The Woman Who Died a Lot / Jasper Fforde


The Wingco's research work involved finding some evidence of the disputed Dark Reading Matter. Theoretical storyologists had calculated that the readable BookWorld makes up for only 22 percent of visible reading matter — the remainder is thought to be the unobservable remnants of long-lost books, forgotten oral tradition and ideas locked in writers' heads when they died. A way to enter the Dark Reading Matter was keenly sought, as it might offer a vast amount of new ideas, plots and characters as well as a better understanding of the very nature of human imagination, and perhaps even why story exists at all.

Cent ans de solitude / Gabriel Garcia Marquez


Étourdi par deux nostalgies qui se faisaient face comme des miroirs parallèles, il perdit son merveilleux sens de l'irréalité, au point qu'il finit par leur recommander à tous de quitter Macondo, d'oublier tout ce qu'il leur avait enseigné sur le monde et le cœur humain, d'envoyer chier Horace, et, en quelque endroit qu'ils fussent, de toujours se rappeler que le passé n'était que mensonge, que la mémoire ne comportait pas de chemins de retour, que tout printemps révolu était irrécupérable et que l'amour le plus fou, le plus persistant, n'était de toute manière qu'une vérité de passade.

Bonjour tristesse / Françoise Sagan


Certaines phrases dégagent pour moi un climat intellectuel, subtil, qui me subjugue, même si je ne les pénêtre pas absolument. Celle-là me donna envie de posséder un petit carnet et un crayon.

Journal / Katherine Mansfield


To weave the intricate tapestry of one's own life, it is well to take a thread from many harmonious skeins — and to realise that there must be harmony. (May 1908)

Cahiers de jeunesse / Simone de Beauvoir


Comme j'aime sauvagement la solitude; non la solitude morale qu'il faut accepter mais qui toujours a déchiré même ceux qui s'en paraient orgueilleusement; mais la solitude matérielle, qui permet seule de retrouver la compagnie des êtres chers, réels ou imaginaires, et la présence de soi-même.

Mémoires / Beate et Serge Klarsfeld


Mon rôle n'est pas de faire plaisir, il est de dire la vérité le plus fortement possible, brutalement s'il le faut. (Beate Klarsfeld)

The Waves / Virginia Woolf


Ideas break a thousand times for once that they globe themselves entire.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society / Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows


That's what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you onto another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It's geometrically progressive — all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment. (Juliet Ashton, letter to Dawsey Adams)

Middlemarch / George Eliot


"It is painful to be told that anything is very fine and not be able to feel that it is fine — something like being blind, while people talk of the sky." (Dorothea Casaubon)

The Woman Reader / Belinda Jack


To be a reader, whether a woman or a man, you need to be literate and have access to the written word. But beyond these, and if you are to begin to get something back from a more complex work, you need to be able to enter into a conversation with what you are reading. The text needs to be allowed to "begin to speak," and you need to allow yourself to answer.