If you are on the hunt for relative literature to accompany you on your trip to Pasadena, there is a variety of options to entertain and educate you on the city.

"Pasadena: A Novel" by David Ebershoff  tells the tale of a man from the other side of the country arriving in Pasadena with barely a cent to his name. The protaganist's goal is to buy an old mansion and the land it encompasses that includes plenty of orange groves. He gets insight of the land's past as the realtor gives him the colorful story of the mansion in other times. The rich narrative gives fine descriptions of Pasadena's early years.

Architecture buffs may be interested to check out "Downtown Pasadena's Early Architecture (Images of America) by Ann Scheid. The book will get you caught up on the early California architecture inspired by the look of the Mediterranean. Scheid is also author of the book "Pasadena: Crown of the Valley: An Illustrated History". 

Those interested in history or vintage artwork will enjoy "Pasadena: In Vintage Postcards (Postcard History) by Marlin Hickman.

A guidebook always comes in handy as well of course, "The Pasadena Insider's City Guide" by Martha Annee should keep you from getting lost and stock you with funfacts at the same time.