In this post, we explore excellent books that are set in libraries.
If you’re reading this then you love books! You probably love reading and writing them. And despite having a favourite genre, I’m sure you’ll agree that books about books, or rather places where you can find books are great! So it seems like a good idea to chat about those magical places. We’ve started with books set in bookstores. Keep your eyes open for future blogs about books set in book clubs.
The best place to discover portals to other eras, alternative times, locations, universes, and people – famous or otherwise, is to enter through a door discretely labelled ‘What If?” Every novel begins with its creator asking, ‘What if…’ The magic of the question lies in the fact that there is not one single answer. There are hundreds, thousands, even millions! There are just as many doors. And the best place to find them is in libraries!
With all this magic and portals and stories floating in the libraries’ ether, it’s not surprising that some of the best stories are set in libraries.
4 Great Books Set In Libraries
1. The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
Four hundred years separate the two extraordinary women in this novel. Helen and her assistant are racing against another team of historians to uncover the identity of the author of a cache of 17th-century Jewish documents discovered in a wall during a home renovation. The battlefield – the library!
The prize is literary legacy that will both save and break careers. But the book goes deeper than that. Helen has Parkinson’s Disease. The reason for her love for Jewish history has compelling links to the heart-breaking story of Esther, the author of the documents. The book is full of things you probably never thought you’d find in a library – backstabbing, intrigue, drama, blood, sweat, and tears.
2. The Name Of The Rose by Umberto Eco
This enthralling medieval mystery involves seven bizarre deaths at a wealthy Italian abbey that Brother William of Baskerville must investigate. They overshadow the investigation of heresy that was his original mission. Secret symbols, coded manuscripts, and eerie labyrinths, as well as an astonishing chronicle of the Middle Ages abound. Published in 1980,The Name Of The Rose was a popular and critical success. It was quickly turned into a movie starring Sean Connery and a BBC TV Series.
And now for something a little lighter… Just arrived in Ireland to take up his first post as librarian, Israel discovers the library has been closed. For good. Well, it would be when someone’s stolen 15 000 book! Stranded on the North Antrim coast, Israel, in search of a proper cappuccino and a decent newspaper, is now driving am old mobile library. Apart from making sure readers can still access the books in the mobile library, Israel tries to find the missing fifteen thousand. It doesn’t help that he’s shy, sensitive, vegetarian, overweight, and Jewish. Hopefully, thanks to his passion and intelligence, Israel will be able to solve the mystery.
4. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
Irene and her enigmatic assistant Kai, work for the mysterious Library as professional spies. Arriving in London on their latest mission, they discover the book they’ve been sent to retrieve, has been stolen. As the Library harvests fiction from different realities, it comes as no surprise that this is an alternative London. Here, there is a chaos-infestation. The laws of nature have been bent and supernatural creatures, not to mention unpredictable magic, have arrived. And Irene isn’t the only person searching for the book. London’s underground factions are prepared to fight to the death for it.
Danger, clues, and secret societies are part of the heady adventure in which Irene finds herself. She MUST find the book. The very nature of reality depends upon it.
Libraries have been the foundation stone for the lives of those who became readers as children. If you don’t one, get yourself a library card now!
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If you’re looking for a story set in a library, try one of these great books.
by Elaine Dodge. Elaine is the author of The Harcourts of Canada series. Elaine trained as a graphic designer, then worked in design, advertising, and broadcast television. She now creates content, mostly in written form, for clients across the globe, but would much rather be drafting her books and short stories.
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