Amy's Top 10 Books I Would Like to Live In


Some of my best friends and favorite places are in books. Have you ever had such a connection with a character or a location that you wanted desperately to actually be there, with them? These are those books for me. Lucky for me, some of them are actually real places, or based on real places, and I have been able to visit them! I count going to the west coast of Ireland, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mankato, MN, and the New York Public Library as pretty darn to close to actually getting inside these stories. 

Betsy Was a Junior/Betsy and Joe By Maud Hart Lovelace Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061794728
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 29th, 2009

The semi-autobiographical Betsy-Tacy book series has been my favorite escape since I was a child. Following the friendship of Betsy and Tacy from Betsy’s fifth birthday in 1897 through World War I and the girls’ marriages, these books are sweet, simple tales of friendship and growing up. Betsy and Joe is probably my favorite, covering their senior year in high school in 1909-10, but the entire series is a treat and should be enjoyed in its entirety. 

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler: Special Edition By E.L. Konigsburg, E.L. Konigsburg (Illustrator) Cover Image
By E.L. Konigsburg, E.L. Konigsburg (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534436459
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 19th, 2019

Siblings Claudia and Jamie run away from home for an adventure living in New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. There they discover a mystery surrounding a small statue and set about to discover its true origins.  Who wouldn’t want to tag along?

Mandy By Julie Andrews Edwards Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061207075
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - August 15th, 2006

A girl who has grown up in an orphanage discovers an abandoned miniature house and garden and makes them her own special places. 

A Little Princess (Puffin in Bloom) By Frances Hodgson Burnett, Anna Bond (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780147513991
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - August 28th, 2014

Sara Crewe is a privileged student at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies until her father dies and leaves her penniless. Sara is reduced to living in an attic as a servant and her life is miserable, until an unknown new friend begins to comfort her with magical surprises!  

In Kiltumper: A Year in an Irish Garden By Niall Williams, Christine Breen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635577181
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - August 31st, 2021

Thirty-five years ago Irishman Niall and his American wife Christine moved into her grandfather’s old home in west County Clare in Ireland, to write and farm the land. Their peaceful life there is threatened by a windfarm installation nearby and they spent 2019 documenting and joyously embracing the changes in their garden through a calendar year. It sounds like an ideal place to spend a year.

The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel By Jasper Fforde Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142001806
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - February 25th, 2003

The first in the wonderful Thursday Next Literary Detective series that take place in alternate 1980’s reality, where there is a much thinner line between literature and the real world and people and characters can jump that line into each other’s realms. It is full of fun literary references, weekly performances of Richard III in the style of The Rocky Horror Picture Show cult tradition, WillSpeak vending machines that recite Shakespeare quotes, and genetic engineering has resurrected the dodo.

The Library: A Fragile History By Andrew Pettegree, Arthur der Weduwen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781541600775
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Basic Books - November 9th, 2021

I’ve always loved libraries and this book showcases some of the best and most beautiful, as well as the history of libraries. It is a lovely place to get lost for a while. 

The Cafe by the Sea: A Novel By Jenny Colgan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062662972
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 27th, 2017

Flora reluctantly returns to the remote Scottish island where she grew up, but only for a temporary assignment from her job in a London legal office. But while there Flora re-discovers family, a passion for cooking, and love for the island that she had not been able to recognize in her youth. The first in the Mure series. 

84, Charing Cross Road By Helene Hanff Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140143508
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Published: Penguin Books - October 1st, 1990

Told in letters between rare book collector Helene and the London bookshop who fills her orders, this is the true story of a twenty-year friendship between two very different people (and by extension the staff of the store) who share a love for old and unique books.  

The Lions of Fifth Avenue: A Novel By Fiona Davis Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524744632
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Published: Dutton - May 25th, 2021

The New York Public Library is the setting for this dual-timeline story. In 1913 the Lyons family actually lives in the library, as the patriarch is the superintendent and an onsite apartment is part of the employment package. In 1993 Sadie Donovan is a curator at the library and hidden in the library is a lost secret that links their stories. 

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