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Friday, April 20, 2012

Read Something (printable word art)

On 4-23-12, my son, daughter and I are going out for World Book Night to hand out copies of The Stand by Stephen King. World Book Night is a literacy project with a focus on encouraging adults to read fiction for pleasure. They offered a list of 30 books including lots of wonderful titles, you picked 3 that you had read and enjoyed. They tried to give everyone their first picks. I chose The Stand because it's my husband's favorite book. One he picks up time and time again, and knows so well he'll open it at random and start reading from there. It is an "old friend" book.

While working with ideas for a teeshirt to make for my kids and I, one of my rejected ideas was a bunch of quotes about reading. The reason I rejected it is because the quotes are too small for a teeshirt, but I think you might enjoy it to print and hang. PDF format- READ SOMETHING!

Here are some of the quotes in it.

Wear the old coat and buy the new book. - Austin Phelps
The ability to read awoke inside me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.- Malcolm X
 He that loves a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counselor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter. By study, by reading, by thinking, one may innocently divert and pleasantly entertain himself, as in all weathers, as in all fortunes.-Barrow
Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books. - Bell Hooks
 All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.  - Arthur Christopher Benson
The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade. - Anthony Trollope

Books are incredibly important to me. I read a lot, both the books reviewed here and fiction.

My favorite writer is Robert Heinlein. His books are my "old friend" books, the ones I grew up with and know so well that I can open them to any page.

My favorite fiction release this year is Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway. It's absurd and clever and I laughed almost all the way through it.

If you have tweens or teens, I recommend Rick Riordan's books, like the Harry Potter books, my whole family read the Percy Jackson books and discussed them. My daughter is a big fan who is very excited he's coming up to do a book signing next month.

If you like fantasy and fairies, you might like Tam Lin by Pamela Dean, set in a small liberal arts college in Minnesota in the early to mid 70s, it's a beautifully written modern retelling of the ballad of Tam Lin, with lots of Shakespearean references.

My family's tastes run strongly to science fiction and fantasy.


  1. THX for the quotes, my book group and writing group will love them.
    Enjoy WBN! So happy to find your blog, see you on Twitter :)

  2. I LOVE The Stand! I re-read it about every 3 years or so...don't know why, just do...isn't that silly?

  3. When you described Tam Lin, it made me think of Matt Ruff's _Fool on the Hill_ one of my favorite books, from Long Ago....


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