Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic – Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So – screamed my name because I’ve kept notebooks filled with book quotes since I was a kid. When picking the 10 quotes I wanted to share in this post, I looked for shorter ones that didn’t contain spoilers and made sense out of context. Looking over the ones that made the cut, someone might guess that I like to read about epic love with a dash of humor and characters who are a little prickly and/or awkward, and that person would be correct.

“I couldn’t stop shaking my head. I didn’t want this. I didn’t want to draw people to me with my broken pieces. I wanted to be left alone among all those pieces, sitting in the middle of them so if people dared to come close, they’d cut themselves on all the pieces to get to me.”
― Whitney Barbetti, Ten Below Zero

“I think you underestimate my capacity for taking normal human interaction and making it awkward.”
― Tessa Dare, When a Scot Ties the Knot

“Let’s be honest: in ten years, the man-bun of the 2010s will be equivalent to the rat-tail of the 1980s.”
― Julie Johnson, Cross the Line

“You don’t mention death when it’s hovering near someone you love. You don’t want to attract the reaper’s attention.”
― Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner, These Broken Stars

“It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

“I run. I kick. I punch. I listen. I write. I give.
I live.
Stars above, I live.”
― Heather Lyons, The Deep End of the Sea

“This giant among giants had never used his strength to intimidate me. His power lay in making me fall in love with him, and to do that, he’d laid himself at my feet, offering all that he had and all of himself without asking for anything in return except my heart.”
― R.J. Prescott, The Hurricane

“However, the more stressful my situation is, the less I think about it, or anything related to it. At present , I thought about how the elevators were like mechanical horses, and I wondered if anyone loved them or named them.”
― Penny Reid, Neanderthal Seeks Human

“Some women,” Dahariel said in that same hard tone devoid of any hint of humanity, “get under a man’s skin until digging them out makes you bleed.”
― Nalini Singh, Archangel’s Blade

“Everyone isn’t logical. Everything doesn’t make sense in the end. Sometimes you have to forget about explanations or excuses and leave people and places behind, because otherwise they will drag you straight down.”
― Tammara Webber, Breakable

Favorite Romantic Quotes from Books

I’m a girl who loves love, books, and quotes, so I thought I’d combine all of those to share some of my favorite romantic quotes from books. These aren’t necessarily my favorite books or even favorite authors, but the snippets I’m sharing have stuck in my mind over time.

“In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you.” – Jane Austen, Persuasion

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

“Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an
old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music, perhaps… perhaps… love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath.” – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

“I knew the second I met you that there was something about you I needed. Turns out it wasn’t something about you at all. It was just you.” – Jamie McGuire, Beautiful Disaster

“Your lies didn’t stop me loving you; your truth hasn’t stopped me either.” – Rachel Hartman, Seraphina (The sequel Shadow Scale finally releases next month after almost 3 years of waiting!)

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
― Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park