Here, for a little warm-up, are a couple of links to posts featuring books.
If you could actually thank CS Lewis. H/T Cath. I'd like to thanks CS Lewis mostly (at present anyway) for his use of the word Sehnsucht, his autobiography Surprised by Joy and his poem As the Ruin Falls.
And this beautiful post on Inspirations and Ambitions from Lanier's Books. I was actually something of a late bloomer with reading I think, not getting too engrossed until my teens (prior to that I spent a lot of time messing about outside).
And here's photo I took of a novel (hah!) shelf I spied in a local bookstore, for those who have trouble not judging a book by it's cover.