Top Ten Lines I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is the Top Ten Lines I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year.

As always, these choices are listed in no particular order.

“I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange.”
Mosquitoland by David Arnold (My Review)


“Some secrets are too big to bury, some things can’t be hidden, but a girl is just about the right size.”
Dead To Me by Mary McCoy (My Review)


“Girls your age always think they will be rewarded for destroying themselves. And if that’s what you believe, it’s not your fault. But it also isn’t true.”
Like It Never Happened by Emily Adrian (My Review)


“Her hand found the feathers under his hair, soft and thick as river grass, and she kissed him back. She opened her mouth to his and pretended the sky was water.”
The Weight Of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore (My Review)


“People really are like houses with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.”
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli


“They say death aims only once and never missed, but I doubt Ty Yorkshire thought it would strike with a scrubbing brush.”
Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee (My Review)


“Swanlake village wasn’t a fancy place at all, just a regular old neighbourhood. But it was friendly. It was the kind of place where you could smell hot dogs and burgers grilling every weekend. Where kids rode their scooters on the sidewalk and sold lousy lemonade for a quarter a cup. It was a place where you had friends you could count on, like Marisol.
You wouldn’t have thought it was a place where people were worried or hungry or sad.
Our school librarian likes to say you can’t judge a book by its cover. Maybe it’s the same way with neighbourhoods. Maybe you can’t judge a place by its swans.”
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate (My Review)


“I don’t know if I’ll get a happy ending. But why worry about a happy ending? Why worry about any ending at all? I don’t know where I’m going next, and for the first time in forever, I don’t want to. I want my life to be picaresque. Fantastical. I want to say ‘Yes, and.’”
How To Be A Heroine by Samantha Ellis


“So many of us are reaching out, hoping someone out there will grab our hands and remind us we are not as alone as we fear.”

“Feminism is a choice, and if a woman does not want to be a feminist, that is her right, but it is still my responsibility to fight for her rights. I believe feminism is grounded in supporting the choices of women even if we wouldn’t make certain choices for ourselves. I believe women not just in the United States but throughout the world deserve equality and freedom but know I am in no position to tell women of other cultures what that equality and freedom should look like.”
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay


“There’s no right or wrong way to be a woman or to approach being a woman. Yet, somehow, you’ve probably spent a good part of your life thinking about the rules that come with being a woman. Get a period. Want children. Want men. Shave your legs and thighs and all the hair below your neck. Feminism is saying “choose how you want to live your life in ways that are right for you.” Wear cat eyeliner! Become a burlesque dancer! Shave only one leg! Have six kids and live in a remodelled farmhouse! Get the dessert! Make choices about yourself instead of following all the rules, and abandon the notion that you need to follow any path in order to be “a real woman!”

“You need to embrace the word ‘feminist’ in all its difficulty. You need to take responsibility for it. This is why it is imperative to declare yourself a feminist, to take hold of the word and make it acceptable so younger women can declare it. You need to help women by helping yourself.”
You Don’t Have To Like Me by Alida Nugent


11 responses to “Top Ten Lines I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So”

  1. Brilliant list! A quote from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda made my list this week, too, and I love your choices from Like It Never Happened, How To Be a Heroine, Bad Feminist and You Don’t Have to Like Me. 🙂
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  2. Kim says:

    Amazing quotes, especially the one from How to be a Heroine! <3

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  3. I really love these all! The one from Like It Never Happened really made me want to pick up that book RIGHT THIS INSTANT!
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  4. I loved LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED (I feel you were the one to recommend I read that book? THANK YOU JEN). Great quotes here. Love the Crenshaw one and Simon Vs. 🙂

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  5. I am ashamed to say that I have not read ANY of the books that feature quotes on your list today. :O
    I am a big fan of the quote from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, I have been meaning to read that book for quite a while.
    Also really liked the Dead to Me quote, it made me smile. I’ve never actually heard of that book before today, it looks interesting on goodreads 🙂
    Hopefully I will get round to reading a few more of these books and loving these quotes just as much as you!
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  6. Alexa S. says:

    Oh, that quote from The Weight of Feathers! It makes me want to read that book all over again, because it’s just so beautifully written <3
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  7. Great picks, I especially love that quote from Bad Feminist! I really need to read that one!!

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  8. Carrie says:

    I really want to read Under a Painted Sky & How to be A Heroine now after reading these quotes lol My TTT
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  9. Cheyanne says:

    Oooooooooooh this one is really good: “Girls your age always think they will be rewarded for destroying themselves. And if that’s what you believe, it’s not your fault. But it also isn’t true.”

    Also, I really, really, REALLY need to read Bad Feminist!!!

  10. Gina says:

    I too loved that one from CRENSHAW which itself was a magical read. Also digging the one from Mosquitoland…nice pick!
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  11. Wendleberry says:

    Oh, i love that quote from How to be a Heroine; i will have to look into that book! 🙂
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