Do you like to give books as gifts?
1. “Perhaps the story in the book is just the lid on a pan: It always stays the same, but underneath there's a whole world that goes on - developing and changing like our own world.”
2.“Books loved anyone who opened them, they gave you security and friendship and didn't ask for anything in return; they never went away, never, not even when you treated them badly.”
3. "When you open the book it's like going to the theatre. First you see the curtain. Then it's pulled aside and the show begins.”
4. “Books are like flypaper, memories cling to the printed pages better than anything else.”
5. “The book she had been reading was under her pillow, pressing its cover against her ear as if to lure her back into its printed pages.”
6. “The book was spinning a magic spell around her heart, sticky as a spider's web and enchantingly beautiful.”
7. “You know what they say: When people start burning books they'll soon burn human beings.”
8. “She always did like tales of adventure-stories full of brightness and darkness. She could tell you the names of all King Arthur's knights, and she knew everything about Beowulf and Grendel, the ancient gods and the not-quite-so-ancient heroes. She liked pirate stories, too, but most of all she loved books that had at least a knight or a dragon or a fairy in them. She was always on the dragon's side by the way.”
9. “What on earth have you packed in here? Bricks?" asked Mo as he carried Meggie's book-box out of the house.
10. “It's a good idea to have your own books with you in a strange place”
11. “There was another reason [she] took her books whenever they went away. They were her home when she was somewhere strange.
12. “Sometimes it's a good thing we don't remember things half as well as books do.”
13. “The books in Mo and Meggie's house were stacked under tables, on chairs, in the corners of the rooms. There where books in the kitchen and books in the lavatory. Books on the TV set and in the closet, small piles of books, tall piles of books, books thick and thin, books old and new. They welcomed Meggie down to breakfast with invitingly opened pages; they kept boredom at bay when the weather was bad. And sometimes you fall over them.”