Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: And I Quote

Been a while since I did one of these, huh?  Anyway, this week's TTT topic, as set forth by The Broke and the Bookish, is Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So.  I'm going to go with just books I've read in 2015, so here we go!  In alphabetical order by title just because I don't feel like figuring out which I like best.  All titles are linked to my reviews here on my blog.

From The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum:

1.  The day was being born, and so was he (p. 34).

2.  "The easiest thing in the world is to convince yourself that you're right" (p. 371).

From Corral Nocturne by Elisabeth Grace Foley:

3.  "No man in his right mind would want Ed for a brother," she said aloud to herself, and then added as an afterthought, "and I wouldn't want to marry the other kind."

From Dear Enemy by Jean Webster:

4.  You never know what is going on in a perfectly respectable-looking child's pocket (p. 241).

From The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows:

5.  That's what I love about reading:  one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you onto another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book.  It's geometrically progressive -- all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment (p. 11-12).

From A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz:

6.  Austen, I realized, had not been writing about everyday things because she couldn't think of anything else to talk about.  She had been writing about them because she wanted to show how important they really are (p. 12).

From Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson:

7.  ...there is joy in embracing -- rather than running screaming from -- the utter absurdity of life" (p. 308).

From The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle:

8.  So passed the seasons then, so pass they now, and so they will pass in time to come, whilst we come and go like leaves of the tree that fall and are soon forgotten (p. 174).

From North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell:

9.  He had not loved her without gaining that instinctive knowledge of what capabilities were in her.  Her soul would walk in glorious sunlight if any man was worthy, by his power of loving, to win back her love (p. 264).

From A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd:

10.  And some miracles, the very best miracles of all, show up wearing cowboy boots (p. 101).


  1. The one from Dear Enemy makes me smile. I haven't read that in years. I'll have to try to find my copy. It is probably in the attic with all the other books that won't fit on my shelves. I love the quote from the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. What a perfect description of reading.

    1. Jennifer, I just read both Dear Enemy and Daddy-Long-Legs for the first time over the past year or so! They are delightful.

      And yes, that line from TGLAPPPS has been one of my favorites for a long time :-)

  2. I love all of these but especially the very last one. :)

    1. Eva, I know, right? It's so true. I think you and your sister might get a kick out of that book.

    2. I'll see if our library has it. :)

    3. As a writer, I think you'll appreciate the joyful love of words.

  3. The last one though -- perfect. :-)

  4. Hamlette, thank you so much for stopping by my resurrected blog. It's nice to "see" you too. I have missed blogging very much.

    A Jane Austen Education is on my to-read list. Love that passage you quoted---so very true, isn't it?

    I will have to share #10 with my daughter---she got married in October, and both she and her husband wore cowboy boots. She with her wedding gown, he with dark-wash jeans.

    When I read, I always have a notebook beside me, so I can record all the great passages I find in each book. Obviously, you do the same thing.

    Have a great day,

    1. Patti, I think you will really enjoy A Jane Austen Education.

      That's so cool that your daughter and her husband wore cowboy boots for their wedding! I have been searching for a new pair for a while now -- baby #3 made my feet too big for mine and I just haven't found another good pair yet.

      Before I started this blog, I had a couple little blank books I collected favorite quotes in. Now I put them in my book reviews here. If it's my own book and one I'm writing in, I'll underline it. If it's a library book I'll use a little sticky note to point to where it is for when I write up my blog post about it.

  5. The ones from A Jane Austen Education and North and South are amazing! :)

    1. Lois, A Jane Austen Education is chock full of wonderful observations and insights -- I shared fifteen more of them in this post. And North and South has some very beautiful writing in it :-)

  6. I love the one from 'Guernsey'. That book has some great things to say about reading and also about life in general!

    1. Birdie, it really does! I find new and intriguing nuggets every time I read it.

  7. That quote from A Snicker of Magic is perfect for you and Cowboy! :D And I love the Dear Enemy and Guernsey quotes! The first one makes me laugh (because it's SO true!) and the second is complete truth as well. Books (sometimes with no rhyme or reason) lead you to think of this book or this other one and those lead to this one over here. It's a pretty magical journey however it happens. :)

    1. Kara, that's kinda true... except I own cowboy boots and he doesn't, lol!


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