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Books about People Reading Books

E. A. Lovitt "starmoth"
The list author says: "Why do people read books about people reading books? For that matter, why do people read book reviews? Actually, there is a difference between the two categories of reading material. Reviews are supposed to be about the book, not the review writer. Books about people reading books (in my experience) are autobiographies that are formatted by the author's book (or books) of choice. Even a cookbook does the job for one author. This list contains my favorite bibliographical autobiographies."
The Whole Five Feet: What the Great Books Taught Me About Life, Death, and Pretty Much Everything Else
The Whole Five Feet: What the Great Books Taught Me About Life, Death, and Pretty Much Everything Else
"The author quits his job, goes back to live with his parents, and decides to read the Harvard Classics:  five feet of books that were assembled to educate early 20th-Century Americans who were not able to attend college."
The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
"The reason I read this book was because one of my secret goals is to chug through the entire “Encyclopaedia Britannica” and here’s an author who has already done that. A.J. Jacobs’s quest to get some respect from Mensa, appear on ‘Jeopardy!,’ and one-up his prodigiously intelligent father and obnoxiously intelligent brother-in-law is both funny and touching."
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
"Another great memoir by A.J. Jacobs, as he decides to follow the precepts of the Bible (especially the Old Testament) to the letter.  Spare a little sympathy for his long-suffering wife."
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
"Moving memoir of an Iranian teacher, who uses Jane Austen and "Lolita" to empower her students. Humbert Humbert reminds her students of various males who had abused them, including the all-powerful Iranian mullahs.  There are some very sad stories in this book about the abuse of women and the stunting of human relationships, all in the name of religion and power."
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
"The author embarks on a year_long quest to cook every recipe in Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking."  And yes, this experience changes her life."
My Life with the Saints
My Life with the Saints
"Jesuit priest, James Martin discusses the help and companionship he has received from books about the lives of the saints from Saint Peter to Mother Teresa."
Old Books, Rare Friends: Two Literary Sleuths and Their Shared Passion
Old Books, Rare Friends: Two Literary Sleuths and Their Shared Passion
"Two friends find and sell rare books, but their true passion is reading.  I loved this dual autobiography."
So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading
So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading
"The author and I have little in common except for a love of books and a deep suspicion of Mitch Albom (he was a good sportswriter).  Nevertheless this book was a delight."
Reading in Bed: Personal Essays on the Glories of Reading
Reading in Bed: Personal Essays on the Glories of Reading
"A collection of essays about readers devoted to reading."
Bookworms: Great Writers Celebrate Reading
Bookworms: Great Writers Celebrate Reading
"85 selections and quotations from mostly modern American and European authors that you can keep in your bedside book stack, and dip into at will."
Bound for Evil: Curious Tales of Books Gone Bad
Bound for Evil: Curious Tales of Books Gone Bad
"This is a wonderfully eclectic  collection of (mainly) horror stories about the terrible things that happen to people who read the wrong book.  Published, appropriately enough, by the Dead Letter Press."