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10 Books with Memorable Books in Them

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is… Back To School Freebie! I chose to focus on books with other books featured in them.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Featured books: The Monster Book of Monsters, The Invisible Book of Invisibility, etc.

One of my favorite parts of this book is the Monster Book of Monsters, coupled with the knowledge that at some point, someone created an Invisible Book of Invisibility. In general, it’s always fun to see Harry’s back-to-school reading list, which seemed way more interesting than anything I was ever assigned in school!

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Featured books: The Summoning, and Jaga’s Diary

When Nieshka first enters the Dragon’s tower, she’s immediately drawn to a magical book called The Summoning, which is really just one long spell. However, it’s only with Jaga’s diary that she is able to start learning magic, much to the Dragon’s dismay.

The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White

Featured book: The Adventurer’s Guide

Imagine a book that shows only the most useful information when you need it… that’s the theory behind the Adventurer’s Guide. And that’s how Anne, our heroine, comes to start her very own adventure.

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Featured book: Naoko’s Diary

Technically not a real book, but fictional Ruth becomes obsessed with the diary of a young Japanese girl when it washes up on the beach near her home in the Pacific Northwest.

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Featured books: The original manuscript of Martin Chuzzlewit, and Jane Eyre

When an evil villain steals the original manuscript of Martin Chuzzlewit, it’s up to literary detective Thursday Next to find out what he’s up to and stop him before it’s too late.


Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Featured book: Inkheart

When Meggie’s character reads aloud from the fictional Inkheart, the characters seem to come to life… and then they do, with an evil villain jumping straight out of the pages of the book.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Featured books: The Simon Snow series

Main character Cath is starting college, but her real passion is Simon Snow, the main character of a fictional Harry Potter-like series. She spends her days and nights writing an epic fanfiction story called Carry On. There are even excerpts of the fictional series featured in between chapters of the book.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Featured book: An Imperial Affliction

Cancer patient Hazel’s favorite book is An Imperial Affliction, by a notoriously reclusive author. When she starts dating Augustus, the two of them travel to Amsterdam to meet the author… but things don’t really go as planned.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Featured books: The Fillory and Further series

Cynical high school student Quentin Coldwater is obsessed with Fillory, the magical setting of a series of Narnia-esque children’s novel.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Featured book: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Probably the most famous of all the books-within-books mentioned here, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is more of an electronic database than a book. Nevertheless, the Guide the go-to resource for navigating the universe.


8 thoughts on “10 Books with Memorable Books in Them

  1. I suppose it’s no surprise that readers love seeing books used in interesting ways within books. I thought The Eyre Affair had a particularly interesting twist on fiction within fiction. What a great list!

    1. Books about books, libraries, bookstores, and people who love books will never not be a thing! Though apparently I haven’t read a lot of books about the latter three. My original idea for this post was books set in libraries

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