For Literature Lovers: Books About Books

Anyone who reads my blog knows that I’m a bit obsessed with Carlos Ruiz Zafón. His book The Shadow of the Wind is my all-time favorite and it was the first book that impacted me so greatly. I recently reviewed his newest book, The Prisoner of Heaven, which certainly lived up to the expectations.

Besides being an amazing storyteller, Zafón’s books are unique because they express the immense passion a reader can have for literature. Most notably, his Cemetery of Forgotten Books, which appears in three of his books now, features an old hidden library containing forgotten books. When a reader takes a book from the library, they are forever entrusted with its care.

Zafón clearly loves literature and knows what makes a good book. When I was researching him a few days ago, I stumbled across a Goodreads article in which Carlos Ruiz Zafón listed his own favorite “books about books.” Of course, his own books The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel’s Game, and The Prisoner of Heaven should top the list.

Here is Zafón’s list: Continue reading


…I did it again.

I allowed myself to step inside a small bookshop, inhale the mind-altering scent of paperback novels, browse excitedly while becoming high off of literature…and come home with three new books.

Surprisingly, I don’t feel guilty for spending money that should probably stay in my bank account.  I love books so much that I feel justified in splurging every now and then.  I think I deserve them with all the hard work I put into life.  Plus, my main ambition is to build my own awesome personal library, so how else am I going to get there?

Here’s what I bought today:

The Book Thief — Markus Zusak
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest — Ken Kesey
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close — Jonathan Safran Foer

You’ll be hearing more about these after I read and review them.  I’m excited to read them all, but you’ll hear more about why once I publish a review.

Right now, I’m reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  Hopefully I’ll be able to put a review of that one up later this week.

Here’s a question for my fellow bibliophiles:

How do you stop yourselves from buying the entire bookstore? Do you ever feel guilty for spending money on books? Do you have to set limits/allowances on how many books to buy?

Thanks for the input and, as always, thanks for stopping by =)