This hasn't been a great reading year for me, like, at all. I legit changed my Goodreads reading challenge goal from 25 to a very (foolishly?) optimistic 50, and then back again to 40 since it was starting to look like I'd never reach my goal, and God knows I hate losing...and finishing the year on such a dismal note was not something I was looking forward to. So yay, I completed my Goodreads challenge? I guess? Anyway, while 2017 has been quite the disappointment reading wise, most of the books I did end up reading were freaking fantastic and I decided to revisit them now through some of my favorite quotes. So, let me present you with the list of my top ten most favorite quotes from books I read in 2017!
“Funny things, words. Big words, small words; words that are bigger on the inside and packed tight with feeling. They can make us fall in love, and they can break our hearts and we’re powerless against them.”
― Maggie Harcourt, Unconventional
“You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything.”
“That's the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?”
― Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
“I don’t entirely understand how anyone gets a boyfriend. Or a girlfriend. It just seems like the most impossible odds. You have to have a crush on the exact right person at the exact right moment. And they have to like you back. A perfect alignment of feelings and circumstances. It’s almost unfathomable that it happens as often as it does.”
“That's what we do. We walk a tightrope every day. Getting out the door is a tightrope. Going grocery shopping is a tightrope. Socializing is a tightrope. Things that most people consider to be normal, daily parts of life are the very things we fear and struggle with the most, and yet here we are, moving forward anyway. That's not weak.”
― Jen Wilde, Queens of Geek
“Remembering is just an invention of the mind... It means that if you want to, you can remember anything, whether it happened or not... You don't need a time machine if you can remember.”
“Everyone has that moment I think, the moment when something so momentous happens that it rips your very being into small pieces. And then you have to stop. For a long time, you gather your pieces. And it takes such a very long time, not to fit them back together, but to assemble them in a new way, not necessarily a better way. More, a way you can live with until you know for certain that this piece should go there, and that one there.”
― Kathleen Glasgow, Girl in Pieces
“Bad and good, False and true: they're the opposite ends of a whole spectrum of behaviour, not the only two things a person can be. Because life just isn't that simple. People aren't that simple, even though I'm sure things would be a lot more straightforward if they were.”
Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture.”
― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists
“Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you'll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won't matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.”
That's it! Ten quotes from some of favorite books of the year, handpicked just for you. Often times, just a quote from a book is enough to grab my attention and make me want to pick it up. These are some quotes that would have made me do just that, had I not been interested in these books already.
What about you? What are some of your favorite quotes from your reads this year? Share with me in the comments below!