Famous inspirational quotes about books, reading, and knowledge and a free printable Kathleen Norris quote art print.
I woke up one morning last week and did. not. want. to. write. Not one email; not one proposal; not one sentence. I wanted to roll over, reach for a book on my nightstand, and burrow into the covers for a day of reading.
Maybe it’s that fall hibernation was kicking in, but it was just one of those days. You know those days when all you want is your warm, soft, pillowy bed and a great book to escape into? Or maybe you want to curl on the couch with ten or twenty blankets, a bowl of slow cooker chili, and that book you’ve been dying to read?
I hear ya.
But here’s the thing: fall is such a busy season in the publishing world (only a few good weeks left for submissions!), so early morning reading is out. And after a long day of work, I’m usually too drained by the time I get into bed to reach for my nightstand stack of books to read.
The solution? Reading Night.
(Doesn’t that just sound fun?!)
Reading Night is a pact between you and whoever you live with—husbands, roommates, toddlers, unemployed dogs named Pepper—to throw your cares to the wind for a night and do nothing but read. Anyone can declare a Reading Night whenever they need it. It’s kind of like a pause button on life–it slows and hushes the house for just a few hours on an otherwise insane-o week.
Here’s what you do:
Cancel or reschedule all your plans or appointments (it’s okay to be this person every once in awhile); pop something stupid-easy in the slow cooker or oven (might I recommend this or this?); collect blankets, pillows, and other nesting apparatus; park yourself on the couch with a book and a bowl of something stewy. Repeat for the rest of the night, until you feel better about the day and all of life.
But I get it–pressing pause to read a book all night is not always easy.
I know how hard it is to extract ourselves from our everyday pressures for even one night. Some nights, I try to relax, but all I can think about is the 1,000 things I should be doing and how I can’t waste another minute not getting started.
But a Reading Night is something families, marriages, kids, you need. That’s because it’s not only about books. It’s about a few precious hours of quiet, without screens, without to-dos, where we can remember that, as C.S. Lewis said, “we are not alone.”
So to celebrate how good it feels to come home to a book and to a Reading Night, I created this free book art print with the Kathleen Norris quote: “Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.”
And if you need more inspiration to let go and pause a little tonight, here are 10 quotes that will remind you just how good a Reading Night can be. I hope these 10 quotes by famous writers will help you unplug and escape into the magic of a book for a night, or at least into your pillowy bed for a few extra minutes. 🙂
10 Inspirational Quotes by Famous Writers About Books and Reading
“Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.” – Kathleen Norris
“In the case of good books the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” – Mortimer J. Adler
“We read to know that we are not alone.” – C.S. Lewis
“We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming.” – Anna Quindlen
“Between the pages of a book is a lovely place to be.” – Unknown
“A book is proof that humans can work magic.” – Carl Sagan
“Where I am, if I’ve got a book with me, I have a place I can go and be happy.” – J.K. Rowling
“Of all things, I liked books best.” – Nikola Tesla
“I do not read for I have renounced life. I read because one life is just not enough for me.” – Abbas Al-Akkad
“Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.” – C.S. Lewis
(By the way, you can also download this C.S. Lewis quote on reading and eating as a free printable art print here!)
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What I’m Reading This Week
How to Develop a Book Concept that Has Bestseller Potential (Chad R. Allen): I see writers and bloggers struggle with this all the time–they’re not, as Chad puts it, “acknowledging the gap.” Here’s how to really understand what readers want.
How To Be a Know-It-All (Kathryn Schulz for The New Yorker): My favorite read of the week (maybe month?). I’ll just leave this here: “They appeal to us because the world is vast and strange, because everywhere we look, from the firefly flashing in the darkness to Auden’s elegy for Yeats, there is something to provoke our curiosity, some sliver of existence that we want to understand. Not everyone longs to be a polymath, but everyone who does is a philomath—someone who loves knowledge qua knowledge, who finds it moving, joyful, comforting, fun, startling, awe-inspiring.”
11 of the Most Instagrammable Book Shops in the World (Charlotte Ahlin for Bustle): Pretty bookshops are my drug. And now I’ll have to follow every one of these accounts. (FYI, you can also follow me here if you want more book eye candy!)
How to Rock NaNoWriMo This November (Kristen Kieffer of Well-Storied): Are you doing the National Novel Writing Month challenge this year? I’ve heard it’s fuuuuunnnn. If so, start with Kristen’s easy tips to make it more enjoyable + productive!
Book Publishers Go Back to Basics (Zeke Turner for The Wall Street Journal): Print books are back? Print books are back! Put down the screen and pick one up tonight.
What We’re Eating This Week
Jarrett, Pepper, and I zipped down to Richmond for a day or two for a few work things, so this week has been completely confusing. Here’s what I think happened:
Monday: Well, since Richmond was named one of the Top 5 Food Cities by Garden & Gun, we had to try every single place mentioned in the article, right? Rappahannock was Sunday dinner; Sally Bell’s was Monday lunch; Saison was Monday dinner; Wheelbarrow Me Out of This Town was the theme.
Tuesday: Just kidding. Time for fried chicken and mac and cheese at Mama J’s! Yolo, guys, yolo.
Wednesday: Yolo = now I have a stomach ache. How cool am I. Penitence salad for dinner, it is. (But with extra salami, of course).
Thursday: Chicken and Veggie Curry, so at least we ate one normal, homemade thing this week.
Friday: Old-school lasagna for dinner! Friday, I love you.