Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year or So.
1. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”
I previously mentioned this book, and included a longer version of the quote above, and… yeah, it’s a tough read. Honest, and sad, and infuriating.
2. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
“It is better to be alone, she figures, than to be with someone who can’t see who you are… It is better to speak up than stay silent. It is better to open doors than to shut them on people.”
I’ve read this book every year or so since I first read it back in 2010. If you’re looking for a way into contemporary YA, this is it. It’s so smart & Frankie is the best.
3. The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan
“You’re mispronouncing that word.”
“Suffragette? How does one pronounce it, then?”
“Suffragette is pronounced with an exclamation point at the end. Like this: ‘Huzzah! Suffragettes!”
Historical romance + a badass suffragette? YES FOREVER.
4. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
“You must resist the common urge toward the comforting… fairy tales that imply some irrepressible justice. The enslaved were not bricks in your road, and their lives were not chapters in your redemptive history. They were people turned to fuel for the American machine.”
I’ve shared more quotes from this book here. I have a lot more to say about it, so I’ll post more soon.
5. Rebel by Amy Tintera
“You could’ve at least let me know you weren’t dead by the way. I was actually kind of sad about that.”
“That’s a pretty incredible sentiment, coming from you.”
This is from the follow-up to Reboot and I seriously can’t get enough of Wren and her (lack of) emotions and badass everything.
6. Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
“I see that what your mother wrote to me is true… She wrote that you’re in the habit of doing whatever you wish no matter how eccentric, and that you rarely answer any questions starting with the words ‘where’ and ‘why.’ ”
Sara grinned at that. “A long time ago I learned not to explain things to people. It misleads them into thinking they’re entitled to know everything I do.”
Her line, about not explaining things to people, spoke to me. People have complained that I don’t share a lot, keep details to myself, don’t ask for advice, and so on.. and this is basically why. I’m living the life I want to live and that’s that.
7. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
“Wouldn’t we all look guilty, if someone searched hard enough?”
I seriously doubt that someone could pin a murder on me, no matter how much they dug into my life, but this book definitely made me wonder. Things can look different, depending on the lens.
8. Three Schemes and a Scandal by Maya Rodale
“Has anyone ever told you how bossy you are?”
“I wouldn’t say that I’m bossy. I just always know what to do before anyone else does and I do not keep the information to myself.”
I love the whole Writing Girls series and this novella is no exception. Charlotte is so wonderfully charming in her scheming and I could read books and books of her life.
“Fortunately, women did talk. And read. And write. By creating stories with an intense focus on a heroine–her choices, her pleasure, her independence, and her rewards–romance novels promoted radical ideas of what a woman could do with her life and inspired women to try to make that dream a reality. Far for than “silly novels by silly novelists,” these books are perhaps some of the most subversive literature ever written, distributed, and consumed.”
I’m slowly, slowly working my way through this book, highlighter and pen in hand, enjoying every little bit. As a fan of romance novels who refuses to call anything I like a “guilty pleasure,” this book means so much to me. It’s so smart & there’s way more history behind society’s treatment of lady-books than is totally obvious at first glance.
10. It’s in His Kiss by Julia Quinn
“I’m going to push you up… You should be able to—” But she was already in. Hyacinth Bridgerton was clearly a born athlete. Either that or a cat burglar.
“I don’t think anyone heard. Can you get up by yourself?”
“As long as the window is already open, it’s no trouble.” …He was inside in under twenty seconds.
“I’m impressed,” Hyacinth said.
“You’re impressed by strange things,” he said, brushing himself off.
“Anyone can bring flowers,” she said with a shrug.
“Are you saying all a man needs to do to win your heart is scale a building?”
She looked back out the window. “Well, he’d have to do a bit more than this. Two stories, at the very least.”
This book is the seventh in the Bridgertons series. Hyacinth and St. Clair are both just plain great.
And now I’m off to read so I can save more quotes for another time! 😉