I believe in the magic of books. I believe that during certain periods in our lives we are drawn to particular books–whether it’s strolling down the aisles of a bookshop with no idea whatsoever of what it is that we want to read and suddenly finding the most perfect, most wonderfully suitable book staring us right in the face. Unblinking. Or a chance meeting with a stranger or friend who recommends a book we would never ordinarily reach for. Books have the ability to find their own way into our lives.

~Cecelia Ahern

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“I think the act of reading imbues the reader with a sensitivity toward the outside world that people who don’t read can sometimes lack. I know it seems like a contradiction in terms; after all reading is such a solitary, internalizing act that it appears to represent a disengagement from day-to-day life. But reading, and particularly the reading of fiction, encourages us to view the world in new and challenging ways…It allows us to inhabit the consciousness of another which is a precursor to empathy, and empathy is, for me, one of the marks of a decent human being.”

~John Connolly

“She knew only of love, what she had read in books
The novels on her shelf held her most prized memories
She shared in their moments, both happy and sad
She felt every word as though the pen which wrote them had stabbed each letter into her skin
Shackling her forever to the thoughts she wished so deeply were her own
She could not lay claim to her feelings,
For they were written by the hand of an ex lover not known
She felt only the fear and joy described on yellowing pages
She was held together only by the loose binding of the oldest book
She was as damaged as the warped covers of collections that had lived well past their time
As each page turned, and chapter end, her life followed suit
She followed a path, not meant for her
Lived a out a fate, destined for another.”

~newwordsoldsoul

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

~Nora Ephron

…Writers remember everything…especially the hurts. Strip a writer to the buff, point to the scars, and he’ll tell you the story of each small one. From the big ones you get novels. A little talent is a nice thing to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is the ability to remember the story of every scar.

~Stephen King