Boeken over boeken #1

Deze blogpost stond al enkele jaren tussen mijn concepten. De reden dat ik het steeds voor me uitschoof was omdat ik al een vermoeden had dat dit een beetje uit de hand kon lopen. Wat dat betreft had ik helemaal gelijk. In plaats van een cover -of titelpost wilde ik het een keer hebben over boeken waarin boeken centraal staan. Boeken over boeken dus én wat zijn er daar veel van.

Alle boeken vermelden die hiervoor in aanmerking komen is dus sowieso een mission impossible. Blijkbaar leek zelfs een beperkte selectie te omvangrijk om in één blogpost te delen.

Dus krijgen jullie de komende weken verschillende van dit soort lijstjes voorgeschoteld. Vandaag toon ik jullie een selectie boeken voor volwassenen waarin zowel boeken als lezen een grote rol spelen. De volledige serie zal vermoedelijk 8 blogposts bevatten. Ik waarschuw jullie bij deze alvast dat mijn boekenwenslijst tijdens het samenstellen van deze lijstjes behoorlijk is aangegroeid en dat ik niet aansprakelijk ben indien jullie hetzelfde overkomt.

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill – Abbi Waxman

Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, an excellent trivia team and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.

So when the father she never knew existed dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers.

And if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny and interested in getting to know her…

It’s time for Nina to turn her own fresh page, and find out if real life can ever live up to fiction. . .

Must Love Books – Shauna Robinson

When Nora landed an editorial assistant position at Parsons Press, it was her first step towards The Dream Job. Because, honestly, is there anything dreamier than making books for a living? But after five years of lunch orders, finicky authors, and per my last emails, Nora has come to one grand conclusion: Dream Jobs do not exist.

With her life spiraling and the Parsons staff sinking, Nora gets hit with even worse news. Parson’s is cutting her already unlivable salary. Unable to afford her rent and without even the novels she once loved as a comfort, Nora decides to moonlight for a rival publisher to make ends meet…and maybe poach some Parson’s authors along the way.

But when Andrew Santos, a bestselling Parsons author no one can afford to lose is thrown into the mix, Nora has to decide where her loyalties lie. Her new Dream Job, ever-optimistic Andrew, or…herself and her future.

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections – Eva Jurczyk

Liesl Weiss long ago learned to be content working behind the scenes in the distinguished rare books department of a large university, managing details and working behind the scenes to make the head of the department look good. But when her boss has a stroke and she’s left to run things, she discovers that the library’s most prized manuscript is missing.

Liesl tries to sound the alarm and inform the police about the missing priceless book, but is told repeatedly to keep quiet, to keep the doors open and the donors happy. But then a librarian unexpectedly stops showing up to work. Liesl must investigate both disappearances, unspooling her colleagues’ pasts like the threads of a rare book binding as it becomes clear that someone in the department must be responsible for the theft. What Liesl discovers about the dusty manuscripts she has worked among for so long―and about the people who care for and revere them―shakes the very foundation on which she has built her life.

Juliette of het geluk van boeken – C.Féret – Fleury

Het leven van Juliette, een jonge en dromerge Parisienne, is saai en voorspelbaar. Haar uitlaatklep: boeken. Op weg naar haar werk gebruikt ze haar tijd in de metro om te lezen. Soms oberserveert ze de mensen om haar heen, die net als zij in verhalen zijn verdiept.

Het oude vrouwtje dat langzaam bladert. De man met de insectenencyclopedie. Een vrouw die altijd precies op pagina 247 in huilen uitbarst. Het fascineert Juliette wat boeken met mensen doen. In een opwelling besluit ze op een dag twee haltes eerder uit te stappen. Daar ontmoet ze Soliman, een vereenzaamde man die zich omringt met boeken. Hij is ervan overtuigd dat verhalen levens kunnen veranderen. Door hem wordt Juliette een professionele bookcrosser; die boeken brengt bij mensen die ze goed kunnen gebruiken.

The Book Worm Crush – Lisa Brown Roberts

Shy bookworm Amy McIntyre is about to compete for the chance to interview her favorite author, who hasn’t spoken to the press in years. The only way to win is to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight, but that level of confidence has never come easy.

The solution? A competition coach. The problem? The best person for the job is the guy she’s secretly crushing on…local surfer celebrity Toff Nichols.

Hes a player. Hes a heartthrob. He makes her forget basic things, like how to breathe. How can she feel any confidence around him?

To her surprise, Toff agrees to help. And hes an excellent teacher. Amy feels bravermaybe even brave enough to admit her feelings for him. When their late night practices become less about coaching and more about making out, Amys newfound confidence wavers.

But does Toff really like her or is this just another lesson?

Talk bookish to me – Kate Bromley

Kara Sullivan’s life is full of love—albeit fictional. As a bestselling romance novelist and influential bookstagrammer, she’s fine with getting her happily-ever-after fix between the covers of a book.

But right now? Not only is Kara’s best friend getting married next week—which means big wedding stress—but the deadline for her next novel is looming, and she hasn’t written a single word. The last thing she needs is for her infuriating first love, Ryan Thompson, to suddenly appear in the wedding party. But Ryan’s unexpected arrival sparks a creative awakening in Kara that inspires the steamy historical romance she desperately needs to deliver.

With her wedding duties intensifying, her deadline getting closer by the second and her bills not paying themselves, Kara knows there’s only one way for her to finish her book and to give her characters the ever-after they deserve. But can she embrace the unlikely, ruggedly handsome muse—who pushes every one of her buttons—to save the wedding, her career and, just maybe, write her own happy ending?

Last Chance Books – Kelsey Rodkey

Nothing will stop Madeline Moore from taking over her family’s independent bookstore after college. Nothing, that is—until a chain bookstore called Prologue opens across the street and threatens to shut them down.

Madeline sets out to demolish the competition, but the guy who works over at Prologue seems intent on ruining her life. Not only is he taking her customers, he has the unbelievable audacity to be… extremely cute.
But that doesn’t matter. Jasper is the enemy and he will be destroyed. After all—all’s fair in love and (book) war.

The Book charmer – Karen Hawkins

Sarah Dove is no ordinary bookworm. To her, books live, breathe, and sometimes even speak. As the librarian in her quaint Southern town of Dove Pond, her gift helps place every book in the hands of the perfect reader. Recently, however, the books have been whispering about something out of the ordinary: the arrival of a displaced city girl named Grace Wheeler.

If the books are right, Grace could be the savior Dove Pond desperately needs. The problem is, Grace wants little to do with the town or its quirky residents—Sarah chief among them. But with a bit of urging, and the help of an especially wise book, will Grace ultimately embrace the challenge to rescue her charmed new community?

The Book Ninja – Ali Berg & Michelle Kalus

Frankie Rose is desperate for love. Or a relationship. Or just a date with a semi-normal person. It’s not that she hasn’t tried – Frankie is the queen of online dating. But she has had enough.

With the help of her best friend and colleague Cat, Frankie decides to embark on the ultimate dating experiment. Inspired by her surroundings at The Little Brunswick Bookshop where she works, Frankie places her hope in her favourite books to find her the perfect man… Secretly planting copies on trains, trams and buses, Frankie hopes to find the man of her dreams through a mutual love of good books. The only flaw to the plan? That she may never get her books back!

But that turns out to be the least of her worries… In between crazy dates and writing them up on her blog, Frankie stumbles upon her perfect man. There’s just one problem…Frankie is strictly a Jane Austen kind of woman and Sunny is really into Young Adult. Seriously, obsessively into it…

Can Frankie overcome her book snobbery for the man of her dreams? Or will she be left searching the trains for her modern-day Mr Darcy forever?

Book Lovers – Emily Henry

Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.

Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.

The Dictionary of lost words – Pip Williams

Esme is born into a world of words. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, she spends her childhood in the ‘Scriptorium’, a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary. Esme’s place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard. One day a slip of paper containing the word ‘bondmaid’ flutters to the floor. Esme rescues the slip and stashes it in an old wooden case that belongs to her friend, Lizzie, a young servant in the big house. Esme begins to collect other words from the Scriptorium that are misplaced, discarded or have been neglected by the dictionary men. They help her make sense of the world.

Over time, Esme realises that some words are considered more important than others, and that words and meanings relating to women’s experiences often go unrecorded. While she dedicates her life to the Oxford English Dictionary, secretly, she begins to collect words for another dictionary: The Dictionary of Lost Words.

The Reading List – Sara Nisha Adams

Widower Mukesh lives a quiet life in Wembley, in West London after losing his beloved wife. He shops every Wednesday, goes to Temple, and worries about his granddaughter, Priya, who hides in her room reading while he spends his evenings watching nature documentaries.

Aleisha is a bright but anxious teenager working at the local library for the summer when she discovers a crumpled-up piece of paper in the back of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a list of novels that she’s never heard of before. Intrigued, and a little bored with her slow job at the checkout desk, she impulsively decides to read every book on the list, one after the other. As each story gives up its magic, the books transport Aleisha from the painful realities she’s facing at home.

When Mukesh arrives at the library, desperate to forge a connection with his bookworm granddaughter, Aleisha passes along the reading list…hoping that it will be a lifeline for him too. Slowly, the shared books create a connection between two lonely souls, as fiction helps them escape their grief and everyday troubles and find joy again.

Eight Perfect Murders – Peter Swanson

Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre’s most unsolvable murders, those that are almost impossible to crack—which he titled “Eight Perfect Murders”—chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie’s A. B. C. Murders, Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, Ira Levin’s Deathtrap, A. A. Milne’s The Red House Mystery, Anthony Berkeley Cox’s Malice Aforethought, James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity, John D. MacDonald’s The Drowner, and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History.

But no one is more surprised than Mal, now the owner of the Old Devils Bookstore in Boston, when an FBI agent comes knocking on his door one snowy day in February. She’s looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that look eerily similar to the killings on Mal’s old list. And the FBI agent isn’t the only one interested in this bookseller who spends almost every night at home reading. The killer is out there, watching his every move—a diabolical threat who knows way too much about Mal’s personal history, especially the secrets he’s never told anyone, even his recently deceased wife.

To protect himself, Mal begins looking into possible suspects . . . and sees a killer in everyone around him. But Mal doesn’t count on the investigation leaving a trail of death in its wake. Suddenly, a series of shocking twists leaves more victims dead—and the noose around Mal’s neck grows so tight he might never escape.

Ik weet dat dit lijstje anders doet vermoeden maar er zijn dus niet enkel romans en romantische verhalen waarbij de focus op boeken ligt. Er zijn evengoed thrillers te vinden waarin dat het geval is.

Wasted Words – Staci Hart

Some universal truths refuse to be ignored.

Peanut butter and jelly are a match made in heaven. Spaghetti and meatballs are best friends forever. And guys like Tyler Knight don’t go for girls like Cam Emerson.

She knew from the second she met him that he didn’t belong on her bookshelf, the six-foot-six ex-tight end with a face so all-American, it could have sold apple pie. So she shelved him next to the supermodels and rock stars and took her place on her own shelf — the one with the flannel-clad, pasty-faced comic book nerds. Most of her boyfriends have existed between the pages of books, but rather than worrying over her own lacking love life, she puts all her energy into playing Cupid, using her job at the book bar, Wasted Words, as her stomping ground.

Tyler Knight always looks on the bright side. His career-ending injury turned into a job as a sports agent. A horrible breakup led him to Cam, his quirky, smart roommate who is far more beautiful than she realizes. She’s made it perfectly clear she’s not interested in him — not like that at least — but if she ever changes her mind, he won’t hesitate. Because he doesn’t see the lines she’s drawn between them, as much as she insists that they’re there. Deep down he knows that despite their differences, they’re a match well made.

*A standalone romantic comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma*

Me & Mr.Darcy – Alexandra Potter (met op Jane Austen gebaseerde boeken kan je trouwens makkelijk een aparte blogpost vullen.)

He’s every woman’s fantasy.

After a string of nightmare relationships, Emily Albright has decided she’s had it with modern-day men. She’d rather pour herself a glass of wine, curl up with Pride and Prejudice and step into a time where men were dashing, devoted and honourable, strode across fields in breeches, their damp shirts clinging to their chests…

So when her best friend invites her to Mexico for a week of margaritas and men, Emily decides to book a guided tour of Jane Austen country instead.

But she quickly realises she won’t find her dream man here. The coach tour is full of pensioners, apart from one Mr Spike Hargreaves, a foul-tempered journalist sent to write a piece on why Mr Darcy’s been voted the man most women would love to date.

Until she walks into a room and finds herself face-to-face with Darcy himself. And every woman’s fantasy suddenly becomes one woman’s reality. . .

Ik heb duidelijk nog wat leeswerk voor de boeg vermits ik zelf nog maar 3 van deze 15 boekige boeken gelezen heb. Hebben jullie toevallig al één of meerdere van de andere boeken in deze selectie gelezen?

18 gedachten over “Boeken over boeken #1”

  1. Oh ow…. 8 blogposts zeg je…. haha, ik hou mij portemonnee al vast 😉
    Amai, hier staan heel wat boeken tussen waar ik nog nooit van had gehoord en die zeker mij interesse wekken! Ik las er namelijk nog maar eentje van (Eight Perfect Murders, heel toffe, slimme thriller) en herken voor de rest slechts 2 titels!

    1. Dat zoeken op een specifiek thema loopt steeds uit de hand. In het begin kom ik er enkele tegen die ik al ken of elders al eens had gezien en vervolgens ontdek ik een massa nieuwe boeken die ze uiteraard niet bij de bibliotheek hebben waardoor mijn boekenwenslijst plots een pak langer wordt. 🙂

    1. Hopelijk kan dat boek je wat luchtige ontspanning bezorgen. Het was wat mij betreft niet echt een uitschieter maar ik genoot wel van de herkenbare stukjes over leesgewoonten en zo.

    1. Ik vind het altijd leuk om boeken in een bepaald thema op te zoeken maar meestal zorgen ze er inderdaad voor dat ik de boeken moet kopen indien ik ze wil lezen. Zeker wanneer het Engelstalige boeken zijn want dat aanbod is vrij beperkt bij onze plaatselijke bibliotheek.

    1. Dat is super graag gedaan. Lijstjes maken vind ik sowieso leuk. Als ze ook nog eens over boeken gaan wordt het uiteraard nog fijner. 🙂

    1. Ik dacht meteen ‘die staat er al bij’ maar jij bedoelt die met de mysteries hé. Die stond er dus nog niet mee op. Wel een andere serie waarin een magische boekenwinkel centraal staat.

    1. Haha, misschien is dat een goede zaak want ik zie hier onder in je andere reactie staan dat jouw TBR ongeveer 5x zo groot is als die van mij. Je kan dus ongetwijfeld nog eventjes voort met je huidige TBR. Al gaan er in de volgende lijstjes ongetwijfeld nog enkele Nederlandstalige boeken verschijnen. Misschien ben je dus nog niet helemaal gerust. 🙂

  2. Wat een zalige post alweer! Fijne tips, maar de laatste jaren lees ik liever in het Nederlands omdat het me nét iets te veel moeite kost om me te focussen op Engelse boeken. Maar dat is ook een persoonlijke voorkeur natuurlijk.
    ‘Juliette of het geluk van boeken’ heb ik natuurlijk wel al gelezen én in mijn boekenkast staan voor dochterlief later :-).

    1. Zo fijn om te lezen. Er gaan sowieso nog meer Nederlandstalige boeken in deze terugkerende lijstjes voorkomen hoor. Ik merk echter wel dat ik vooral veel Engestalige tegenkom wanneer ik online op zoek ga. Dat boek is ook echt perfect om later cadeau te geven aan haar hé.

      1. Ik kijk al uit naar de vervolglijstjes! En inderdaad, een mooi cadeau, al zullen we veel boeken delen denk ik. De Harry Potter reeks ligt ook al klaar (al zal het nog wel even duren voor ze die kan lezen, maar ik kan altijd een poging tot voorlezen doen natuurlijk).

        1. Samen lezen, samen delen. Dat is uiteraard nog leuker. De echtgenoot van een vriendin van me heeft vorig jaar alle Harry Potter boeken voorgelezen voor hun zoon (die dit jaar 9 is geworden) en ze hebben daar samen volop van genoten. Om dan vervolgens nadien af en toe een vraag aan mij te stellen want Liesbet gaat dat zeker weten. 🙂

          1. Kan je in een jaar tijd alle zeven boeken voorlezen? Van het idee alleen al word ik moe :-).
            Wij zullen ongetwijfeld ook eerst aan jou denken als er vragen zijn!

          2. Blijkbaar wel. Ze zijn er wel een hele tijd mee zoet geweest vermits voorlezen een pak langer duurt dan zelf lezen. Maar elke avond één of twee hoofdstukken ging precies goed voor hen. Op de duur wordt het ook echt een avondritueel hé. Als ik ze kan beantwoorden help ik graag. Alleen maar hopen dat ik niet alles door elkaar begin te slaan nu ik zoveel Harry Potter fanfictie gelezen heb. 🙂

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