Recommendations by Karen B

October is Library Month in Canada and we’re going meta with books that explore books, reading or libraries. There seems to be a recent trend in the publishing industry that makes this a particularly easy subject to explore. With literary titles, mysteries, and fantasy novels, you can take your pick of bibliophile selections in whatever genre suits you.

Reading one of these books will also get you one book closer to completing the 12 challenges in our year-long Reading Challenge, too! 

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I’ve gleaned some titles for you to enjoy, but if you’d like to travel further along this path you might also try some subject searches in our catalogue for topics such as: Books and Reading—Fiction or Libraries—Fiction or Bookstores—Fiction. And remember, you can always filter your results by audience (age level), format, and more. If you love libraries, I’m sure you’ll love exploring the catalogue as much as the books. Happy meta-library month!

Cover of The Personal LibrarianThe Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict (Historical Fiction)

Marie Benedict explores another remarkable woman in history in this fictional take on the true story of Belle da Costa Greene who was the original curator of the Pierpont Morgan Library. Benedict’s narrative explores Belle’s difficult position in New York society, for though she could pass as white, she was the daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard.





Cover of The Paris LibraryThe Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles (Historical Fiction)

I love a story that alternates timelines and invites you to discover the connections between them. The Paris Library alternates between Paris during the second World War and Montana in the early 1980s, connecting lonely teenager Lilly with her solitary, elderly neighbour.

“Based on the true story of the American Library in Paris, The Paris Library is a mesmerizing and captivating novel about the people and the books that make us who we are, for good and for bad, and the courage it takes to forgive.” - Publisher



Cover of The Library of the Lost and FoundThe Library of the Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick (Fiction)

The cover of this title says a lot—it’s a story for book lovers and cozy tea drinkers. If you need to relish some heartwarming tales with somewhat predictable plotlines, this book will delight.

“Librarian Martha Storm receives a fairy tale book from her deceased grandmother. When she discovers a clue in the book's pages that indicates her grandmother may in fact still be alive, she delves into her grandmother's past and discovers a life-changing family secret.” - Publisher




Cover of The Starless SeaThe Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (Fantasy)

If an escape into a world of fantasy is more to your liking, you’re sure to relish the hidden library and fantastical places in The Starless Sea.

“Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story about his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues - a bee, a key, and a sword - that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth.” - Publisher


Cover of The Bookish Life of Nina HillThe Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman (Relationship Fiction)

Abi Waxman knows how to write quirky characters and charming love stories and wrap them into funny and entertaining novels.

Nina’s introverted life takes an extroverted leap when she is introduced to her extended and innumerable family members. “If that's not enough, Nina's talent for worrying is taking the thrill out of falling in love. Tom, a fellow trivia nerd - who's totally into her - is obviously too good to be true. Everything is moving too fast for Nina. Caught in a whirlwind of new people, emotions and experiences, she feels the need to protect herself. But maybe opening her world - and her heart - is a risk worth taking.” - Publisher


Cover of Books for LivingBooks for Living by Will Schwalbe (Non-fiction)

In The End of Your Life Book Club, Will Schwalbe showed us how discussing books can be a comfort and source of joy in the most difficult times. In Books for Living, Schwalbe asks why we read and what we read at various times.

“In this delightful celebration of reading, Schwalbe invites us along on his quest for books that speak to the specific challenges of living in our modern world, with all its noise and distractions. In each chapter, he discusses a particular book - what brought him to it (or vice versa), the people in his life he associates with it, and how it became a part of his understanding of himself in the world.” - Publisher


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