Hey all! This is my first Top 5 Tuesday attempt, and I wanted to participate because I LOVE me some book quotes! I have a little notebook that I like to keep with me for all the quotes that really stick with me. I also have a TON of notes on my phone for when I don’t have my little notebook on me. There’s something about an impactful book quote that makes me really ponder its meaning.
Life Update: I also wanted to use this time to talk a bit about what’s going on in my life. I literally just got home from the airport. I had to drop off my boyfriend there because, as of yesterday, he was deployed with the United States Coast Guard to Puerto Rico. He’ll be gone for at most 60 days, but it’s the longest we’ll have ever been apart. I’m super sad, especially since we literally had 24 hours to get him packed and spend some quality time together, but it just wasn’t enough for me. I’m not currently a hot mess yet, thank goodness, but it’s still early and I’m SO exhausted so who knows.
Although I’m sad, I’m also so happy for him and so proud of him. He’s giving up his life and his family to help people in need, as the situation in Puerto Rico is still very unstable. I love him and wish him nothing but the best experiences. I’m getting lots of support from my family and friends, so I believe this will be a quick separation.
And now, on to the Meme! This meme is hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm. I love her blog ever since I started following her, so please check it out! She’s got some awesome content! Here we go!!
#1 American Gods by Neil Gaiman
“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not fooling a soul.”
I read this book earlier this year, and I remember thinking YES!! This quote is absolute truth for me! I DO consider a library within the context of this quote, and a town seriously isn’t a town unless its people have accessibility to books. Books are so important to me, and having easy accessibility to them is a must. Obviously Amazon and Book Depository and Thriftbooks are fantastic options, but nothing beats the musty smell of your local library or bookstore!
#2 The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
“Love happens in such a way. It walks up to you, and when it does, you need to recognize it for what it is and, perhaps more important, for what it might become.”
This is the first lovey-dovey quote of today. Obviously, because of my personal life, I’m feeling very lovey-dovey right now and these quotes are definitely helping me cope with my current predicament. This one in particular is beautiful. Sometimes people are so busy looking for perfection that they could miss something perfect right in front of them.
#3 Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
“Beware a calm surface – you never know what lies beneath.”
I love this quote because it can be seen in two different lights. First, there’s the ominous view. Something is always lurking behind a calm surface, and it can be brought on at any time. It can also be used in a different context, that just because something or someone looks perfect on the outside doesn’t mean that there isn’t torment and despair on the inside. Basically, this is another play on “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
#4 The Grown-Up by Gillian Flynn
“Feeling sad means having too much time on your hands, usually. Really. I’m not a licensed therapist but usually it means it means too much time.”
I know that within the story, this has a different meaning than what I’m taking it as. Due to my own personal sadness, I’ve thought about different ways of keeping busy that would help time pass and keep me from dwelling on sad thoughts. So this quote stuck out at me as I read it because of how pertinent it is to my life right now. I plan to make the most of my time, especially with tending to my blog, so that sadness doesn’t overcome me too often.
#5 The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
“Know that the only remedy for love is to love more.”
Alice Hoffman makes the list again! I finished The Rules of Magic last week, and this quote will forever be in my thoughts. I have loved it ever since I first read it. Obviously, The Rules of Magic is about the Owens family from Practical Magic, and there is a curse that any man who loves an Owens woman will die suddenly. But that doesn’t stop so many Owens women from loving. And, as the quote says, the only remedy for love is more love. It’s simple, yet honest.
And there you have it! I really enjoyed going through all of my book quotes to find some good ones for this post. It was like seeing old friends that I haven’t seen in a while! Do you have any favorite book quotes? How do any of these make you feel? Let me know in the comments!