Five Fun and Unusual Books About Cars

Woman Reading Books About Cars

Reading a good book is one of life’s great pleasures. And finding a book that finds a unique way to talk about cars…well…we’re all in. These 5 books are our top favorite books about cars because they all found a way to make the cars in them a major character in a unique way. These selections couldn’t be any more different from one another, but car lovers will still find a way to love each one on its own.

Below, you’ll read about a tear-jerker, a behind-the-scenes account, a horror novel, a trippy pseudo auto-biography, and a historical retelling, and all of them find a special way to pay tribute to our favorite invention – the car.


The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein


This book, written from the point of view of a dog, is really about the dog’s owner and the trials and tribulations he manages while raising a family and juggling a successful racing career. Throughout the story, his life takes as many turns as his sports car.


Fast n’ Loud: Blood Sweat and Beers by Richard Rawlings


You can dry your eyes after reading The Art of Racing in the Rain with this fun autobiography penned by auto guru and restoration TV star Richard Rawlings.  You get to see behind the veil of a successful car-centric television show and see how Rawlings revved his way to the top!



 Christine by Stephen King


We at are always looking to purchase a beautiful classic car…unless it’s the title classic car of this horrifying tale. You thought you were obsessed with your car? You haven’t met Arnie Cunningham yet.


On The Road by Jack Kerouac


Often considered the quintessential road trip book, this 1957 classic follows Sal Paradise as he sets out on a hitchhiking adventure through the United States. It’s the epitome of the 50’s beatnik culture, and gives insight to the lifestyle that only a small subculture of the arts truly experienced.


Drive!: Henry Ford, George Selden, and the Race to Invent the Auto Age by Lawrence Goldstone


What’s a reading list without a title that takes you back in time? This historical non-fiction choice was released in 2016 and takes readers on a journey to the turn of the 20th century, when the car was the hottest new invention, and everyone wanted a piece of the auto pie.

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