Thursday Quotables #42

Hey everyone! I know it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but what can I say, it’s been a busy summer on the blog! For this week, I decided to share quotes from A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab, as I loved that book when I read it earlier in the summer and am currently enjoying the sequel, A Gathering of Shadows. Anyway, here are my favourite quotes from A Darker Shade of Magic:

  1. “I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still” -Lila Bard

This is possibly my favourite quote from this book, in fact I liked it so much that I wrote it on the inside cover of my copy of the book.

2. “Sure I do,” countered Lila cheerfully. “There’s Dull London, Kell London, Creepy London, and Dead London,” she recited, ticking them off on her fingers. “See? I’m a fast learner.” -Lila Bard

This made me laugh so hard when I read it.

3. “You know so little of war. Battles may be fought from the outside in, but wars are won from the inside out.” -Holland

I just thought this was a really pretty quote.

4. “Love doesn’t keep us from freezing to death, Kell,” she continued, “or starving, or being knifed for the coins in our pocket. Love doesn’t buy us anything, so be glad for what you have and who you have because you may want for things but you need nothing.” -Lila Bard

I really liked this quote from Lila because Kell was having a bit of a self pity party at this part of the book and Lila really puts him in his place!

5. “I apologize for anything I might have done. I was not myself.” “I apologize for shooting you in the leg,” said Lila. “I was myself entirely.” -Rhy Maresh & Lila Bard

I loved this little exchange between Rhy and Lila.

That’s all I have for this week I’m afraid, just a small snapshot of my favourite quotes from A Darker Shade of Magic. Hopefully, I will have another one of these for you next week but in the meantime, I will definitely have a new discussion post for you guys in the next few days.

Thursday Quotables #41

Hey everyone! I’m back this week with my final Inside Out themed quotes post (as I did Fear a while ago) and the theme this week is Disgust. Another weird theme for pretty quotes, and I’m sure it will be hard to find some, but I’ll give it a try! Here are my favourites:

  1. “Desire is not always lessened by disgust. Nor can it be bestowed, like a favor, to those most deserving of it. And as my words bind my magic, so you can know the truth. If she doesn’t desire his kiss, she won’t be free.”  -City of Ashes, Cassandra Clare

I’ve never read this book, but I found this quote on Goodreads and thought it was really pretty so I wanted to share it.

2. “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” -Matilda, Roald Dahl

I always laugh when I read this quote!

3. “Well, I care what you think of me. I care enough that I stayed at this disgusting party for you. And I care enough that I’d attend a thousand more like it so I can spend a few hours with you when you aren’t looking at me like I’m not worth the dirt beneath your shoes.” -The Assassin’s Blade,  Sarah J Maas


4. “She taught me all about real sacrifice. That it should be done from love, not misplace disgust for another person’s genetics.” -Allegiant, Veronica Roth

I may not have loved this book, but it did have some very quoteworthy bits in it.

5. “Really?” Risa said, disgusted. “‘What do we have here?’ Is that your best line? If you’re going to attack a defenseless girl in an alley, at least try not to be cliché about it.” -Unsouled, Neal Shusterman

This made me laugh so much when I read it!

That’s all I have for this week, I’m afraid (it’s not so easy to find good quotes on this topic!). Hopefully I will have another one of these up next week, in the meantime however, I’m going to be away at YALC for the weekend, so the next post you can expect from me will be my YALC recap, probably on either Sunday evening or during the day Monday. I’m so excited!!!!! YALC starts tomorrow and only 2 days till I’ll be there!

Thursday Quotables #40

Hey everyone! I’m back this week with another Thursday Quotables and I’m continuing with my Inside Out theme this week and this week’s theme is going to be Anger, which seems like a weird theme for pretty quotes, but I’m sure I can find some! Here are my favourites:

  1. “Not my daughter, you bitch!” -Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, JK Rowling

One of the many quotes that made everyone love Molly Weasley!

2. “A flood of emotions rushes into me. Pain and anger. Sadness and pity. But most surprising of all, hope.” -Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher

This book makes you feel all the feels!

3. “If you can learn to endure pain, you can survive anything. Some people learn to embrace it- to love it. Some endure it through drowning it in sorrow, or by making themselves forget. Others turn it into anger.” -The Assassin’s Blade, Sarah J Maas

I’m pretty sure I’ve featured this quote before, but it’s such a good quote and it fit and it’s one of my favourites, so I’m not sorry for sharing it again.

4. “I know my head isn’t screwed on straight. I want to leave, transfer, warp myself to another galaxy. I want to confess everything, hand over the guilt and mistake and anger to someone else. There is a beast in my gut, I can hear it scraping away at the inside of my ribs. Even if I dump the memory, it will stay with me, staining me. My closest is a good thing, a quiet place that helps me hold these thoughts inside my head where no one can hear them.” -Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson

I’ve never read this book, but I really like this quote!

5. “This was something she would keep hidden within herself, maybe in place of the knot of pain and anger she had been carrying under her breastbone…a security blanket, an ace up her sleeve. She might never use it, but she would always feel its presence like a swelling secret stone, and that way when she let go of the rage, she would not feel nearly as empty.” -Mercy, Jodi Picoult

This is one of the few Jodi Picoult books I haven’t read, but I liked this quote so I wanted to share it.

6. “Sometimes I just want to go in a room and break things and scream. Like, it’s so much pressure all the time and if you get upset or angry, people say, ‘Are you on the rag of something?’ And it’s like I want to say, ‘No. I’m just pissed off right now. Can’t I just be pissed off? How come that’s not okay for me?’ Like my dad will say, ‘I can’t talk to you when you’re hysterical.’ And I’m totally not being hysterical! I’m just mad. And he’s the one losing it. But then I feel embarrassed anyway. So I slap on that smile and pretend everything’s okay even though it’s not.” -Beauty Queens, Libba Bray

I haven’t read this book but I wanted to share this quote because I read it and I was like “yes, this is so damn relatable!”

7. “Sometimes I think there’s a beast that lives inside me, in the cavern that’s where my heart should be, and every now and then it fills every last inch of my skin, so that I can’t help but do something inappropriate. Its breath is full of lies; it smells of spite.” -Handle With Care, Jodi Picoult

I just really like this quote.

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 during the weekend, so make sure to look out for that.

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!