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10 books for book lovers

Books about books are the perfect indulgence for book lovers. This top 10 gives you a reading list that will take you to libraries, bookshops and head first into the joy of books.

Put the kettle on, sit back and enjoy this stroll through some unapologetically bookish books.

Scribbles in the Margin by Daniel Gray

Scribbles in the Margin

This small but perfectly formed book features 50 eternal delights of books. Its purpose is to remind us of the joy of reading and to notice the finer details of our bookish world. Delightful.

The Secret Library: A Book-Lovers’ Journey Through Curiosities of History by Oliver Tearle

The Secret Library

This brilliant book is a tour through Western civilisation via books. It shows how books – their invention, production and contents – have shaped society as we know it. A must-read for history buffs and book lovers alike.

Browse: The World in Bookshops by Henry Hitchings


The concept of this book is brilliant. Hitchings asks 15 writers – from Ali Smith to Elif Shafak – about the bookshops that have shaped them and how they have influenced their reading and writing lives. It’s a wonderful insight into the sacred space of the bookshops and its power to inspire creativity in many forms.

Reading Allowed: True Stories and Curious Incidents from a Provincial Library by Chris Paling

Reading Allowed

If you’ve ever wondered what a librarian gets up to then this is the book for you. Chris Paling regales tales from his life as a librarian in the south of England, conjuring up heartwarming and hilarious stories about his team, the library and its numerous visitors.

Bookshops by Jorge Carrion


A travel log and love letter to bookshops, this fantastic read explores the meaning and significance of bookshops across the world. From America to Africa, Europe and beyond, Carrion considers why bookshops still matter and what those spaces offer the modern world.

The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time by Keith Houston

The BookThis book considers the book as a product, looking at how it is made, crafted and how its invention has shaped the world. It chronicles the changing production methods of our favourite tomes and ponders the impact of this simple but powerful object.

The Library Book by The Reading Agency

The Library Book

Just like¬†Browse,¬†this book documents famous authors’ bookish experiences. Combining memoir, short stories, polemic and history, it outlines how libraries provided the space and inspiration to develop some of our much-loved writers.

The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell

The Bookshop Book

Jen explores more than 300 bookshops over six continents to discover why they are important and what they mean to readers across the world. Authors, readers and booksellers give their views on their favourite bookshops and what makes them special.

Library: An Unquiet History by Matthew Battles

Library: An Unquiet History

In this fascinating book, Matthew Battles considers libraries as a political force. That not only means they can inspire political thought and be a place for learning but can be targeted as a symbol of knowledge and resistance. The book outlines how libraries are built and how they have been destroyed for the ideology they represent.

Power of Reading: From Socrates to Twitter by Frank Furedi

The Power of Reading

The perfect book to finish our list, this gem chronicles the history of reading. From Greek myths to tweets, it is a cultural and social history of the art of reading and all of the privileges it affords.

Phew! What a list. These ten books are the perfect companions for book lovers – whether you want to celebrate your love of libraries, reminice about your favourite bookshop or just bathe in the loveliness that is reading. Bliss.

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