Books, My Life

Write a list of the books that have changed your life. Write your favourite quotes or lessons from them down as well.

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Now this is something that is very much in my element. I get to talk about books, how can I not love it? And even better I get to get slightly geeky about words and quotes and things. It’s like this post was made for me.

The Harry Potter series – I mean obviously. I have so many quotes from this whole thing that I just casually bring up on day to day life it’s ridiculous. I mean there are seven books to choose from so it’s not that difficult to find something new all the time. And well, the amount of lessons I have learned from it are endless to be honest.

Here’s 3: 1) It is 100% okay to be a little bit bossy, a little bit ‘weird’, to want to be studious and to have insanely frizzy hair that just does not want to co-operate.

2) Nothing is ever black and white. It all exists in this murky grey area and that makes everything about a million times more difficult.

3) I will defend Ron Weasley like I will defend no one else (maybe even real people…) in this world. Weasley is my King.

Favourite quotes, which I am shortening considerably:

‘You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.’

‘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.’

‘However, this mirror will give us neither knowledge or truth. Men have wasted away before it, entranced by what they have seen, or been driven mad, not knowing if what it shows is real or even possible.’

‘Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies’

‘You fail to recognise that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!’

‘You will also find that help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.’

The Night Circus – How many times am I going to bring this book up whenever I talk about books? The answer is a lot to be honest. I may never stop talking about this damn book. Seriously everyone should go and read. I can’t think of any like super obvious and glaring ‘lessons’ as such that this book taught me, except that maybe that it’s okay for a story to be a slow burner as opposed to go go go.

The language in this book. Ugh, let me write essays just unpacking all the quotes that I can and getting all nerdy about it in terms of symbolism and the way everything links together to create this beautiful and rich story. And just ugh…here are some of my favourite quotes:

‘You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose.’

‘I am tired of trying to hold things together that cannot be held. Trying to control what cannot be controlled. I am tired of denying myself what I want for fear of breaking things I cannot fix. They will break no matter what we do.’

‘We lead strange lives, chasing our dreams around from place to place.’

‘But dreams have ways of turning into nightmares.’

‘Good and evil are a great deal more complex than a princess and a dragon . . . is not the dragon the hero of his own story?’

‘We must put effort and energy into anything we wish to change.’


The Book Thief
– I had heard a lot of good things about this book and that me wary it. Which turned out to be incredibly unnecessary as it turns out that this book is stunning. Just filled to the brim with beautiful imagery and this gorgeous story that took a totally different perspective on Nazi Germany, which is not something I ever thought possible because I’ve studied Nazi Germany more than anything I’ve ever studied in my life ( bar Romeo and Juliet which I have also done to death). It’s a great book that’s ultimately about the power of words.

My favourite quotes are:

‘I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.’

‘He was the crazy one who had painted himself black and defeated the world. She was the book thief without the words.’

‘He does something to me, that boy. Every time. It’s his only detriment. He steps on my heart. He makes me cry.’

‘Together, they would watch everything that was so carefully planned collapse, and they would smile at the beauty of destruction.’

‘The words. Why did they have to exist? Without them, there wouldn’t be any of this.’

Macbeth – Okay, not technically a book, but a play. But did you really think I could talk about my main man Shakespeare? The answer is no. Shakespeare is it for me. I mean that’s all I am going to say about that. Anyway the lessons learned from this? That Shakespeare writes well. And that I love him.

‘Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.’

‘Life … is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.’

‘Confusion now hath made his masterpiece.’

‘Receive what cheer you may. The night is long that never finds the day.’

‘Be bloody bold and resolute.’

Gone Girl – Now I could go on about my love for Gillian Flynn until the cows come home. She is incredible. And this book (well the film was first) was my introduction to her. The language of this book. The way the story is weaved together. I was kind of indifferent to thrillers and this genre as a whole because I hadn’t had a particularly good or bad experience with it and I preferred other genres more. But this book kind of changed the game in that respect. I mean I haven’t ventured super far into it or anything beyond Flynn (and Paula Hawkins) because I’ve been busy reading a whole bunch of other stuff, but when it all eventually cools down I’m super excited to delve in a bit deeper.

Favourite quotes: Umm the whole of the ‘Cool Girl’ speech???

‘You are not dating a woman, you are dating a woman who has watched too many movies written by socially awkward men who’d like to believe that this kind of woman exists and might kiss them.’

‘(How do you know you’re not Cool Girl? Because he says things like: “I like strong women.” If he says that to you, he will at some point fuck someone else. Because “I like strong women” is code for “I hate strong women.”)’

‘Tampon commercial, detergent commercial, maxi pad commercial, windex commercial – you’d think all women do is clean and bleed.’

“My gosh, Nick, why are you so wonderful to me?’

He was supposed to say: You deserve it. I love you.

But he said, ‘Because I feel sorry for you.’

‘Why?’

‘Because every morning you have to wake up and be you.”

‘People love talking, and I have never been a huge talker. I carry on an inner monologue, but the words often don’t reach my lips.’ (how very me)

‘I waited patiently – years – for the pendulum to swing the other way, for men to start reading Jane Austen, learn how to knit, pretend to love cosmos, organise scrapbook parties, and make out with each other while we leer. And then we’d say, Yeah, he’s a Cool Guy.’

Big Magic – Mainly because it sort of changed the way that I viewed creativity at a time when as it turns out I really needed it. That was the lesson that I got out of it. How to just let creativity due it’s thing in some spiritual sense of the word.

Quotes time:

‘Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.’

‘It seems to me that the less I fight my fear, the less it fights back. If I can relax, fear relaxes, too.’

‘You’re not required to save the world with your creativity. Your art not only doesn’t have to be original, in other words, it also doesn’t have to be important.’

‘Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest.’

‘Own your disappointment, acknowledge it for what it is, and move on.’

‘A good-enough novel violently written now is better than a perfect novel meticulously written never.’

Fangirl – I just really love Rainbow Rowell and this was the first book that I read by her and it was just incredible. This book basically just reminded me that it is totally okay to unapologetically love what you love (within reason) and also that you should probably get out of the house occasionally and leave your comfort zone (Plus Cath is 90% straight up me and I love that).

And you know the drill by this point of the post:

‘In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)’ (the level of truth)

‘Real life was something happening in her peripheral vision.’

‘Sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they can’t quite keep up with gravity.’

‘Cath felt like she was swimming in words. Drowning in them, sometimes.’

‘There are other people on the Internet. It’s awesome. You get all the benefits of ‘other people’ without the body odour and the eye contact.’

‘I don’t want to do anything. I don’t even want to start this day because then I’ll just be expected to finish it.’

‘Reading is not lonely.’

To be honest, I could go on and on and on and on…and well you get the picture (but this post is already getting rapidly closer to 2,000 words with each passing word). I kept the list on a the books that came to my mind first basis because I guess they are the ones that made the most impact on me which is sort of the point.

I can so maybe see myself doing another one of these. Although not for a while because the book talk is already pretty heavy right now and will continue to be once the next month and a half are done and I have some catching up to do. Anyway I digress, these are my faves for now.

Parentheses count: 10. See you tomorrow!

 

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