I'm on this beautiful island in Maine, which is why I haven't been writing here much. It's hard to justify sitting in front of a computer when you have so many beautiful things to look at. Like this:
|Frazen is fierce|
|I'm praying to Tim Tebow that somebody will take me on|
|All of these books started as a query letter. Well...probably.|
|One book I could never get rid of, especially since it's signed|
|The ever-quotable Dumbledore|
"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer"Ahh, that is one of my favorite quotes of all time. I always think of it in the beginning of summer. It really does feel like life starts anew in the summertime.
"Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy."This Dumbledore quote is one of my favorites. It's so true that the easy thing to do is rarely the right thing to do.
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."This is one of my favorite opening lines from a book. So funny.
"My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations."I feel like this all the time, and I love the simple, elegant way he expressed that feeling. In fact, I loved that quote so much that I made a painting of it and sold it for chairty and then it got featured on the Penguin Australia website. So that was cool... And because one cannot just quote TFIOS once...
"Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”5) From A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens:
“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”6) From Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov:
"Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita."Now, I know this is a book about a pervy old man, but you have to admit, that's some good writing. Another great opener.
“The thing you don't see while you're still there on Earth is how easy it is to change your mind. When you're in it and you're mixed up with feelings, assumptions, influences, and misconceptions, things seem completely impossible to change. From here, you see that change is as easy as flicking a light switch in your brain.”I think that's really important to remember: that we're always in control of our own destiny, and that your thoughts influence your world. I also really like this following quote, because of the way it's written and the way it gives you such a clear idea of the character:
“Because with Charlie, nothing was ever easy. Everything was windswept and octagonal and finger-combed. Everything was difficult and odd, and the theme songs all had minor chords.”8) From The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson:
“All her knowledge is gone now. Everything she ever learned, or heard, or saw. Her particular way of looking at Hamlet or daisies or thinking about love, all her private intricate thoughts, her inconsequential secret musings – they’re gone too. I heard this expression once: Each time someone dies, a library burns. I’m watching it burn right to the ground.”Not to be morbid, but I think this is really good way of describing death and grief. There was another really sad but interesting quote in the book about how her dead sister's bookmark would never move forward, but I can't find it.
“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”
"You know, some people think Shadowhunters are just myths. Like mummies and genies." Kyle grinned at Jace. "Can you grant wishes?" "That depends," he said. "Do you wish to be punched in the face?”
"Latent homosexual panic will do you in every time”
“Sorry, are you telling me that your demon-slaying buddies need to be driven to their next assignment with the forces of darkness by my mom?”
“I wouldn't change it," Simon said. "I wouldn't give up loving you. Not for anything. You know what Raphael told me? That I didn't know how to be a good vampire, that vampires accept that they're dead. But as long as I remember what it was like to love you, I'll always feel like I'm alive.”
"Desire is not always lessened by disgust. Nor can it be bestowed, like a favor, to those most deserving of it."