Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite quotes

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s topic is top ten favorite book quotes. I am actually really bad at keeping track of quotes that I love, so what I ended up doing was going through my Kindle highlights on Goodreads.  (Sorry to all the paper books I’ve forgotten about!)

Some of these quotes are funny, some are serious, and some I just really related to. Some are from books I loved and some are from books I didn’t, so this selection of ten quotes really runs the gamut.

Books were, and always would be, something a little magic and something to respect.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

There’s a lump in my throat. That’s another thing about me. If someone says I’m sad, or asks me what’s wrong, or tells me not to cry, it’s like my body hears: NOW CRY. Like a command, even if I’m not actually sad. But maybe there are always tiny sad pieces inside me, waiting to be recognized and named. Maybe it’s like that for everyone.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I didn’t plan to be this dysfunctional at 27, but dysfunctionality has a way of creeping up on you. One second, you’re 22, wrapping up your undergraduate degree from a top business school, and then suddenly, you’re sitting alone in your car at 27, wondering how five years slipped through your fingers without so much as a blink.

The Foxe and the Hound by R.S. Grey

As a side note, don’t you think everyone should have to come out? Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it should be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m just saying.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Oh god, a winky face. The most provocative of all emoticons.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

I get angry when women disavow feminism and shun the feminist label but say they support all the advances born of feminism because I see a disconnect that does not need to be there. I get angry but I understand and hope someday we will live in a culture where we don’t need to distance ourselves from the feminist label, where the label doesn’t make us afraid of being alone, of being too different, of wanting too much.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

You don’t need to fit yourself into what society tells us a girl should be. Girls can be whoever they want. Whether that’s an ass-kicking, sarcastic, crime-solving FBI agent or a funny, gorgeous, witty beauty queen—or both at the same time.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Cheat on me once, shame on him. Cheat on me twice…what the actual fuck is going on? How in the world have I managed to find my last two boyfriends cheating on me? No, not together. Although, that would have been much more poetic, and at least they could have included me or something.

Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

We speak of moving mountains, but sometimes people can completely rotate the world, just so someone else can land upright on their feet.

Some Kind of Perfect by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Monthly Favorites: December 2017

As far as reading months go, December was pretty good!  I had seven four- or five-star reads, which is not a bad way to end the year.  The following books are in no particular order.

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🌟 Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy
🌟 The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
🌟 The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane

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🌟 Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (re-read)
🌟 Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
🌟 The Sweetheart Sham by Danielle Ellison

🌟 The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Book review: Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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Eliza Mirk is weird.  She’s shy.  She’s a loner.  She’s also the creator of the wildly famous webcomic Monstrous Sea, and she’s meticulous about her privacy.  You see, she can face her fans (and her critics) from behind a computer screen.  She can participate in group chats and release her art to millions.  But dealing with even one fan in person?  That might be enough to send her over the edge.

When Wallace Warland transfers to Eliza’s high school, she finally begins to come out of her shell.  She starts doing things outside of her house, talking to people outside of the internet. When Wallace tells her that he’s one of Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writers, Eliza still keeps her identity a secret. But despite all of Eliza’s efforts, her secret identity is eventually revealed to the world, and everything she’s so carefully constructed falls apart.

Well, what can I say aside from wow?  I loved Francesca Zappia’s Made You Up and was a little hesitant to read Eliza because what if it wasn’t as good?  But it was so good that I’m kicking myself for waiting so long.

I loved Eliza.  I felt so bad for her and I wanted to protect her and keep her safe from all her stupid classmates and haters and everybody who was anything less than in love with her.  I loved Wallace.  I felt so bad for him and I wanted to protect him and keep him safe from everybody in the world who saw him as some kind of emotionless dumb jock.  I loved Emmy and Max, Eliza’s online friends who were always there for her and reinforced the idea that a friend is a friend, regardless of whether you’ve met face-to-face.  I even loved Eliza’s siblings, Sully and Church, who came across at first as your typical aloof teenage boys and turned out to be so much more.

Eliza brings up some important issues about mental health and content creators and how nobody should hurt themselves to make their art.  Something that I think fans often forget is that a real person is behind that screen, on the other side of that pen, or recording that album.  Content doesn’t just show up out of nowhere, and yes, sometimes it takes a little longer than expected.  Sometimes the creator goes on hiatus.  Sometimes the creator falls right off the face of the earth, never to be seen or heard from again.  And that’s okay.  Because the creator’s mental and physical health is so much more important than what they’re making.  What good is content if it’s killing the creator?

My only criticism of this book is that I saw literally every twist and turn of the plot coming.  That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing because it was more fun to see how Zappia would resolve the conflicts, but I did wish for just a touch more of the unexpected.

Still, I thought that Eliza was an amazing book and I would love to read both Monstrous Sea and rainmaker’s fanfiction about it.

Final rating: ★★★★☆