Are you ready for your kids to go back to school? Ready for alarm clocks, homework, and reading calendars? I, personally, can’t wait. I’m fantasizing about long stretches of time home alone to curl up with a book. Ha. We’ll see how that goes.
Nevertheless… these precious last days of summer are just the time to get psyched about reading, before the best reading seasons hit us: Fall and Winter. Think cozy. Think fireplace. Think scarves. Just because you finished all your trashy beach reading doesn’t mean you can’t upload your Kindle with a few more page-turners.
Anyway, think of it as being a good example. Kids are more likely to be interested in reading if they see their parents reading — and enjoying it.
Need an excuse to drop what you’re doing and pick up a book? Here are 12 inspiring quotes by your favorite writers that are guaranteed to get you in the mood. (Via 40 Inspiring Quotes About Reading.)
12 Inspiring Quotes Guaranteed to Get You to Shut the Laptop and Pick Up a Book 1 of 13
Light a Fire 2 of 13
"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." — Victor Hugo
Recommended Reading: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo available at Amazon for $8.46
And you call yourself a Les Mis fan? Stop pretending to be Cosette and read the actual book that inspired the musical, soundtrack, and movie!
We Owe Books 3 of 13
"I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books." — Gary Paulsen
Recommended Reading: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen available at Amazon for $6.29
A 13-year-old boy survives with nothing but his—you guessed it—hatchet after his plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness.
Portable Magic 4 of 13
"Books are a uniquely portable magic." — Stephen King
Recommended Reading: Under the Dome by Stephen King available at Amazon for $11.99
If you've seen the hit new show, you'll love the book about a town that becomes enclosed in an invisible, impermeable dome.
Find a Loyal Friend 5 of 13
"There is no friend as loyal as a book." — Ernest Hemingway
Recommended Reading: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway available at Amazon for $9.69
You don't have be an avid fisher in order to get deep into Hemingway's classic story about a Cuban fisherman battling a giant Marlin in the Gulf Stream.
Know Who to Trust 6 of 13
"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." — Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler)
Recommended Reading: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket available at Amazon for $3.59
Start at the beginning of this delightful, smart, hilarious series of unfortunate events, and you won't come up for air until you've read The End, Book 13. The Baudelaire orphans are waiting to tell you their story.
Understand Who We Are 7 of 13
"What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die." — Anne Lamott
Recommended Reading: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott available at Amazon for $12.06
Part memoir, part writing instruction, Anne Lamott's observations on life inspire the struggling writer in all of us.
Know You’re Not Alone 8 of 13
"We read to know that we are not alone." — C.S. Lewis
Recommended Reading: The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis available at Amazon for $8.49
A true C.S. Lewis masterpiece, this is a book of letters from the devil to his young protege. Lots of advice on leading people into temptation, if that's your thang!
Lighten the Darkness 9 of 13
"A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe." — Madeleine L'Engle
Recommended Reading: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle available at Amazon for $6.29
The imaginative story of Meg Murry's search for her missing father across dimensions. It's young adult Sci-Fi with a lot of heart.
Be Awesome 10 of 13
"Be awesome! Be a book nut!" — Dr. Seuss
Recommended Reading: Oh The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss available at Amazon for $12.17
Treat yourself to a pep talk from the indomitable Dr. Seuss. Why not read it out loud to your kids before the first day of school?
Books Are Like Friends 11 of 13
"Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable." — Louisa May Alcott
Recommended Reading: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott available at Amazon for $3.75
This classic story about a family of strong, interesting, lovable sisters should be required reading for all women and men and sisters and brothers. Life in New England during the Civil War? What's not to love?
Read Before Bed 12 of 13
"Knowing you have something good to read before bed is among the most pleasurable of sensations." — Vladimir Nabokov
Recommended Reading: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov available at Amazon for $12.06
Sexy. Forbidden. And totally English-teacher-approved! Like pervy Russian intellectuals? This is the book for you.
Live 13 of 13
"I cannot live without books." — Thomas Jefferson
Recommended Reading: Writings by Thomas Jefferson available at Amazon for $26.49
Why not actually read his autobiography and The Declaration of Independence? If for no other reason, you can say something about it in your Facebook status come election time. Worth it!