Hi all! Hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, once again, nothing much new to report here.
Anyway, it’s Tuesday, and so that means another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a Book Quote Freebie, but instead of deciding on a particular theme for my quotes, I thought I’d just share a selection of the Best Quotes From My Ten Most Recent Reads. These will go from my most recent reads down to the furthest back. So here we go:
- “Museums never like to grapple with their history of colonialism. If you remove everything that was looted, then what’s left?” -Irene Chen, Portrait of A Thief
I had my issues with Portrait of A Thief, but it did raise some interesting points about museums and the ongoing discussions about objects stolen from other countries through colonialism.
2. “Life isn’t always going to be war….and you’ll do yourself a grave disservice if you live your every moment-not just your wartime moments but your gentler ones-by a standard as harsh as never miss.” -Eleanor Roosevelt, The Diamond Eye
This snippet comes from one of my absolute favourite moments of The Diamond Eye, when Mila and Eleanor are talking about failure, and how women put so much pressure on themselves to always succeed and feel they are never allowed to fail. It’s such a beautiful moment as we’ve seen Mila constantly striving for perfection throughout the whole book, that it’s lovely to see Eleanor reassuring her here that perfection is an impossible standard for anyone and it’s okay to fail sometimes.
3. “Would you add that which I cannot tell you to your prayers?”
-Manizheh and Rustam, The River of Silver, SA Chakraborty
This exchange happens in Manizheh’s story in The River of Silver, and I won’t spoil what it’s about in case you haven’t read any of the Daevabad books, but it’s a very poignant and emotional moment between the siblings.
4. “Because if even a single woman was involved, they wouldn’t have decided that a man who’d been working there one day was a more likely source of information than a woman who had been there for years.” -Adelaide Morrissey, A Marvellous Light, Freya Marske
This made me practically snort with laughter whilst I was listening to the audiobook. I love Miss Morrissey and I hope she’s featured even more in the second book so that we get treated to even more wonderful zingers like this one.
5. “My pain was never more valuable than his potential.” -Chanel Miller, Know My Name
There were so many amazing, powerful lines from Chanel’s memoir, but this one from her victim impact statement is one that has definitely stuck with me since reading.
6. “Could it be possible that for the first time in my life, I’ve found a place to belong?” -Rosalind Franklin, Her Hidden Genius, Marie Benedict
Poor Rosalind, the amount of misogyny she had to deal with and the lack of credit for her work on DNA within her lifetime was just maddening!
7. “Darling, you must never become accustomed to the extraordinary and the outrageous. If you do, little by little, you’ll learn to accept anything.” -Arvid Harnack, Resistance Women, Jennifer Chiaverini
I realise the irony in my choosing a quote from a man for a book called Resistance Women, but this was just one that stuck with me after reading, I think it’s just as relevant now as for the situation Arvid is talking about in the 1930s.
8. “On a few occasions it did look as if Olive was trying to sidle into the conversation with an amusing anecdote of her own, or more likely to see if they might drop some crumbs her way-or even, such is her hopeful nature, that they would offer to fetch her a platter of assorted snacks from the buffet.” -Dog Days: A Year With Olive and Mabel, Andrew Cotter
This made me laugh out loud because having had a Labrador myself, their love of and constant seeking out of food is pretty legendary.
9. “Whenever you hear a story about villainous women, you should ask who is telling the story.” -This Poison Heart, Kalynn Bayron
I have to admit, I can’t remember the name of the professor that Briseis was speaking to in this conversation, but I really loved the point she made as so many women have been villainised throughout history and it really does all depend on who is doing the telling.
10. “We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited.” -Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood, Trevor Noah
There are a lot of really funny moments in this book, but I thought I’d choose a more poignant quote to end on, since funny as it is, this book does also deal with a lot of serious issues, many of which still affect South Africa today.
So there we go, those are some quotes from ten of my most recent reads. Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? What have you been reading recently? Let me know in the comments!
I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, the topic this time is Comfort Reads but in all honesty, I tend to have Comfort TV Shows/Movies more than books, so I think I’ll share some of those instead.