12 Great “Library Theme” Books to read during “Library Lovers” month!

The month of February is the month dedicated to celebrating libraries, librarians, book lovers, and lovers of libraries. Therefore the Reading Citadel brings you 12 books based on Libraries and Librarians for you to read during this special Library Lovers Month!

Below are great recommendations for you and hope you find one that calls your attention and gets you reading.  Also, let us know if you have read any of the recommendations and your thoughts.

1. The Personal Librarian by Victoria Christopher Murray

Publisher ‏ : ‎Berkley
Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 2021
Pages: 352
Format:  Hardcover, Paperback, ebook, and audiobook
Genre: Fiction / Biographical Historical Fiction

The Premise of the Book: The Personal Librarian tells the story of an extraordinary woman, famous for her intellect, style, and wit, and shares the lengths she must go to—for the protection of her family and her legacy—to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives.

2. The Midnight Library: A Novel by Matt Haig

Publisher ‏ :  Viking
Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 2020
Pages: 299
Format:  Hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audiobook
Genre:  Fiction / Time Travel Science Fiction

The Premise of the Book: The Midnight Library, Matt Haig’s enchanting blockbuster novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

3. The Paris Library: A Novel by Janet Skeslien Charles

Publisher ‏ : Atria Books
Publication date:  February 2021
Pages:  364
Format:  Hardcover, Paperback, ebook, Audiobook 
Genre: Fiction / World War II Historical Fiction

The Premise of the Book:Paris, 1939: Young and ambitious Odile Souchet seems to have the perfect life with her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into the city, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear, including her beloved library. Together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. But when the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal.

4. The Bodies in the Library (A First Edition Library Mystery Book 1) by Marty Wingate

Publisher ‏ : ‎Berkley
Publication date:	October 2019
Pages: 333
Format:  Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, and eBook
Genre:  Fiction / Detective Mystery 

The Premise of the Book: Hayley Burke has landed a dream job. She is the new curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling’s First Edition library. The library is kept at Middlebank House, a lovely Georgian home in Bath, England. Hayley lives on the premises and works with the finicky Glynis Woolgar, Lady Fowling’s former secretary.

5. The Library of the Unwritten (A Novel from Hell’s Library Book 1) by A.J. Hackwith

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ace
Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 2019
Pages:  382
Format:  Paperback, Audiobook, and eBook
Genre: Fiction / Contemporary Fantasy

The Premise of the Book: 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.

6. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster
Publication date:	April 2016
Pages: 288
Format:  Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, and eBook
Genre:  Nonfiction / West African History

The Premise of the Book: Over the past twenty years, journalist Joshua Hammer visited Timbuktu numerous times and is uniquely qualified to tell the story of Haidara’s heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al Qaeda and preserve Mali’s—and the world’s—literary patrimony. Hammer explores the city’s manuscript heritage and offers never-before-reported details about the militants’ march into northwest Africa. But above all, The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu is an inspiring account of the victory of art and literature over extremism.

7. The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library Novel Book 1) by Genevieve Cogman

Publisher ‏ : Ace
Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 2016
Pages: 351
Format:  Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook
Genre: Fiction / Time Travel Fiction

The Premise of the Book: Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it’s already been stolen.

8. The Library at Mount Char: A Novel by Scott Hawkins

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crown
Publication date ‏ : June 2015
Pages: 390
Format:  Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook
Genre: Fiction / Dark Fantasy Horror

The Premise of the Book:  Populated by an unforgettable cast of characters and propelled by a plot that will shock you again and again, The Library at Mount Char is at once horrifying and hilarious, mind-blowingly alien and heartbreakingly human, sweepingly visionary and nail-bitingly thrilling—and signals the arrival of a major new voice in fantasy.

9. The Library of the Dead (Edinburgh Nights Book 1) by Tendai Huchu
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tor Books
Publication date ‏ : June 2021
Pages: 333
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, and AudioCD
Genre: Fiction / Ghost Horror Thriller

The Premise of the Book:  Ropa dropped out of school to become a ghostalker – and they sure do love to talk. Now she speaks to Edinburgh’s dead, carrying messages to those they left behind. A girl’s gotta earn a living, and it seems harmless enough. Until, that is, the dead whisper that someone’s bewitching children – leaving them husks, empty of joy and strength. It’s on Ropa’s patch, so she feels honor-bound to investigate. But what she learns will rock her world.

10. The Library of Lost and Found: A Novel by Phaedra Patrick
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Park Row
Publication date ‏ : March 2019
Pages: 386
Format:  Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook
Genre: Fiction / British and Irish Literary Satire Fiction

The Premise of the book is: “Librarian Martha Storm has always found it easier to connect with books than people—though not for lack of trying. She keeps careful lists of how to help others in her superhero-themed notebook. And yet, sometimes it feels like she’s invisible.

All of that changes when a book of fairy tales arrives on her doorstep. Inside, Martha finds a dedication written to her by her best friend—her grandmother Zelda—who died under mysterious circumstances years earlier. When Martha discovers a clue within the book that her grandmother may still be alive, she becomes determined to discover the truth. As she delves deeper into Zelda’s past, she unwittingly reveals a family secret that will change her life forever.

11. The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Publisher ‏ : ‎Henry Holt and Co.
Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 2017
Pages: 432 
Format:  Hardcover,  paperback, ebook, and audiobook
Genre: Fiction / Teen and Young Adult Historical Fiction

The Premise of the Book: Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.

12. The Librarian of Saint-Malo by Mario Escobar

Publisher ‏ : Thomas Nelson
Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 2021
Pages: 371
Format:  Hardcover,  Paperback, ebook, and audiobook
Genre: Fiction / Historical World War II Fiction

The Premise of the book:Saint-Malo, France: August 1939. Jocelyn and Antoine are childhood sweethearts, but just after they marry, Antoine is drafted to fight against Germany. As World War II rages, Jocelyn uses her position as a librarian in her town of Saint-Malo to comfort and encourage her community with books. Jocelyn begins to write secret letters smuggled to a famous Parisian author, telling her story in the hope that it will someday reach the outside world.

Hope these books bring you some ideas for your next reading!

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