Hi, I was wondering if you could help me with a book dilemma. I need to find a book to read that’s like The Book Thief by Markus Zusak in the way that they both have themes about the power of words and literature.

Asked by find-the-light-in-the-darkness

I haven’t really read many ‘books about books’, but apparently The Shadow of the Wind is excellent, which I hope to read soon. The Eyre Affair and The Thirteenth Tale are also very literary. Oh and perhaps Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, which I also haven’t read yet, but have. Maybe Fahrenheit 451?

It isn’t about books, but Between Shades of Gray is also a novel I suggest to people who liked The Book Thief. And maybe The Book of Lies


  1. wanderinghymns8 said: I’d also recommend a history of love by Allison Kraus really strongly as someone who loved and adored The Book Thief.
  2. getinthehandbasket said: Oh! Ella Minnow Pea for fiction, or Eats, Shoots, and Leaves for nonfiction
  3. traintrackofthought said: Atonement is a great one for the power of words :)
  4. ashceci said: The Shadow of the Wind is a definite YES. Also, it’s now part of a series called The Cemetery of Forgotten Books.
  5. crack-in-the-teacup said: shadow of the wind is beautifully written and verbose. Fahrenheit 451 is also awesome, though not about the power of words.
  6. hilgar said: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke is about the power of words! It’s a little more kiddie though. But still!
  7. arandomgirlsrealm said: Shadow of the wind is amazing, I want to read its prequel The angel’s game. Reading Mr. Penumbra’s… right now and it’s really good, but shadow is better.