Bluebeard

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TTT: Book Quotes

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I have done quote-related Top Ten Tuesdays before, but I specified them mostly through Terry Pratchett quotes and swoon-worthy quotes. So this time I’ll actually do my Goodreads favorites! I’ve been trying to save quotes up from books I absolutely adored, but it’s much harder to do when you get so invested in a book that you forget to take pictures or make note of what quote you really loved. Also, Goodreads doesn’t always have the one particular quote I want from a particular scene from a particular book…but I’ll make do.

I also limited quotes to one from each author, because then I might end up just doing a V.E. Schwab special or something…wait. That’s not an entirely bad idea…I’m going to save that for another quotes-related TTT!

Top Ten Book Quotes a la Goodreads

“Captain?”

“Yeah?”

“Do you think it was destiny that brought us together?”

He squinted and, after a thoughtful moment, shook his head. “No. I’m pretty sure it was Cinder.”

Cress by Marissa Meyer

There’s a lot of quotes that made me die a bit in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series, and this one wasn’t half as funny, but it’s so. damn. true. I blame Cinder for everything. And I love her for it.

Elend smiled. “Oh, come on. You have to admit that you’re unusual, Vin. You’re like some strange mixture of a noblewoman, a street urchin, and a cat. Plus, you’ve managed–in our short three years together–to kill not only my god, but my father, my brother, and my fiancee. That’s kind of like a homicidal hat trick.”

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

Elend is just full of snazzy things to say about awesome Vin.

Richard did not believe in angels, he never had. He was damned if he was going to start now. Still, it was much easier not to believe in something when it was not actually looking directly at you and saying your name.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

No list of quotes would be complete without a Gaiman quote. Honestly, it was between this and one from American Gods, but the AG one would have meant the use of profane things.

“I’ve looked at the world for quite a few years now and I’ve found that if I don’t laugh, I’ll probably end up crying.”

Demon Lord of Karanda by David Eddings

Silk is the bees’ knees! Again, there were plenty more fun things he’s said in the Belgariad, but this one has a grain of truth that still resonates with me. I laugh to prevent myself from crying over the world, too, Kheldar.

The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Which brings me to this gem of a Douglas Adams quote. ‘Nuff said. I could do a special on his sayings, too.

Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?

Sabriel by Garth Nix

Definitely another quote that’s stayed with me for years on end.

The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Pretty much the modern version of this is: “Fictional men have given me high expectations in romance!” True dat.

Once upon a time, the sky knew the weight of angel armies on the move, and the wind blew infernal with the fire of their wings.

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

I love all of Laini Taylor’s “Once upon a time” openers in her Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. This one was just extra poetic, which was beautiful.

“So you would have me throw Shazi to the wolves?”

“Shazi?” Jalal’s grin widened. “Honestly, I pity the wolves.”

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Honestly, I’m surprised I didn’t use any of the other quotes I adored in Wrath, but I really liked this one.

“Things are or they are not, Vasya,” he interrupted. “If you want something, it means you do not have it, it means that you do not believe it is there, which means it will never be there. The fire is or it is not. That which you call magic is simply not allowing the world to be other than as you will it.”

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Magic is so much clearer now! Seriously, though, Morozko you old frost demon, you.

Was there a book quote that stayed with you for a while?

Wrap Up: January and February 2018

I’m doubling up this time around because I completely forgot to put up January’s monthly wrap-up. Not that much happened in January. I mostly took pictures of food and books, or, well, you know, busy doing nothing much?

Books Read

Well, a double feature of monthly wrap-ups makes it look like I did a ton of reading at least…

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier || Speak Easy by Catherynne M. Valente || Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood || Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente || Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper || Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza || She Captains by Joan Druett

Currently Reading

Tamora Pierce did a signing last month for Tempests and Slaughter! I’ve been looking forward to this book for a long time, and I’ve totally pushed back on all my other books to read this. Yeeep.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch || Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce || Tortall: A Spy’s Guide by Tamora Pierce || Ghost Slayer by Majanka Verstraete || Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl || The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter

Writing

So I’m sitting and listening to music on my way home, and something came to me. I might actually write it down.

Movies

The Academy Awards are tonight, actually, so it’s only appropriate that I highlight my Oscar-movie bingeing for the past two months! I’m only sad that I didn’t get through all the movies on the list, but for the most part, I got through all of the Best Picture nominations at least (well, the last one I’ll be watching last minute).

Mudbound || The Breadwinner || The Big Sick || The Shape of Water || Boss Baby || The Post || I, Tonya || Molly’s Game

I absolutely loved The Shape of Water so much that I might actually buy myself a copy to keep (and I haven’t done that in a while). I, Tonya and Molly’s Game are longshots, but I really liked how they scripted the dialogue in Molly’s Game and I thought Margot Robbie and Allison Janney was fabulous in I, TonyaThe Breadwinner was really good, but it’s honestly Pixar’s category to lose as usual.

Dunkirk || Coco || Get Out || Darkest Hour || The Phantom Thread || Lady Bird || Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri || Victoria and Abdul

I’m normally a period piece kind of gal, but even Victoria and Abdul bored the shmat out of me. I didn’t like Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and honestly I hope Get Out wins for screenplay in that vein, because it was definitely well-written. I’m respecting Dunkirk for cinematography, but I honestly couldn’t tell you what the movie was about; I’ve totally forgotten already.

Television

I pretty much binged my shows, though most of my focus has been on movies.

Supergirl, Season 1 – After my general misgivings about how good Supergirl was going to be, I’ve gotten hooked since. Once past a certain number of episodes, it definitely got tons better. Also, I CALLED IT ON THE MARTIAN.

The Royal House of Windsor – This was something I watched after I ran out of The Crown episodes. Again. It wasn’t bad, I suppose, but definitely NOT The Crown.

Video Games

Injustice 2 – I don’t normally play fighting games, but for the Injustice franchise and its superb CG animations, I’m game for anything. This was a fabulous continuation of Injustice, and if there’s a third, I’m looking forward to that, too!

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider – I honestly consider this a spinoff of Dishonored 2, and while it was shorter as far as gameplay, it still packed a wallop. The story was straightforward and contained much less conspiracy, but if this was how Arkane Studios wanted to completely tie up the Dishonored series, it’s definitely a strong finisher.

Fooding

I ate and baked a lot of things, okay? What more do you want from me?!

Florentines || Chicken Gyro || Artichoke and spinach mac n’ cheese || Medovik || Chocolate covered frozen fruits || Chocolate mousse || Banana nutella crepe || Waffle fries

The end of March is going to be interesting, because, um, I’m headed off to a far away place (aka PARIS YAY!), so we’ll see how I’ll fare as far as updates go.

Mini Reviews: Interstellar Cinderella, She Captains

Because I’m all about women powah! From women mechanics in space to female crossdressing pirate captains, girls totally run the world. And thensome.

Have you read either of these books? What did you think?

TTT: Forever Re-reads

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You know, it’s hard enough trying to get through my exponentially multiplying TBR shelf, and if I could reread every book I adored and liked and enjoyed over the 20-something years, I totally would. But that would take away from reading everything else, no? Sigh. Where’s that time turner when I really need it?

In any case, I have been in the mood for re-reads lately, mostly because I’m in the middle of Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce, and my golly gosh, reading about where it all began for Numair made me want to pick up The Immortals series to read all over again. Ugh. Must. Not.

Ten Books I Could Read Forever

Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce – Or just about every. damn. book about Tortall in the universe, really. Okay, maybe not, but judging from how worn out my paperback copies of Song of the Lioness and The Immortals series are, you could definitely tell which ones I’ve read over and over again.

Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab – I must have leafed through the three books over and over again, and after getting a collector’s edition of A Darker Shade of Magic, I ended up re-reading that from cover to cover, short stories included! There’s just so much about this trilogy that I love, and I cannot wait for more.

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder – While I do adore the rest of this trilogy, Poison Study does have a soft spot in my heart. It’s one of my favorite “girl turns into an assassin and is trained by her sexy mentor” trope (is that really a trope, because if it isn’t, IT SHOULD BE). No, seriously, Valek is lovely. And so is Yelena.

Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson – I don’t know how often I really do re-read this series, but I have definitely skim-read the first book several times after I’d finished it. The third was a little more comprehensive and probably a lot more to take in, but Mistborn: The Last Empire is definitely worth returning to every so often.

The Wrath and the Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh – Um. Duh. If the food didn’t keep bringing me back, it’s all the damn words Ahdieh uses to weave her tale.

Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs – My friend definitely has seen me go into a complete rut where all I did over a span of a weekend was read and reread random books from the Mercy Thompson series. At this point I must have read the third, fourth, and fifth books in the installment so many times I’ve lost count.

Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – These were just so much fun, and I could definitely pick these up again just to make my day even brighter. A lot of this series made me laugh and squee. There was a lot of squeeing involved, let me tell ya. Alright, maybe not, because we’d be here all day.

The Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks – Another high fantasy that made it onto the list! And yes, I’d reread this over and over. I definitely have read The Way of Shadows several times now, including the first few chapters of its graphic novelization. It’s just such a great read.

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – This list would be remiss without the series that started my rereading sprees. Harry Potter is definitely a staple in my household, and I honestly would be lying to you if I denied ever re-reading these books. I’m also pretty damn good at HP trivia, too, so that pretty much tells you how many times I’ve actually read the entire series. Well, books 1-5, that is.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Here’s a non-fantasy for ya! Oh yes, I still read this book constantly. Whenever I’m feeling nostalgic. Whenever I’m feeling romantic. Whenever life just sucks and you just want an Eliza Bennett to put Mr. Darcy in his place so that he becomes pliable to her whims and then she can snog the eff out of him much later (oh, Lizzy, I knew your intentions from the get-go, you saucy minx). Which reminds me, I may be due for another re-read of this soon.

What books could YOU re-read forever?