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Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

Is there anything better than a thoughtful collection of YA book quotes? There is, but just barely: YA quotes about reading.

21 Brilliant YA Quotes About Reading

Find below a round-up of 21 fantastic, encouraging, truthful, and relatable YA quotes about reading and books. You’ll want to save these and share them.

1. There is much you can learn from books and scrolls. These books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life. —Christopher Paolini, Eragon

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2. Usually, I set one foot in a library and I feel my own internal volume lower. A library is a physical equivalent of a sigh. It’s the silence, sure, but it’s also the certainty of all those books, the way they stand side by side with their still, calm conviction. It’s the reassurance of knowledge in the face of confusion. —Deb Caletti, The Last Forever

3. Books are family. Books are community. —Danielle Binks, Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology

4. I knew all about reading a lot. About how it could take you to a world what was better than the real one. A world where there were adventures and mysteries and magic. Except, of course, books ended eventually, and then you had to go back to being yourself. —Chelsea Sedoti, The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

5. Read everything you can push into your skull. Read your mother’s diary. Read Assata. Read everything Gloria Steinem and bell hooks write. Read all of the poems your friends leave in your locker. Read books about your body written by people who have bodies like yours. Read everything that supports your growth as a vibrant, rebel girl human. Read because you’re tired of secrets. —Gabby Rivera, Juliet Takes a Breath

6. It was impossible to feel alone in a room full of favorite books. I had the sense that they knew me personally, that they’d read me cover to cover as I’d read them. —Riley Redgate, Noteworthy


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7. It’s amazing how the more you read, the less you know. —Anna Breslaw, Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here

8. How can I explain to anyone that stories are like air to me, I breathe them in and let them out over and over again. —Jacqueline Woodson, brown girl dreaming

9. Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. —John Green, The Fault In Our Stars

10. I spent my life folded between the pages of books. In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction. —Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

11. He read while he walked. He read while he ate. The other librarians suspected he somehow read while he slept, or perhaps didn’t sleep at all. —Laini Taylor, Strange The Dreamer

12. I leapt eagerly into books. The characters’ lives were so much more interesting than the lonely heartbeat of my own. —Ruta Sepetys, Out of The Easy

13. I can survive well enough on my own—if given the proper reading material. —Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

14. Once you read something, you can’t erase it from your brain. —Lisa McMann, Wake

15. Why does everyone think a girl who prefers books to people must be in want of a life? —Lauren Morrill, Meant to Be


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16. Books were a safe place, a world apart from my own. No matter what had happened that day, that year, there was always a story in which someone overcame their darkest hour. I wasn’t alone. —Kiera Cass, The Siren

17. Our private tastes in books showed a hint of our secret selves. —Nova Ren Suma, The Walls Around Us

18. The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us. —Jay Kristoff, Nevernight

19. May I suggest that you all read? And often. Believe me, it’s nice to have something to talk about other than the weather and the Queen’s health. Your mind is not a cage. It’s a garden. And it requires cultivating. —Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty


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20. That’s why literature is so fascinating. It’s always up for interpretation, and could be a hundred different things to a hundred different people. It’s never the same thing twice. —Sarah Raasch, Snow Like Ashes

21. Sometimes I reread my favorite books from back to front. I start with the last chapter and read backward until I get to the beginning. When you read this way, characters go from hope to despair, from self-knowledge to doubt. In love stories, couples start out as lovers and end as strangers. Coming-of-age books become stories of losing your way. Your favorite characters come back to life. —Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything


What are your favorite YA quotes about reading?