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6 Books to Check Out for Library Lovers’ Month

by  | February 4

As a child, did you frequently lose track of time hunting down a new book among the library stacks? Do you have a solid working knowledge of the Dewey Decimal system? Have you ever scoured Etsy looking for “old library book” scented candles? If you responded “Yes” to one or more of these questions, you might just be a Library Lover! And that makes February extra special as it’s Library Lovers’ Month, and we’re sharing the best books to help you celebrate!

The Book Charmer

The Book Charmer

by Karen Hawkins

Many booklovers will attest to the truth that reading can sometimes feel like an out-of-body experience when beautiful stories whisk you away to imaginary worlds. But what if instead of just feeling this way, you could actually have books speak to you. In The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins, Sarah Dove, the town librarian, has this extraordinary gift of connecting with books, which she must use to help Grace Wheeler, a woman new to the area with no interest in the quirks of Sarah’s small town, which needs saving.

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The Library Book

The Library Book

by Susan Orlean

In The Library Book, author and staff writer for The New Yorker Susan Orlean investigates an unsolved mystery surrounding a fire at the Los Angeles Public Library that occurred in April 1986 and left hundreds of thousands of books destroyed. As Orlean works to uncover whether the fire was arson or an accident, she reveals what we library lovers already know: Libraries are an essential part of every community.

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The Book of Lost Names

The Book of Lost Names

by Kristin Harmel

Imagine if one decades-old book held the key to the real names of children given fake identities when they fled the Nazis. In The Book of Lost Names, Kristin Harmel tells the story of a librarian in Florida named Eva Traube Abrams who revisits her past as a forger to reunite Jewish children, now adults, with their true identities. Harmel’s novel is based on a true story from World War II and showcases the power of a librarian’s record keeping, as well as heroism.

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I Work At A Public Library

I Work At A Public Library

by Gina Sheridan

As a library lover, you’ve probably dreamed of a career working at a public library, helping children to experience the joys of reading and adults to find their new favorite book. But as Gina Sheridan shares in her collection of stories I Work at a Public Library, the life of a librarian can be stranger than fiction. In her book, Sheridan recounts explaining the library’s lack of dragon autobiographies to a patron, helping one visitor with his online dating profile, assisting a curious knowledge seeker research the average length of an eyebrow hair, and many other bizarre stories that you might not expect from a working day at the library.

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A Discovery of Witches (Media Tie-In)

A Discovery of Witches (Media Tie-In)

by Deborah Harkness

For any bibliophile, a gorgeous, centuries-old library sounds like the perfect spot for a meet cute. This is what happens in Deborah Harkness’s A Discovery of Witches, except with a heavy dose of distrust and skepticism between the hero and heroine at first. The romance begins in the Bodleian Library at Oxford where Diana Bishop, a visiting professor and witch, meets Matthew Clairmont, a geneticist and vampire, and the two begin an epic journey of forbidden love and books. To see this library porn in action, check out the TV series starring Teresa Palmer and Matthew Goode.

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The Paris Library

The Paris Library

by Janet Skeslien Charles

What’s a holiday without presents? For a treat during Library Lovers’ Month, preorder The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles, out June 2. Similar to The Book of Lost Names, this novel, based on a true story, takes readers back to World War II and the role that librarians at the American Library in Paris played in the Resistance. In 1939, Odile lives in Paris with her dream job as a librarian and handsome police officer boyfriend, only to be met with betrayal at the end of WWII. Fast-forward to Montana in 1983 where a lonely teenage named Lily befriends her elderly neighbor after discovering shared passions, only to find they both have a shared secret as well.

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Sarah Walsh is a Strategy Lead at Branch & Bramble by day and a book addict by night. Her favorite way to spend a weekend is a cup of tea paired with a new romance novel or personal development book. Find her on Twitter at @sarahmwalsh or Instagram at @sarahmichellewalsh to chat all things books.