Thursday Quotables #39

Hi everyone, I’m back! I know I’ve been a little MIA from these posts for the past couple of weeks, but what can I say? Other things in life do sometimes get in the way of blogging! However, I am here this week, continuing on with my Inside Out theme from a few weeks back, and this week’s theme is going to be Joy. So here we are, my favourite quotes about Joy:

  1. “There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well.”  -A Walk To Remember, Nicholas Sparks

I haven’t read this book (Nicholas Sparks isn’t really my thing), but I found this quote on Goodreads and thought it was really pretty, so I wanted to share it.

2. “When you feel someone else’s pain and joy as powerfully as if it were your own, then you know you really loved them.” -Girls In Pants: The Third Summer of The Sisterhood, Ann Brashares

I know I’ve shared this one before, but I really like it and it fits for this topic too, so I though I’d share it again.

3. “Because reading is one of the joys of life, and once you begin, you can’t stop, and you’ve got so many stories to look forward to.” -Benedict Cumberbatch

Okay so this isn’t from a book, but I love Benedict Cumberbatch and this quote is about books so, sorry….not sorry.

4. “Have you given any thought to your wedding vows?” Kai snorted.

“Delete anything that has to do with love, respect, or joy, and I’ll sign on the dotted line.” -Cress, Marissa Meyer

I haven’t read this book (I’m only on Scarlet) but this quote made me laugh when I read it so I wanted to share it.

5. “In the hall stood Richard Campbell Gansey III in his school uniform and overcoat and scarf and gloves, looking like someone from another world. Behind him was Ronan Lynch, his damn tie knotted right for once and his shirt tucked in.

Humiliation and joy warred furiously inside Adam.

Gansey strode between the pews as Adam’s father stared at him. He went directly to the bench, straight up to the judge. Now that he stood directly beside Adam, not looking at him, Adam could see that he was a little out of breath. Ronan, behind him, was as well. they had run.

For him.” -Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Maggie Stiefvater

I chose to share this because it’s one of my favourite moments from the Raven Cycle series, where Ronan and Gansey come to support Adam without having been asked, because that’s what friends do.

6. “Because your human joy fascinates me—the way you experience things, in your life span, so wildly and deeply and all at once, is … entrancing. I’m drawn to it, even when I know I shouldn’t be, even when I try not to be.” -A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J Maas

I just think this quote is really beautiful.

7. “You deserve to be happy,” he said. And meant it. She deserved the joy he so often glimpsed on her face when Rowan was near—deserved the wicked laughter she shared with Aedion, the comfort and teasing with Lysandra. She deserved happiness, perhaps more than anyone.” -Queen of Shadows, Sarah J Maas

I totally agree with the sentiments of this quote, Aelin does deserve to be happy (even if I wasn’t too keen on her personality switch in this book).

8. “That is the joy of reading fiction: when all is said and done, the novel belongs to the reader and his or her imagination.” -Alice Hoffman

Okay, again not from a book, but it is by an author, so less cheating this time! I absolutely love this quote, I can’t believe I had never come across it before today.

9. “What is it like? Manon asked quietly. ‘To love.’ ‘It was like dying a little every day. It was like being alive, too. It was joy so complete it was pain. It destroyed me and unmade me and forged me. I hated it, because I knew I couldn’t escape it, and knew it would forever change me.” -Queen of Shadows, Sarah J Maas

This is one of my favourite passages from Queen of Shadows and since it fits the theme, I thought I’d share it here.

10. “I had an amazing feeling when I finally held the tape in my hand. I just thought to myself that in the palm of my hand, there was this one tape that had all these memories and feelings and great joy and sadness. Right there in the palm of my hand. And I thought about how many people have loved those songs, And how many people got through a lot of bad times because of those songs. And how many people enjoyed good times with those songs. And how much those songs really mean. I think it would be great to have written one of those songs, I bed if I wrote one of them, I would be very proud. I hope the people who wrote those songs are happy. I hope they feel it’s enough. I really do because they’ve made me happy. And I’m only one person.” -The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

I haven’t read this book (seen the movie), but I thought this quote was really beautiful and I really wanted to share it.

That’s all I have for this week! Hopefully, I will have another one of these up for you guys next week, but in the meantime, I’m hoping to get a new discussion post up in the next few days, so make sure to check that out.

Thursday Quotables #38

Hey everyone! I’m back! I’m sorry I didn’t manage to get a post up for this last Thursday, but you know how it is, other things get in the way of blogging! But I’m here this week with another Thursday Quotables, which as you all probably know by now is the feature where I pick a theme and chose some great quotes which reflect that theme. I’ve decided to do an Inside Out theme for the next few weeks, so I’m going to pick quotes that reflect the emotions from that film. I’ve already done Fear (a while ago), so I’m going to do posts with quotes about Sadness, Joy, Disgust and Anger. We’re starting off with sadness this week since I always find that sad quotes are actually very beautiful! So here we are, my favourite quotes that are sad/about sadness:

  1. “You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.”  -Jonathan Safran Foer

This isn’t from a book, but I really liked this quote so I wanted to share it with you guys.

2. “I didn’t want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that’s really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you’re so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare.” -It’s Kind Of A Funny Story, Ned Vizzini

I haven’t read this book (seen the film) but this quote is just so sad, I really wanted to share it. It makes me feel even more sad that there are people out there who probably feel this way (and even worse when you know that the author himself committed suicide).

3. “The way sadness works is one of the strange riddles of the world. If you are stricken with a great sadness, you may feel as if you have been set aflame, not only because of the enormous pain, but also because your sadness may spread over your life, like smoke from an enormous fire. You might find it difficult to see anything but your own sadness, the way smoke can cover a landscape so that all anyone can see is black. You may find that if someone pours water all over you, you are damp and distracted, but not cured of your sadness, the way a fire department can douse a fire but never recover what has been burnt down.” -The Grim Grotto, Lemony Snicket

Given that one of the major themes in this series is fire and putting out fires and misery is also a major theme too, this quote is kind of a great summary of the series!

4. “I told myself that if I didn’t care, this wouldn’t have hurt so much – surely that proved I was alive and human and all those touchy-feely things, for once and for all. But that wasn’t a relief, not when I felt like a skyscraper with dynamite on every floor.” -Handle With Care, Jodi Picoult

I just love Jodi Picoult’s writing, it’s so beautiful.

5. “You really didn’t see the sadness or the longing unless you already knew it was there. But that was the trick, wasn’t it? Everyone had their disappointment and their baggage; only, some people carried it in their inside pockets and not on their backs.” -The Dream Thieves, Maggie Stiefvater

I love Maggie Stiefvater’s writing, it’s so beautiful and magical and whimsical.

6. “Is this what sadness is all about? Is it what comes over us when beautiful memories shatter in hindsight because the remembered happiness fed not just on actual circumstances but on a promise that was not kept?” -The Reader, Bernard Schlink

I have not read this book (another one where I’ve seen the movie, damn, it made me cry!) but this quote is beautiful.

7. “She was like a lone angel floating above the surface of the earth, laughing with delight because she could fly but crying out of loneliness.” -The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

It would not be a list of quotes about sadness without including at least one quote from this book!

8. “What made losing someone you loved bearable was not remembering but forgetting. Forgetting small things first… it’s amazing how much you could forget, and everything you forgot made that person less alive inside you until you could finally endure it. After more time passed you could let yourself remember, even want to remember. But even then what you felt those first days could return and remind you the grief was still there, like old barbed wire embedded in a tree’s heartwood.” -Serena, Ron Rash

I haven’t read this book (again seen the movie) but this quote nearly made me cry when I saw it, so I thought it was perfect to include in this list.

9. “How could she trust this man, so imprecise with his words, to take care of the burial? To say there had been a loss was ludicrous; one lost a shoe or a pair of keys. You did not suffer the death of a child and say there was a loss. There was a catastrophe. A devastation. A hell.” -The Pact, Jodi Picoult

I felt so bad for Mel at this point in the book, I can’t even imagine how horrible your child dying is.

That’s all I’ve got for this week! Hopefully I’ll have another one of these for you guys next week, but in the meantime, I’m planning on having another discussion post up in the next few days so stay tuned for that!

 

 

Thursday Quotables #37

Hey everyone! I’m back with another Thursday Quotables this week, the feature where I pick a theme and chose some great quotes that reflect that theme. For this week’s theme, I decided to choose change as I thought I could find some beautiful and hopefully inspiring quotes from that theme. So here we go, my favourite quotes about change:

  1. “Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.” -The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

This is a very simple quote, but I think it’s a very truthful one and its beauty is in its simplicity.

2. “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” -A Hat Full of Sky, Terry Pratchett

I have actually never read any of Terry Pratchett’s books, but I found this on Goodreads and I thought it was so beautiful that I had to share it!

3. “Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby- awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess.” -Horseradish, Lemony Snicket

Another one that I haven’t read, but I chose it quite simply because it made me laugh!

4. “Growing up happens when you start having things you look back on and wish you could change” -City of Ashes, Cassandra Clare

I haven’t read this book either, but as a nineteen year old who will be turning twenty in a few months, this quote really resonated with me.

5. “People are who they are and, try as you might, you cannot make them be what you want them to be.” -This Song Will Save Your Life, Leila Sales

I haven’t read this book (though I’ve heard about it from other blogs), but I just really liked this quote.

6. “You couldn’t erase the past. You couldn’t even change it. But sometimes life offered you the opportunity to put it right.” -Girls In Pants: The Third Summer of The Sisterhood, Ann Brashares

I read this book when I was young teenager and whilst I doubt I would enjoy it as much now as I did back then, I still love this quote.

7. “There is a curious thing that happens with the passage of time: a calcification of character… Change isn’t always for the worst; the shell that forms around a piece of sand looks to some people like an irritation, and to others, like a pearl.” -My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult

My Sister’s Keeper is one of my favourite books, I’ve made no secret of that and one of the reasons why is the beautiful writing, as shown here.

8. “That’s when I realized that certain moments go on forever. Even after they’re over they still go on, even after you’re dead and buried, those moments are lasting still, backward and forward, on into infinity. They are everything and everywhere all at once.” -Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver

How I wish I could have managed to get through this book! All the quotes I’ve seen from it are gorgeous, such as this one, but I just couldn’t get into it!

9. “Everything’s always ending. But everything’s always beginning, too.” -Patrick Ness

This isn’t attributed to a book on Goodreads, so I’m guessing that it’s something that he said in an interview or something, but I really like it anyway.

10. “Nothing’s ever the same,” she said. “Be it a second later or a hundred years. It’s always churning and roiling. And people change as much as oceans.” -The Ocean At The End of The Lane, Neil Gaiman

I’ve heard so much good stuff about this author but I’ve never read any of his books. If this quote is any indicator of his work, then he really must be great because this quote is amazing!

11. “You see the world as fixed and finite, and it is not. It is liquid and ever moving, and one act can change everything.” -Lion Heart, AC Gaughen

This is another book I haven’t read, though I do want to read this series, but I really love this quote!

12. “… if they are persistent enough, even tiny drops of water, over time, can change the rock forever. And it will never change back.” -Allegiant, Veronica Roth

I really like this quote because it’s a great metaphor for what happens in the book I think.

13. “I have learnt that nothing stays the same. Today might seem the same as yesterday but no day ever is; we may want no changes to ever come, but changes do, in time. They cannot be helped; it is how the world turns.” -The Silver Dark Sea, Susan Fletcher

I haven’t read this either, but I found this quote and I liked the simple truth of it, so I wanted to share it.

14. “I thought the morning would bring change. But I should have known that it doesn’t take that long for change to happen – it takes a second. A moment. In a single breath, reality as you know it can simply fall away.” -United We Spy, Ally Carter

I’ve read Carter’s other series, Heist Society but not this one. I really liked this quote though, I think it’s a nice one, talking about the suddenness of change.

That’s all I’ve got for you guys this week! I will have another one of these for you guys next week (hopefully), and in the next few days, I’m planning to have a review of my latest read, Desolation and a new discussion post for you guys, so stay tuned for that!

 

Thursday Quotables #36

Yes, as promised last week, I have a new one of these up this week! I’m really enjoying this whole summer holiday thing, finally having the chance to blog as much as I want to is great! As you are all aware by now, for this feature, I pick a theme and then I choose quotes that will fit the week’s theme. For this week’s theme I decided to go with a theme of choices as it’s a theme I haven’t done before and I thought I’d be able to get some pretty quotes out of it! So here we go, my favourite quotes about choices:

  1. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” -Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, JK Rowling

This is not just my favourite quote about choices, it’s one of my favourite quotes period, it’s such a lovely one.

2. “I fell in love with him. But I don’t just stay with him by default as if there’s no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me.”-Allegiant, Veronica Roth

Whilst I may not have loved the book that this quote came from, that book did have some great quotes and this one was one of my favourites, because it describes the kind of relationship that I one day hope to have.

3. “In the end that was the choice you made, and it doesn’t matter how hard it was to make it. It matters that you did.” -City of Glass, Cassandra Clare

Full disclosure, I haven’t read this or any of Cassandra Clare’s other books, but I really liked this quote when I found it on Goodreads, so I wanted to share it here.

4. “The choices you make now, the people you surround yourself with, they all have the potential to affect your life, even who you are, forever.” -The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen

Again, not a book that I’ve read, but I found this quote on Goodreads and I really liked it, so I wanted to share it.

5. “Love changes what is probable and makes unlikely things possible.” -Crossed, Ally Condie

Okay, not entirely sure what this has to do with choices but it was under the tag in Goodreads and it’s a quote I really like (despite not having read the book), so I included it here!

6. “It’s our choices that matter in the end. Not wishes, not words, not promises.” -Passenger, Alexandra Bracken

Another book that I haven’t read, but a quote that I found and I really liked. I’ve been planning to read one of Alex Bracken’s books for a while and if all her writing is as beautiful as this, then I can’t wait!

7. “Our lives are made up of choices. Big ones, small ones, strung together by the thin air of good intentions; a line of dominoes, ready to fall. Which shirt to wear on a cold winter’s morning, what crappy junk food to eat for lunch. It starts out so innocently, you don’t even notice: go to this party or that movie, listen to this song, or read that book, and then, somehow, you’ve chosen your college and career; your boyfriend or wife.” -Dangerous Boys,  Abigail Haas

This book is all about choices, so I figured that including this quote from it for this week’s theme would be appropriate. Plus it’s a great quote!

8. “And having once chosen, never to seek to return to the crossroads of that decision-for even if one chooses wrongly, the choice cannot be unmade.” -Kushiel’s Chosen, Jacqueline Carey

Another book that I haven;t read, but when I came across this quote, I instantly loved it, so I really wanted to share it.

9. “The future is never just one choice. It’s a thousand. And they never stop. You will choose your future every day of your life. And should you wake up one day to find that you regret the choice you made the day before, then you make a new one. Don’t worry about whether you might be wrong someday. Worry about whether you’re right now. Tomorrow can wait.” -All Played Out, Cora Carmack

I haven’t actually read this book either, but I found this quote and I thought it was really beautiful and inspiring, so I wanted to share it.

10. “Life is a temporary condition, Henry. And it’s uncertain. That’s why you have to seize chances when you find them. Pursue what you want. Take risks. Live, love…all of it. Every last one of us is going to die, but if we don’t live as we truly want, if we’re not with the one we want to be with, we’re dead already.” -The Game of Love and Death, Martha Brockenbrough

This is a book that I haven’t yet read, but I do own, and seeing a quote like this makes me very excited to read it!

11. “I grabbed hold of my Divergence like it was a hand outstretched to save me. I needed that word to tell me who I was when everything else was coming apart around me. But now I’m wondering if I need it anymore, if we ever really need these words, ‘Dauntless,’ ‘Erudite,’ ‘Divergent,’ “Allegiant,’ or if we can just be friends or lovers or siblings, defined instead by the choices we make and the love and loyalty that binds us.” -Allegiant, Veronica Roth

This whole series is about choices and I think that this quote perfectly illustrates that!

12. “Even in the darkest and most cruel person, there is still a kernel of good. and within the most perfect champion, there is also darkness. The question is, will one give into the dark or the light?” -Falling Kingdoms, Morgan Rhodes

This isn’t a book I’ve read either but I found this quote and I really loved it and thought it was perfect for this week’s theme!

13. “And I envied her that she had chosen her work herself and was doing what she wanted to do. I don’t suppose I had any idea what I ‘wanted’ and so I was chosen, not choosing. There’s glory and honor in being chosen. But not much room for free will.” -Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein

This is one of my favourite books that I’ve read this year and I love this quote, so I wanted to share it with you.

That’s all I have for you this week! I will be back with another one of these for you guys next week (hopefully) and tomorrow I’m going to have my blog’s first ever mid year check in, checking on how I’ve been doing with my bookish and blogging goals so far this year, so stay tuned for that!

 

 

Thursday Quotables #35

Yes, I know, I know, I haven’t done one of these in a while, but you know, it’s the same old story, I’ve been busy with Uni but I’m back now and hoping to get a lot done on the blog whilst I’m home for the summer! Speaking of which, my blog just hit an all time high in hourly views so I want to thank all of my readers for making that happen! It means a lot to me that all of you seem to enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy writing it! Anyway, on with today’s post! As you all know, for this feature I chose a theme and then pick my favourite quotes based on that theme and share them with you. Inspired by my recent finishing of The Raven King, I decided to pick quotes from The Raven Cycle for this week, since it gives me an excuse to share Maggie Stiefvater’s gorgeous writing. Here are some of my favourites:

  1. “Humans were so circular; they lived the same slow cycles of joy and misery over and over, never learning. Every lesson in the universe had to be taught billions of times, and it never stuck.

    Maybe it was good that the world forgot every lesson, every good and bad memory, every triumph and failure, all of it dying with each generation. Perhaps this cultural amnesia spared them all. Perhaps if they remembered everything, hope would die instead.” -Blue Lily, Lily Blue

I mean this……this is gorgeous! I love Maggie Stiefvater’s writing, she has a very visual style, it’s almost like having a picture made from words.

2. “There is no good word for the opposite of lonesome.
One might be tempted to suggest togetherness or contentment , but the fact that these two other words bear definitions unrelated to each other perfectly displays why lonesome cannot be properly mirrored. It does not mean solitude, nor alone, nor lonely, although lonesome can contain all of those words in itself.
Lonesome means a state of being apart. Of being other. Alone-some.” -Blue Lily, Lily Blue

I love this quote because it so perfectly describes Adam Parrish!

3. “I don’t care to be pretty,” Blue shot back hotly, “I care to look on the outside like I look on the inside.” -The Raven King

I love Blue, she doesn’t care about being pretty or girly or doing as other people would expect her to do. She does what she wants and is who she is and doesn’t make any apologies for it. I love that!

4. “Because Adam practised at many things, Adam was good at many things, but this – what was it even called? Scrying, sensing, magic, magic, magic. He was not only good at it, but he longed for it, wanted it, loved it in a way that nearly overwhelmed him with gratitude. He had not known that he could love, not really. Gansey and he had fought about it, once – Gansey had said, with disgust, Stop saying privilege. Love isn’t privilege. But Gansey had always had love, had always been capable of love. Now that Adam had discovered this feeling in himself, he was more certain than ever that he was right. Need was Adam’s baseline, his resting pulse. Love was a privilege. Adam was privileged; he did not want to give it up. He wanted to remember again and again how it felt.”  -The Raven King

This is one of my favourite quotes from the series because it shows how much Adam has grown as a character.

5. “Today, Blue thought, is the day I stop listening to the future and start living it instead.” -The Raven Boys

I love this quote, it’s really inspiring!

6. “More than anything, the journal wanted. It wanted more than it could hold, more than words could describe, more than diagrams could illustrate. Longing burst from the pages, in every frantic line and every hectic sketch and every dark-printed definition. There was something pained and melancholy about it.” -The Raven Boys

This is just a really pretty quote!

That’s all I have for you guys this week! I will hopefully have another one of these for you next week and in the meantime, I will definitely have a new post of some sort up soon, so stay tuned!

Thursday Quotables #34

I know, I know, it’s been a while since I last did one of these, I just haven’t been feeling all that inspired to do one of these posts lately, but inspired by my favourite read of this year Rebel of The Sands and all the girl power in that book, I decided to do a post of quotes that I love about women. So here we go, some great quotes about women:

  1. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”  -Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

Whilst I freely admit that I don’t like the book that this comes from and I got bored of it halfway through, I have to admit that this is a really inspiring quote.

2. “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” -Brigham Young

I mean admittedly this guy was a polygamist with 56 children, so I’m not entirely sure if he’s the most reliable voice to speak about women, but I do like this quote.

3. “There are women who make things better… simply by showing up. There are women who make things happen. There are women who make their way. There are women who make a difference. And women who make us smile. There are women of wit and wisdom who- through strength and courage- make it through. There are women who change the world everyday… Women like you.” -Ashley Rice

I’m not sure where this is from, but I think it’s really beautiful and inspiring.

4. “Some women are meant to change the world, while others are meant to hold it together. And then there are those of us who simply don’t want to be in it, because we know no matter how much we struggle, we can’t comfortably fit.” -Second Glance, Jodi Picoult

If you’ve read this book then you will understand how truly sad this is. Poor Lia, she had such a difficult life.

5. “My father might not have held my hand or expressed his love openly, but he taught Callie and me that we had inherent values, that we were fully formed human beings without a boy by our side.” -The Book of Ivy, Amy Engel

I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiments expressed by this quote, it is very important to teach girls that they have values of their own and their worth is not defined by whether or not they have a guy.

That’s all I have for you guys this week! I did mean to get this up on Thursday, but ah well, turns out it’s going to be up on Friday instead! Anyway, I will actually have a new post for you guys tomorrow, my Winter Quarterly Rewind. So excited that spring is almost officially upon us.

Thursday Quotables #33

I know I haven’t done one of these for a couple of weeks because I haven’t been feeling very inspired for these posts lately, but this week I decided to focus on quotes from my most recent read, Veronica Roth’s Allegiant. I wasn’t that keen on the book overall but it did have some really great quotes in it that I thought I’d share today.

These are my favourite quotes from Allegiant:

  1. “I suppose a fire that burns that bright is not meant to last.”

Sob. That’s all.

2. “I fell in love with him. But I don’t just stay with him by default as if there’s no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me.”

This quote is just so beautiful, you can’t help but smile when you read it.

3. “There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.

But sometimes it doesn’t.

Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.

That is the sort of bravery I must have now.”

Again, this is just a really beautiful quote!

4. “I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me–they, and the love and loyaty I give them, form my identity far more than any word or group ever could.”

I just thought this quote was really pretty and thought provoking.

5. “It’s what you deserve to hear,” I say firmly, my eyes going cloudy with tears. “That you’re whole, that you’re worth loving, that you’re the best person I’ve ever known.”

This quote is just so cute!

6. “Just as I have insisted on his worth, he has always insisted on my strength, insisted that my capacity is greater than I believe. And I know, without being told, that’s what love does, when it’s right-it makes you more than you were, more than you thought you could be.
This is right.”

I think this quote is really sweet and it’s a beautiful way to think of love.

7. “I have never had parents who set good examples, parents whose expectations were worth living up to, but she did. I can see them within her, the courage and the beauty they pressed into her like a handprint.”

I think this quote is really pretty.

8. “My parents did love each other. Enough to forsake plans and factions. Enough to defy “faction before blood.” Blood before faction–no, love before faction, always.”

I love the idea of love overcoming social barriers.

9. “I don’t need to relive my fears anymore. All I need to do now is try to overcome them.”

I like this quote because it’s pretty inspiring.

10. “Life damages us, every one. We can’t escape that damage. But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other.”

I just found this quote really beautiful.

11. “Maybe forgiveness is just the continual pushing aside of bitter memories, until time dulls the hurt and anger, and the wrong is forgotten.”

I found this quote really pretty and thought provoking.

12. “I used to think that when people fell in love, they just landed where they landed, and they had no choice in the matter afterward. And maybe that’s true of beginnings, but it’s not true of this, now.”

Another quote that I found really pretty.

13. “And he’s right to say that every faction loses something when it gains a virtue: the Dauntless, brave but cruel; the Erudite, intelligent but vain; the Amity, peaceful but passive; the Candor, honest but inconsiderate; the Abnegation, selfless but stifling.”

I liked this small insight into the positives and the flaws of faction system that we are exposed to throughout the Divergent trilogy.

14. “This is what happens when siblings collide – they injure each other in the same way.”

I just really liked this quote.

That’s all I have for you guys this week. I’m not sure whether or not I will have a post for you guys tomorrow, but I will definitely have a new post for you all soon!

 

Thursday Quotables #32

I’m sorry I haven’t done one of these for you guys in a while, but I’ve been kind of lacking in inspiration for these posts for the last couple of weeks. For this week’s post though, I decided to focus on the most recent book I finished Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. While I may have mixed feelings about the book, it had some really great quotes in it and I wanted to share a few of them with you guys today.

These are the quotes I’ve chosen for this week, my favourite quotes from Queen of Shadows:

  1. “Fire-breathing bitch-queen.”

It’s not exactly a pretty quote, but I think it’s the perfect description of Aelin!

2. ““She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.”

I like this one because it’s just so beautiful, simple as that.

3. “You make me want to live, Rowan. Not survive; not exist. Live.”

I mentioned in my review that I wasn’t the biggest fan of the new romantic relationship between Rowan and Aelin and I’m not, but hopeless romantic that I am, of course I loved this quote because it’s very swoonworthy!

4. “I spent centuries wandering the world, from empires to kingdoms to wastelands, never settling, never stopping—not for one moment. I was always looking toward the horizon, always wondering what waited across the next ocean, over the next mountain. But I think … I think that whole time, all those centuries, I was just looking for you.”

Another Rowaelin quote, just because I’m not a fan of their romance, doesn’t mean that I don’t love the beautiful quotes that have come from it!

5. “They joined hands.
So the world ended.
And the next one began.”

This bit with Aelin and Dorian……I just can’t.

6. “They were infinite. They were the beginning and the ending; they were eternity. The king standing before them gaped as the shield of flame died out to reveal Aelin and Dorian, hand in hand, glowing like newborn gods as their magic entwined.”

This quote is just so beautiful, in fact, the entire section with Aelin and Dorian in the glass castle at the end, without giving away too much, is just amazing.

7. “Dorian, we get to come back from this loss – from this darkness. We get to come back, and I came back for you.”

This part of the book almost made me cry.

8. “But they held tighter to each other, past and present and future; flickering between an ancient hall in a mountain castle perched above Orynth, a bridge suspended between glass towers, and another place, perfect and strange, where they had been crafted from stardust and light. A wall of night knocked them back. But they could not be contained. The darkness paused for breath. They erupted.”

Aww, this quote is just lovely.

9. “Thank you for the oil,” he added. “My skin was a little dry.”

This one I simply included because it made me laugh.

10. “But she was her own champion now. And she would not add another name of her beloved dead to her flesh.”

I love this quote because it reminds me just how much Aelin has been through and how strong she is.

11. “Hush. Your hair was so pretty. I was hoping you’d let me braid it one day. I suppose I’ll have to buy a pony instead.”

Another one that just made me laugh!

12. “What is it like? Manon asked quietly. ‘To love.’ ‘It was like dying a little every day. It was like being alive, too. It was joy so complete it was pain. It destroyed me and unmade me and forged me. I hated it, because I knew I couldn’t escape it, and knew it would forever change me.”

I loved this little exchange between Asterin and Manon.

13. “And as they passed by the domed Royal Theater, there was music – beautiful, exquisite music – playing within.”

It’s quite a simple quote, but a lovely one.

14. “I miss you,” she said. “Every day, I miss you. And I wonder what you would have made of all this. Made of me. I think — I think you would have been a wonderful king. I think they would have liked you more than me, actually.” Her throat tightened. “I never told you — how I felt. But I loved you, and I think a part of me might always love you. Maybe you were my mate, and I never knew it. Maybe I’ll spend the rest of my life wondering about that. Maybe I’ll see you again in the Afterworld, and then I’ll know for sure. But until then …until then I’ll miss you, and I’ll wish you were here.”

I dare you not to cry.

15. “Then she smiled with every last shred of courage, of desperation, of hope for the glimmer of that glorious future. “Let’s go rattle the stars.”

I love the reference to the first Throne of Glass book here.

16. “That wildness, that untamed fierceness… They weren’t born of a free heart, but of one that had known despair so complete that living brightly, living violently, was the only way to outrun it.”

This quote is about Asterin, but it could just as easily apply to Aelin and it’s just really beautiful.

That’s all I have for you guys this week. I may have a new post for you guys tomorrow, I may not, depends how busy my New Year’s Day is! This post is officially my last post of 2015 though, which is kind of sad, but hopefully 2016 will be just as good a blogging year for me as 2015 has been.

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all have a fantastic 2016!

Thursday Quotables #31

I’m sorry I didn’t have a Wishlist Wednesday post for you yesterday, I got caught up doing the 100 questions no one ever asks tag and by the time I finished it, I didn’t have time to do my usual Wednesday post! I will try to have one for you guys next week though, I promise! Anyway, as I said last week, for this week’s theme I’ve decided to choose quotes from The Hunger Games trilogy, as a way of celebrating the release of Mockingjay Part 2, which came out today! I’m so excited to see it, who else is?

These are the quotes I have chosen for this week, my favourite quotes from The Hunger Games trilogy:

  1. “Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.” -The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

This is, I feel, one of the iconic quotes of the series, so I felt I had to include it in this list.

2. “Only I keep wishing I could think of a way…to show the Capitol they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their Games.” -The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

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

3. “Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.” -The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

I’ve used this one before and as I said back then, I think it’s a really pretty quote.

4. “At first one, then another, then almost every member of the crowd touches the three middle fingers of their left hand to their lips and holds it out to me. It is an old and rarely used gesture of our district, occasionally seen at funerals. It means thanks, it means admiration, it means good-bye to someone you love.” -The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

I actually chose this quote mostly because of the scene in the film, yes it was a powerful part in the book, but it was even more powerful on screen.

5. “To this day, I can never shake the connection between this boy, Peeta Mellark, and the bread that gave me hope, and the dandelion that reminded me that I was not doomed.” -The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

I know I’ve used this one before as well, but I really do love it, the idea that Peeta is the one that gives Katniss hope is seen time and time again throughout the series and it’s why she ultimately chooses him, because Gale represents the fire in her past, but Peeta represents the hope for the future.

6. “I want to do something, right here, right now, to shame them, to make them accountable, to show the Capitol that whatever they do or force us to do there is a part of every tribute they can’t own. That Rue was more than a piece in their Games. And so am I.

“A few steps into the woods grows a bank of wildflowers. Perhaps they are really weeds of some sort, but they have blossoms in beautiful shades of violet and yellow and white. I gather an armful and come back to Rues’s side. Slowly, one stem at a time, I decorate her body in the flowers. Covering the ugly wound. Wreathing her face. Weaving her hair with bright colors.

“They’ll have to show it. Or, even if they choose to turn the cameras elsewhere at this moment, they’ll have to bring them back when they collect the bodies and everyone will see her then and know I did it. I step back and take a last look at Rue. She really could be asleep in that meadow after all.

“Bye, Rue,” I whisper. I press the three middle fingers of my left hand against my lips and hold them out in her direction. Then I walk away without looking back.” -The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

Okay, I know this is kind of a long section, but I felt like I had to include all of it, since Rue’s death is one of the most emotional parts of the book.

7. “My nightmares are usually about losing you. I’m okay once I realize you’re here.” -Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins

This quote just makes me go “awww”.

8. “But I feel as if I did know Rue, and she’ll always be with me. Everything beautiful brings her to mind. I see her in the yellow flowers that grow in the Meadow by my house. I see her in the Mockingjays that sing in the trees. But most of all, I see her in my sister, Prim.” -Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins

This quote is just really sweet, so I wanted to include it.

9. “The beauty of this idea is that my decision to keep Peeta alive at the expense of my own life is itself an act of defiance. A refusal to play the Hunger Games by the Capitol’s rules. My private agenda dovetails completely with my public one. And if I really could save Peeta… in terms of a revolution, this would be ideal. Because I will be more valuable dead. They can turn me into some kind of martyr for the cause and paint my face on banners, and it will do more to rally people than anything I could do if I was living. But Peeta would be more valuable alive, and tragic, because he will be able to turn his pain into words that will transform people.” -Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins

I just think this bit is really beautiful and shows just how much Katniss cares about Peeta, that she would rather have him live than herself.

10. “Remember who the enemy is.” -Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins

This quote isn’t exactly pretty, but like the first one, I chose it because it’s an iconic quote of the series.

11. “Having an eye for beauty isn’t the same thing as a weakness.” -Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins

I chose this because I think it’s pretty, simple & truthful.

12. “Charred bits of black silk swirl into the air, and pearls clatter to the stage… I’m in a dress of the exact design of my wedding dress, only it’s the color of coal and made of tiny feathers. Wonderingly, I lift my long, flowing sleeves into the air, and that’s when I see myself on the television screen. Clothed in black except for the white patches on my sleeves. Or should I say my wings. Because Cinna had turned me into a mockingjay.” -Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins

I chose this quote because the part where Katniss’ dress turns into the Mockingjay is one of my favourite parts of Catching Fire.

13. “Remember. I’m still betting on you girl on fire” -Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins

Still sad about what happened to Cinna!

14. “You love me. Real or not real?”
I tell him, “Real.” -Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

This is hands down my favourite quote from the series and I am probably going to cry when I see this scene on screen in Mockingjay Part 2.

15. “It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.” -Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

This quote is just beautiful and yet another one of my favourites (despite Mockingjay not being my favourite book, it does have some good quotes!).

16. “What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again.” -Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

I love the idea that Katniss chose Peeta because she was choosing hope for the future rather than destruction.

17. “Fire is catching! And if we burn, you burn with us!” -Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

Another iconic quote from the series.

18. “The pain over my heart returns, and from it I imagine tiny fissures spreading out into my body. Through my torso, down my arms and legs, over my face, leaving it crisscrossed with cracks. One good jolt…and I could shatter into strange razor-sharp shards.” -Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

This quote is not exactly beautiful, but I still liked the imagery in it.

19. “That what?” “That I knew i misjudged you. That you love him. I’m not saying in what way. Maybe you don’t know yourself. But anyone paying attention could see how much you care about him,” he says gently.” -Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

I love this frank, honest conversation between Katniss and Finnick and that someone finally pointed out what had been so freaking obvious for so long, that Katniss really did love Peeta.

20. “And how I watched my little sister become a human torch. Closing my eyes doesn’t help. Fire burns brighter in the darkness.” -Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

I chose this one because although it makes me want to cry, it is really beautiful

21. “Oh, no. It costs a lot more than your life. To murder innocent people?” says Peeta. “It costs everything you are.” -Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

This quote is sad, yet strangely beautiful at the same time.

That’s all I have for you this week. I hope everyone enjoys Mockingjay Part 2, I’m hoping to see it either this weekend or next week at the latest, I’m not sure how long I can wait to see it, I’m so excited for it! I hope I will have a Friday Favourites post for you tomorrow, but it will be time and idea dependent! I will definitely have a new review up for you tomorrow though, I have just finished reading The Assassin’s Blade and hope to get my review of that up tomorrow, so make sure to check that out.

 

Thursday Quotables #30

I know, I know, this post is late, but I wouldn’t be me if didn’t give you at least one late post per week! For this week’s Thursday Quotables, I’ve decided on a theme of grief, which I realise isn’t the most cheery, but I sometimes find that the less cheery themes are easier to find beautiful quotes for! So here are my favourite quotes about grief:

  1. “In times of grief and sorrow I will hold you and rock you and take your grief and make it my own. When you cry I cry and when you hurt I hurt. And together we will try to hold back the floods to tears and despair and make it through the potholed street of life”  -The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks

I guess this quote is kind of cheesy, but I thought it was really pretty too, even though I am not likely to ever read any of Nicholas Sparks, since all of his books are totally romance central and that’s not my type of book at all!

2. “You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.” -Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix, JK Rowling

I know I’ve used this one before, but it’s a really pretty quote, so I don’t care, I have to use it again!

3. “My sister will die over and over again for the rest of my life. Grief is forever. It doesn’t go away; it becomes a part of you, step for step, breath for breath. I will never stop grieving Bailey because I will never stop loving her. That’s just how it is. Grief and love are conjoined, you don’t get one without the other. All I can do is love her, and love the world, emulate her by living with daring and spirit and joy.”  -The Sky Is Everywhere, Jandy Nelson

I’ve actually never read this book, but I thought this was a really beautiful quote so I just had to share it here!

4. “There should be a statute of limitation on grief. A rulebook that says it is all right to wake up crying, but only for a month. That after 42 days you will no longer turn with your heart racing, certain you have heard her call out your name. That there will be no fine imposed if you feel the need to clean out her desk; take down her artwork from the refrigerator; turn over a school portrait as you pass – if only because it cuts you fresh again to see it. That it’s okay to measure the time she has been gone, the way we once measured her birthdays.”  -My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult

This book…..I don’t cry at books, never have, but the ending of this book brought me pretty darn close! This quote is just like the book, equally beautiful and heartbreaking.

5. “Words are like nets – we hope they’ll cover what we mean, but we know they can’t possibly hold that much joy, or grief, or wonder.” -Change of Heart, Jodi Picoult

This is actually one of the few Jodi Picoult books that I haven’t read, but I found it on Goodreads and thought it was really beautiful, so I wanted to share it.

6. “Grief is like sinking, like being buried. I am in water the tawny color of kicked-up dirt. Every breath is full of choking. There is nothing to hold on to, no sides, no way to claw myself up. There is nothing to do but let go.

Let go. Feel the weight all around you, feel the squeezing of your lungs, the slow, low pressure. Let yourself go deeper. There is nothing but bottom. There is nothing but the taste of metal, and the echoes of old things, and days that look like darkness.”  -Pandemonium, Lauren Oliver

I’ve never read this book either, but man I saw this quote and I thought it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read, so I just had to include it here.

7. “See, as much as you want to hold on to the bitter sore memory that someone has left this world, you are still in it. And the very act of living is a tide: at first it seems to make no difference at all, and then one day you look down and see how much pain has eroded.” -My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult

This is one of my favourite quotes from this book and it fitted the theme, so I just had to share it this week.

8. “Grief is a curious thing, when it happens unexpectedly. It is a Band-aid being ripped away, taking the top layer off a family. And the underbelly of a household is never pretty, ours no exception.” -My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult

Can you tell that this is one of my favourite books yet? Is it too obvious? I’m not even sorry for including three quotes from this book! This quote is another of my favourites, simple, yet beautiful!

9. ‘Better not give in to it. It takes ten times as long to put yourself together as it does to fall apart.’ -Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

1 week people! 1 week until Part 2 is going to be out in cinemas! It is going to make me cry. Fact.

10. “What made losing someone you loved bearable was not remembering but forgetting. Forgetting small things first… it’s amazing how much you could forget, and everything you forgot made that person less alive inside you until you could finally endure it. After more time passed you could let yourself remember, even want to remember. But even then what you felt those first days could return and remind you the grief was still there, like old barbed wire embedded in a tree’s heartwood.” -Serena, Ron Rash

I haven’t read this book, only seen the movie (I know cardinal book lover sin, but to be honest, I only watched the movie because Jennifer Lawrence was in it, though it did turn out to be a pretty good movie) but I saw this quote on Goodreads and I really liked it so I wanted to share it.

11. “There are all sorts of losses people suffer- from the small to the large. You can lose your car keys, your glasses, your virginity. You can lose your head, you can lose your heart, you can lose your mind. You can relinquish your home to move into assisted living, or have a child move overseas, or see a spouse vanish into dementia. Loss is more than just death, and grief is the gray shape-shifter of emotion.” -The Storyteller, Jodi Picoult

This is yet another heartbreaker of a book and this quote in my opinion is one of the book’s most beautiful.

12. “How could she trust this man, so imprecise with his words, to take care of the burial? To say there had been a loss was ludicrous; one lost a shoe or a pair of keys. You did not suffer the death of a child and say there was a loss. There was a catastrophe. A devastation. A hell.” -The Pact, Jodi Picoult

This is another book which is difficult to read without crying but it’s one of my personal favourites and this quote fitted the theme, so I wanted to include it.

13. “I learned that even when we’re going through our darkest winter, spring is waiting to appear.” -Glass Girl, Laura Anderson Kurk

I haven’t read this book either but I saw this quote and I thought it was really lovely so I wanted to share it.

14. “I don’t dare touch her. Loss is a knowledge I’m sorry to have. Perhaps the only thing worse than experiencing it, is watching it replay anew in someone else–all the awful stages picking up like a chorus that has to be sung.” -Sever, Lauren DeStefano

I found this quote on Goodreads and thought it was really beautiful so I wanted to include it in this list.

That’s all I have for this week, I will be back next week with another Thursday Quotables post and the theme will be The Hunger Games, in honour of the release of Mockingjay Part 2 and in the meantime, I will have a new Friday Favourites post for you very soon!