In honor of National Book Lovers Day, here are just a few of our favorite tidbits from Mental Floss's book about books, The Curious Reader, now available in both print and eBook form. “I’d go to school and say things like: ‘Pray, be seated’ or ‘That is most singular,’” the author told The New York Times. “I was asked so many times why I chose this ridiculous name, then the writer’s imagination came to my help,” the author told The Paris Review. “My parents tried everything to dissuade me,” The Alchemist author told Oprah Winfrey. “One has to have a central line down the middle of the book to draw the design together.