Beautiful Rule-Breaking Moth
You should never read just for “enjoyment.” Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends’ insane behavior, or better yet, your own. Pick “hard books.” Ones you have to concentrate on while reading. And for god’s sake, don’t let me ever hear you say, “I can’t read fiction. I only have time for the truth.” Fiction is the truth, fool! Ever hear of “literature”? That means fiction, too, stupid.
John Waters (via writingquotes)




In case you haven’t heard, BookRiot is the fucking ish. 

I work at a bookstore and I hear every one of these every single day. Nobody cares about how highbrow you are, go away so my coworkers and I can continue talking about Game of Thrones.

I refuse to use an e-reader because I just love that old book smell. People who do not love that old book smell are not real readers. = My favorite perfume’s base note is mold.”

THIS. OLD BOOK SMELL IS MOLD. I prefer an e-reader because I am horrifically allergic to mold, and old book smell triggers sneezing attacks that just don’t end. 

We have an obligation to read aloud to our children. To read them things they enjoy. To read to them stories we are already tired of. To do the voices, to make it interesting, and not to stop reading to them just because they learn to read to themselves. Use reading-aloud time as bonding time, as time when no phones are being checked, when the distractions of the world are put aside

This quote speaks to me, because as a teacher of secondary school, the amount of times 14, 15 and even 16 year olds ask me to ‘do the voices’ or say that their parents never read to them breaks my heart

(via hotgravelpit)

when you’re reading a book and you spot a typo

Do you ever get to a part of the book where you get so angry with the main character because he just did something you specifically asked him not to do and now you’re going to have to sit there and watch as he tries to deal with all of the problems that his mistake brought about when, if he had just listened to you in the first place, it would have all been fine?

that terrifying feeling when you are finishing a book and THERE AREN’T ENOUGH PAGES LEFT FOR ALL OF THE THINGS THAT NEED TO HAPPEN.


Bohumil Hrabal, Too Loud a Solitude


Bohumil Hrabal, Too Loud a Solitude

When you read a great book, you don’t escape from life, you plunge deeper into it.
 Julian Barnes (via herecomessickning)


have you ever been reading something and completely understood a line of foreshadowing and just whispered “shit”

The books of our childhood offer a vivid door to our own pasts, and not necessarily for the stories we read there, but for the memories of where we were and who we were when we were reading them; to remember a book is to remember the child who read that book.

Lewis Buzbee, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop (via prettybooks)

Yep. This is why I’m building up my children’s book library.

(via herecomessickning)

There are certain books I adore because of the period of my life during which I first read and adored them, and it’s impossible for me to escape the history when I reads them now.