Happy Christmas! I have just had a delicious Christmas lunch with the family, and I feel incredibly blessed. Life is good. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday with The Broke and The Bookish is a freebie, so that those who are too busy celebrating aren’t left out. I wouldn’t have posted this if not for the post-lunch lull. I’ve done a Top Ten Quotes before, but here are ten excellent quotes from books I read in 2012.
“Life is not like water. Things in life don’t necessarily flow over the shortest possible route.”
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami – I did not like this book in general, but it has some brilliant bits .
“If you were half as funny as you think you are, you’d be twice as funny as you are now.”
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – Plagiarism is not cool, but I haven’t investigated the claims thoroughly enough. I do know that the characters are intensely witty.
“Be like the date that grows sweeter and sweeter, even though the soil that nourishes it is rocky and harsh.”
The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani – this was one of the best books I read this year.
“Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes its own magic.”
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – the beauty of this book is that it is so gentle and unassuming that the words don’t obliterate the story.
“Just because something isn’t practical doesn’t mean it’s not worth creating. Sometimes beauty and real-life magic are enough.”
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
“It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards…”
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
“Everyone represses everything. Do you think any of these “normal” human beings really do exactly what they want to do all the time? ‘Course not. It’s just the same. We’re middle-class and we’re British. Repression is in our veins.”
The Radleys by Matt Haig
Saving June by Hannah Harrington
“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”
The Fault in our Stars by John Green – Green really seems to like the space metaphors.
“I really wanted to believe that there were these magic celestial bodies that would direct my life, tell me what to do, and it turns out it’s not stars, it’s some bits of screwy DNA. I’m just meat with faulty programming.”
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
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