My Favourite Quotes About Books, Reading and Writing


Hi everyone, I’m ReadingWithJack and today I’m here to share my favourite quotes about books, reading and writing. Many of you will know – I keep it no secret – that books about books are some of my favourite kinds of books to read because they really tell us why reading is important, how literature shapes our lives, how it changes us as people, how it affects our identities. These kinds of books also deal with the process of writing, what it means to be a writer, how writing is a way of expressing ourselves. I thought today it would be quite nice to share some quotes with you from some of my favourite books about books or just books in general that deal with books and reading. I’ve talked about these books before on my channel; last year I actually did a video which was a recommendations video for books about books, so I will link that down below in the description. But I never really shared the way they were written in terms of the tone of the writing, and I thought that it would be quite interesting to kind of quote some of these books so you can really tell how beautifully they are written and just appreciate the quotes in general. The first two quotes I have are from ‘The Thirteenth Tale’ by Diane Setterfield, which is an amazing book, partly inspired by ‘Jane Eyre’. There are a lot of ‘Jane Eyre’ references, so if you love that classic you will love this book, and it’s really really bookish, particularly the first half; we have these amazing descriptions of bookshops, these antique bookshops and it’s just absolutely stunning. The next two quotes are from ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, who is, in my opinion, the best writer of books about books ever. His work is just amazing; it’s so so bookish, as soon as you start reading ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ you feel like such a bookish person. The first quote that I’m going to share is about the kind of idea of this library. The book basically deals with this place called The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, which is a place in which all books in the world exist, and people have to go there and select a book when they’re young and then they kind of have to save that book and make sure it’s protected for the rest of their lives. And the quote that I’m going to share is about when Daniel Sempere, the main character, actually enters this place. The next quote is also by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, but it’s from ‘The Angel’s Game’ which is the second book in the series. This is a book that deals a lot more with the process of writing, what it means to be a writer, how writers earn their living. The final two quotes that I have today are from Cassandra Clare. And she is a writer who doesn’t necessarily write books about books, but talks a lot about literature. She’s a very bookish author; when I met her at a signing I could just tell that she was a very bookish person, very knowledgeable about the world of literature. In ‘Clockwork Angel’ there’s a character called Tessa Gray who is so bookish, and she talks about the importance of reading in two very very short quotes. So everyone that was it for today’s video about my favourite quotes about books, reading and writing. I will possibly maybe even turn this into a series where I talk about more of my favourite books about books in the future. Let me know in the comments if you’d be interested in that. Also let me know what your favourite quotes about books and reading are, I would love to hear what you have to say because books about books are amazing and I love talking about them. So until next time, I’ll see you in the comments and I will see you all again in my next video.

4 thoughts on “My Favourite Quotes About Books, Reading and Writing

  1. I would love for you to make this a series! Thank you for making this wonderful video. It made me cry! But in a good way!

  2. Hi Jack, Enjoyed this video very much and yes, I think a series of such discussions would be welcomed by your viewers. I forgot if you ever told me that you read Fahrenheit 451? This is a book about the destruction of books and the destruction of what it means to be human, or at least this is what I came away with. Would appreciate your thoughts. Also, I am so glad that once again we have a book store in downtown New Orleans, not far from my office. Crescent City Books is a delightful place to pick up a good read or purchase collector's editions. I recently built-up a book credit of almost $700USD and last week dwindled it down to $444USD! They have amazing editions. Anyway, keep up the great videos! Gilbert

  3. hello, after your tweet I found time 🙂
    I am so bad at marking quotes when reading, I always think, "nah not now" and then I forget.

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