Five Favorite: Books Set in Libraries

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous topics, click here.


I’m pretty sure that all book lovers have a dream to one-day own ALL. OF. THE. BOOKS. (Whether that dream is practical is beyond the point here.) For me, it was (and is) to simply own a Library – like, a room in my house that JUST holds books on wall to wall, floor to ceiling shelves with a nice big window and a huge comfy chair. As such, I get a little flush of happiness when I read books that feature or are set in libraries because, well, you know… books. Here are my five favorite.

Home Libraries

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak // Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Public Libraries

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness // The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova // The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Have your own five favorite books set in libraries? Let me know!

Top Ten: Books Set Outside the US

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was a rewind, so I chose to cover July 19th’s list: top ten books set outside the US. Although I mostly read books set in England, I was able to find ten books set wholly (or partly) in ten different countries (and also another planet).


(Czech Republic) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon // (England) A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness // (France) A Very Long Engagement by Sébastien Japrisot // (Germany) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak // (India) The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie


(Iran) Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi // (Italy) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller // (Mexico) 2666 by Roberto Bolaño // (Turkey) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides // (Mars) The Martian by Andy Weir