#5OnMyTBR: Books about Books

Hello Mondays, welcome back to #5OnMyTBR, a meme created by the wonderful E @ The Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. This bookish meme gets us to dig even further into our TBRs by simply posting about five books on our TBR! You can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. You can find the full list of prompts (past and future) at the end of this post!

This week’s prompt is: Books about Books!

Who doesn’t love books about books?! I’m a total sucker for a book that has anything to do with books. Bookish characters, bookish discussions, bookish passions, etc. Give me all the books about books and I’ll be the happiest little panda 🐼 Sure, there are definitely some misses but knowing that a book is about books is a guarantee that I’ll at least look at the cover/blurb. Surprising no one, I have a lot of these books just waiting to be read on my TBR and I’ve (thankfully) heard a lot of good things about all of them and I can’t wait to give them a try!

The library of the unwritten

In the first book in a brilliant new fantasy series, books that aren’t finished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, and it is up to the Librarian to track down any restless characters who emerge from those unfinished stories.

Many years ago, Claire was named Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing—a neutral space in Hell where all the stories unfinished by their authors reside. Her job consists mainly of repairing and organizing books, but also of keeping an eye on restless stories that risk materializing as characters and escaping the library. When a Hero escapes from his book and goes in search of his author, Claire must track and capture him with the help of former muse and current assistant Brevity and nervous demon courier Leto.

But what should have been a simple retrieval goes horrifyingly wrong when the terrifyingly angelic Ramiel attacks them, convinced that they hold the Devil’s Bible. The text of the Devil’s Bible is a powerful weapon in the power struggle between Heaven and Hell, so it falls to the librarians to find a book with the power to reshape the boundaries between Heaven, Hell … and Earth.

the unlikely escape of uriah heep

The ultimate book-lover’s fantasy, featuring a young scholar with the power to bring literary characters into the world, for fans of The Magicians, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, and The Invisible Library.

For his entire life, Charley Sutherland has concealed a magical ability he can’t quite control: he can bring characters from books into the real world. His older brother, Rob — a young lawyer with a normal house, a normal fiancee, and an utterly normal life — hopes that this strange family secret will disappear with disuse, and he will be discharged from his life’s duty of protecting Charley and the real world from each other. But then, literary characters start causing trouble in their city, making threats about destroying the world… and for once, it isn’t Charley’s doing.

There’s someone else who shares his powers. It’s up to Charley and a reluctant Rob to stop them, before these characters tear apart the fabric of reality. 

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 from 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. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians–it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose–in both the mysterious book and in his own life. 

the book of lost names

Eva Traube Abrams, a semi-retired librarian in Florida, is shelving books one morning when her eyes lock on a photograph in a magazine lying open nearby. She freezes; it’s an image of a book she hasn’t seen in sixty-five years—a book she recognizes as The Book of Lost Names.

The accompanying article discusses the looting of libraries by the Nazis across Europe during World War II—an experience Eva remembers well—and the search to reunite people with the texts taken from them so long ago. The book in the photograph, an eighteenth-century religious text thought to have been taken from France in the waning days of the war, is one of the most fascinating cases. Now housed in Berlin’s Zentral- und Landesbibliothek library, it appears to contain some sort of code, but researchers don’t know where it came from—or what the code means. Only Eva holds the answer—but will she have the strength to revisit old memories and help reunite those lost during the war?

As a graduate student in 1942, Eva was forced to flee Paris after the arrest of her father, a Polish Jew. Finding refuge in a small mountain town in the Free Zone, she begins forging identity documents for Jewish children fleeing to neutral Switzerland. But erasing people comes with a price, and along with a mysterious, handsome forger named Rémy, Eva decides she must find a way to preserve the real names of the children who are too young to remember who they really are. The records they keep in The Book of Lost Names will become even more vital when the resistance cell they work for is betrayed and Rémy disappears.

the ten thousand doors of january

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.

Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.


What do you think of books about books? Have you read any of the books on my TBR today? What’d you think of them?

22 thoughts on “#5OnMyTBR: Books about Books

  1. I am going to try to fit The Library of the Unwritten in my October reads. It’s such a creative, dark concept. I’m so curious on how it will be carried out. I’ve never heard of the second book on this list, the Uriah Heep book, but I added it to my TBR!

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    • Right? It sounds like such a fantastic concept and I’m so excited to check it out. Uriah Heep too coz it also sounds really cool! 😍 I hope you enjoy it both whenever you get to them!


  2. Great list, Dini!! I loved The Starless Sea so much! It’s the ultimate love letter to stories and storytelling and it had also stories within stories which is always so cool!
    The Library of the Unwritten is on my list as well this week — can’t wait to get to it! 🙂

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    • I loved your review of Starless Sea! Made me wanna pick it up right away actually 🤣 I hope to get to it this year! Hope you enjoy Library of the Unwritten whenever you pick it up, E! ❤️


  3. The Library of the Unwritten and The Ten Thousand Doors of January are on my to-request list on Libby. They’re both available for request from my library right now, but I’ve got so many tour & NetGalley commitments I don’t want to make that commitment and check out a book I’d have to return in 2 weeks.

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  4. Ahhh!!!! I loved The Ten Thousand Doors of January, highly recommend it! Really one of the best books I read last year and I still find myself thinking about it sometimes. It just felt so real!

    I had a hard time getting into The Library of the Unwritten and set it aside but idk if I will give it a second chance. And I have a copy of The Great Escape of Uriah Heep that I really want to read!!

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    • I really need to read 10K Doors of January! It’s been on my TBR for ages don’t know why I keep putting it off lol sorry to hear you couldn’t get into Library of the Unwritten! Was it the writing style? As a mood reader I think I defo have to be in the right mood for it but hopefully it’ll happen this year 😂 Hope you enjoy Uriah Heep!


      • 10K Doors of January was incredible! I hope you love it as much as I did!! I read maybe half of Library of the Unwritten and I just got bored and set it aside. Idk I’m such a mood reader but I really struggle with staying committed to books, especially lately! Uriah Heep looks pretty interesting!!


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