For those of us who have devoted ourselves to books, it is an endlessly rewarding love affair. There will always be more books than there are hours in the day. We can surround ourselves with overflowing shelves, the mere sight of which can bring us joy. Our best beloveds will never grow old. Our relationship with literature will evolve and change over time, but the books will remain long after we’re gone. They are a symbol of so much more than words on a page. They are a legacy of the varied lives we lead, a record of the past and present, a vision of the future. A promise of so much more.
Perhaps that is why so many of us love reading (and writing) books about books. As book people, we see ourselves in the pages, and like Narcissus, we can’t look away. But you know what? I’m okay with that. Call me a fetishist, call me a narcissist. There are far worse things you could be obsessed with other than books. If you must feed an addiction, better make it a reading habit. Here are seven books of fiction and seven nonfiction works that celebrate the love of books.