Thursday Quotables #47

I know, I know, I have been shoddy at doing these over the summer, I keep meaning to and then I just totally forget! I have a few ideas for more posts for the rest of the summer, so hopefully I should be able to get a few more of these up before the summer is over as once I get back to Uni, I probably won’t have as much time to post. Today I’m going to share some of my favourite first lines from books, after all first lines are very important, they introduce you to the book and let you know what you could be getting yourself in for in the next however many hundred pages. These are some of the best first lines that had me instantly hooked:

  1. “Mr and Mrs Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much” -Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling

I mean this first line is iconic now right? By starting with the declaration of how normal the Dursleys are, you instantly start to wonder about what is abnormal in this world (enter witches and wizards!).

2. “Look I didn’t want to be a half-blood” -The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan

This first line has you instantly intrigued, whilst also setting up the humour that runs all the way through the series.

3. “Joost had two problems, the moon and his mustache” -Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo

This is the book I’m currently reading, and the first line definitely packs a punch. I’m still confused as to what Joost has to do with the rest of the book but ah well, I’m sure I’ll find out soon!

4. “Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she had been told she was going to kill her true love” -The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater

This first line definitely sets up for what is a very weird, yet wonderful series of books!

5. “The early summer sky was the colour of cat vomit” -Uglies, Scott Westerfeld

It’s not pretty, but it’s definitely a memorable first line, I don’t think I’ve ever seen any books compare sky to cat vomit other than this one!

 

6. “It is the first day of November and so today someone will die” -The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater

Because naturally it being 1st November means someone will die, this first line develops a sense of mystery and has you instantly intrigued.

7. “Kell wore a very peculiar coat” -A Darker Shade of Magic, VE Schwab

Not only does this first line immediately introduce you to one of the main characters of the series, it leaves you wondering exactly what is so special about this coat and in turn, what is so special about Kell.

8. “Here is a small fact: You are going to die” -The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

I’m cheating a little here, this is actually the ending line of the first paragraph of The Book Thief, but I think the end of that paragraph actually packs more of a punch than the beginning.

I’m going to keep it short and sweet this week and stop there. What are your favourite opening lines from books? Share them with me! I hope I’ll have another one of these for you guys next week, but if I don’t, I will definitely have more up before I go back to Uni in September! In the meantime, I am away this weekend in Amsterdam, so you probably won’t hear from me again until next week.

Thursday Quotables #48

Hi guys! I know, I promised I’d do more of these over the summer and I’ve been off for almost two months and have only done two, but I will try to be better for the rest of the summer I promise! I’ve got a little something different for you guys today, instead of sharing quotes from a particular book or even on a particular theme, I’m sharing Author Dedications. I’m not even sure how I got inspired to do this idea, but I’ve spent the last two days looking through my books to find good ones, so I hope you enjoy these! Here we go, my favourite Author Dedications:

  1. “To the girl who reads by flashlight, who sees dragons in the clouds. Who feels most alive in worlds that never were. Who knows magic is real. Who dreams. This is for you” -Hunted, Megan Spooner

Okay confession time: I haven’t actually read this book yet. But I saw this dedication when looking through my books to find stuff for this post, and it resonated so strongly with me because I was this girl, heck I’m still this girl. If the dedication of this book is so beautiful, I can’t imagine how gorgeous the insides must be!

2. “To the scholars. To the students. To the Librarians. To those who fight for all of those every day. Shine a light” -Paper and Fire, Rachel Caine

This is just the perfect dedication for this series, not to mention just so beautiful.

3. “To my dear Lucy, I wrote this story for you but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairytales, and by the time this is printed and bound you will be older still. But someday you will be old enough to read fairytales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear and too old to understand a word you say, but I shall still be your affectionate godfather” -The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, CS Lewis

This is just such a beautiful and meaningful dedication, I had to share it!

4. “For everyone who read the first (horrible) draft of this story and did not laugh when twelve year old me said, “Someday I’m going to get this published” -Snow Like Ashes, Sara Raasch

Just goes to show dreams can come true!

5. “For the ones who dream of stranger worlds”

“For the ones who fight their way forward”

“For the ones who’ve found their way home”

-Shades of Magic trilogy, VE Schwab

I grouped all the Shades of Magic dedications together as I think they’re even better and more beautiful when seen as a group. They just fit so well together, and they’re all so beautiful and inspiring!

6. “To my readers. Sorry about that last cliffhanger. Well no, not really. HAHAHAHA. But seriously, I love you guys” -The House of Hades, Rick Riordan

Whilst I think I speak for all of the PJO fandom when I say that I have not forgiven Rick Riordan for the cliffhanger at the end of Mark of Athena, and that the wait between that book and House of Hades was excruciating, this dedication did make me laugh!

7. “To all you wordsmiths, you scribbles, you wrimos in your vast numbers, for making writing a part of your reading” -Afterworlds, Scott Westerfeld

I have yet to read this book (I will be later this year!) but I love this dedication, it’s a great one for aspiring writers!

8. “To all my readers from FictionPress-for beginning with me at the beginning and staying long after the end. Thank you for everything” -Throne of Glass, Sarah J Maas

I love it when authors thank their readers in their dedications!

9. “For the dreamers” -The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon

This is the book I’m reading at the moment and this dedication is perfect for it!

10. “To my husband, and real life hero, Vince and to my two wonderful children, Nicole and Ryan. You embraced my dream as if it were your own and gave me the courage to keep flying until I grasped that beautiful shooting star” -Splintered, AG Howard

I wasn’t originally going to use personal dedications in this post, but I couldn’t resist with this one, it’s just so beautiful. I hope the book is as gorgeous!

I found so many amazingly beautiful dedications whilst I was going through my books for this post, but if I kept going then I’d be here all night! I don’t know when I’ll have another one of these to share with you guys, I guess it depends on when I find something else that inspires me! In the meantime though, I have lots of stuff planned for the next few days with it being the end of the month, so stay tuned!

 

Thursday Quotables #47

Hi everyone! I know, I know, what is this sorcery, two Thursday Quotables in as many weeks? I can’t even remember the last time that happened! Hopefully now that it’s summer, I’ll be able to do more of these. I just finished reading The Perks of Being A Wallflower, and whilst I, *takes deep breath and prepares to run* think I actually prefer the movie, I did find that there were many lovely quotes that I just had to share on here. So here we go, my favourite Perks quotes:

  1. “We accept the love we think we deserve.”

I know this quote is meant to be sad, in the context of the novel anyway, and it is, but I think it can also be happy, ie people accepting the love of amazing people because they know they deserve the best.

2. “So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

This is really sad, but I found it incredibly relatable because I feel like we’ve all felt like this at some point?

3. “Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”

This is again very sad, but I feel also kind of hopeful?

4. “So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”

I love this quote, it’s just so beautiful and inspiring.

5. “This moment will just be another story someday.”

As a reader, this quote really resonated with me.

6. “And all the books you’ve read have been read by other people. And all the songs you’ve loved have been heard by other people. And that girl that’s pretty to you is pretty to other people. and that if you looked at these facts when you were happy, you would feel great because you are describing ‘unity.”

I love this quote so much, just because it’s so true, we are connected to so many other different people that we don’t even know through these random common threads.

7. “It is now my favorite book of all time, but then again, I always think that until I read another book.”

I think all of us bookworms have felt this at some point or another, no?

8. “You can’t just sit there and put everybody’s lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love”.

I don’t know exactly why I like this quote, I just do.

9. “I want them to like the real me, not what they think I am.”

Don’t we all want this?

10. “I decided then that when I met someone I thought was as beautiful as the song, I should give it to that person. And I didn’t mean beautiful on the outside. I meant beautiful in all ways.”

I just think this is lovely, sappy as it may be!

There are many more quotes I could share, but I’m going to stop there as I think 10 is enough for this week! I don’t know when I’ll get another one of these done for you, we’ll just have to wait and see when I read another book that has quotes I feel are pretty enough to share! In the meantime though, the next post I have for you will probably be my new Top Ten Tuesday post on Tuesday so stay tuned for that!

Thursday Quotables #46

Hey everyone! It’s been forever since I last did one of these, but since I’m finally done with Uni and have more spare time on my hands now, I figured I would do another one of these, since I really enjoy doing them! I recently finished Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Mist and Fury and there were so many pretty quotes in it that I just wanted to sure them with you guys. So here we go my favourite quotes from A Court of Mist and Fury (I will try to choose non-spoilery ones, but if you haven’t read the book then you may want to stop reading here!):

  1. “To the stars who listen—and the dreams that are answered.”

This is probably the most recognisable quote from this book, and it’s my favourite because it’s just so pretty and I love the scene that it comes from.

2. “When you spend so long trapped in darkness, you find that the darkness begins to stare back.”

I don’t exactly know what is about this quote I liked, I just did!

3. “You decide your fate – your choices. Not me. You chose yesterday. You choose every day. Forever.”

Whilst it is Rhys that said this, this quote is basically everything I love about Feyre in this book, she has her own agency, she makes her own decisions and finally feels like she’s becoming her own person.

4. “Why does anything cling to something? Maybe they love wherever they’re going so much that it’s worth it. Maybe they’ll keep coming back, until there’s only one star left. Maybe that one star will make the trip forever, out of the hope that someday—if it keeps coming back often enough—another star will find it again.”

This is from the Starfall scene, my absolute favourite part of this book, so I absolutely had to share it!

5. “I wonder if some part of me knew what was waiting for me. That I would never be a gentle grower of things, or someone who burned like fire – but that I would be quiet and enduring and as faceted as the night. That I would have beauty, for those who knew where to look, and if people didn’t bother to look, but only to fear it… Then I didn’t particularly care for them, anyway. I wonder if, even in my despair and hopelessness, I was never truly alone. I wonder if I was looking for this place – looking for you all.”

I know this one is long, but I just loved it, when Feyre realises that she was always meant to end up at the Night Court, that she’s finally found “her people”.

6. “I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal. I was a survivor, and I was strong. I would not be weak, or helpless again. I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”

Watching Feyre’s journey from broken to strong warrior was definitely the best part of A Court of Mist and Fury and this quote encompasses that.

7. “The Court of Dreams.
The people who knew that there was a price, and one worth paying, for that dream.”

It’s not necessarily the prettiest quote from this book, but as someone who is a dreamer, I could relate to this quote.

8. “There are good days and bad days for me – even now. Don’t let the hard days win.”

I just found this one kind of inspirational.

9. “I was burning through books every day—stories about people and places I’d never heard of. They were perhaps the only thing that kept me from teetering into utter despair”

I love this quote because it describes everything I love about reading, it allows you to escape your life and dive into the lives of others.

That’s all I have for this week, I don’t know when I will get another one of these done for you but hopefully now that I’m done with Uni, I’ll be able to share this quote posts with you guys more regularly! In the meantime though, I have plans for a new discussion post which will hopefully be up by next week.

Thursday Quotables #45

Hi everyone! Yup, I know, I know, it has been forever since I’ve done one of these, it’s already April and this is my first one of these posts of 2017! What can I say, Uni keeps me busy. Anyway, I promised you guys a few weeks back that I’d do one of these posts sharing my favourite quotes from VE Schwab’s magnificent A Conjuring of Light and since I’m off from Uni this week for my Easter holiday (soaking up the sunshine in the South of France is none too shabby), I decided to finally get around to it! So here we go, my favourite quotes from A Conjuring of Light (I will try not to choose spoilery ones but if you haven’t read the book, you may want to stop reading here):

  1. “Love and loss,” he said, “are like a ship and the sea. They rise together. The more we love, the more we have to lose. But the only way to avoid loss is to avoid love. And what a sad world that would be.”

This is just such an incredibly beautiful quote.

2. “Anoshe brought solace. And hope. And the strength to let go.”

Excuse me….I may have something in my eye……

3. “Caring was a thing with claws. It sank them in, and didn’t let go. Caring hurt more than a knife to the leg, more than a few broken ribs, more than anything that bled or broke and healed again. Caring didn’t break you clean. It was a bone that didn’t set, a cut that wouldn’t close.”

I swear I am just in awe of how beautifully this woman uses words.

4. “Delilah Bard never read many books.
The few she did had pirates and thieves, and always ended with freedom and the promise of more stories. Characters sailed away. They lived on. Lila always imagined people that way, a series of intersections and adventures. It was easy when you moved through life–through worlds–the way she did. Easy when you didn’t care, when people came onto the page and walked away again, back to their own stories, and you could imagine whatever you wanted for them, if you cared enough to write it in your head.”

This is without a doubt my absolute favourite quote from this book, it’s so beautiful and meta and I just love it.

5. “Myths do not happen all at once. They do not spring forth whole into the world. They form slowly, rolled between the hands of time until their edges smooth, until the saying of the story gives enough weight to the words—to the memories—to keep them rolling on their own.”

So pretty!

6. “Magic gave so much to Man, and Man so much to Magic, that their edges blurred, and their threads all tangled, and now they can’t be pulled apart. They’re bound together, you see, life to life. Halves of a whole. If anyone tried to part them, they’d both unravel.”

I love how much magic is another character in the universe Schwab has created with this book and this quote perfectly illustrates that.

7. “Magic made everything feel so impermanent, it was easy to forget that some things, once changed, could never be undone. That not everything was either changeable or infinite. Some roads kept going, and others had an end.”

I just think this is so beautiful.

8. “A myth without a voice is like a dandelion without a breath of wind.
No way to spread the seeds.”

I just really love this one.

9. “Magic ran between them like a current, a cord, and he wondered who she would have been if she’d stayed in Grey London. If she’d never picked his pocket, never held the contents ransom for adventure.
Maybe she would never have discovered magic.
Or maybe she would have simply changed her world instead of his.”

I SHIP LILA AND KELL SO DAMN MUCH!

10. “In myths, the hero survives.
The evil is vanquished.
The world is set right.
Sometimes there are celebrations, and sometimes there are funerals.
The dead are buried. The living move on.
Nothing changes.
Everything changes.
This is a myth.
This is not a myth.”

This is just such a lovely quote.

11. ‘Good, then take this’. He dropped a ring into Kell’s hand.
Kell frowned. ‘I’m flattered, but I think you’re asking the wrong brother.”

This one just made me laugh so hard.

That’s all I have for this week. I’d say I’ll have another one of these for you soon, but I haven’t been very good at getting one of these a week done for a long time, so truthfully, I don’t know when I’ll next get one of these done for you! In the meantime though, I will definitely try and get a new discussion post up for you guys as I’m very aware we’re almost halfway through April and I haven’t done one yet!

Thursday Quotables #44

Hi everyone! I know it’s been an age since I’ve done one of these, Uni life has been keeping me super busy, but since I had a week off this week, I thought I’d treat you guys! For this week, I want to share my favourite quotes from Empire of Storms as Sarah J Maas is one of my favourite writers and I love getting to share her writing! So here are my favourite quotes from Empire of Storms (I promise, no spoilers!):

  1. “The world will be saved and remade by the dreamers”

This is hands down my favourite quote from the book, I think because I would definitely consider myself a dreamer, so it has a certain resonance with me. This is one for the quote wall (yes I have a wall of quotes that I like pinned up in my room!).

2. “Even when this world is a forgotten whisper of dust between the stars, I will love you.”

I may not be the biggest fan of Rowaelin but they do say some beautiful things to each other (if a little cheesy!).

3. “But they wove a tapestry of dreams, all begging for one thing… a better world.”

This is just beautiful.

4. “Why bother when a dramatic entrance is so much more fun?”

This one was just funny and so perfectly describes Aelin. She does love her dramatic entrances!

5. “Aelin had promised herself, months and months ago, that she would not pretend to be anything but what she was. She had crawled through darkness and blood and despair-she had survived.”

I like this quote because it shows how much Aelin has grown from the shattered girl she was at the beginning of Throne of Glass.

6. “The fear of loss . . . it can destroy you as much as the loss itself.”

I think this quote is very pertinent to Aelin’s character.

7. “And she wondered if it were possible to love someone enough to die from it. If it were possible to love someone enough that time and distance and death were of no concern.”

I’ve never loved someone like this, but I like to feel that it might be possible and it is a beautiful quote.

8. “She had been forgotten—by everyone and everything. And still she had hoped.”

I think this quote pretty much encapsulates everything I love about Elide. Despite the rotten hand that fate has dealt her, she never loses hope.

That’s all I have for this week, but hopefully I will have a new post for you guys soon (though I can’t guarantee when!). In the meantime though, I’m hoping to have another discussion post up for you guys soon, so stay tuned for that!

Thursday Quotables #43

Hey everyone! I’m back with a new Thursday Quotables post this week (I’m getting better at doing these on time!). For this week, I’ve chosen a theme of failure, not the nicest sounding theme but I’m hoping that I can find some nice uplifting quotes that show failure isn’t the end of the world! Anyway here are my favourite quotes about overcoming failure:

  1. “Life is full of screwups. You’re supposed to fail sometimes. It’s a required part of the human existance.”  -Along For The Ride, Sarah Dessen

I’ve never actually read this book, but I liked this quote, so simple and very relatable.

2. “Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.” -JK Rowling

Okay so this isn’t from a book but how could I not use this quote from my favourite author in today’s post?

3. “Today he failed to change the world. As for tomorrow, who can tell?” -Undivided, Neal Shusterman

I like this quote because although it talks about failure, it expresses optimism for success, plus I love this series!

4. “The moment you doubt whether you can fly you cease for ever to be able to do it” -Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie

Okay I’ll admit, I’ve never actually read Peter Pan, but I couldn’t resist including this quote, it might not explicitly mention failure but it’s implied and I thought this was a really pretty quote.

5. “There are no boring stories, only a failure to truly listen” -Inamorata, Megan Chance

I had never heard of this book or author before today but I have to say, I’m rather in love with this quote.

That’s all I have for you today, it’s much harder to find quotes on this topic than I thought! Hopefully I will have another one of these for you guys soon, but in the meantime, I should be doing another discussion post soon, so stay tuned for that.