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Culture The Best Books About Books  

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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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Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books About Books
Ray Bradbury
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17 4
Matilda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books About Books
Roald Dahl
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21 8
The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books About Books
Markus Zusak
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13 2
The Neverending Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books About Books
Michael Ende
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10 1
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books About Books
Louisa May Alcott
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8 2
The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books About Books
William Goldman
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9 3
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books About Books
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7 3
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Booksto... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books About Books
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7 5
Inkheart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books About Books
Cornelia Funke
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6 4
Northanger Abbey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books About Books
Jane Austen
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5 3
84 Charing Cross Road is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books About Books
Brian Clark, Helene Hanff
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4 2
The Jane Austen Book Club is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books About Books
Karen Joy Fowler
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4 3
Everything I Need To Know I Le... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books About Books
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4 3
The Man Who Loved Books Too Mu... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books About Books
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6 6
The Shadow of the Wind is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books About Books
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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5 5
The Guernsey Literary and Pota... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books About Books
Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
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3 3
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Me... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books About Books
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4 5
The Eyre Affair is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books About Books
Jasper Fforde
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4 5
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books About Books
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3 4
1001 Books You Must Read Befor... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books About Books
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3 4
The Phantom Tollbooth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books About Books
Norton Juster
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3 4
The Reading Promise: My Father... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books About Books
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3 4
The Thirteenth Tale is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books About Books
Diane Setterfield
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2 3
The Year of Reading Dangerousl... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books About Books
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2 3
The Reader is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books About Books
Bernhard Schlink