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?

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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?

TTT: TBR Culling

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I actually DNFed quite a number of books last year, and I also got into the habit of periodically culling my TBR on Goodreads, so you’d think this would be easy peasy. But that’s the thing with DNFs and list deletions: they disappear. Ah well. Now this is good excuse to do my year’s worth of culling on Goodreads!

Ten Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis – This was just one of those books you get disinterested in after taking a chance on the movie. It just didn’t grab me, to be honest.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – This was just one of those books most everyone read and loved and this was something I probably should have read in high school. It’s been in my list since 2009, and chances are if I haven’t read it by now, I probably won’t.

P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern – Not actually sure what got me interested in this book. It’s not the type of book I’d read willingly. Maybe because of the movie? But I don’t recall wanting to watch the movie either…anyway, it’s off my list now.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke – It took me years to realize I wasn’t going to read my copy of this book. So I sold it. I mean…I watched and enjoyed the TV series?

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse – Back in the day, I had this crazy fascination with the Holy Grail and Arthurian legends. I mean, I’m still pretty into Arthurian legends, but just not so much on the Holy Grail. There were so many other stories in Britannic lore that were interesting than some goblet purity test. I was kind of over the puzzle-solving phenomenon revolving the Holy Grail since Dan Brown overplayed it with The Da Vinci Code.

Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky – This sounded interesting when I started playing the game based off this book. I didn’t get very far, though, so my interest kind of waned. It is a pretty cool post-apocalyptic piece of fiction, though. Just not for me.

Momo by Michael Ende – I could probably finish reading this quickly, but eh. Maybe one day?

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong – I like me my urban fantasies, but I’m not quite sure why this was on my TBR. Well. Maybe it had to do with the fact that there are werewolves involved. Buuut, er, the fact that the MC is the ONLY female werewolf has the potential to bother me. Because many reasons I don’t want to get into. So no thanks.

Perdido Street by China Mieville – I have discovered that I’m not as into “weird” or “fantastic” fiction as I originally thought I’d be. It’s okay once in a while, but it’s not at the top of my priority to-read list.

Rook by Sharon Cameron – If I’m going to be reading another. damn. dystopian, it better be a really good one. As is, I’ve been iffy about this book because the reviews weren’t very kind with regards to its worldbuilding and pacing. And I haven’t been very fond of YA dystopians anyway, especially if we’re just going to recreate a part of history. Wouldn’t that just be writing speculative historical fiction then?! Sigh.

Well. That cut down my list of books by 10! Not that that helped much…considering how many I’ve added to the TBR again…

TTT: New-To-Me Authors of 2017

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Happy New Year! Last year I experimented a lot on different authors, especially because of the amount of audiobooks I borrowed and listened to. I also didn’t stray too far from my favorites, and ended up reading a fair share of familiar authors as well. What I did like is that regardless of what I’d read earlier on in the year, a number of authors wrote their stories so lovely that I wanted more. Here are just a lovely few!

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2017

Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes) – Admittedly, I was very dry on high fantasies in 2017, which is sad, because some really epic stories are going on in the high fantasy/epic fantasy genre that I really need to pick up more on that front. I may have yelled at Sabaa a bit in my mind (and maybe once or twice on Twitter…), but AEitA was SO GOOD.

Samantha Shannon (The Bone Season) – Not sure why I enjoyed her debut book so much, because strip the worldbuilding away and it’s almost a typical YA story. That said, clairvoyant magic system. Yaaaaspls.

Katherine Arden (The Bear and the Nightingale) – Arden has certainly built up my kind of historical fairy-tale setting! Arden’s TBatN and its sequel The Girl in the Tower remind me of something Juliet Marillier would write about if Marillier wrote about Russian fairy tales. All the same, I love both authors now, so yay!

Raina Telgemeier (Sisters) – Telgemeier is my new Satrapi, except I actually related more to Sisters, which is, as its moniker would have it, a story that is exactly about sisters. I’m pretty keen on reading the rest of Telgemeier’s graphic novel series, because she really did make me laugh.

Carrie Fisher (Wishful Drinking) – HERE COMES THE GENERAL (RISE UP!). Been meaning to read through her work, and her passing early in 2017 propelled me into getting a copy of at least one of her biographies. Loved the voice, loved her humor.

Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine) – I was mostly on the fence for some of the volumes of this series, but I will admit that the writing is absolute crack and altogether ingenious. Loved the illustration as well in his TW+TD series, but when it came down to writing in so many different voices, Gillen has many beat.

Vikas Swarup (Q&A) – Loved the perspective in this book. I read this as an audiobook, so it was easier to imagine the setting (though to be honest, imagining the setting wasn’t hard when most of your head was ingrained in Slumdog Millionaire…). I really liked the story, though.

Anthony Doerr (All the Light We Cannot See) – All the Light We Cannot See is Doerr’s highest-rated book on Goodreads, but I might have to try his other books. That said, I had a love-hate relationship with his ending in AtLWCS, so if his other books end in a similar manner, I might just nope out of it. He writes beautifully, in any case.

Vic James (Gilded Cage) – This was one of the NetGalley ARCs that I thoroughly enjoyed reading in 2017. I will definitely be interested in reading more from this author, and I really should get myself a copy of the second book somehow!

Margaret C. Sullivan (The Jane Austen Handbook) – Enjoyed this book! I also realized I actually did read another book of hers, so she’s technically not new to me, but we won’t really count the other Jane Austen book, since it was mainly one about covers! So there.

How about you? Which authors would you like to read more of that you read in 2017?

2017 End of Year Book Survey

Hah, I had mentioned to my friend that I’d try to binge-read over my break, but that clearly didn’t happen! All the same, I at least got through a decent amount of books this year, and had a great run at the beginning of 2017 as far as five-star reads went. I’m still very determined to read a lot more, and while I don’t do many resolutions, at least setting and making my GoodReads goal has been a steady consistency!

Normally I do two reflection posts, so this one would be the first. Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner has been hosting this End of Year Book Survey for a few years now, and it’d be my fourth time getting into the groove. This is basically where I highlight some fun bookish facts about what I’ve read in 2017.

2017 READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read: 68
Number of Re-Reads: 6
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

BEST IN BOOKS

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

Stand Alone:

Series:

Mid-Series:

Graphic Novel:

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

The extra 300 pages of absolutely new plot threw me off, really. I’d still recommend the trilogy, though!

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

I did enjoy the book, even amidst my giggling critique of its new adulty-ness. All the same, it was entertaining overall.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Because women in power. Yaaaaaas.

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

Best Series Started in 2017:

Best Sequel Started in 2017:

Best Series Ender in 2017:

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

SABAA TAHIR

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Read this pretty early on, so would need to reacquaint myself again when I pick up the second book.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

Shoutout to Dan De Los Santos for illustrating two of the three favorite covers on my list!

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

HELENE AQUILLA

It was going to a girl who was badass. As the only female trainee and one of the top four competitors in the Black Mask training academy, she gets my vote.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

It wasn’t life-changing, but it definitely was thought-provoking. And highly disturbing.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?

Finishing the entire series was an “About Time” moment, really.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Shortest:

(11 pages)

Longest:

(1,049 pages)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

Words cannot describe my reaction to the end of this book. I cannot.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Lila Bard and Kell Maresh (A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab)

Ohhhh yes. I think those who’ve read and ship these characters are totally thinking about a literal ship in which the ship…ships? Teehee. Teach me your Antari ways, Kell.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Bran and Mercy (Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs)

Bran is Mercy’s adoptive father, and also the scariest werewolf alpha in the western hemisphere. That said, their relationship is a tricky one, and I always love the moments where Bran shows just how much he’d go to protect his surrogate coyote daughter.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Elias Veturius (An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir)

Just what is it about cold-trained killers that makes me crush on them in literature? Seriously, though, other than a hard body, Elias has a good heart and a moral compass. It kind of makes him the antithesis of an assassin, but there ya go.

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Nothing like soul-crushing goodness to put your life in perspective.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Don’t get me started again.

Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

Well, not biased or anything…but Fableulous Retellings Podcast is lovely…

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

My blubbering about A Conjuring of Light was pretty much the culmination of the entire year.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Haven’t been getting into much discussion lately, but I’ve been pretty bad with blogging and following other blogs. I really need to change that this year.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

While I didn’t get it completely done, I did adore The Reading Quest activity that Aentee created.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Gosh. Honestly, when I heard that I got another short story in Dreaming Robot Press.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Work really picked up this year, especially when I had to transition out of a not-so-stressful little-voldie environment to full-on stress mode by February. Honestly, most of my blogging ended up in the summer, during my breaks.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Interestingly enough, it’s a toss-up between my review for A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab and The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Maybe the Fableulous Retellings reposts, though I won’t say not to love anywhere else.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Storiarts doesn’t have as many book selections as Lithographs, but it’s worth pointing out because their fingerless gloves are adorbs!

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

My Goodreads goal got done! I would have missed it by 3 books, but thankfully, the audiobook spree was going strong.

Can’t say anything else about any of my other reading challenges. I really need to commit to those someday…

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

Read more. Yep.

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

Snort. I’ve been really bad at reading my ARCs right now I can’t bring myself to answer this.

How did your bookish year go?