Top Ten Tuesday #283


Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, mine has been pretty quiet, but I did have a really lovely ride on Wednesday, getting back to riding has definitely helped so much since the lockdown eased, it’s lovely to have something to look forward to!

Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, I have another Top Ten Tuesday for all of you, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking Favourite Book Quotes, so I’m going to share my Favourite Book Quotes From Books I Read This Year, as that narrows it down a bit and I won’t be sharing the same quotes I always do! Here we go:

  1. “Most women suffer thorns for the sake of flowers, but we who wield power adorn ourselves with flowers to hide the sting of our thorns” -King of Scars, Leigh Bardugo

I shared this one in my most recent Quarterly Rewind but I wanted to share it again here because it’s one that I really liked from King of Scars.

2. “This is the true core of human nature, when we’ve lost the strength to save ourselves, we somehow find the strength to save each other” -Dry, Neal and Jarrod Shusterman

Most of this book is pretty despairing as the characters struggle to survive with the lack of water, but it does still manage to be somewhat hopeful!

3. “Nothing but a symbol? People die for symbols. People have hope because of symbols. They’re not just lines, they’re histories, cultures, traditions given shape” -The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi

Honestly, I could have chosen any one of many lines from The Gilded Wolves because Roshani’s writing is gorgeous but as a history nerd and a big lover of Enrique, I had to go with this one!

4. “The living may take strength from hope and love but the dead grow stronger on darker things. On pain and anger and regret” -City of Ghosts, Victoria Schwab

I’m currently reading the second book in this series and it’s definitely one I wish I’d had when I was 11 or 12, they’re so much fun!

5. “Everyone has heard stories of women like us-cautionary tales, morality plays, warnings of what will befall you if you are a girl too wild for the world, a girl who asks too many questions or wants too much. If you set off into the world alone. Everyone has heard stories of women like us and now we will make more of them” -The Lady’s Guide To Petticoats and Piracy, Mackenzi Lee

Can this book be a little on the nose in terms of feminist messaging? Yes. Did I love it anyway? Yes.

6. “Fairytales are more than true, not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten” -Coraline, Neil Gaiman

I finally read Coraline this year, and I definitely now see why Neil Gaiman is such a beloved writer! Definitely looking forward to reading more of his stuff.

7. “Stories were power. And whoever controlled the story controlled everything. A story could bring people together, or it could tear them apart. It could spread like a sickness, infecting people. It could lead them into battle or shake them into seeing what they had refused to see before” -The King of Crows, Libba Bray

Honestly, I wish I’d written down more of the quotes from The King of Crows, because there were so many great ones, Libba Bray really is a beautiful writer!

8. “But in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth. Such a constellation was he to me” -Circe, Madeline Miller

This line definitely took on a new meaning for me after everything that happened in the world this Spring!

9. “There is no greater show of power than continuing to live when you’d like nothing more than to lie down and let the world fade” -Escaping From Houdini, Kerri Maniscalco

Another line from a book that I read in January that’s taken on new meaning since the global pandemic!

10. “The City of Sin was a game and the only way to win was to stack the cards in your favour” -Queen of Volts, Amanda Foody

This quote from the final book in the Shadow Game trilogy very neatly encapsulates what the whole trilogy is about!

So there we go, those are just some of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read this year. Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, this time we’ve got another Cover Freebie, we’re talking about Book Covers With Autumn Colours/Vibes.


51 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #283

  1. lydiaschoch 29/09/2020 / 3:15 pm

    That quote from Dry is so true.

    My post .

  2. plantyofpages 29/09/2020 / 3:44 pm

    I love that Madeline Miller quote! So beautiful πŸ’–

    • iloveheartlandx 30/09/2020 / 4:32 pm

      It is isn’t it? Strange how things you read can become relevant in ways you would never expect!

  3. Kesh 29/09/2020 / 4:03 pm

    You picked some really great quotes. I especially like quotes from Neil Gaiman.

  4. evelynreads1 29/09/2020 / 4:06 pm

    So many great quotes on here! Especially the ones from Dry and Escaping from Houdini!


  5. Girl About Library 29/09/2020 / 4:30 pm

    Love the quote from Coraline! I need to give that one a try. The only Neil Gaiman I have read so far is “American Gods”, and I didn’t like it very much.

    • iloveheartlandx 30/09/2020 / 4:31 pm

      It’s definitely a lot of fun, and not a very long read at all. I’ve not read that one, I tried the first episode of the TV series and wasn’t a fan.

  6. Leah's Books 29/09/2020 / 5:55 pm

    These are som great quotes! And I love the ones from King of Scars and Dry. πŸ’•

    • iloveheartlandx 30/09/2020 / 4:29 pm

      Thanks! Yes, he’s brilliant, he, Zofia and Laila were my favourites from that book πŸ™‚

  7. The Sassy Library Fox 29/09/2020 / 8:13 pm

    So many beautiful quotes from a lot of my favourite books! Thanks for sharing that great list! πŸ˜€

  8. Louise 29/09/2020 / 8:16 pm

    I’ve always liked that Neil Gaiman quote.

  9. Amber 29/09/2020 / 9:22 pm

    i absolutely LOVE the quote to The Gilded Wolves. It makes me super excited to read it! I have it on my kindle, just waiting for a good time to start it πŸ˜€


    • iloveheartlandx 30/09/2020 / 4:24 pm

      It’s probably my favourite book from this year, I hope you enjoy it!

  10. shanaqui 29/09/2020 / 10:33 pm

    Ooh, some great choices there! πŸ™‚

  11. followinggoodbooks 29/09/2020 / 11:51 pm

    You picked some awesome quotes! I need to read some of these books. My favorites were from Coraline, The Gilded Wolves, and Escaping from Houdini. The first two are on my TBR. Great post and happy Tuesday!

    • iloveheartlandx 30/09/2020 / 4:23 pm

      Thank you! Neither of those two were actually my favourites, both decent enough books, but I’ve enjoyed other books by those authors more. Yes, those ones are all great ones.

      • followinggoodbooks 30/09/2020 / 7:00 pm

        Good to know! I’m sad to say I still haven’t read from those authors, although they are all on my TBR. I need to get readingπŸ˜‚

  12. Brooke Lorren (@Brookelorren) 30/09/2020 / 12:04 am

    I need to read Queen of Volts someday! The Gilded Wolves was just okay to me… maybe it was because it has so many beautiful quotes like the ones you shared here! I know that’s a little weird but maybe it was just too much of a good thing. I loved the quote you shared here.

    • iloveheartlandx 30/09/2020 / 4:21 pm

      I definitely do understand that, I’m usually not a fan of overly descriptive writing, but I liked it in that book, I thought it fit quite well. Yes, you do need to read Queen of Volts!

  13. Jen G. (Introverted Reader) 30/09/2020 / 1:15 am

    Great quotes! I love the title of The Lady’s Guide To Petticoats and Piracy. I’m going to see if my library has it. I’m a huge Neil Gaiman fan! You should definitely read more of his books. I personally just can’t get into his Sandman comics but other than that, pretty much anything else is awesome. Lots of people love Sandman though.

    • iloveheartlandx 30/09/2020 / 4:16 pm

      Thank you! It’s actually a sequel, the first book is The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue, also a great book. I definitely want to, I think I might try Good Omens next as I really loved that TV show.

  14. Tracey Tran 01/10/2020 / 4:23 am

    This was such a smart way to tackle the prompt, because I felt so overwhelmed trying to think of only 10 from all the books I’ve read. Neil Gaiman is a master at words so I loved that you included his quote from Coraline.

    • iloveheartlandx 08/10/2020 / 3:53 pm

      It definitely made it more manageable! Yes, he definitely is a brilliant writer.

  15. Leslie 02/10/2020 / 12:46 am

    Great quotes. I did this year too because it’s so hard otherwise!! I still need to read the Shadow Game trilogy! It’s on the list. haha

    • iloveheartlandx 08/10/2020 / 3:52 pm

      Thank you! Yes, there are so many to choose from and I didn’t want to use the same ones that I always do. I hope you enjoy it.

  16. Jaime 02/10/2020 / 1:37 pm

    I like that you highlighted quotes from books you read this year. I’m planning to read Coraline this month (hopefully), so I’m glad I’m not the only one who has waited this long to read it.

    Great list! πŸ™‚

  17. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer 02/10/2020 / 7:29 pm

    I can’t believe I’ve only read Coraline from this list, but several are on my TBR. Reminds me I need to read them. πŸ˜‰ Great quotes!

  18. Melissa @ Always, Lissa 03/10/2020 / 1:04 am

    I need to read so many of these books because the quotes were just awesome. Thank you for sharing your post!

  19. lindseyhabets 04/10/2020 / 1:24 pm

    These are all great, but I especially love the Circe one!

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