“The hour before sleep is the best time for the rereading of old favorites. You know precisely where you are and what to expect, yet you may have the pleasure of coming upon a particularly good passage the full flavor of which had previously escaped you. There can be a tinge of excitement in that, but not so strong as to set your mind racing.” J. Donald Adams

“Usually I read several books at a time—old books, new books, fiction, nonfiction, verse, anything—and when the bedside heap of a dozen volumes or so has dwindled to two or three, which generally happens by the end of one week, I accumulate another pile.” Vladimir Nabokov

“I had just taken to reading. I had just discovered the art of leaving my body to sit impassive in a crumpled up attitude in a chair or sofa, while I wandered over the hills and far away in novel company and new scenes… My world began to expand very rapidly…the reading habit had got me securely.” H.G. Wells

“We’d go for walks and picnics, taking books in baskets, and sit under trees and read. I now live once more in the same part of the country which isn’t much changed since I was a child; I can still find the spot where David Copperfield first met Mr. Murdstone and the tree where the Knight of the Leopard had his picnic with Saladin.” Joan Aiken


"The contents of someone’s bookcase are part of his history, like an ancestral portrait.” Anatole Broyard

 “When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.” Erasmus

“Books are as lively, and as vigorously productive, as those fabulous dragon’s teeth: and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men.” John Milton

“Real reading cannot be pure recreation…The writer’s business is to lay you flat if he can, to make you feel the active presence of forces and influences, to rouse, startle, interest, amuse, satisfy.” Arthur Christopher Benson

“Most of us know what we should expect to find in a dragon’s lair, but, as I said before, Eustace had read only the wrong books. They had a lot to say about exports and imports and governments and drains, but they were weak on dragons.” C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

“The books I read are the ones I knew and loved when I was a young man and to which I return as you do to friends…Dickens, Conrad, Cervantes–Don Quixote…I’ve read these books so often that I don’t always begin at page one and read on to the end. I just read one scene, or about one character just as you’d meet and talk to a friend for a few minutes.” William Faulkner