I have always enjoyed reading book quotes, so I decided that for 2019 I will share my favourite quotes for every five books that I read! These are quotes that stood out to me, but will in no way spoil the book for you. I hope they give you a sense of what the book is about and the writing style!
Radium Girls by Kate Moore
The cynical would say there was only one reason a high-profile specialist finally took up the cause. On June 7, 1925, the first male employee of the United States Radium Corporation died.
The girls shone “like the watches did in the darkroom,” as though they themselves were timepieces, counting down the seconds as they passed.
“It is an offense against Morals and Humanity,” he concluded, “and, just incidentally, against the law.”
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
It was the first time that we had sort of articulated our major problem. She wanted to die and I wanted her to live and we were enemies who loved each other.
… to survive something we first need to know what it is we are surviving.
Go into hard things quickly, eagerly, then retreat. It’s the same for thinking, writing, and life.
The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
Yet, in reality, Ted loved things more than he loved people. He could find life in an abandoned bicycle or an old car, and feel a kind of compassion for these inanimate objects, more compassion than he could ever feel for another human being.
As I write these recollections of women who survived, I hope my readers are taking careful note of why they did.
They slammed doors in a stranger’s face.
They doubted glib stories.
They spotted flaws in those stories.
They were lucky enough to have someone step up and protect them.
The most basic bit of advice given to women who have to walk alone at night is, ‘Look alert. Be aware of your surroundings and walk briskly. You will be safer if you know where you are going, and if anyone who observes you senses that.’ The stalking, predatory animal cuts the weakest from the pack, and then kills at his leisure.
Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel by Mariah Marsden
“Its strange to love a place like you would a person, but I do!”
“I couldn’t let you sacrifice yourself for me.”
“Its not a sacrifice. My ambition has just changed.”
Disoriental by Negar Djavadi
To really integrate into a culture, I can tell you that you have to disintegrate first … from your own.
In Paris, we didn’t talk to each other anymore, about anything. None of us. Each of us was shut up in a silence mode of stupefaction and adjustment. In a state of unconsciousness. The past was just anecdotes now, that could be retold, but were only a vast, white, ruined wasteland.
With the passage of time, the flesh of events decomposes, leaving only a skeleton of impressions on which to embroider. Undoubtedly there will come a day when even the impressions will only be a memory. And then there won’t be anything left to tell.
27 thoughts on “Favourite Quotes from the Last Five Books I Read”
I think words convey so much 💗👍Great post
They really do! Thank you!
I loved reading these quotes, Kristin. Great post idea!
I am so glad that you enjoyed it!
Reading those quotes from The Stranger Beside Me gives me chills. Such a creepy book!
So creepy! I am going to have nightmares for weeks!
This is such a great post. I read the Anne of Green Gables Graphic Novel, what did you think about it?
Thank you! I liked it! I thought that the art was beautiful. It had some of the charm that the original has but not quite as much! I would still encourage people to read the novel. What did you think?
I loved the artwork and felt that it stuck very close to the original even though there were some things that got left out.
Great idea! I loved reading these. ♥️ My daughter just finished Anne of Green Gables and loved it. 😉
Thank you! That is so fun! It is such a great book that I want to put in the hands of everyone. She might also enjoy the graphic novel. The illustrations are beautiful!
Well definitely check it out. Thanks!
I just finished Radium Girls and oh my gosh. It was good yet so heartbreaking and that quote sums it up perfectly. Love this post <3
So accurate! I will never forget Radium Girls! Incredibly heartbreaking!
I love this idea and these quotes and what? This is the second post I’ve seen mentioning the Anne of Green Gables graphic novel?! So intrigued…
Thank you! The graphic novel is gorgeous!!
I’ve been hearing a lot about Radium Girls lately! And Anne of Green Gables is always lovely ☺️ I just started watching the Netflix show, Anne with an E!
Radium Girls is a must read, but it is graphic! I really want to watch Anne with an E. I’ve heard it’s really good!
I always feel like, when readers show you their favourite quotes from any work, it’s this deeply personal experience. SO, I’m always excited when people share them while blogging. I love a lot of these. Anne of Green Gables in particular, because it’s so nostalgic. And on another note, I’m going to be reading Radium Girls soon. I’ve got it on hold on my libraries digital catalog so, woo!
I have never through of it that way before but you are so right- sharing quotes is very personally!
I’m interesting to see what you think of The Radium Girls! Tough read but really interesting and important!
The Radium Girls seems good!
Highly recommend it!
Love the concept of this post! Your quotes from Disoriental really capture the spirit of the book.
Thank you! I really want to choose quotes that did that book justice!
I loved this idea 🙂 well done