrate on NaNoWriMo it’d be nice to read some non-fiction, a genre I’ve neglected somewhat this year, so with any luck I might cross this one off my TBR soon.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: I’ve never read this piece of classic dystopian fiction and, to be honest, I feel very done with dystopian fiction with the current political climate. Even so, I’d like to give it a try one day!


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling: I still have such vivid memories of reading this book for the first time; I remember getting my copy while out with my mum and, I think, my sister and completely ignoring them during lunch so I could start reading it. Sorry mum! It seems like an apt response, though, to a book all about a teenager becoming obsessed with a book.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: I cried twice while reading this book and I’m still not over it.

How to be a Heroine: Or, What I’ve Learned from Reading Too Much by Samantha Ellis: This is one of those books I always recommend to readers who’d like to start reading non-fiction, because the entire book is a celebrate of books and the unforgettable characters they give us. I loved this book.

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe: This is one of those witch books I don’t see talked about much on the blogosphere, which is a real shame because I had such fun reading it. There’s a follow-up coming out next year, The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs, and I’m very excited for it.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen: I’m not the biggest Austen fan, but she’s definitely an author who’s grown on me over the past few years. Her stories are still stories I’d rather watch the adaptations of than read, though. Northanger Abbey is one of my favourites purely because I love how the heroine, Catherine, views the world around her through the lens of the Gothic fiction she’s obsessed with.

What did you talk about this week?

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Books about books

  1. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight says:

    Oooh The Historians does sound quite good! I will have to try that one! I am still not on that Harry Potter book (I am on book 5 hah) so I am even more excited to get to it! The Book Thief is fabulous, of course! And I should read Fahrenheit 451 too. Though I feel you about the dystopian nightmare that is our world feeling wayyyy too close to home these days!

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  2. catherine neal says:

    I like your twist on the topic this week 🙂 I love that film ‘The Jane Austen Book Club’ because they’re just basically sitting around talking about her books (and Hugh Dancy is adorable in it.) Couldn’t get into the actual book it’s based on though…

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