Ha. I am well known among my friends for my tendency to memorise my favourite quotes… (And/or gett them on t-shirts *coughs* and scrawl them onto every surface I can find *coughs*) So this Top Ten Tuesday was of course excellent for me! The prompt was favourite quotes from books you’ve read over the last year or so — I mean, I HAVE PROBABLY COMPLETED WRECKED THAT TIMEFRAME. But ah well. Here we go!
“Quick, make a wish.
Take a (second or third or fourth) chance.
Remake the world.”
1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson HOW COULD I NOT? I’ll Give You the Sun has so bloody many beautiful quotes, ugh. It’s honestly ridiculous. (But this one has stuck with me in particular. I think I might have stolen it at one point as a prompt.)
“There is no good word for the opposite of lonesome.
One might be tempted to suggest togetherness or contentment , but the fact that these two other words bear definitions unrelated to each other perfectly displays why lonesome cannot be properly mirrored. It does not mean solitude, nor alone, nor lonely, although lonesome can contain all of those words in itself.
Lonesome means a state of being apart. Of being other. Alone-some.”
2. Blue Lily, Lily Blue Another impossible decision — because Maggie Stiefvater’s prose is practically littered with quotable lines. Ugh. This is just a piece of writing I think about a lot. (God. ADAM.) (I like the Ronan one too, at the beginning and end of the dream thieves. Such nice circular imagery. *sighs*) I love definitions, and I love the poetry you can build from them.
“Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.”
3. Vicious by VE Schwab *gasps* HOW DRAMATIC IS THIS?!? Vicious is probably one of my favourite books, ever. And VE Schwab is one of my favourite authors. She doesn’t write as poetically as some of the others on this list, so there’s less pretty prose, but I don’t adore her writing style any less.
“People believe, thought Shadow. It’s what people do. They believe, and then they do not take responsibility for their beliefs; they conjure things, and do not trust the conjuration. People populate the darkness; with ghosts, with gods, with electrons, with tales. People imagine, and people believe; and it is that rock solid belief, that makes things happen.”
4. American Gods by Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman actually is one of those insanely quotable writers. (I really should read more of his books.) American Gods was a slow read, for me, but it had so many complex ideas — and what I really enjoyed was his exploration of belief and the existence of gods. The idea that belief can bring something into existence, which is something that I connect with a lot.
“They rolled up the maps of their bodies until they were two continents of interlocking roads and rivers and dreams, and she thought, ‘This is how I will learn to live again’.”
5. Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa HI HI HI WHY IS THIS BOOK NOT MORE POPULAR. It’s Eleanor & Park but with way more diversity. It’s awesome. And this is a lovely quote from it. Like, woooow. <3 <3
eye_brows i don’t think i ship them, i just want them to go shopping for curtains and eat eggs for breakfast
and play cluedo forever
vaticancameltoes that is the legal definition of shipping
But our interconnections are basically Sherlock and a declared fondness for girlkissing.
6. Tumbling by Susie Day / Love Hurts Anthology edoted by Malorie Blackman I have probably professed my love for this short story before. It’s just an adorable thing about two girls who meet on Tumblr through Sherlock and then have their first date in Speedy’s Cafe.
pleaaase someone write this as a full length novel! I need more Shirin and Candy! There are so many fandom references and aah it’s just such a lovely pick-me-up. And, um, I couldn’t pick my favourite quote sooo… HERE ARE TWO. There are many more. Sometime in the future, I need to make a t shirt with a Tumbling quote.
“We lead strange lives, chasing our dreams around from place to place.”
7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern May I suggest ‘ten gorgeously written books’ as an alternative title for this list? Because that’s what it totally is. The Night Circus could practically be an exercise in description. And there is beautiful magic and dreams and just….HELP ME.
“Not being heard is no reason for silence.”
8. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo Okay, there are a lot of quotes I could choose from Les Mis. But I love a lot of them simply because they’re from Les Mis — they don’t mean anything if you don’t know the characters and the context. The Amis descriptions can make me cry; it’s terrible. (And I wanted to find that one about, like, insurrections? But I have to wriiitteee eep sorry!) (I love you, but NaNo haunts my every step with YOU COULD BE WRITING NOW.)
“You have to pretend you get an endgame. You have to carry on like you will; otherwise, you can’t carry on at all.”
8. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell Well, duh. Obviously I had to put this. Simon and Baz and Penny have so much great banter, because Rainbow writes the literal best dialogue, but I LOVE THIS LINE. Call me a sap, but it embodies so much about the book and my poor oblivious Simon like honestly would you like to feel sad today? THINK ABOUT SIMON. And it just makes me thinking of Carry On and carrying on and all the songs with carry on in them and basically my feels are overwhelming me right now. *takes a deep breath*
“By this point Viviane Lavender had loved Jack Griffith for twelve years, which was far more than half of her life. If she thought of her love as a commodity and were to, say, eat it, it would fill 4,745 cherry pies. If she were to preserve it, she would need 23,725 glass jars and labels and a basement spanning the length of Pinnacle Lane.
If she were to drink it, she’d drown.”
10. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton I didn’t enjoy this book tremendously, but it had soooo many lovely quotes! I’m a sucker for angel wings, guys. And I’m a sucker for romantic things. It’s just a lovely quote! <3
AND THERE YOU HAVE THEM. I’ll probably look back at this list later and wonder at how I managed to miss out some obviously very beautiful quote, but oh well. ;)
What are your favourite bookish quotes? Do you end up writing them all over your books in class like I do…? XD