“I was scared. I was lonely. I discovered there was only one room in this school where I was happy and where I felt secure. And that room was the library.” Anthony Horowitz, children’s author was quoted saying.
We readers love books set in libraries or bookstores. Our fun derives from being transported to the places we remember with enlightening moments of joy. Many of us have one library or bookstore where we felt at home, a solitary or noisy place where we were surrounded by the sources of our secret habit. Our memories of the stories are intermingled with our pleasures of being in the places where the books are stored.
When authors evoke the wonder of those special book depositories filled with more books, all of which we hope to explore, we are full of awe and desire to try to satiate our hunger for more.
My fingers itch to touch each volume whether it is a huge tome or a miniature storybook. I will list a few I devoured or I wish to relish soon. This list is eclectic: full of every genre something for each age.
- Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia and Frederick McKissick
- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
- The Bookseller by Mark Pryor (and many others used this title)
- Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
- The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
- Clara and the Book Wagon by Nancy Smiler Levinson
- A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse
- The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq by Jeanette Winter
- Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
- Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley
- Carolyn Hart’s “Death on Demand” series
- Cook the Books by Marion Moore Hill
Please comment and add more suggestions to this minimal list.
HAPPY READING IN 2015!