Favourite Quotes About Books and Reading from The Bookshop Book

The Bookshop Book was written by Jen Campbell. I discovered Jen on Youtube where she creates videos about books, writing and representation in the media. When I realised she was also an author, I checked out her books.

It was a book on my Christmas wishlist in 2016 so I was glad I was able to read it last month.

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In The Bookshop Book, Jen interviews bookshop owners and authors. They talk about their love for books, reading and the bookshop owners talk about how they started running their bookshops.

These are the quotes from sections of the book that I liked.

“My children are so used to being able to buy things on computers, but there is nothing like going into a bookshop and picking up a book and being able to examine the style of it before jumping in and deciding to have it.” -Rachel Joyce, author

“Never lend books, for no-one ever returns them. The only books I have in my library are books that other people have lent me.” -Anatole France (Harris & Harris Bookshop have this written across one wall in their shop)

“It was probably my mother who made me fall in love with stories.”- Ali Smith, author.

Ali Smith’s mention of how her mother made her fall in love with stories resonated with me because my mum got me a lot of books when I was growing up. I feel that’s part of the reason why I enjoy stories.

Ali Smith’s mention of how her mother made her fall in love with stories resonated with me because my mum got me a lot of books when I was growing up. I feel that’s part of the reason why I enjoy stories.

“But are books going to die out? Many people have prophesied that, but I say that can’t happen. Books are important, so very important. They teach you things; they show you different views of the world.” – Brian Aldiss, author.

“I think bookshops and libraries are vital. It seems so sad that so many libraries have been closed down and so many bookshops have disappeared. If children can’t see books on shelves and learn to enjoy browsing before they select a book then they’ll never become keen readers.” – Jacqueline Wilson, bestselling children’s writer.

I read a lot of Jacqueline Wilson books as a child so I was happy to hear Jacqueline Wilson’s thoughts on why bookshops and libraries are important.

“A good bookshop shows you the books that you never knew you wanted.” – Mark Forsyth, author of the Sunday Times #1 Bestseller The Etymologicon

If you’ve been wondering why books or bookshops are important in our communities, I hope these quotes have shown why we’ll continue to need books, libraries and bookshops.

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