Top 5 Tuesday: Books On Books

Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!


Hello, reader!

After quite the break, I’m doing another Top 5 Tuesday! I’m bad at scavenger hunts, so I’ve kinda been avoiding the March topics, heh. But today’s hunt is an easy one… I had to find books with books on them! Which, as someone who loves to read books about books, was pretty simple. That’s not to say that all the books I picked have bookish themes. Just four out of the five 😂

Alright, let’s dive into the post, shall we?


#1. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Starting off with an incredible story that was one of my first “book about books” read. I loved this tale about an elusive author who hires a young writer to write her biography. It’s an eerie and intriguing story that had me hooked from the beginning. Just talking about it now kind of makes me want to read it again! But, first, there are other Setterfield novels I would love to pick up.

#2. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

This is one book on this list that isn’t explicitly a book about a book or one with bookish themes. I’ve heard it’s supposed to be a loose fairytale retelling, though I couldn’t tell you which one off the top of my head, so there’s that. And, if you squint, you can see a teeny, tiny book on the right side, lol. Either way, I really enjoyed this story and I found myself completely enthralled with the world.

#3. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

I picked this book up after someone suggested it to me because I said I liked books with bookish themes. I didn’t have a clue what it was about, just went in hoping for the best, lol. Thankfully, I loved this one! It such a beautifully written story and the mystery of it had me captivated. Following Daniel, the main character, as he tries to discover why someone is destroying the work of one particular author was a treat. I really need to continue on with this series!

#4. The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

This is a recent favorite and is definitely covered in books! I suppose it doesn’t necessarily have a bookish theme, but a lot of it takes place in the New York Public Library! This book focuses more on the maps and the magic that can be contained within them. It’s a mystery, a thriller, and a fantasy all wrapped into a beautifully written package. I tore through this book in one day and now want to read everything Peng Shepherd has ever written!

#5. Nightbooks by J.A. White

Seeming as the cover of this book features a creepy library, it certainly counts! I really couldn’t have a list with books that have books on the cover and not include Nightbooks. This middle grade horror was such a freakin’ delight to read. I loved the spooky stories that are sprinkled throughout, I loved the creepy atmosphere, and I thought our two main characters and their friendship was the best. I should really watch the movie that came out on Netflix and see if it can compare.


Do you have some books that might fit this theme? Let me know some books with books on them that you’ve read or would love to read!

And, as always, happy reading!

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