Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.
I’ve had some brilliant quotes this year!!! I just wish I had my ENTIRE library with me so that I could have reminded myself of everything I’ve post-it noted recently! They’re a bit of an eclectic mix! Also, I have written blog posts for most of these books, because amazing quotes make me want to write the posts so much sooner!!!!!
1. Good Omens – Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Aziraphale collected books. If he were totally honest with himself he would have to have admitted that his bookshop was simply somewhere to store them. He was not unusual in this. In order to maintain his cover as a typical second-hand bookseller, he used every means short of actual physical violence to prevent customers from making a purchase. Unpleasant damp smells, glowering looks, erratic opening hours – he was incredibly good at it.
2. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
So, throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of people we most despise.
3. Laurinda – Alice Pung
Brodie would have called the things in our home “tacky”, the term used by wealthy people to describe the most beautiful things poor people could afford.
4. Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
Rude means that we like to do it, even when people tell us not to, yes?
5. Prince of Fools – Mark Lawrence
So here’s the thing: bravery may be observed when a person tramples one fear whilst in secret flight from a greater terror. And those whose greatest terror is being thought a coward are always brave. I, on the other hand, am a coward. But with a little luck, a dashing smile, and the ability to lie from the hip, I’ve done a surprisingly good job of seeming a hero and fooling most of the people most of the time.
6. Gut – Giulia Enders
Japanese researchers fed volunteers luminescent substances and X-rayed them while doing their business in various positions. They found out two interesting things. First, squatting does indeed lead to a nice, straight intestinal tract, allowing for a direct, easy exit. Second, some people are nice enough to let researchers feed them luminescent substances and X-ray them while they poo, all in the name of science. Both findings are pretty impressive, I think.
7. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – Leslye Walton
Why would you be given wings if you weren’t meant to fly?
8. We All Looked Up – Tommy Wallach
The best books, they don’t talk about things you’ve never thought about before. They talk about things you’d always thought about, but that you didn’t think anyone else had though about. You read them, and suddenly you’re a little bit less alone in the world. You’re part of this cosmic community of people who’ve thought about this thing, whatever it happens to be.
9. Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell
She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.
10. One – Sarah Crossan
I have no idea what James Joyce
is rambling on about,’ he admits.
‘Me neither,’ I say.
‘But I love it anyway.’
‘Yes,’ he says.
‘Isn’t it funny how something
so abstract can still speak to us?
What have been your favourite book quotes in 2015? Can a single quote convince you to read a book?