Reading List of Books About Reading

It cannot come as a surprise that I love reading even more than I love making lists. This is a list of books for readers: books that help you find even more books to read and books about reading and readers. This list is dedicated to my friend, Kim.

My darling, my child, my connoisseur of sesquipedalian words and convoluted ideas and meandering sentences and baroque images, while the sun is asleep and the moon somnambulant, while the stars bathe us in their glow from eons ago and light-years away, while you are comfortably nestled in your blankets and I am hunched over in my chair by your bed, while we are warm and safe and still for the moment in this bubble of incandescent light cast by the pearl held up by the mermaid lamp, you and I, on this planet spinning and hurtling through the frigid darkness of space at dozens of miles per second, let’s read.

(Ken Liu: Paper Menagerie)

Reading List Type Books

Ella Berthoud, The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness, 751 Books to Cure What Ails You
Clifton Fadiman & John S. Major,  The Lifetime Reading Plan
David C. & John S. Major, 100 One-Night Reads

Novels About Reading and Readers

Italo Calvino, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller
Jasper Fforde, The Eyre Affaire, and the Thursday Next series
Helen Hanff, 84 Charing Cross Road
Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind, and the Cemetary of Forgotten Books series

Non-Fiction About Reading and Readers

Robertson Davies, The Merry Heart
Anne Fadiman, Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran
Will Schwalbe, The End of Your Life Books Club