World Book Day -- Thursday April 23, 2015 -- is officially upon us. The United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which designated the holiday, calls the day "an opportunity to recognise the power of books to change our lives for the better and to support books and those who produce them."
Fun fact: UNESCO officially designated the observation "World Book and Copyright Day," but copyrights are perhaps a bit less fun to celebrate. Double fun fact: the city of Incheon in South Korea is the official capital of World Book and Copyright Day 2015.
If you're a reader, the day is for you. The best way to take in the day should probably involve curling up in your favorite spot, cracking open a book (or powering on a tablet) and settling in to a nice story. Below are a few quotes to help inspire you to get reading, compiled from GoodReads and BrainyQuote:
"If you don't like to read, you haven't found the right book."
-J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series.
"There is no friend as loyal as a book."
-Ernest Hemingway, author, The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea
"Reading is important. If you know how to read then the whole world opens up to you.”
"You cannot open a book without learning something."
"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."
-C.S. Lewis, author, The Chronicles of Narnia
“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, author, from The Fault in Our Stars
"A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting."
-Henry David Thoreau, author, Walden