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Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year-ish
This past year I didn’t do as much of a good job including quotes in my reviews as I did last year. It is something I want to focus on more next year, but from what I noted, these were my favorites.
Bread of the Dead – Ann Myers
Rita is hot on the trail of who she believes is her friend Victor’s killer, and another friend as entered this crude self-made hut to go after the killer. Rita is left standing behind (injured), and pondering following her friend. The line is not a singular inner dialogue of Rita’s, but stood out among some of her other hilarious comments.
I felt awful. Here I was, surely failing another friend test. A good person would have bounded right into the nice-old-man/psycho killer’s hut to support her friend, right?
Westly: A Spider’s Tale – Brian Beeus
Westly and his friend Sara are still mere caterpillars, living in the chandelier with the other butterflies inside the menagerie. Down below live the “dirt eaters” – all other bugs, whom the snobbish butterflies do not welcome into their world. The little caterpillars are hot on the hunt to keep out the undesirable. The heart-felt and yet humorous context of the situation from such young, “innocent” caterpillars was quite comical to me.
“Dirt eater!” a classmate yelled, pointing at the empty air.
“Where?” Sara dropped her ivy and jumped to her feet. There was nothing to see, but the other caterpillars still formed a mock battalion.
Assuming it was part of a game, Sara played along. She gasped, putting her hands on her cheeks, and then called out, “Intruders! Fire the sprinklers!” And with that she ran off with the other caterpillars.
Sucking in San Francisco – Jessica McBrayer
Aidan, a pretty immortal djinn, has come to a sudden realization with this quote. I found it to be very profound from a book that was not supposed to be all that deep in emotions, and it pulled at my heartstrings.
Lilith asked if I had anyone to share my life with. If only I did. I think it would be almost bearable if I did. To have someone to talk to. To hold and touch a physical, willing companion would be like having the sun in my hands. There is no such thing as a female djinn.
Clockwork Menagerie – K.L. Kincy
This short novella in the Shadows of Asphodel series that surprised me and I enjoyed it nonetheless. The relationship that Konstantin has with his airship captain, Himmel, is at times highly intense and at others such off-handedly comical that it feels so real. Konstantin is utterly dedicated to his work, which always includes some tinkering.
Konstantin stroked his beard. “I need to tinker with the temporal magic. Might I use your hotel room as a makeshift labratory?”
Himmel arched an eyebrow. “Try not to burn down the building.”
“Or electrocute yourself.”
The Secret Keeper – Angela Carling
Winter has taken it too far in her efforts to cover up and keep quiet a secret. But when she must keep her next secret silent in order to have the first kept from being exposed, it is a much greater loss. For such a troubled young woman, she has such a sage outlook on her new position in life.
Either way, truth or lies, someone would get hurt. That’s the way it was with secrets. They were hidden for a reason.
Ella, the Slayer – A.W. Exley
Ella is a young girl trapped in her stepmother’s grips (sound familiar?) while trying to keep her father in the land of the living. The context of the quote is about WWI and the state in which so many soldiers returned, suffering from mental illnesses the like that had not been seen before. It was a very insightful commentary from Ella right at the start of the novel.
Back then death only had one meaning: your life snuffed out, never to rekindle. Then came the Great War, and we learned of a new type of death. The ‘walking dead,’ we call them. Men who returned with shattered minds, unable to grasp the horrors they saw of the deprivations they had suffered.
The Secret Sister – Brenda Novak
Maisey has an interesting family and family history. Her brother is what keeps her grounded to Coldiron House, and I can fully understand her sentiments toward her brother. She is in an impossibly hard spot, and this quote stayed with me.
He seemed to forget his own mistakes almost as soon as he made them, seemed to expect everyone else to disregard the damage he caused. Because of that, and all his other problems, it was impossible to know how to be a good sister to him.
You Can’t Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet – Juliette Harper
A band of women in a small Texas town are not about to let their friend go to jail for the murder of her dear husband. What I found interesting is that from the The Lockwood Legacy series what we see of Clara and Clint’s marriage and then in You Can’t Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet is that Clint is a very hands-off husband. He lets Clara take charge and handle her own affairs without interfering, but this was the one moment when I found him to have his own voice.
Clint never told Clara what to do and he was a good man, but what about women like Lura Belle Taylor? Why were people supposed to look the other way when a sorry son of a bitch was beating on his wife? Because you were supposed to tend to your own business? And she was getting what she deserved for marrying a piece of trash? The last line of thinking really set Clara off. No woman married a man thinking he was gonna hit her.
Bread N Butter: Private Rye – A.J. Cosmos
This classic mystery novel set in the kitchen with your everyday food stuffs is nothing short of hilarious. I loved the book. It follows just like an old-school PI investigation, and it starts off like this:
It was a cold night in lower fridge when she walked in. She had a big head of bushy green hair and stalks that went on for days. I knew she was trouble the moment I laid eyes on her.
The Wife Maker – Karey White
Charlie has spent years as the husband maker, and now she is finally going to use her skills on herself. Unfortunately, the man who’s loved her half of her life moved to the other side of the country. Charlie does the sensible thing and follows him, but it’s not a welcomed reception she receives. Angus doesn’t make things easy, and someone reminds him of one very important thing. I loved this quote, and I actually used it in real life earlier this year.
“I hate to see you become a gambling man.”
“What?” I’d never had an interest in gambling so I wasn’t sure what he was talking about.
“If a man goes to a casino, he’d better be willing to do without whatever he puts on that table because most likely he’s going to lose it. You should never gamble with something you’re not ready to live without.”
The Burgess Boys – Elizabeth Strout
The Burgess Boys was a very intersting read, and I found my heart breaking over and over again for the Burgess family. The POV shifts between characters seemlessly, and it is during one of these pans in character that Jim’s wife, Helen, shares her insight as a mother. It reminded me starkly of my own mother after losing my sister and brother.
She learned – freshly, scorchingly – of the privacy of sorrow. It was as though she had been escorted through a door into some large and private club that she has not even known existed. Women who miscarried. Society did not care much for them. It really didn’t. And the women in the club mostly passed each other silently. People outside the club said, “You’ll have another one.”