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08 August 2014
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You know what’s sad about reading books? It’s that you fall in love with the characters. They grow on you. And as you read, you start to feel what they feel - all of them - you become them. And when you’re done, you’re never the same. Sure you’re still you, you look the same, talk in the same manner, but something in you has changed. Something in the way you think, the way you choose, sometimes, even the things you say may differ. But it all comes down to the state you go to after a nice novel. The after-feeling. It’s amazing, but somehow, you feel left alone by that world you were once in. It’s overwhelming. But it makes you sad. Cause for once you were this, this otherworldly being in… Neverwhere, and then you suddenly have to say goodbye after a few weeks from when you read the last page. When you’ve recovered from that state it’s just… quite sad.

Suzanne Collins 
06 August 2014
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Zadie Smith, White Teeth

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Zadie Smith, White Teeth

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04 August 2014
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“My name is Zadie Smith, and I am a 38-year-old pathological reader. I would like to say in my defense that I don’t really get the appeal of YOLO. I live many times over. Hypothetical, subterranean lives that run beneath the relative tedium of my own and have the power to occasionally penetrate or even derail it. I find it hard to name the one book that was so damn delightful it changed my life. The truth is, they have all changed my life, every single one of them—even the ones I hated. Books are my version of ‘experiences.’”
What It Means to Be Addicted to Reading: Summer is a wonderful time for the bibliophile.

theseluckystars:

My name is Zadie Smith, and I am a 38-year-old pathological reader. I would like to say in my defense that I don’t really get the appeal of YOLO. I live many times over. Hypothetical, subterranean lives that run beneath the relative tedium of my own and have the power to occasionally penetrate or even derail it. I find it hard to name the one book that was so damn delightful it changed my life. The truth is, they have all changed my life, every single one of them—even the ones I hated. Books are my version of ‘experiences.’”

What It Means to Be Addicted to Reading: Summer is a wonderful time for the bibliophile.

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03 August 2014
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Suzanne Young, The Treatment

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Suzanne Young, The Treatment

02 August 2014
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And I’m filled with her, with her love for me and my love for her -
And it makes me as big as an effing mountain

— Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
01 August 2014
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This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.

— Walt Whitman
31 July 2014
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Poetry makes us children again.

28 July 2014
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Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

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Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

28 July 2014
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Literature is born when something in life goes slightly adrift.

— Simone de Beauvoir, Prime of Life
27 July 2014
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She reads a lot of books. Good things, books.

— Thorne Smith 
26 July 2014
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Time goes faster the more hollow it is. Lives with no meaning go straight past you, like trains that don’t stop at your station.

Carlos Ruiz ZafónThe Shadow of the Wind
24 July 2014
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Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis.

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Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis.

23 July 2014
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I wrote a book. It sucked. I wrote nine more books. They sucked, too. Meanwhile, I read every single thing I could find on publishing and writing, went to conferences, joined professional organizations, hooked up with fellow writers in critique groups, and didn’t give up. Then I wrote one more book.

— Beth Revis 
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22 July 2014
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There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

— Somerset Maugham 
22 July 2014
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The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.

— Ernest Hemingway