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List Rules Fiction or non-fiction books, as long as their plot or subject focuses on the world of books and reading.

When you read books about books you know you are a hardcore bibliophile. When you read books about reading, you know you're a 100%, totally addicted bibliophile. There are books about characters who collect books, have their life changed by them, and escape from the world with them. There are books on how to read books, how to read books like a writer, books about how to steal books, and books about burning books. There’s so much to absorb in the world of books about books that authors and all book lovers have their favorites.

Like the cinephile who enjoys movies about the process of making movies, the private lives of stars, and the obstacles of filmmakers, bibliophiles are always on the hunt for good books about books. You are probably the type who doesn’t trust people who don’t read books. And your favorite characters usually have a healthy book collection. They, like you, are waiting for someone to make a cruelty-free fragrance called “The Stacks.”  

Books about books and books about reading provide time between reading a series, picking up a new book by your favorite author, and also provide you with excuses for all of that time not engaging with people or even acknowledging their presence. Books about books are about our kindred spirits. Books about reading help us maximize our potential to READ MORE BOOKS! 
 
Upvote the best books about books and books about reading below, and be sure to add any others that spoke to your book-loving self.
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The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books About Books
The Book Thief Markus Zusak

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die The Best Biographical Novels Ever Written

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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Booksto... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books About Books

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books About Books

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Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books About Books
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books About Books
Matilda Roald Dahl

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Little Women is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books About Books
Little Women Louisa May Alcott

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The Neverending Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books About Books
The Neverending Story Michael Ende

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84 Charing Cross Road is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books About Books
84 Charing Cross Road Brian Clark, Helene Hanff

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The Guernsey Literary and Pota... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books About Books
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books About Books

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Everything I Need To Know I Le... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books About Books

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The Thirteenth Tale is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books About Books
The Thirteenth Tale Diane Setterfield

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The Reading Promise: My Father... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books About Books

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The Jane Austen Book Club is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books About Books
The Jane Austen Book Club Karen Joy Fowler

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The Year of Reading Dangerousl... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books About Books

20 Books to Read in Your 20s The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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The Shadow of the Wind is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books About Books
The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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The Uncommon Reader is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books About Books
The Uncommon Reader Alan Bennett

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Reading Like a Writer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books About Books
Reading Like a Writer Francine Prose

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The Eyre Affair is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books About Books
The Eyre Affair Jasper Fforde

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A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books About Books

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Ruined by Reading: A Life in B... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books About Books
Ruined by Reading: A Life in Books Lynne Sharon Schwartz

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Northanger Abbey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books About Books
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen

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Ex Libris: Confessions of a Co... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books About Books

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Book Lust is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books About Books
Book Lust Nancy Pearl

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Lost in a Good Book is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books About Books
Lost in a Good Book Jasper Fforde

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The Phantom Tollbooth is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Books About Books
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster

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The Man Who Loved Books Too Mu... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Books About Books

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Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Me... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Books About Books

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A history of reading is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Books About Books
A History of Reading Alberto Manguel

The Best Seasons of Entourage Things You Miss Most About College

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Possession: A Romance is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Books About Books
Possession: A Romance A. S. Byatt

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The Library at Night is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Books About Books
The Library at Night Alberto Manguel

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1001 Books You Must Read Befor... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Books About Books

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The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Books About Books
The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco

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People of the Book is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Books About Books
People of the Book Geraldine Brooks

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The Historian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Books About Books
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova

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Afterworlds by Scott Westerfel... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Books About Books

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Letter To A Future Lover: Marg... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Books About Books

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Inkheart is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Books About Books
Inkheart Cornelia Funke

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Proust and the squid is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Books About Books
Proust and the Squid Maryanne Wolf

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Books About Books
The Princess Bride William Goldman

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Sixpence House is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Books About Books
Sixpence House Paul Collins

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The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Books About Books

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Among the gently mad is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Books About Books
Among the Gently Mad Nicholas A Basbanes

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The Reader is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Books About Books
The Reader Bernhard Schlink

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So Many Books, So Little Time is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Books About Books

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The book on the bookshelf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Books About Books
The Book on the Bookshelf Henry Petroski