Hour 4 Mini Challenge: Quotable Quotes

Posted October 18, 2014 by lionbird in General, Giveaways / 206 Comments

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Welcome to the fourth hour of the 24 hour readathon! Are you all having fun? This challenge is about just taking a minute to really appreciate what you’re reading — it can be really easy to get caught up in just getting as much read as possible, but there’s got to be stuff you want to remember. So to participate in this hour, here’s the rules:

  1. Comment with a quotation from one of today’s reads.
  2. Include your email address to make sure I can get in contact with you.
  3. I will randomly select one of the people who comments.

And… that’s it! Your prize will be a book of your choice up to £10 in value from the Book Depository, depending only on being in a country that TBD ship to!

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206 responses to “Hour 4 Mini Challenge: Quotable Quotes

  1. irene3ds

    “Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.” – Cinder, Marissa Meyer
    My email is eirenegomez@gmail.com yay ^-^

  2. Currently reading Pirates! in an Adventure with Napoleon.
    “The Pirate King paused for a moment to pull a great white shark from behind his throne and punch it in half with a fist. A fair amount of shark guts went over the tables at the front, but none of the audience minded at all.”

  3. Here’s a quote from my current page:

    “Choosing death is like exploring an unknown, uncertain place.” (Divergent by Veronica Roth). Of course, the main character vehemently disagrees with that!

  4. “It was afternoon, the cool kind of afternoon when it’s too warm for a sweater and too cold for bare arms. The irritating kind of afternoon.” – Dear Killer (pg 2) by Katherine Ewell

    I like this quote because I identify with this kind of weather all the time. I swear I spend half of every afternoon taking off and putting on my sweater. First too hot then too cold, rinse and repeat.

    Email address: kathrynlouw@gmail.com

  5. “But after the firestorm of flying metal from the first 155-millimeter shell, Fatima chooses to remember as little as she possibly can. The images, like stones buried among coals to bake loaves of kurba, are too hot to touch. There were bodies, and parts of bodies, in the wheat field, as the whumps, whistles, and explosions came so quickly, so close together, that they became a single scream” Three Cups of Tea

  6. “Ginny!” said Mr. Weasley, flabbergasted. “Haven’t I taught you anything? What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain?”
    ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Maria (maria.elmvang at gmail dot com)

  7. “The important thing about being a leader is not being right or wrong but being certain. Of course it helps to be right as well, the Abbot conceeded.”
    ― Terry Pratchett, Truckers

  8. I was really struck by the first line of Isla and the Happily Ever After: “It’s midnight, it’s sweltering, and I might be high on Vicodin, but that guy – that guy right over there – that’s him.” Pulled me in right away!

  9. “And his voice was as soft as a kiss” – pg. 266 of The Assassin’s Curse. I’m really getting into this story. I feel sorry for Ananna though. It’s starting to feel like she’s never gonna get to kiss her Assassin or will be left with a broken heart on that stupid Isle. That’s of course if she can survive the Mists and otherwordly things!

  10. Evi HP

    “There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold” Gone Girl

  11. My quote is from Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls book 5).

    “Your daughter ran away, Rachel. I think I speak for everyone when I say we’re very interested to know exactly who came back.”

  12. Here’s the last sentence I read: “I wasn’t the only one with secrets, but I was willing to bet he’d be easier to get them out of than me.”

    From Keep Breathing by Alexia Purdy.


  13. “It isn’t about what you experience in life, but how you decide to deal with it.”

    This book is a true dumb girly book, but that one quote is awesome. Like… Yes xD

  14. Theresa

    “Want nothing but the best for your friends because when your friends are happy and successful, it’s probably going to be easier for you to be happy.” – Roxane Gay, “Bad Feminist”

  15. “We can put up one-hundred-story skyscrapers, build hotels underwater and artificial islands in the shape of palm trees, we can invent “intelligent” building materials that absorbs organic and inorganic pollutants from the atmosphere, we can create robot vacuum cleaners and lamps that come on when you get home. And we can leave people to live on the side of the road.”
    – “No and Me” by Delphine de Vigan

  16. “There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.”
    ― Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls

  17. CaroG

    Here is my quote: “I’m quite illiterate, but I read a lot. ”― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
    And my address: cplazasg(at)gmail(dot)com
    Great challenge!

  18. Shaina

    I’ve been reading The Haunting of Hill House this morning! Not too far in, and my quote happens to be the first line, but it’s definitely a good’un!

    “No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolutely reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream.”

    Happy RAT!

  19. i thought this one was sweet:

    after (from shel silverstein’s every thing on it)

    after the snowmelt and after the rain,
    out of the ground a hand came
    and drew me a picture
    and wrote me a poem
    and touched my face gently
    and pointed me home.

  20. From Maus II: “More I don’t need to tell you. We were both very happy and lived happy, happy ever after.” Great ending to a sad sad story. My email address: jenstusue AT yahoo

  21. Rachael

    “When one has just woken up, but hasn’t yet gotten out of bed, it is a perfect time to look up at the ceiling, consider one’s life, and wonder what the future will hold”. Lemony Snicket, ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Ersatz Elevator’, Book the Sixth, Chapter 6.


    I would quote my J.R.R. Tolkien tattoo, but I’m not reading LOTR this readathon.

  22. I love this mini challenge! A book I’m reading on my kindle for the read-a-thon is The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson. I’m finishing it up as I started it awhile ago. This quote stood out to me:

    “I think sometimes when we find love we pretend it away, or ignore it, or tell ourselves we’re imagining it. Because it is the most painful kind of hope there is.”
    ― Rae Carson, The Bitter Kingdom

    My e-mail is: teachingbeyondthebooks@gmail.com

    Thank you for this challenge! 🙂

  23. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

    ‘I thought how desperately I would love to be able to run home and for Tom to be waiting for me. To have someone waiting for me.’

  24. Moa

    “I was ashamed of Beck, torn between loyalty to him and loyalty to me – and I hadn’t even realized until now they could be two different things.” (Page 213, Shiver “the wolves of mercy falls”)
    Email: Maarrggee@hotmail.com

  25. Isi

    I’m reading “The weight of blood”, by Laura McHugh and here is my quote:

    “I told her to ignore them. but I never told them to stop, and that’s what I remembered when Cheri’s body turned up in the tree: the ways I had failed her. Like how I’d been her best friend but she wasn’t mine. How I’d worried something bad might have happened when she went missing, but I didn’t do anything about it.”

    Thank you for the mini-challenge!

  26. i thought this one was sweet:

    after (from shel silverstein’s every thing on it)

    after the snowmelt and after the rain,
    out of the ground a hand came
    and drew me a picture
    and wrote me a poem
    and touched my face gently
    and pointed me home.

  27. “…the sheer complexity of biology still stands in the way of creating the synthetic biology equivalent of Lego Mindstorms. Right now, the science is still largely in the Duple stage.” — Pg 154, Biopunk by Marcus Wohlsen

  28. Katie

    “There is only one answer to this, of course. Yes. For a month, for a day, for an hour. If it costs her everything. if it strips her skin down to the bone. Her answer is, as it has always been, yes.” City of Women, David Gillham.

    Don’t you just love those little passages, those quotes, on which the entire story turns? Even when you would both do the same thing and you still want to smack her.


  29. “I saw the things that I love in this world. The work and the food and the time to sit and smoke. And I looked at the pen and I thought, what the hell am I grabbing this for? Why am I trying to become what I don’t want to be . . . when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am.” ~ Arthur Miller (said by Biff in Death of a Salesman)

  30. “I was coming around to the belief that whether you liked it or not, Things Happen and once they start happening you pretty much just have to hold on for dear life and see where they drop you when they stop” Meg Rosoff “How I live now”

  31. “Because her general taste appalled him, it annoyed him that he himself constituted one of her favorites. It was an anomaly which he had never been able to take apart.” -Flow My Tears the Policeman Said (marthab30 at live dot com)

  32. “She couldn’t wait for her dad to leave so she could start eating everything.” ~Eleanor and Park (And pretty darn relevant at the moment, I’m waiting for my roommates to go to work so I can eat!

  33. “Everyone talked about her grandma’s disappearance as if she were a stray cat who would meander back home when she got hungry. Don’t worry. She’ll be back.” -Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

  34. Listening to James McAvoy perform Neverwhere at the moment. 🙂

    “You’ve a good heart. Sometimes that’s enough to see you safe wherever you go. But mostly, it’s not.”
    ― Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere

    jess at gonewiththewords dot com 🙂

  35. Melanie

    From Virginia Woolf’s ‘Between the Acts’:
    …as they trundled, they were talking… rolling words, like sweets on their tongues; which, as they thinned to transparency, gave off pink, green, and sweetness.

  36. Listening to James McAvoy (and others) perform Neverwhere at the moment and it is glorious! 😀

    “You’ve a good heart. Sometimes that’s enough to see you safe wherever you go. But mostly, it’s not.”
    ― Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere


  37. “It is in nurturing aesthetic and moral sensitivity that human beings can approach that which is true and authentic in their existence, and [the way of tea] has evolved as a path to such a life.”

    – Shoshitsu Sen XV, Foreword to The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura

    I read this shortly after I saw the tea vs. coffee mini challenge, so I quickly posted it to my blog! haha.
    Email: smarie893@gmail.com

  38. ikebukuro2

    “When I’m reading, I can forget everything, sometimes I don’t even hear the phone” – The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry

  39. My quote is
    ”I took a deep breath and listened to the brag of my heart.
    I am, I am, I am”

    From ‘*The Bell Jar” By Sylvia Plath

  40. nelle16

    “We can put up one-hundred-story skyscrapers, build hotels underwater and artificial islands in the shape of palm trees, we can invent “intelligent” building materials that absorb organic and inorganic pollutants from the atmosphere, we can create robot vacuum cleaners and lamps that come on when you get home. And we can leave people to live on the side of the road.” – “No and Me” by Delphine de Vigan

  41. “Most people can motivate themselves to do things simply by knowing that those things need to be done. But not me. For me, motivation is this horrible, scary game where I try to make myself do something while I actively avoid doing it. If I win, I have to do something I don’t want to do. And if I lose, I’m one step closer to ruining my entire life. And I never know whether I’m going to win or lose until the last second.”
    ― Allie Brosh, Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

  42. I’m currently reading Winterspell by Claire Legrand and recently read this quote:

    “Clara nodded in answer, and he smiled an encouraging smile that lightened her heart and evelvated her mood despite herself. She found herself digging her fingers into the muck, to resist reaching out to touch him. She woud have to be careful with all of them.”

    Ohhhh…so mysterious! Winterspell has been a fantastic read so far and I highly reccomend it!

  43. “Many people see happiness only in their future.”
    ― François Lelord, Hector and the Search for Happiness

    my address: cessiesbookjourney(at)gmail(dot)com

  44. Ana

    “He turned the dial up again and winced as the pins-and-needles became a blanket of pain across his body, not dull but sharp as knives.” – Vicious by V. E. Schwab

  45. “Be a man!… What good is religion if it collapses under calamity? Think of what earthquakes and floods, wars and volcanoes, have done before to men! Did you think that God had exempted [us]? He is not an insurance agent.” From H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds


  46. “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
    from The Catcher in the Rye

    Email is lilacamor [at] hotmail.co.uk

  47. “But smiles and tears are so alike with me, they are neither of them confined to any particular feelings: I often cry when I am happy, and smile when I am sad.”
    The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte.

    I love that quote 🙂

    misshwhitehead (@) gmail (dot) com

  48. – The siblings’ father stood in the doorway of the library and said something they never forgot. “Children,” he said, “there is no worse sound in the world than somebody who cannot play the violin who insists on doing so anyway.” –
    The Austere Academy , by Lemony Snicket

  49. MartinaCK

    It meant “night of broken glass””

    The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

    martina_ck AT shaw DOT ca

  50. “Clara nodded in answer, and he smiled and encouraging smile that lightened her heart and elevated her mood despite herself. She found herself digging her fingers into the muck, to resist reaching out to touch him. She would have to be careful with all of them” — Winterspell by Claire Legrand

  51. Georgiana G.

    “Had I cataloged the downsides of parenthood, would never have turned up on the list.” – Lionel Shriver,We need to talk about Kevin

  52. From this lullaby:
    “The door swung open again, and there was Monkey, panting. Above him, dangling past the doorframe from the left, was one hand, fingers gripping a bright blue fork, wiggling it around suggestively, as if it was some kind of signal, spelling out messages in supersecret spy code. What was it saying? What did it mean? Did I even care any more?”


  53. MoonStar

    My book is in norwegian.. but I will just freely translate it.
    “If it is chemical and you can`t controll it.. Is that jerk still getting your butterflies dancing” Zuzana asked
    “No, for god sake. I think he is making my butterflies throw up.” Karou answerd.

    It`s from Daughter of Smoke and Bone, where Zuzana and Karou talkes about having butterflies dancing in their stomack, when they see a boy they likes. And here Karou is refeering to her feelings for her exboyfriend.. haha made me laugh so much.. loved that part. 🙂


  54. “Lots of death, huh? Personally, I’m trying to avoid lots of death, but you guys have fun!” -Leo Valdez from the House of Hades.

  55. Malin

    “Jag är glad för att universum fick dig att visa kalsongerna för mig”
    “I am happy that the universe made ​​you show your underwear for me” – Tape by Steven Camden

    I’m reading it in swedish so I don’t know if that’s the actual quote in english, but great challenge!

  56. Elishia

    “George’s voice became deeper. He repeated his words rhythmically as though he had said them many times before. ‘Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place. They come to a ranch an’ work up a stake, and the first thing you know they’re poundin’ their tail on some other ranch. They ain’t got nothing to look ahead to.” John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

  57. “To choose to live so locally, to become dependent on your own community and backyard, has gone out of fashion over the past hundred years or so. It’s in aiming for this kind of closeness to place that I am finding my path to happiness.” Jenna Woginrich from Cold Antler Farm

    I am Leann at academy252(at)gmail(dot)com. 🙂

  58. “Even when it made me love her less, she never smoothed the way or told me half-truths. She had earned this moment. Perhaps she had been working toward it all our lives together.” – The Moonlight Palace by Liz Rosenberg

    (And my email is _wendy@hotmail.nl) 🙂

  59. “Oh, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person: having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words . . . ” – Dinah Maria Craik

    Quoted in, and source for the title of, Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good by Jan Karon

    Fun challenge!

  60. “She’d survived the outside. She’d survived the Aether and cannibals and wolves. She knew how to love now, and how to let go. Whatever came next, she would survive it, too” – Veronica Ross, Under the Never Sky

    Thank for doing the mini-challenge!

  61. I’m reading Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck.

    “To put it plainly, this Isle is like Avalon; it must disappear when you are not there.”

    throughbookshelves AT gmail DOT com

  62. Tim

    “Some people—and I am one of them—hate happy ends. We feel cheated. Harm is the norm. Doom should not jam. The avalanche stopping in its tracks a few feet above the cowering village behaves not only unnaturally but unethically.”

    Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov


  63. I’ve just finished to read something with a quote I really fell in love with! So:

    “I swear on the blood of all the fallen Avengers… on the blood on my hands: I’ll find a way… to avenge this world. My… world.” Clint Barton/Hawkeye from Marvel Universe vs The Avengers.

    (it’s a comic, does it count?)

  64. From Our Zoo, by June Mottershead – talking about the recent BBC drama about her family:

    “The credits say Our Zoo was inspired by the story of George Mottershead. And that’s what my father was: inspirational. What he started in an empty Victorian mansion… is now counted among the top zoos of the world. I know it. Other zoo directors know it. But now millions of ordinary people will know it too. And all I ever wanted was for my parents to have the recognition they deserved.”


    Ellie @ Book Addicted Blonde
    emp501 (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk

  65. “It seemed when the first stroke of nine banged from the big courthouse clock all the lights were on and business humming in the shops. But by the time the last stroke of nine shook everyone’s fillings in his teeth, the barbers had yanked off the sheets, powdered the customer, trotted them forth; the druggist’s fount had stopped fizzing like a nest of snakes, the insect neons everywhere had ceased buzzing, and the vast guttering acreage of the dime store with its ten billion metal, glass and paper oddments waiting to be fished over, suddenly blacked out. Shade slithered, doors boomed, keys rattled their bones in locks, people fled with hordes of torn newspaper mice nibbling their heels.”

    Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes.


  66. Lavinia Nascimento

    “It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”
    Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club)

  67. chowmeyow

    “All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.” – from Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou

    emwilson at gmail

  68. I’m currently reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane and there are many good quotes!(:

    My Quote:
    I said, “What makes an ocean different to the sea?”
    “Bigger,” said my father. “An ocean is much bigger than the sea. Why?”
    “Just thinking,” I said. “Could you have an ocean that was as small as a pond?”
    “No,” said my father. “Ponds are pond-sized, lakes are lake-sized. Seas are seas and oceans are oceans. Atlantik, Pacific, Indian, Arctic. I think that’s all of the oceans there are.”
    – Page 24

    My email is: freya.boeck@web.de

  69. I’m currently reading the Fifth Vertex – a book I got from netgalley. A random quote from the page I’m on:

    ” A group of graduates squeezed past him and up around the elephant, the metal grommets in their leather armor glinting in the firelight, their fresh new tunics swaying regally, untouched by the faintest hint of dirt or stain”

    anastaciaknits at gmail dot com

  70. “You English would sit by in polite silence while every species of avoidable disaster takes place in front of your eyes rather than make the social lapse of being seen to interfere!” page 83, The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

    so fun!

  71. Allison

    “Fwell, I’m just a doorknocker and I can talk to fwhoever I please,” said the gargoyle pleasantly.

    Mort by Terry Pratchett

    ski_bum1979 AT yahoo DOT com

  72. keshdots

    “It was books that made me feel that perhaps I wasn’t alone” -Will Herondale Clockwork Prince – Cassandra Clare

  73. Lily

    ”Man, what had that piney-tasting stuff been? The Brannick version of Red Bull?”
    -Spell bound by Rachel Hawkins

  74. The following quote is a wonderful start from a “pun”ny middle-grade book about ghosts, “Dying to Meet You” by Kate Klise:

    “By turning this page and the pages that follow, you hereby release the compilers of this correspondence from all liability related to thoughts, ruminations, hallucinations, and dreams (good or bad) of or pertaining to ghosts, friendly or otherwise.”


  75. “Is it always going to be like this? You not coming home until I’m asleep? Mum has been so odd since this happened to you. And Nick and I miss you. Suppers don’t seem right when you’re not there.”

    “They didn’t seem right before,” I assured her, dropping back on the pillow. – Sapphire Blue (Book 2 in the Ruby Red trilogy) by Kertsin Gier

  76. “Ok, on second thought, maybe honesty isn’t the best policy after all. Maybe it isn’t a good idea to tell a newly arrived human being that he’s been born into a world of chaos, pain, and poverty just in time to watch everything fall to pieces”
    from Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    my email is klara.michaelson[at]gmail.com

  77. “Sometimes a flame must level a forest to ash before new growth can begin. I believe Wonderland needed a scouring.”
    ― A.G. Howard, Splintered

    email: lattebooks7(at)gmail(dot)com

  78. “Ah, my daughter,ʺ he said. ʺEighteen, and already youʹve been accused of murder, aided felons, and acquired a death count higher than most guardians will ever see.ʺ He paused. ʺI couldnʹt be prouder.”
    -Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) by Richelle Mead

    and my email is mybookinstitute@gmail.com

  79. “She read modern fiction too. Always fiction. She hated to hear the word ‘escape’ used about fiction. She might have argued, not just playfully, that it was real life that was the escape. But this was too important to argue about.”
    ― Alice Munro, Too Much Happiness


  80. Clanton pointed a finger at Holliday. “You’re the one who crippled my brother.”
    “You’re looking at it all wrong,” said Holliday. “I’m the one who generously let your brother live after he drew on me.”
    “You’ll pay for that!” promised Clanton.
    “I already did,” answered Holliday easily. “Bullets cost money. I probably wasted a nickel on your brother and his friend, which is certainly more than they’re worth.”
    ~ The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick

    (And I’m Maria at faery_elmindreda-at-hotmail-dot-com. =])

  81. “So much of what makes the Internet useful for communication–Asynchrony, anonymity, escapism, a lack of central authority–also makes it frightening.” — Dataclysm, by Christian Rudder

  82. ‘First Entry
    I have decided to commit a murder. And before I go any farther I want to try to give my reasons for this as accurately as possible. They will be so very important to the psychologist of the future when the Wellington Chickle Murder Case has taken its right place as one of the great historical crimes, when such names as Crippen and Landau will be obscure in comparison with my name. Not, of course, that my name will be associated with the Crime during my lifetime. After I have finished my days in peace this Journal will be given to the world and then for the first time it will be realized that the brains of Scotland Yard have been outmatched by the genius of one who seemed no more than a sober, gentle, retired watchmaker.’
    Case for Sergeant Beef by Leo Bruce


  83. This is right from the start of “The Bone Season” by Samantha Shannon.

    “I like to imagine there were more of us in the beginning. Not many, I supposed. But more than there are now.
    We are the minority the world does not accept. Not outside of fantasy, and even that’s blacklisted. We look like everyone else. Sometimes we act like everyone else. In many ways, we are like everyone else. We are everywhere, on every street. We live in a way you might consider normal, provided you don’t look too hard.
    Not all of us know what we are. Some of us die without ever knowing. Some of us know, and we never get caught. But we’re out there.
    Trust me.”

  84. “People out in these parts can take hold of religion like it’s a drug, and they don’t want to give it up once they’ve got a hold of it. It’s like it feeds them, and when they’re on it they’re likely to do anything these little backwoods churches tell them to do,”
    A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

  85. Debbie

    “Turtle Heart hummed a note through his nose or the pipe as he blew an irregular bulb of hot greenish ice. It steamed and hissed in the air. He knew what to do with it; he was a wizard of glass.” -Gregory Maguire, Wicked (debbie.chute@gmail.com)

  86. And having thus chosen our course, without guile, and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear, and with manly hearts.
    –Abraham Lincoln, in an address to Congress
    July 4th, 1861

    I’m reading Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

  87. Fun! I’m actually adding quotes on my updates throughout the readathon. Here is a quote I loved from today: “A son will always be a son, they say. But a girl is like a goat. Good as long as she gives you milk and butter. But not worth crying over when it’s time to make a stew.”
    ~Sold by Patricia McCormick

    becca7931 (at) (yahoo) (dot) (com)

  88. Shejdi

    “You’re the only person I’ve ever met who can stand a bookstore as long as I can.”
    ― Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her

  89. “It was the heron taking flight over the water, its great wings beating slowly and deliberately, looking at once encumbered and free. Its long neck was tucked in, dark legs dangling behind. Against the lowering sky the silhouette was black, the tips of its primary feathers distinct, the forked division of its toes. . . . For the first time in his life, he felt a helpless love.” from The Lowland.

  90. “Every story has a smell. I don’t always notice it at first. Sometimes it takes days before it weaves itself into the fabric of my clothing, and sinks into some dark corner of my cortex, becoming memory. I come home, I can’t smell a thing.”

    Anderson Cooper, Dispatches From the Edge

    my email is bybeesusan(at)gmail(dot)com

  91. “There are gods, she told herself, and there are true knights too. All the stories can’t be lies.”

    Sansa, A Clash of Kings p. 757

    deadbookdarling @ gmail.com (sorry about the duplicate comments!)

  92. “It happened in November, during the week preceding the homecoming game when they were to play their crosstown rivals and crown their new queen. Yet it had happened many times before, in cheap teenage exploitation films, the thoughtless kind without a shred of realism or warmth. Perhaps that was what had made the trick seem so especially base. However, though the fundamental idea had been boringly simple, its implementation had never been so wickedly crafty.” – Christopher Pike, Weekend.

    HIS WRITING IS SO BONKERS omfg it’s great

  93. “It happened in November, during the week preceding the homecoming game when they were to play their crosstown rivals and crown their new queen. Yet it had happened many times before, in cheap teenage exploitation films, the thoughtless kind without a shred of realism or warmth. Perhaps that was what had made the trick seem so especially base. However, though the fundamental idea had been boringly simple, its implementation had never been so wickedly crafty.” – Christopher Pike, Weekend.

    HIS WRITING IS SO BONKERS omfg it’s great.

  94. Stacie S

    “The story had held us, round the fire, sufficiently breathless, but except the obvious remark that it was gruesome, as, on Christmas Eve in an old house, a strange tale should essentially be.” -opening line from The Turn of the Screw

  95. From The Courage Consort by Michel Faber: “I’m merely hummmmbly suggesting you give a thought to what might put some reasonably intelligent bums on seats. The Beatles, it may astound you to konw, inspire greater love than Pino Fugazza and Mr. Waffle put together – if such a pairing can be imagined without an ejaculation” – he gasped for breath – “of vomit.”

    I live at libbylste@gmail.com

  96. Mer

    “It was only later, as a voice on the PA was chasing stragglers from the hall and the lights went out over the signing area, that Mr. Nostalgia noticed that Luther Stallings had walked off with his gold pen.” Michael Chabon, Telegraph Avenue

    Mer underscore elliott at shaw dot ca.

  97. “We’re no longer young men. We’ve lost any desire to conquer the world. We are refugees. We are fleeing from ourselves. From our lives. We were eighteen years old, and we had just begun to love the world and to love being in it; but we had to shoot at it. The first shell to land went straight for our hearts. We’ve been cut off from real action, from getting on, from progress. We don’t believe in those things any more; we believe in the war.”
    ― Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

  98. I’m re-reading all of the Harry Potter books and this is my favourite quote from the first book:

    “Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves it’s own mark. To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.” – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling

    (Email is lamanderson95(@)gmail(.)com)

  99. This book is filled with all kinds of Victorian England criminal slang that I’m having to learn but this is one of a few sentences that has made me laugh out loud:
    “It’s not every day a man gets asked to snaffle a leopard, so I ask why- no harm intended.”- The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton.
    Also in case you’re wondering “snaffle” apparently means “steal.” You learn something new every day!


  100. Two lovely quotes from my first read, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente:

    “She sounds like someone who spends a lot of time in libraries, which are the best sorts of people.”


    “It is well known that reading quickens the growth of a heart like nothing else.”

    Email address: lostgenerationreader[at]gmail[dot]com

    Thanks for the challenge! 🙂

  101. “Describe a life experience that changed you. What was it and how did you learn (1000 words)”
    – The Last Little Blue Envelope – Maureen Johnson

    rubs.escalona @ gmail.com

  102. Finally! Something that does not require taking pictures!!!

    “I was seized by remorse and the sense of guilt, which hurried me away to a hell of intense tortures as no language can describe”
    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

    -Jamie darjlj75 (at) gmail (dot) com

  103. “When my son was six or seven, and realized that he and I were not going to die at the exact same moment, he cried for awhile, and then said that if he’d known this, he wouldn’t have agreed to be born.” from Small Victories by Anne Lamott

    Made me a little teary!

  104. “Physically,” he said, “he’s uncommonly well set up. As an anatomist, it is really a pleasure to me to see such a beautiful structure; although, if people were all like him, I suppose there would be very little need for doctors.” – Dr. Sloper, Washington Square by Henry James

    email: stephanieahough (at) gmail (dot) com

    YAYYY QUOTES! Reading the comments on this post is awesome!

  105. rubs917

    “From there she went to Paris, to Rome, to Amsterdam, and Edinburgh and Copenhagen and across Germany in a train and all the way to Greece on a slow ferry”

    The Last Little Blue Envelope – Maureen Johnson

    rubs.escalona @ gmail.com

  106. “He picked up the nearest steak knife and stabbed it into the table, making the ghosts around him jump.”
    – Rick Riordan, The Blood of Olympus

    Thanks! dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

  107. rivercityreading

    “Don’t you think that the vast majority of chaos in the world is caused by a relatively small group of disappointed men?” – Dave Eggers / rivercityreading (@) gmail.com

    Love this challenge – thanks!!

  108. “If you run away from a thing just because you don’t like it, you don’t like what you find either.”

    – John Wyndham, The Chrysalids

  109. Isa @ Chasing Quills

    “It’s wildly irritating to have invented something as revolutionary as sarcasm, only to have it abused by amateurs.”
    ― Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal


  110. “We all love and we all lose and we go on loving just the same.”
    One of the stories (my oldschool kindle won’t tell me which) in My True Love Gave to Me – Perkins

  111. Here’s a description I liked from STEALING FIRE by Jo Graham:

    “Above, the sky stretched clear and cloudless, more stars than there are numbers glittering in sooty darkness. On the eastern horizon Sothis rose pale and bright, following in the Hunter’s tracks, heralding the dawn.”

    xicanti AT gmail.com

  112. Fun mini challenge!

    I stared. “Doctor Who? You sh%tting me? This some kind of gofy code name or something?” From Patient Zero by Jonathan Mayberry.

    (littlelovelybooks at gmail dot com)

  113. “A man does not fly like a bird, but one foot moves and then another and one day a man is there, and a king dies.” Jaqen H’ghar A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin
    dustypork (at) gmail (dot) com

  114. From Reunion by Hannah Pittard:

    “The truth: In this country, money is everything. It’s freedom. It’s everywhere. Even when people aren’t talking about it, they’re talking about it. I’m not saying it’s happiness. But I’m also not saying it’s not. It’s the difference between sleeping at night and not sleeping at night. It’s the difference between a freaked-out heartbeat because you might not have enough in your account to pay for all the groceries that are moving rapidly down the belt in the direction of the register.”

  115. “What strange creatures we are!” Jane Austen
    From The Jane Austen Guide to Life by Lori Smith
    How true is this!?

  116. “Since God makes no mistakes, I am not a mistake.” -Praying for Your Future Husband

    Thank you! pinkdaddysgirl[at]gmail.com

  117. Pogue

    “Dogger!” I said. “They’re coming to take my finger-prints!”

    Dogger looked up from the vast array of silverware he was polishing on the kitchen table. For just a moment his face was a complete blank, and then he said, “I trust they will be returned to you in good order.” – A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley

    My email is Poguereid at Hotmail.com.

    Thank you this is a great mini challenge.

  118. Elisabeth

    “I guess trusting someone to protect themselves takes a kind of strength too.” -Seishiro Tsugumi, Nisekoi, vol. 3 by Naoshi Komi

    I love reading for good book quotes! This was fun.

    (I’m at aoi (dot) sakura116 (at) gmail (dot) com.)

  119. “He dropped his head back, stared at the cornice, and said with the soft malignity of a clever person dealing with the slow-witted.”

    The Return of the Soldier, by Rebecca West

  120. “Nico stared at his father. He didn’t know what to do with that statement. He could accept many unreal things – hordes of ghosts, magical labyrinths, travel through shadows, chapels made of bones. But tender words from the Lord of the Underworld? No. That made no sense.” The Blood of Olympus, Rick Riordan

  121. “She wrote the number 4. Is there a fourth suspect? Is there someone else who knew about the party, knew Meg and Tony and had a good reason to stop the party?

    “She couldn’t think of anyone. So she wrote down Dwayne.


    ” ‘Because I don’t like him.’ ”

    ~R.L. Stine, The Surprise Party

    (This made me laugh. katenab (at) gmail.com )

  122. “The boy, to his dismay, realised no breath left his lips or heart pumped in his chest. He looked at his thin pale arms and the veins had turned black. For now they held the secrets of the dead. All that was left to do for the boy was to scream and scream and scream.”
    – from The Boy in the Cemetery by Sebastian Gregory

    Thanks for the fun challenge.

  123. “With a great crack, the ice gives way below them, and a mouth ringed with a thousand teeth silently opens.” -City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

    athreadoffiction at gmail dot com

  124. I got choked up at this line, so I have to pick it – I’m blanking out part though, since it’s close to the end and kinda spoilery.

    “Dimwit Essie _____ Essie,” he said. “Essie mother proud.”
    And then the twitchy malfunction who’d never botched anything he didn’t mean to dipped himself into an unmistakeable bow.
    – Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

    Guess that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense out of context, but I swear, it’s great. Thanks for the challenge!

    ksjmkm1 at gmail dot com

  125. aoisakura1116

    “I guess trusting someone to protect themselves takes a kind of strength too.” -Seishiro Tsugumi, Nisekoi vol. 3 by Naoshi Komi

    I love reading for good quotes! This was fun!

    (My e-mail is aoi (dot) sakura116 (at) gmail (dot) com.)

  126. “Funny things, aren’t they? People. The only believed in what they could see. Appearances were all that mattered, and no one would ever care what she was like on the inside. No one cared that she was breaking apart.”
    – Falling into place by Amy Zhang

    battyaboutbats at gmail.com

    Thank you!

  127. From You by Carolyn Kepnes, a twisted, scary story narrated by a stalker:

    6:08 and the next dude in line is buying the new King and The Shining just to be bold — he calls The Shining a prequel and I want to cut his face — and what an awful world it is out there, Beck. What a miracle that you came in here, so happy, when most of the people who come in are so miserable, everyone except for you and me and Curtis, who holds the door for Mr. Shining and starts with his bull$hit.

  128. buriedinprint

    “By starting the story, the story tells you; tells you how to go on and how to look back”
    -Marilyn Dumont (epigraph to Soraya Peerbaye’s Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names)

    buriedinprint AT gmail DOT com

  129. My quote comes from the awesome book The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes:

    “You’re eyes are so pretty.”
    “I know right? They’re my second best feature.”
    “What’s your best?”
    He glances quickly down at his lap and then arches his eyebrows suggestively at me.
    “Prove it.”



  130. “I have always believed that anyone who must violate the law to achieve his purposes must lack either intelligence or imagination, probably both.”
    ― Miss Wonderful by Loretta Chase

    Mrs.Soule at gmail.com

  131. Erin (Erin Reads)

    From Not Fade Away by Rebecca Alexander:

    “People tend to get so stuck in the unhappiness of their lives because at least it’s familiar, and they find comfort in the discomfort because at least it’s predictable and what they know. Breaking that cycle requires you to face your fears, to explore the unknown and to let yourself be afraid and vulnerable.”

    erinreadsblog [at] gmail [dot] com…thanks! 🙂

  132. “Neel takes a sharp breath and I know exactly what it means. It means: I have waited my whole life to walk through a secret passage built into a bookshelf.” From Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store 😀

  133. “The great thing about homo sapiens is that we’ve got a brain that can override our instincts. If we want it to.” – The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

  134. “Sitting in her office at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Mma Ramotswe reflected on how easy it was to find oneself committed to a course of action simply because one lacked the courage to say no.”

    Tears of the Giraffe, Alexander McCall Smith

    I hear you, Mma Ramotswe.

    I’m at faintlymacabre12 [at] gmail [dot] com 🙂

  135. Amanda

    Destroy Me By Tahereh Mafi

    These letters are all I have left.
    26 friends to tell my stories to.
    26 letters are all I need. I can stitch them together to create oceans and ecosystems. I can fit
    them together to form planets and solar systems. I can use letters to construct skyscrapers and
    metropolitan cities populated by people, places, things, and ideas that are more real to me than
    these 4 walls.
    I need nothing but letters to live. Without them I would not exist.
    Because these words I write down are the only proof I have that I’m still alive.

  136. From Children of the Mind, Orson Scott Card –

    “Just because we might all die here on this little world does not undo the lives before the deaths”.

    Thanks for hosting, love the idea of focusing on things you want to remember, not just reading as much as possible! (faith (at) geekyzoogirl (dot) com)

  137. I suck at quotes, but this from the introduction is amazing!
    “Stories are the most important thing in the world. Without stories, we wouldn’t be human being at all.” -Philip Pullman

  138. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green: “Ergo: girls should always make the first move, because (a) they are, on the whole, less likely to be rejected than guys, and (b) that way, girls will never get kissed unless they want to be kissed.”

  139. KC

    “We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    katherinerovensky (at) gmail (dot) com

  140. Lindsey of Letters

    “Even I, Albus Dumbledore, would find it easiest to refuse the Invisibility Cloak; which only goes to show that, clever as I am, I remain just as big a fool as anyone else.”
    -The Tales of Beedle the Bard

  141. “She seems to disappear into the pages-as if everything around her dissolves and she is transported into whatever world inhabits the pages of that book.” -West of the Moon by Margi Preus

  142. “If this is my nature I’m going to follow it.” from La principessa che amava i film horror

    donatella (at) detora (dot) net

  143. “‘The argument goes something like this: ‘I refuse to prove that I exist,’ says God, ‘for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.'” –The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

  144. Beth Casagrande

    ” ‘Oh and one more thing,’ Damon’s voice came back. ‘You asked earlier about my brother. Don’t bother looking for him, Elena. I killed him last night.’ ”

    The Strugge, Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith

    This made me make verbal squeals and cause my family to ask if I was ok. I love how Damon toils with Elena. Best part of the whole book.

  145. Jordan

    “In the Glade, Chuck had become a symbol for him- a beacon that somehow they could make everything right again in the world. Sleep in beds. Get kissed goodnight. Have beacon and eggs for breakfast, go to a real school. Be Happy.” -The Maze Runner By: James Dashner

  146. “Ichabod prided himself upon his dancing as much as upon his vocal powers. Not a limb, not a fibre about him was idle; and to have seen his loosely hung frame in full motion, and clattering about the room, you would have thought St. Vitus himself, that blessed patron of the dance, was figuring before you in person.” – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    madhoydenish [at] gmail [dot] com

  147. “And sometimes, and only in spring,
    a dove from the river’s soft vale of lilies
    will fly as close to you as trust,
    and a calm in the great reds of autumn
    will, as often as you need, lie down
    beside you, raising a brow you’ve known
    above the eyes of the only woman
    you will ever have a need to dream or touch.”

    from James Ragan’s “Sometimes”

  148. “She’s about to speak but stops at the sound of rushing air. The fake Chloe’s mouth emits a rumbling sound and orange sparks begin to shoot out.” Angel Killer by Andrew Mayne

    kherbrand@ comcast dot net

  149. Ashlea

    (I’m not very far in my book, so this one was kind of difficult)

    “What’s Halloween?” I asked.
    “Halloween?” Clearly, he’d never heard of it. I wasn’t surprised. I’d only seen the word once myself in an old history book my parents had.

    I picked this one because I thought it was kind of funny, that it’s almost Halloween.

    Ashyy.rawrr@gmail.com is my email.

  150. “Still shaking, in the pew, I understood that it isn’t the dead we cry for. We cry for ourselves, and I didn’t deserve my own pity.”
    – Little Bee by Chris Cleave

  151. I’m a bit late with the quote but…

    “Your old mother who never did anything but work and get whipped every day you’ve been alive. Dreaming her dreams. You tell me where she was. Where those dreams had made her go. It’s cold like that and it’s dark like the devil’s teeth and you are awake because you just heard the warning bell. Deathh is coming down the road to knock on your door and you don’t know what to do.”

  152. “I could hear my heart beating. I could hear everyone’s heart. I could hear the human noise we sat there making, not one of us, moving, not even when the room went dark.”
    What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver.

    Favorite quote out of all the short stories in this collection.

    bookworm39647 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  153. All that has happened before matters no more. Your math is only yours to take. The choice yours to make.
    John Dreamer by Elise Celine


  154. “Susan awoke in the dark of Christmas morning. A weight lay on her feet, and she moved her toes up and down. She sat up and rubbed her eyes. It was Christmas Day.”

    For all those who remember being a child. Email ed(dot)pendragon (at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk