We’re sad to say it, but this is the last post in our summer reading Online Book Club series! April, who works at the West Cobb Regional Library, is ending the series on a high note with her post on books about books. Read on… and don’t forget to comment for your chance to win a library-themed coffee mug.


What is Book Lit?

For the purpose of this blog entry, “Book Lit” is any book about books and reading. I’ll admit it, I’m nosy and am always interested in knowing what people are reading and why, so this is just an extension of that.

What was your favorite book when you were a child?

What an impossible question to answer! However, the most memorable would probably have to be Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White and Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans.

What was the most recent book you enjoyed?

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. This is a funny book about a recluse on the run.

Name one of your favorite books.

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. Judd Foxmann’s life is falling apart when his father dies. His father’s last dying wish is for his four adult children to sit Shivah, so Judd returns to his dysfunctional family home. A great story that is funny and moving. It is currently being made into a movie with an ensemble cast featuring Tina Fey and Jason Bateman.

“Book lit titles” I have enjoyed:

confesssions of a common readerjane austen book clubpolysyllabic spree

Non-Fiction

Sixpence House: Lost in a Town of Books by Paul Collins

Author Paul Collins and his young family move from San Francisco to the small Welsh village of Hay-on-Wye. Described as a “Town of Books,” the village has less than 2000 inhabitants and at the time the book was published, around 40 bookstores. Paul Collins writes about being literally surrounded by books and the eccentric residents he encountered during the time he worked organizing American literature in one of the used bookstores.

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

A collection of essays recounting the author’s lifelong love affair with books and language. Fadiman writes about the pleasure of exploring a used bookstore, the joy of reading aloud, as well as the ordeal of marrying her personal library with her husband’s. Bibliophiles everywhere will relate.

84, Charing Cross Road by Helen Hanff

An American writer forms an enduring relationship with a London bookseller which is carried on over 20 years and across two continents. Also a wonderful movie starring Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins.

The Polysyllabic Spree and More Baths, Less Talking by Nick Hornby

In both of these titles, author Nick Hornby shares selections from his column in “The Believer” that discuss books he has bought, books he has read, and offers suggestions for great reads in every genre.

My Ideal Bookshelf edited by Thessaly La Force

Dozens of leading cultural figures share the books that matter to them most-books that define their dreams and ambitions and in many cases helped them find their way in the world. Included with each essay is a charming illustration of the spines of the books, on the shelf, mentioned by each contributor.

Fiction

The Bernie Rhodenbarr mysteries by Lawrence Block.

Main character Bernie Rhodenbarr is a used bookseller and a part-time thief. These are humorous, cozy mysteries that are fun to read.

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (Thursday Next novels, Book 1)

In a world where one can literally get lost in literature, Thursday Next, a Special Operative in literary detection tries to stop the world’s Third Most Wanted criminal from kidnapping characters, including Jane Eyre, from works of literature. This is the first book in the Thursday Next series.

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

Six Californians join to discuss Jane Austen’s novels. Over the six months they meet, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

A compelling emotional mystery about family secrets and the magic of books and storytelling. A dying writer bids a young bookshop assistant to write her biography.

Online Book Club: Book Lit