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!
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
“There is an anxiety in being yourself, though. There is the haunting question of “What if?” always lingering. What if who I am will never be enough? What if I will never be right enough for someone?”
“I am stronger than I am broken.”
“My father believes hunger is in the mind. I know differently. I know that hunger is in the mind and the body and the heart and the soul.”
“This is a memoir of (my) body because, more often than not, stories of bodies like mine are ignored or dismissed or derided. People see bodies like mine and make their assumptions. They think they know the why of my body. They do not.”
Lady Susan by Jane Austen
“…where there is a disposition to dislike, a motive will never be wanting”
“I write only to bid you Farewell. The spell is removed; I see you as you are.”
“There is exquisite pleasure in subduing an insolent spirit, in making a person pre-determined to dislike, acknowledge one’s superiority.”
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
“You can’t sit on the fence forever.”
“It takes a whole lot longer to dispose of a body than to dispose of a soul, especially if you don’t want to leave any evidence of foul play.”
“The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.”
The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin
“The greatest works of poetry are the stories we tell about ourselves.”
“If you live long enough and well enough to know love, its various permutations and shades, you will falter. You will break someone’s heart. Fairy tales don’t tell you that. Poetry doesn’t either.”
“It’s possible to exist under any number of illusions, to believe so thoroughly in the presence of things you cannot see—safety, God, love—that you impose upon them physical shapes. A bed, a cross, a husband. But ideas willed into being are still ideas and just as fragile.”
Peter Darling by Austin Chant
“Dreamers are always welcome here, whatever their reasons.”
“That’s the trick of growing up. Nothing stays the same.” Hook sounded oddly sympathetic. “You see the faults in everything. Including yourself.”
“The very world here bends for the sake of your stories, Pan. I see no reason why I, a mere man, should not.”
Have you read any of these books? I would love to know if any of the quotes resonated with you!
I have to point out that while The Last Romantics isn’t perfect (planning to post a full review soon!), it is one of the most quotable books that I have read in a long time.