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!
“I’m a speckled seal swimming past the breakers, a seabird with a wingspan so long I can fly for miles. I’m the new moon, hidden and safe from him, from everyone.”
“I wonder how much victimhood they’d be willing to grant a girl like me.”
“Sometimes it feels like that’s all I’m doing every time I reach out—trying to haunt, to drag him back in time, asking him to tell me again what happened. Make me understand it once and for all. Because I’m still stuck here. I can’t move on.”
“Grief is tricky like that. It can lie low for hours, long enough for magical thinking to take hold. Then, when you’re good and vulnerable, it will leap out at you like a fun-house skeleton, and all the pain you thought was gone comes roaring back.”
“[…] perception is a tricky thing. When people think of you a certain way, it’s almost impossible to put that genie back in the bottle. And when the world considers someone a monster, people treat them like one, and it isn’t long before that person starts to believe it as well.”
“He’s like a perfect, windless pond, her husband once said. You throw something in just to watch it sink, and you’re going to see it on the bottom staring back at you for the rest of your life.”
“It’s marvelous to know another person’s entire literary canon by heart. It’s like knowing their secret personal language.”
“Now a hunger that cannot quite be located in the body comes over her, a sense of yearning, for what? Maybe for kindness, for a moral sense that is clear and loud and greater than she is, something that can blanket her, no, no, something in which she can hide for a minute and be safe.”
“After all, a person is herself, and others. Relationships chisel the final shape of one’s being. I am me, and you.”
“Tell them they can be great someday, like us. Tell them they belong among us, no matter how we treat them. Tell them they must earn the respect which everyone else receives by default. Tell them there is a standard for acceptance; that standard is simply perfection. Kill those who scoff at those contradictions, and tell the rest that the dead deserved annihilation for their weakness and doubt. Then they’ll break themselves trying for what they’ll never achieve.”
“It’s a gift if it makes us better. It’s a curse if we let it destroy us.”
“Even on this most terrible days, even when the worst of us are all we can think of, I am proud to be a human.”
“You can only do so much pretending before you become the thing you’re pretending to be.”
“When you’re faced with something you don’t understand, I think the most natural thing but also the least interesting thing you can be is afraid.”
What is a quote that stood out to you in one of your recent reads?
28 thoughts on “Favourite Quotes From the Last Five Books I Read”
Loved the quotes, especially, the one about grief from “Home Before Dark”.
I am always drawn to quotes about grief for some reason.
I wanna read these books😍
They are all amazing!
I love this! Great post!
This is fun idea. I love the Dark Vanessa’s quotes.
It’s such a brilliantly written read. A difficult topic though!
Oh I totally need to start writing down my favorite quotes! This is making me want to pick up The Fifth Season so bad. Lovely post! ♥
Thank you. The Fifth Season is so incredible. I can’t wait to continue on with the series.
Great quotes! I feel like I need to find a way to really keep track of quotes that I enjoy from books. 🙂
Thank you! I tend to just take pictures of them with my phone!
ooh good idea!
I can not wait to finally pick up The Fifth Season- it sounds so incredible! I loved this post idea, as I am always collecting favorite lines from books 🙂
It’s deserves all the attention it has been getting!! I would love to read some of your favourite quotes.
“In your dark night, I urge you to hold to your faith, to embrace hope, and to bear your love before you like a burning candle, for I promise it will light your way.” ~Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
He’s the best literary fiction writer!
I always wish I was the kind of person to write down my favourite book quotes as I read them but then I never do. Maybe I should put more effort into that. Great post and great quotes!
I’ve started taking pictures of the quotes with my phone. I find that helps!
So smart! I love that idea, thanks!
I love these! Those Lauren Groff quotes in particular really hit me in the feels – especially the one about the personal literary canon. Oof.
She’s a brilliant writer isn’t she? I need to read more by her!
Reading some strong and beautiful quotes really makes my day sometimes. Thank you for sharing! 😍
So glad you enjoyed them!
Oohh this such a fun idea!
Dark Vanessa is such an enthralling book, I couldn’t put it down when I was reading it. The author did a remarkable job addressing such a difficult topic.
Great quotes, I particularly liked the ones from The Fifth Season!
Quotes are always fun 🙂 I haven’t read any of these books, though.