Todays Top Ten Tuesday brings us the Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So. I like this one as I always include a book quote in my reviews and some of them have just been stellar. It’s nice to be able to round up my favorites in one concise list. As usual, in no particular order here are my top ten.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – “But it’s never just one moment. It’s a series of them. And your life can branch out from each one in a thousand different ways. Maybe there’s a version of your life for all the choices you make and all the choices you don’t.”
We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh – “The birds had been given everything they needed. A home in the thin, pure air: a moment of weightlessness, a reprieve from the gravity of life.”
The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward – “You didn’t have to like the failure. You didn’t have to feel really fucking great about the way things turned out. And you certainly didn’t walk away from the shit scot-free, without being seriously damaged by the loss, crippled even. But you needed to let that stuff go, because expending the energy wasn’t going to get you anywhere, and you might as well get on with getting used to the loss.”
The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev – “The past week in Bristol had gone by like a slow, suspended dream. Ria took turns hurtling between feeling like a clean slate and a ten-ton truck loaded with baggage, both ancient and newborn, sullied and pure as freshly tilled earth. Through it all, Vikram stayed with her, inside her. She clung to him. To the warm, soothing memories of him. It was all she had, it was all she would ever need. It hurt. Sometimes the pain was slow and aching , sometimes stark and maddening. She savored every bit of it like a gift. She would not give it up for anything. He was finally safe from her. She would never see him again, but she had this.”
Beautiful Affliction by Lene Fogelberg – “…their soft hair against my cheek for the last time and their laughter and their steps through the garden and into the blackness jumping from star to star and the threshold is swinging and I have to hold on because if I let go the door will close behind me and there is nothing like this abyss anywhere on earth, the threshold a tiny bridge between endless worlds and the darkness closing in, I have to turn toward the light, the outstretched hand I have to take, you already know, Lene, yes, I know but I was thinking nothing is impossible and I love so very much but now my heart beats for the last time, the last the last the last the last.”
Copygirl by Anna Mitchael and Michelle Sassa – “Maybe that’s what a good relationship is – something that makes you feel like you might be in heaven even when you’re in a hole.”
Menagerie by Rachel Vincent – “Welcome to the menagerie, where beauty and grace shine from every cage and peek from every shadow. You’ve never seen anything like the exotic wonders within, so keep your eyes open, ladies and gentlemen, because in our world of spectacle and illusion, what you see isn’t always what you get.”
The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead – “Yes, he could freely admit that it had been pretty thrilling. but as he’d learned from his lifetime of substance abuse, a high wasn’t always worth what you paid for it. The potential to lose control was too great. He’d discovered that with drugs on more than one occasion and wasn’t sure he could win if he tried it with a god.”
All the Things We Never Knew by Shelia Hamilton – “Grief is like an unwelcome stranger, an abductor who comes just at the moment you least expect and puts a black sack over your head, whisking you away to a dark, unknown place. Just when I thought I could cope with the idea of David’s absence, I would wake up confused and traumatized all over again. His birthday, Easter, Christmas, and the anniversary of his disappearance all seemed to tear at the scab that had formed over the emotional wound.”
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – “It is definitely annoying that straight (and white, for that matter) is the default, and that the only people who have to think about their identity are the ones who don’t fit that mold. Straight people really should have to come out, and the more awkward it is, the better. Awkwardness should be a requirement.”
So that is my list of top ten quotes. What quotes made your list?
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