(Originally published on the Windscape Book Company blog.)
While clicking around the internet for last week’s post, Bibliophiles vs. Bookworms, I learned a new word. It seems books written about books (and libraries and writing, publishing and collecting and bookselling, etc.) are called Biblios. There’s an infinite variety of them, fiction and non-fiction alike, and they’ve been filling the space on our bookshelves for a long, long time.
Diane Plumley is a writer for The Bookshop Blog and is crazy for mystery novels. She’s written a series of posts describing dozens of biblios within the mystery genre. She’s also included a couple of links, one to a list of biblios at Mystery Readers International and, a second, to Bibliomysteries, a whole website devoted completely to them. So, if murder and mystery within the book-world are of interest to you, these lists should keep you in reading material for years to come.
Of course, books about books also exist beyond the world of mysteries. Good Reads features an 354 item list (and counting) of biblios with each entry containing the book jacket blurb, the publishing info, a star rating and reader reviews. They’ve listed children’s books, and adult fiction as well as selections from almost every non-fiction category, which makes for a whole bunch of different reading choices. The Fine Books Magazine blog has a 2010 holiday gift list featuring 50 non-fiction books for bibliophiles, and finishes it up with the 10 best fiction biblios published that year.
Needless to say, these lists are not exhaustive, and with new biblios being published all the time, bibliophiles needn’t worry about having an endless supply!