Line to Love: We Love Reading Books


Today’s Lines to Love is all about books. It’s a topic, I think, that we all can indulge in and enjoy. After all, you, dear readers, all possess a love of reading as I do. So, today we celebrate the words of famous literary men and women who hold books in their hearts as dearly as do we.

But I’m doing something a little different. As I’ve missed hearing from you, I’m inviting you to share your thoughts on the lines I’ve selected. Rather than just giving you a list of some of favorite quotes about books, I’m including lines that provoked me to thought. With each line to love, there’s an accompanying question. I’d love to know what you think. If you feel a little shy about leaving a comment at the bottom, please check out Whiskers on Kittens’ Instagram Story in the next couple days to interact and leave you answers there.


I suppose it’s only correct to begin with a quote from a woman who has had great impact on my both as an author and also as a firebrand of a woman. But, novels by definition are works of fiction, as although their characters are often rooted in a degree of realism, they might not be everyone’s cup of tea. There are a plethora of non-fictional or poetic options to say nothing of the graphic novels out there. So, dear readers, the question is: is it a necessity to like fictional prose or would histories, biographies, or any other genre outside of fiction suffice in regards to Jane’s opinion?


Oscar Wilde always makes me smile. I can’t help it. I always feel like he’s telling a joke. That is not always the case, but it’s the case a lot of the time. With this line I could ask numerous questions, but I’ll just leave you with this one: What’s one book that you find you’ve returned to over and over?


This quote makes me realize how blessed we are at the availability of books today. Back in the time when Lincoln lived, to gift someone a book was a rare and costly gift. Therefore, if someone did you the honor of giving you a book you had not read, I could see how their friendship could be prized as one of the best. What book do you recall that someone gave you that turned out to be a one of your favorites and enriched your friendship because of the sharing?


Mark Twain had a sharp tongue. I’m certain, much like Dorothy Parker did, when he woke in the morning, he brushed his teeth and sharpened his tongue. This line is an example of his humor. So, I must ask, do you agree? What books considered classics have you heard praised by have no desire to read?


I remember agreeing whole heartedly with Holden Caulfield when I read this line in The Catcher in the Rye. What author, upon finishing his or her book, did you wish you knew? (You can have more than one… Oh, and please tell us what book, too.)


We readers tend to think along these lines, don’t we? And since readers do prize book recommendations that have touched the hearts of other readers deeply, this line makes ask: What book has been such a friend to you- an accessible friend with wise counsel as it patiently teaches?