Top Ten Tuesday: Quotes from the Past Year

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish). This week we’re listing our favorite quotes from books we’ve read in the past year. This was both easy (because I’ve read so many good books in 2015) and hard (because I’ve read so many good books in 2015 that I had too many quotes to choose from). In no particular order:

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1. “Once, last year, I started going through my sins and Father Stephen said, “Oh, it’s you, Josie.” Can you believe it? He recognized me by my sins. I’m so boring that I can’t even change my sins from term to term.”

-Melina Marchetta, Looking for Alibrandi [Josie is an absolute queen and this quote was too funny to pass over.]

2. “What Frankie did that was unusual was to imagine herself in control… She asked herself: If I were in charge, how could I have done it better?”

-E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks [This moment defined the book for me. I love how unapologetically ambitious Frankie is.]

3. “Stories have a way of changing faces. They are unruly things, undisciplined, given to delinquency and the throwing of erasers. This is why we must close them up into thick, solid books, so they cannot get out and cause trouble.”

-Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making [Honestly, there’s not a single page in this book without an amazing quote on it.]

4. “I was sad that summer was over. But I was happy that it was over for my enemies, too.”

– B.J. Novak, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories [None of us will ever be one-tenth as funny as B.J. Novak.]

5. “I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.”

-Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles [Had to include this because I’ve been in a relationship for a few years and being in love makes you soft.]

6. “The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain.”

-Benjamin Alire Saenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe [I’m a girl, but I definitely belong to the rain. I was gleeful when it rained on my birthday this year.]

7. “I wish you the best that can be hoped for, and no worse than can be expected.”

-Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making [This. Book. Though.]

8. “Good and evil are a great deal more complex than a princess and a dragon… Is not the dragon the hero of his own story?”

-Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus [I loved this book but had a hard time finding good standalone quotes from it.]

9. “It is better to be alone, she figures, than to be with someone who can’t see who you are. It is better to lead than to follow. It is better to speak up than stay silent. It is better to open doors than to shut them on people. She will not be simple and sweet. She will not be what people tell her to be. That Bunny Rabbit is dead.”

-E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks [More Frankie. We all need more Frankie in our lives.]

10. “Blue was perfectly aware that it was possible to have a friendship that wasn’t all-encompassing, that wasn’t blinding, deafening, maddening, quickening. It was just that now that she’d had this kind, she didn’t want the other.”

-Maggie Stiefvater, Blue Lily, Lily Blue [I’m begrudgingly adding this quote because while I’m not a particular fan of Stiefvater or even this series, this was the quote that convinced me to read these books and I love love love it.]

A bonus quote from 2014 because it is probably my all-time favorite and I can’t help myself:

“It’s a weird smile, but it reaches his eyes and I bottle it. And I put it in my ammo pack that’s kept right next to my soul and Justine’s spirit and Siobhan’s hope and Tara’s passions. Because if I’m going to wake up one morning and not be able to get out of bed, I’m going to need everything I’ve got to fight this disease that could be sleeping inside of me.”

-Melina Marchetta, Saving Francesca [Sometimes I get this feeling like a moment is so happy and perfect that I need to squirrel the memory away, like when all of my best friends are in the same place at the same time, or when my parents are playing music and dancing around their kitchen. This quote reminds me of that.]


I love that two people can read the same book and have completely different bits speak to them. I’m so eager to see what quotes other people chose for their TTTs!

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