“Books help to form us. If you cut me open, you will find volume after volume, page after page, the contents of every one I have ever read, somehow transmuted and transformed into me. Alice in Wonderland. the Magic Faraway Tree. The Hound of the Baskervilles. The Book of Job. Bleak House. Wuthering Heights. The Complete Poems of W.H. Auden. The Tale of Mr Tod. Howard’s End. What a strange person I must be. But if the books I have read have helped to form me, then probably nobody else who ever lived has read exactly the same books, all the same books and only the same books as me. So just as my genes and the soul within me make me uniquely me, so I am the unique sum of the books I have read. I am my literary DNA.”—Susan Hill (via 500daysofkissingmypillow)
“Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetime. A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper.”—
“That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you onto another book, and another bit there will lead you on to a third book. It’s geometrically progressive— all with no end in sight and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.”—The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (via notwritenow)
Day 01 - Best book you read last year Day 02 - A book that you’ve read more than 3 times Day 03 - Your favorite series Day 04 - Favorite book of your favorite series Day 05 - A book that makes you happy Day 06 - A book that makes you sad Day 07 - Most underrated book Day 08 - Most overrated book Day 09 - A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving Day 10 - Favorite classic book Day 11 - A book you hated Day 12 - A book you used to love but don’t anymore Day 13 - Your favorite writer Day 14 - Favorite book of your favorite writer Day 15 - Favorite male character Day 16 - Favorite female character Day 17 - Favorite quote from your favorite book Day 18 - A book that disappointed you Day 19 - Favorite book turned into a movie Day 20 - Favorite romance book Day 21 - Favorite book from your childhood Day 22 - Favorite book you own Day 23 - A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t Day 24 - A book that you wish more people would’ve read Day 25 - A character who you can relate to the most Day 26 - A book that changed your opinion about something Day 27 - The most surprising plot twist or ending Day 28 - Favorite title Day 29 - A book everyone hated but you liked Day 30 - Your favorite book of all time
So, a friend lends you a book. You read the book and you absolutely love it. You have to give it back to your friend but you decide you will buy your own copy because it is such an amazing book. But the brand new copy of the book that you buy is just not the same as the copy that you read.
“Every second he breathed, the smell of the grass, the cool air on his face, was so precious: To think that people had years and years, time to waste, so much time it dragged, and he was clinging to each second.”—
Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.