So, I’ve decided that book lists will be a thing now on my blog.
Here are my Top 5 of novels that feature books and reading in a significant way.
The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
This is one of my favourite books ever. Ariel, the female protagonist is doing her PHD in English literature and her field of study is the mysterious Victorian author Thomas Lumas. As it happens she comes across a rare copy of one of his books – The End of Mr Y – which is supposed to be cursed. I love how academia and adventure are mixed up in this one. And as with all of Scarlett Thomas’s books the actual story is interwoven with interesting thought experiments and philosophical ideas. I love her intelligent and witty style.
The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers
Walter Moers is a German author but his books have been translated into various languages and are widely popular throughout the world. This is one of his “Zamonia” novels which are set in the ficitonal world of Zamonia, in which among other weird and fantastical things, dragons are celebrated authors. Moers actually pretends to be the translator of this literary work by dragon author “Optimus Yarnspinner”, the novel’s protagonist. Optimus journeys to a city that is almost entirely made up of bookshops and frequented by book lovers from all over Zamonia.
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
I don’t think there is much left to say about this popular children’s book classic. The story of young Bastian who literally gets sucked into the eponymous story is still as wonderful and exciting to me as it was when I read it as a child. And isn’t that what all book lovers want? To become part of the story we’re reading. I’ve read this books so many times I’ve lost count. This is more than just a children’s book.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
For anyone who hasn’t read The Book Thief yet I’ll try and say as little as possible about the plot. The setting is Germany in the beginning of the Second World War. It is the story of Liesel, a little girl living with her foster family outside Munich. She can’t resist stealing books. And she shares them with the people she loves during this terrible time. It is the story of how books can help us stay in touch with the good while the world around us is turning evil. Also, the narrator is Death himself.
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen