‘Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body’ – Joseph Addison
I’ve always joked that my favourite book is one about the life and time of celebrities with a new volume released every week called ‘Heat’. I usually only ever read actual books on holiday and even then it’s not exactly War & Peace.
I do have a list of books that I have read which are faves of mine; To Kill a Mocking Bird, We Need to Talk about Kevin, The Storyteller which I could happily read over and over again but in terms of searching out the next literally favourite to add to the list, I’m just not that bothered.
I’ve always been quite jealous of people who like to read, it’s seen as a very noble, respective, intelligent hobby and all my friends who read are very, very smart, articulate women. One of those people is my sister in law Ruth, who’s recently started her own blog posting quotes from the books she reads on Tumblr. The thing I love most about Ruth’s blog is that they’re quotes that sh’es read and have spoken to her, she hasn’t asked other people to submit them and do the hard work for her or pinched them from Goodreads and that, I think is her USP.
So mix Ruth passion for books and my passion for inspirational quotes it was only a matter of time before we would join forces to create the top 10 book quotes for me to included in my ’10 of the Best’ series. I hope you enjoy!
I’m not exactly an Internet virgin but I’m pretty naive about social media. A year ago I decided to start a blog. I’m fairly shy about my own thoughts and I read constantly so a quotes blog appealed. It was somewhere I could share the bits I’d enjoyed in the books I was reading. I rarely reblog and I don’t take contributions from others so my quotes are all just from the material I read myself. It’s a roller coaster ride. Sometimes a quote I love will have no response and other times a quote I almost didn’t list will generate multiple likes and reblogs. At the end of the day, if one or two people see a quote I’ve listed and it speaks to them or introduces them to a book or an author they haven’t heard of before, then I’m happy – Ruth
“If you scan my brain’s hard drive, stay away from the Internet search history. You won’t like what you find.” – Code (Virals 3) by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs
“I want you to make a list of all of your favorite things, and I want to be on it.” – Ignite Me (Shatter Me 3) by Tahereh Mafi.
“He laughed a quick tired laugh, reminding us all what our sisters have known for centuries – that men will always underestimate girls.” – I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You (Gallagher Girls 01) by Ally Carter
“The best way to get even with anyone is to put them in the rearview mirror on your way to something better.” – Horns – Joe Hill
“We are free to choose. We are even free to choose the wrong thing” – Requiem (Delirium 3) by Lauren Oliver
“You don’t get to judge me. My choices are mine” – Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
“He just got lost in trying to be the man his family wanted him to be, when all along his friends loved the man he already was.” – Golden Son (Red Rising 2) by Pierce Brown
“Just because you think you know what you’re doing doesn’t mean you actually know what you’re doing.” – Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.” – Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
“You could rattle the stars”, she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you the most.” – Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
You can follow Ruth’s blog, The Cat & The Kindle here