"Grad school changed reading for me in ways I both appreciate and regret. My reading life has a depth to it that maybe wasn’t there before, but not the ease it once possessed. My motivations for reading have changed and even the magic of reading feels different to me now, but it still feels like magic and I am still incapable of describing it (I just spent 45-minutes trying). I’m relieved to call myself a reader again."

— from Reading After Grad School by Ashley Riordan (via bookriot)

"We’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen."

D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover

(Source: metaphorformetaphor, via booksandghosts)

tobeshelved:

thelifeguardlibrarian:

vintageanchorbooks:

HOW LONG IT TAKES TO READ THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR BOOKS: http://shortlist.com/entertainment/books/how-long-it-takes-to-read-the-worlds-most-popular-books

My brain likes things like this.

This is a lie. War and Peace takes at least five years. 

"I read in order to write. I read out of obsession with writing."

— Cynthia Ozick

(Source: theparisreview)

"In a school community, someone who reads a book for some secretive purpose, other than discussing it, is strange. What was she reading for?"

— John Irving, The World According to Garp

theparisreview:

Congratulations to Ursula K. Le Guin for the National Book Foundation’s 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and Louise Erdrich for the PEN/Saul Bellow prize!
"The writer’s job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them."

— Vladimir Nabokov

(Source: iapprovethispost, via booklover)

bookriot:

Who doesn’t love a good canine in a book? Here’s a roundup of books featuring man’s best friend.

bookriot:

Who doesn’t love a good canine in a book? Here’s a roundup of books featuring man’s best friend.

"Time is never wasted if you remember to bring along something to read."

— Thomas Pynchon, Against The Day

(Source: lit-quotes, via tobeshelved)

"The ability to read becomes devalued when what one has learned to read adds nothing of importance to one’s life."

— Bruno Bettelheim

"Take no heed of her…. She reads a lot of books."

— Jasper Fforde, The Eyre Affair

(Source: observando, via prettybooks)

"The words of my book nothing, the drift of it everything."

— Walt Whitman

(Source: pantheonbooks)