Top Ten – Favorite Quotes

Hello, friends! Today I wanted to share some of my favorite book quotes with you!

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Without further ado, in no particular order…

“I turned my nightmares into fireflies and caught them in a jar.”
Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer

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“Grown-ups don’t look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they’re big and thoughtless and they always know what they’re doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. Truth is, there aren’t any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world.”
Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

“Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket.
But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear

“It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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“We always think there’s enough time to do things with other people. Time to say things to them. And then something happens and then we stand there holding on to words like ‘if’.”
Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

“Living every day in the presence of those who refuse to acknowledge your humanity takes great courage”
Min Jin Lee, Pachinko

“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

“And then like Pandora, opening the great big box of the world and not being afraid, not even caring whether what’s inside is good or bad. Because it’s both. Everything is always both. But you have to open it to find that out.”
M.R. Carey, The Girl with All the Gifts

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“But remember that forgiveness too is a power. To beg for it is a power, and to withhold or bestow it is a power, perhaps the greatest.
Maybe none of this is about control. Maybe it isn’t really about who can own whom, who can do what to whom and get away with it, even as far as death. Maybe it isn’t about who can sit and who has to kneel or stand or lie down, legs spread open. Maybe it’s about who can do what to whom and be forgiven for it. Never tell me it amounts to the same thing.”
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

“It doesn’t matter that she shouldn’t, that she never would. What matters is that she could, if she wanted. The power to hurt is a kind of wealth.”
Naomi Alderman, The Power

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Please share your thoughts in the comments. What are some of your favorite literary quotes? Were any of your favorites included here?

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Top Ten – Books I’m Most Anticipating on my TBR

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If you follow my blog, you’ve probably seen me complain about the over 100 books sitting on my shelves as TBR. For today’s post, I’m listing ten of the books I’m most looking forward to reading.

  1. The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison
    This is a steampunk fantasy novel about a half goblin boy, pushed into the role of emperor unexpectedly after the sudden death of his father. It was recommended to me about a year and half ago by a friend and I still haven’t read it because I’m a horrible person with no time management skills.
  2. The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver
    The Poisonwood Bible, by the same author, is one of my all-time favorite books; I read it years ago and I’ve been dying to read more by Kingsolver ever since.
  3. The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
    “The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.” I’ve heard so much about this book! There are so many rave reviews online, and girls at my book club have repeatedly recommended it. It sounds magical.
  4. Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood
    I love Margaret Atwood, but the last book I read by her was The Heart Goes Last, and I just… didn’t love it. I need another Atwood book to remind me why I love her.
  5. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman
    “No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.” This is another one that’s had so much hype around it. I broke my self-imposed book-buying ban recently to pick up a copy of this, despite how out of control my TBR is.
  6. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah
    I adore historical fiction, and this one is so well-rated. This would be my first Kristin Hannah book.
  7. What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty
    “Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids and she’s actually 39 years old.” This is from the same author as Big Little Lies, and I really love the concept.
  8. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, by Susannah Cahalan
    “In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Cahalan tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family’s inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen.” I studied psychology in college, and mental health is endlessly fascinating and important to me.
  9. Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers, by Lillian Faderman
    I’ve been randomizing my TBR lately, but I might break the rules for this one in honor of Pride Month. This is another non-fiction book. “Lillian Faderman tells the compelling story of lesbian life in the 20th century, from the early 1900s to today’s diverse lifestyles.”
  10. Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan
    More historical fiction! I know very little about this book, but I bought it at the recommendation of a member of my book club.

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What books have you purchased that you’re most anticipating? Any thoughts on the books in this list? Share in the comments! 🙂