the worst is when you’re reading a really good book that follows multiple characters’ stories and you love it 90% of the time until it periodically switches back to that one character’s story that you just could not care less about and it’s like an entire chapter of internal groaning while waiting for the plot to switch back to a character you actually care about
“ Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. ”
“ Books. People have no idea how beautiful books are. How they taste on your fingers. How bright everything is when you light it with words. ”
Rachel Kadish, Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story
“ Adults and children read books in different ways. Grownups read for entertainment whereas youngsters read to learn about life. ”
Adeline Yeh Mah
my sister never finishes reading books.
last night, she finished The Fault in Our Stars.
“ Oh! I am delighted with the book! I should like to spend my whole life in reading it. ”
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
“ For many of us, the delights of reading are polychrome, and once we have entered this vibrant world we quite simply never want to leave. ”
“ …I was thrown into the company of a most fascinating creature, a real goddess, in my eyes, as long as she took no notice of me. I ‘never told my love’ vocally; still, if looks have language, the merest idiot might have guessed I was over head and ears: she understood me, at last, and looked a return - the sweetest of all imaginable looks - and what did I do? I confess it with shame - shrunk icily into myself, like a snail, at every glance retired colder and farther; till; finally the poor innocent was led to doubt her own senses, and, overwhelmed with confusion at her supposed mistake, persuaded her mamma to decamp. ”
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
“ I would stare at the grains of light suspended in that silent space, struggling to see into my own heart. What did I want? And what did others want from me? But I could never find the answers. Sometimes I would reach out and try to grasp the grains of light, but my fingers touched nothing. ”
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
So many writers have been forgotten over the ages, but for 2 centuries Austen has enthralled her readers. Men and women, teens and adults, academic professionals and those who read for fun: all turn to Austen time and again to find some nourishment for their literary souls that they can find nowhere else.
- Susannah Carson