Hello all! I have a really fun post today about books set in libraries- because you should all know by now that’s my happy place 😉 And I cannot resist picking up books set there!
Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library/There’s a Lion in the Library/Library Lion/The New LiBEARian– okay let’s start off by talking about the *amazing* trend of picture books set in libraries- cos I AM HERE FOR IT! Obviously libraries are just as fun and colourful and full of animals as these books make out 😉
Unseen Academicals– I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t also mention a Pratchett book. And while this is technically mostly set on a football pitch, it does feature the infamous library Unseen University and its library (and my favourite character the Librarian 😉).
Matilda– every book starring a bookworm character has to have a library in it somewhere, so of course Matilda’s lifelong love of reading and her journey to independence from her horrible family begins in a library.
Neverending Story– naturally, all good stories begin in a library- and so it is the case with the Neverending Story. This isn’t a typical fantasy- it is a quest to fall in love with reading.
Sorcery of Thorns– an adventure in a magical library? YES PLEASE! This such a fun, escapist read for fans of YA fantasy 😊
Lirael– quieter than its predecessor, this coming-of-age fantasy is focused on a heroine who works in a library. And perhaps this is what makes it a more contemplative read.
Midnight Library– this life-affirming, soul-searching story features a very special library indeed. For every book in this library is a life the heroine could have lived if she’d made different choices. Written in Haig’s trademark poignant style, this is a unique exploration of what it means to have a life well-lived.
Fahrenheit 451– perhaps this doesn’t have a library in the traditional sense, yet what is a library other than a collection of books? Especially when such a collection is strictly banned. This firecracker of a novel is a testament to the importance of books (and indeed libraries 😉)
Book Thief– another unconventional “library” that bears mentioning is the stolen collection of books in this story. Snatched from book burnings, these books become a lifeline in the face of death and destruction.
Dear Fahrenheit 451– this collection of a librarian’s love letters and break up notes to books doesn’t just give you advice on what books to pick up (and which ones to avoid)- it is full of wonderful library anecdotes and gives the reader an insight into what goes on behind the scenes in the house of books. Plus, it’s also a double whammy for this list, as it’ll give you some more great books set in libraries to check out! (I may be planning to read some of them myself 😉)
That’s all… for now! I definitely want your suggestions- what are your favourite books set in libraries? And are you a fan of any of these? Let me know in the comments!