All the Reasons to #LoveReading

By NYPL Staff
February 14, 2020

For Valentine's Day, we released our  list of 125 Books We Love Reading—but we couldn't make it all about us! That's why we asked you to share the book (or books!) that inspired you to #LoveReading. You didn't disappoint. From unearthing favorite childhood memories to looming lists of the best books you've ever read, here are some of our favorite responses!

Author Neil Gaiman reminisces about how C.S. Lewis's The Voyage of the Dawn Treader made him want to "live inside a book."

Actor Sir Patrick Stewart reflects on Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep encouraging him to read more American authors.

Journalist Melissa Harris-Perry interviewed 19 incredible women of color, from the NAACP's Sherrilyn Ifill to Emmy Award-winning journalist Tamron Hall, about the books that inspired them to love reading. Click through to read them all!

Author Stacy Schiff has her own list of books she loves including: Don Freeman's Norman the Doorman, J.R.R. Tolkein's The Hobbit, Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men, Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem, V.S. Nailpaul's A House for Mr. Biswas, John O'Hara's Appointment in Samarra, Jane Gardam's Old Filth, and Kevin Barry's Night Boat to Tangier.

Author Isaac Fitzgerald shares a heartwarming early encounter with The Lord of the Rings.

Writer Peggy Curran gave her vote for L.M. Montgomery's classic, Anne of Green Gables.

Do you remember the first book you read by yourself? For this Twitter user, the satisfaction of finishing Oscar the Grouch's Alphabet of Trash made them a lifelong reader!

Sometimes you revisit the book that made you #LoveReading over and over again, like this reader did with Gary Paulsen's Hatchet.

All forms of books are important! This reader got their start with a graphic novel of Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Here's how Anne of Green Gables and Richard Peck's Blossom Culp books changed one reader for the better!

You can view even more great responses on our Instagram and Facebook posts, and on Twitter by searching #LoveReading. Here one user remembers reading One, Two, Buckle My Shoe on their own for the first time—in a library no less!