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Top Ten Tuesday: Quotes about Reading

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


Hello friends! It’s been one hectic week, and this list for today’s TTT is one that took a while to gather together. This week I have compiled quotes on the love of reading and storytelling. After all, if you enjoy reading, I’m sure it’s for a variety of reasons as these quotes suggest. Life can be lived through the words we read, and they most definitely shape our worldview. While my own words may not be as eloquent, I hope these quotes and/or books showcase the beauty and love I personally have for reading in my own life.

I hope you enjoy! Let me know in the comments below if any of these quotes resonate with you.

1. Familiar stories told in a whole new way

“I am going to tell you a story you already know. But listen carefully, because within it is one you have never heard before.”

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

2. The beauty and importance of libraries

“Libraries are lungs…books the fresh air breathed in to keep the heart beating, to keep the brain imagining, to keep hope alive.”

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

3. We are what we love

“We are the books we read and the things we love.”

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

4. A whole new world unfurling within a book’s pages

“This is a book, and a book is a world, and words are the seeds in which meanings are curled. Pages of oceans and margins of land are civilizations you hold in the palm of your hand.”

The Reader by Traci Chee

5. The long-lasting impact of books

“The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us.”

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

6. There are always more to explore

“Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.”

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

7. When my heart soars and breaks

“When I read, I feel emotion all on my own. Emotion no living person is making me feel.”

Pivot Point by Kasie West

8. We leave parts of ourselves in stories

“Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times?…As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells…and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower…both strange and familiar.”

Inkspell by Cornelia Funke

9. Love of reading propels us to great lengths

“A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.”

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

10. Many lives lived

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin

If it’s one thing I appreciate in life, it is this ability to share life through the power of words and the emotions invoked. Do you have any quotes about our shared love of reading that resonates with you? Please share below!

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