Wow… I had no idea that it would be so hard to choose! First I’ve tried (key word : tried) to pick quotes from books I haven’t talked about in the recent Top Ten Tuesday but… they’re often from my favorite books, you know? Which was the theme of last week, remember?? So, yeah. Sorry about that.
Moreover, I didn’t want to spoil y’all… and truth is, many of my favorite quotes give out BIG information on the plot development so… I had to cut them out.
But without waiting more, let’s discover A FEW of my favorite-non-spoilery-quotes-from-books-you’re-not-sick-of-hearing-about-from-me!
➊ The Piper’s son by Melina Marchetta : As someone who dealt with grief most of my adult life, this quote speaks to me in a very personal way – it just rings so true, you know?
You can know someone all your life, like your parents or family, but I’ll tell you this, Ned. There’s an expression on their face, or a tone in their voice, or the way they walk, that you’ve never ever seen before. Like they’ve kept it hidden. Until their brother dies. Or their son. I remember those days and they were like these strangers and I wanted to say, Who are you people?
➋ What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler : Ha. This YA novel, inspired by the Steubenville rape case, touched me like few others did. Along the years, it seems to me that we keep talking about rape culture without seeing any changes, and that saddens me so, so much. Victim shaming and blaming. Role of the medias. Guilt, shame, and oh, the heartbreak – I can’t handle it. Rage so fierce that seized my throat. THIS is the reality we’re living in.
Words have meanings. When we call something a theory in science, it means something. Reggie, when you say that you ‘can’t help yourself’ if a girl is wasted, that means something, too. You’re saying that our natural state as men is ‘rapist’. (…) That’s not okay with me, Reggie.
➌ Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi : If you haven’t read that wonderful book, DO IT. RIGHT NOW.
We believe the one who has power. He is the one who gets to write the story. So when you study history, you must ask yourself, Whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth? Once you have figured that out, you must find that story too. From there you get a clearer, yet still imperfect, picture.
➍ The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters : This one wasn’t my favorite as a whole, but that part really resonated in me. I love it.
As I’ve learned through my own ordeals, once you start viewing the world the way it truly is, it is impossible to ignore both its beauty and its ugliness. Look around you.
You can’t stop seeing it, can you?
➎ Still Life With Tornado from A.S. King : My favorite novel from her is definitely Please Ignore Vera Dietz, but rereading the quotes, it’s… too raw. These ones, though? God, they are such me-quotes.
In eight days of riding around, that’s what I’ve discovered. It’s raining bullshit. Probably all the time.
But now it’s been so long that if I bring it up, I’ll look like a girl who can’t let go of things. Teenage girls always have to let go of things. If we bring up anything, people say we’re bitches who can’t just drop it.
➏ A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab : SIBLINGS BANTER FTW!!! That part cracked me up so. hard. (also my alias on Goodreads is Alienor French FROWNER, SO.)
“You could at least pretend to be grateful.”
“And you couldn’t have picked something a little more…I don’t know…imposing?”
“…A bloody handprint?” retorted Rhy. “Oh, what about a glowing black eye?”
“You’re right,” continued Rhy, “I should have just drawn a frowning face. But then everyone would know it’s you.”
➐ The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness : This… reminds me so much of nowadays, every time I try not to cry when watching the news. It’s just – I’m so pessimistic for the future, I don’t know how to change that. I don’t know how to ignore the fear when I see populism winning freaking everywhere. Will there be someone to call?
And someone calls, “Murderer!” from across the square.
But of course it can’t be her –
But at least there’s someone. At least there’s someone.
Sadness is only something that’s part of you. Grief becomes you; it wraps you up and changes you and makes everything – every little thing – different than it was before.
➒ Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro : DAMN I’M CRYING AGAIN WHY
I keep thinking about this river somewhere, with the water moving really fast. And these two people in the water, trying to hold onto each other, holding on as hard as they can, but in the end it’s just too much. The current’s too strong. They’ve got to let go, drift apart. That’s how it is with us. It’s a shame, Kath, because we’ve loved each other all our lives. But in the end, we can’t stay together forever.
➓ Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz : I wanted to end this Top Ten Tuesday with a quote that made me smile SO BIG because SERIOUSLY???
Just wanted to let you know I got in all right. And also that my chest hurts as if I MAY BE DYING, because I accidentally left my heart on your kitchen counter. I hate when that happens.
Of course there are more, MANY MANY MANY MORE, but I had to choose, alright? I probably could keep this theme and post 10 quotes every Tuesday for more than a year, SO.