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Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

 

I’m so out of sync, new week and Thursday already! A bit too much happening in my life now, most if it fun, but the days seems too disappeared into…
Oh well, a bit late, but here is this week’s TTT.

Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books (anything that inspires you, challenges you, makes you think, encourages you, etc).

I loooove quotes! It could be something philosophical, whimsical, witty or just plain and simple beautiful. So in no particular order, here is my top ten!

I’ll start with a classic, Oscar Wilde is such a source of great quotations, and this one is one of my favorite (and a bit how I look upon random people 😉 )
1.“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious”
– Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan

From one of my all-time favorite graphic novel! The character Hob Gadling argues with friends about the nature of death.
2. “The only reason people die, is because EVERYONE does it. You all just go along with it.
It’s RUBBISH, death. It’s STUPID. I don’t want nothing to do with it.”

– Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll’s House

The works of Douglas Adams is filled with so many great passages and quotes, this is one of my favorite, and tells you how you learn how to fly! Epic.
3. “The Guide says there is an art to flying”, said Ford, “or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”
– Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything

Great series and an awesome kick-ass heroine.
4. “I am stronger than my trials.”
– Dan Wells, Partials

From the witty ones over to some more philosophical and amazing quotes, starting with Tahereh Mafi’s beautiful words.
5. “I always wonder about raindrops.

I wonder about how they’re always falling down, tripping over their own feet, breaking their legs and forgetting their parachutes as they tumble right out of the sky toward an uncertain end. It’s like someone is emptying their pockets over the earth and doesn’t seem to care where the contents fall, doesn’t seem to care that the raindrops burst when they hit the ground, that they shatter when they fall to the floor, that people curse the days the drops dare to tap on their doors.

I am a raindrop.

My parents emptied their pockets of me and left me to evaporate on a concrete slab.”
– Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

6. “Hope.

It’s like a drop of honey, a field of tulips blooming in the springtime. It’s a fresh rain, a whispered promise, a cloudless sky, the perfect punctuation mark at the end of a sentence. And it’s the only thing in the world keeping me afloat.”
– Tahereh Mafi, Unravel Me

7. “Words, I think, are such unpredictable creatures.
No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we carry into the future, all the time digging and failing to rip their skeletons from our flesh.”

– Tahereh Mafi, Ignite Me

Maggie Stiefvater is also one of those authors that makes great art, her Raven Circle series is amazing.
8. “A secret is a strange thing.

There are three kinds of secrets. One is the sort everyone knows about, the sort you need at least two people for. One to keep it. One to never know. The second is a harder kind of secret: one you keep from yourself. Every day, thousands of confessions are kept from their would-be confessors, none of these people knowing that their never-admitted secrets all boil down to the same three words: I am afraid.

And then there is the third kind of secret, the most hidden kind. A secret no one knows about. Perhaps it was known once, but was taken to the grave. Or maybe it is a useless mystery, arcane and lonely, unfound because no one ever looked for it.

Sometimes, some rare times, a secret stays undiscovered because it is something too big for the mind to hold. It is too strange, too vast, too terrifying to contemplate.

All of us have secrets in our lives. We’re keepers or kept from, players or played. Secrets and cockroaches — that’s what will be left at the end of it all.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves

Well, it’s no secret that one of my favorite authors are Neil Gaiman, to many great books filled with row upon row of great words.
9. “Grown-ups don’t look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they’re big and thoughtless and they always know what they’re doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. Truth is, there aren’t any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world.”
– Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Penryn and the end of days series is filled with a bunch of great one liners and lots of humor in a darker than dark post-apocalyptic world, and I just had to include the Pooky Bear to today’s list.
10. “He glares at me as if he already hates it. “What is it?” I consider lying but what’s the point? I clear my throat. “Pooky Bear”
He’s silent for so long I’m beginning to think he didn’t hear me when he finally says, “Pooky. Bear.” “It was just a little joke. I didn’t know.”
“I’ve mentioned that names have power, right? Do you realize that when she fights battles, she’s going to have to announce herself to the opposing sword? She’ll be forced to say something ridiculous like, ‘I am Pooky Bear, from an ancient line of archangel swords.’ Or, ‘Bow down to me, Pooky Bear, who has only two other equals in all the worlds.’ ” He shakes his head. “How is she going to get any respect?”

– Susan Ee, World After

There you have it, fun, thoughtful, strange, beautiful and to the point!
Do you have a favorite book that you like to quote from?

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Ten Characters You’d Like To Check In

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After a weekend filled with games it’s time to get back to my books (and some work), so let’s start this week with Top Ten Tuesday, today it’s all about characters.

Top Ten Characters You’d Like To Check In With (meaning, the book or series is over and you so just wish you could peek in on the “life” you imagine they are leading years down the line after the story ends).

First one is easy, Harry Potter! I do miss that world and would love to see all of the characters again.

Juliette and Warner from Shatter me, the ending left me breathless and just wanting more. What happen to our heroes after we left them? Did they go to war and what was the outcome of it. Is there really any hope for humanity, Juliette and her friends?

Lettie Hempstock and her mother and grandmother from Gaiman’s magical The ocean at the end of the lane. Who or what are the Hempstock? I’d love to know more of these magical characters.

Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko from Apparatus Infernum, don’t know if there actually will be a third book, but book two left us with many questions. Will Mikani and Celeste go back to just being partners or will they embrace their newly discovered love for each other? Can they go back to the department? What are the ramifications of their actions.

Then there is the absolute hilarious world of Alexia Tarabotti in Parasol Protectorate, just can’t get enough of it. Luckily there are two spin of series so we can get more of the world and some of the character from the origninal series (can’t wait to start on Prudence), but it would be fun to read more about Alexia (in) famous father Alessandro Tarabotti and catch up with some of the character that we said goodbye in Timeless.

There are far too many series that I need to complete, but when I do there probably will be some that are harder to say goodbye to then others.

Like our friends from the The raven cycle and the beatuiful and magical world of Maggie Stiefvater. Or Kira and Sam (if they survive) from the post-apoclyptic America in Partials Sequence. Lily, Calder and the merpeople from Lies Beneath and last but not least, the most anticipated book of the year, the last book in Penryn and the end of days series, no matter how it will end I definitely miss Penryn, the toughest girl I’ve ever meet.


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Ten books from my childhood/teen I’d like to revisit

I know, I know, its Wednesday today, not Tuesday, but well…there were some misunderstanding between me and the calendar…

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

 

This week’s list:
Ten books from our childhood/teen years we’d like to revisit

Today I think I’ll just mix books mostly from my early teen, since books an time have a tendency to blur together.

Tordyveln flyger i skymningen av Maria Gripe
First on todays list is one of the older ones, a Swedish children’s book that I’ve actually never re-read, remembering that it was strange, mysterious and every page filled with magic. A nice memory worth a revisit.
The story, letters from the 18th century, a 3000 year old Egyptian statue, strange whispers on at tape, phone calls from an old lady that wants to play chess.

Solens dotter/ Child of the Morning by Pauline Gedge
Tordyveln flyger i skymningen did spark my interest for ancient Egypt, I started searching everything I could find at our local library, from novels to mythology to archeology books.
In Child of the Morning Hatshepsut (by far one of ancient Egypt’s most interesting historical figures), is at the center, it’s a story of a young woman who assumed the throne of Egypt, mastered the art of war as well as government and lived her life at her own design.

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
This was actually my favorite among all the Tolkien’s books, yes I know I’m a bit strange or just crazy. It’s been ages since I read it last, really wish that I had the time to re-read it! But this is not a book you read on the tram to work, so maybe next holiday or next year…

Tider skola komma/ There Will Be Time by Poul Anderson
Just remembered this one, I found it a long time ago in a box with random books at the local news-stand, I think I read over and over at the time, but have never actually revisited it or any other of Andersons works. As I recall There Will Be Time had a philosophical and almost melancholic feeling to it.
The story, what if you could travel in time, go back into the past and go forth into the future, what responsibility will it bring and what if there are more people like yourself?

Resande med vinden/ Les Passagers du vent by François Bourgeon
“Passengers of the Wind” is one of the first “real” graphic novels that I read and in a sense it is the start of a lifelong passion and love for all things comics. Don’t know if this one stand the test of time, but it would be nice if it did! It wasn’t just the story that I liked at the time, the artwork is just plain and simple stunning.
The story, it’s a multi-part series telling the story of Isabeau de Marnaye, an 18th century aristocrat feminist rebelling against the established order, it’s violent, and its misery and I loved it.

I’ll end this list with a couple series, instead of just pick one of the books.

Foundation by Isaac Asimov
As I remember it the Foundation books was the first real science fiction I read and as memory goes I loved it. After Foundation (the trilogy) I read the Robot series and then all the rest of the books that came after and/or were linked to Foundation series as a whole. I found it interesting and fascinating how Asimov during a lifetime of writing could tie in so many of his books into one great space opera. Don’t know if I would feel the same today, so I’m a bit cautious, should I revisit the epos or are all those books better left to my memories…

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Think I stumble upon the Narnia books at first in 4th grade or something like that, after that I’ve actually re-read the series more than once. But now it’s been a while since last time, maybe I should revisit these magical lands again, or at least just pick one or two my favorites in the series.

Lord of the rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Always want to revisit Middle-earth, always and at any time of day!
To be perfectly honest I do revisit rather often, there is the movies, both LOTR and Bilbo, there will always be time to watch them again and again. I also play the roleplaying game The One ring twice a month.
But the actual books, it’s been some year now since last, so might be time pick them up soon.

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