“But despite the exchanging of blurbs or seeing a big name author printed across the back of the book jacket, do blurbs actually do anything for readers? Do they really help in selling a book?
Before, I probably would have said no. That was until I read a blurb that tipped me over the edge of whether or not I was going to pay for a hardcover new release.”—from Blurbs: (Huh) What Are They Good For by Amanda Diehl (via bookriot)
“I guard my memories of my lost one jealously, keep them securely under wraps, like a folio of delicate watercolours that must be protected from the harsh light of day.”—John Banville, Ancient Light (via vintageanchorbooks)
“So when I’m at the bookstore, in the stack of books I carry, I may have Plath, Woolf, Kerouac, Eileen Myles, Francesca Lia Block, Judy Blume (most likely a Superfudge book), or Douglas Adams. I read middle grade, classics, and everything in between. I’m going to stop referring to some books as “brain candy.” I’m going to stop sheepishly admitting to liking some books, and instead, be proud that I like them. There are no more books I “should” or “shouldn’t” be reading. I’m breaking free from caring whether something is “literary” or not.
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“Being a reader doesn’t mean always reading, and it doesn’t mean only reading. A dear friend of mine often says that books make us gluttons for life, and while I don’t attribute my desire to do non-book things on this vacation to any specific thing I’ve read, I know in my bones that reading both makes me more curious about the world and gives me a greater desire to engage with the people around me.