An hour before Tuesday in my side of the world ends and I should be working at this hour (I’m having my third cup of coffee — unusual in my case so this deserves the mention) but my mind doesn’t want to cooperate so here’s a blog post for ya (thank God for memes and for fairly easy topics).
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is about book quotes — something that I really look forward to when I’m reading (gotta have that highlighter on hand always). I’m doing a slight deviation from the original topic which is Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So.
In no particular order, here are my Top Ten Quotes From Books I Read This Year:
1. Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool (my review)
“Sometimes it’s best not to see your whole path laid out before you. Let life surprise you…There are more stars out there than just the ones with names. And they’re all beautiful.”
2. Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos (my review)
“Even if someone wasn’t perfect or even especially good, you couldn’t dismiss the love they felt. Love was always love; it had a rightness all its own, even if the person feeling the love was full of wrongness.“
3. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen (my review)
“Maybe you don’t have to be led into the future. Maybe you can pick your own path. Maybe you don’t fall in love. Maybe you jump. Maybe, just maybe, it’s all a choice.”
4. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville (my review)
“I turn away from him and step into the vastness of New Crobuzon, this towering edifice of architecture and history, this complexitude of money and slum, this profane steam-powered god. I turn and walk into the city my home, not bird or garuda, not miserable crossbreed.
I turn and walk into my home, the city, a man.”
5. What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt (my review)
“Every story we tell about ourselves can only be told in the past tense. It winds backward from where we now stand, no longer the actors in the story but its spectators who have chosen to speak.”
6. When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro (my review)
“After all, when we were children, when things went wrong, there wasn’t much we could do to help put it right. But now we’re adults, now we can. That’s the thing, you see? Look at us, Akira. After all this time, we can finally put things right. Remember, old chap, how we used to play those games? Over and over? How we used to pretend we were detectives searching for my father? Now we’re grown, we can at last put things right.”
7. Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern (my review)
“Why do we stop believing in ourselves? Why do we let facts and figures and anything but dreams rule our lives?”
8. Home by Marilynne Robinson (Agh. My review is long overdue.)
“Weary or bitter or bewildered as we may be, God is faithful. He lets us wander so we will know what it means to come home.”
9. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider (Review coming up soon.)
“I still think that everyone’s life, no matter how unremarkable, has a singular tragic encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. That moment is the catalyst — the first step will get you nowhere — it’s what comes after that determines the result.”
10. The Night Circus by Erin Mortgenstern (Will def write a review. One of my fave reads for the year.)
“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that…
There are many kinds of magic, after all.”
How about you? What are you favorite quotes from books? And on a side note, do you also highlight quotes you love in a book?