In honor of National Book Month — October in the US — we’ve assembled 12 of our favorite quotes from the many TED Talks given by writers and storytellers.

Time is precious, we know. Here, compiled from past reading lists, are suggestions for two dozen short but mighty books to pick up.

Whether your weeks ahead contain travel, vacations or just longer and lazier days than usual, our list of recommendations from TED speakers has books for all moods, activities and tastes.

The theme of TED2018 is The Age of Amazement, and these speakers’ books are bursting with wonders of every kind: intellectual, scientific, urban, technological, economic, historical, aquatic, even extraterrestrial.

Since we know TED speakers love to read, we asked them: What book could you not stop reading? Here are their eclectic picks, ready for gifting or for sticking in your carry-on.

40+ TED speakers recommend the books you need to read right now.

Maria Popova of brainpickings.org shares some of her favorite books relating to dreams and dreaming.