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.

By spotting and changing a few bad habits, you can easily increase your reading speed without missing out on detail, says Jordan Harry.

Enthusiastic recommendations for reads that will provide you with abundant reasons to rejoice, reflect or recharge, as suggested by TED speakers and TED-Ed educators.

This compilation of reading assigned to students everywhere will expand your horizons — and your bookshelves

The book “The Gutsy Girl” opens with an author’s note that starts, “Dear Gutsy Girl” while all of the drawings inside the book feature girls. But that doesn’t mean boys won’t learn anything if they pick up a copy, as author Caroline Paul explains.

Author Ann Morgan invites book lovers to follow her on a literary journey through 196 countries.

In her second TED Talk, “Success, failure and the drive to keep creating,” Elizabeth Gilbert came clean about the often unglamorous life of a writer. The one thing that never wavered: her love of the written word. Here, she shares seven books that have sustained her through it all.