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

Let’s talk about: Romantic novels!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re celebrating or not, here are thirty books that will give you serious 😍.

romantic comedy:

💞 The Foxe & the Hound by R.S. Grey
💞 The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn
💞 Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame
💞 Slightly Stalky by Amy Vansant

lgbt:

💞 Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
💞 If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
💞 Damaged Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie
💞 Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
💞 The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
💞 Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

young adult:

💞 Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
💞 Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
💞 Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen
💞 The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin
💞 The Summer Before Forever by Melissa Chambers
💞 The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

new adult:

💞 The Deal by Elle Kennedy
💞 Infini by Krista & Becca Ritchie
💞 Remember When by T. Torrest
💞 Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G.

on the steamier side + some erotica:

💞 Lust is the Thorn by Jen McLaughlin
💞 Frenched by Melanie Harlow
💞 Personal Escort by Ainsley Booth

enemies to lovers:

💞 Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey
💞 Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne
💞 The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

contemporary romance:

💞 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
💞 Arm Candy by Jessica Lemmon
💞 Break of Day by Andie J. Christopher
💞 Roomies by Christina Lauren

What are your favorite romantic reads? Do you have any Valentine’s plans? (I don’t since it’s a Wednesday and I work.)

Book review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Rating: ★★★★★
Links: AmazonTBDGoodreads
Publication Date: September 10, 2013
Source: Purchased

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

The whole thing is sort of spoilery, so proceed with caution!

I don’t even know what to say about Fangirl. I finished it last night and my head is still spinning from how great it was.

THINGS I LIKED: 
• I related to Cath so much. I’ve never seen someone describe social anxiety as well as Rainbow. My favorite quote from the entire book is probably “In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)” Where does the line start? How do you pay? Can you just get up and leave if you need to use the bathroom during class? What do you do in the morning if all the showers are taken? Can you shower on a different floor? Do you have to be a law major to use the law library? Rainbow gets it, and she’s written an entire amazing book around it.
• Rainbow created an entire fandom – eight books and fanfiction about those books. I wish Simon Snow was a real thing because I would totally read it. It’s like a sassy Harry Potter with awesomely ridiculous spells (Olly olly oxen free! Up up and away! Presto chango!).
• Unlike a lot of readers, I really appreciated that Cath didn’t have a beautiful resolution with her mother. I thought Cath’s reaction was realistic and refreshing. In so many books, the absent parent comes back and everything is immediately better. As someone who’s had an absent parent nearly my entire life, I can honestly say that I would react exactly the same way that Cath did.
• Similarly, I appreciated that Cath completely cut off ties with Nick when she found out he was using her. Nick was a charming jerk like so many college boys, and too many books excuse charming jerks of their behavior because they’re charming. I loved it when Cath and her friends kicked Nick out of the dorm. I loved that she stood her ground and refused to attach her name to their story.
• And yeah, Levi was a good character. I’m not as in love with him as a lot of Fangirl’s fandom, but he was a good guy.

THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE AS MUCH: 
• The only thing I can say that I didn’t like was the sudden resolution of all the problems between Cath and Wren. I thought it was completely unrealistic that you could go from not even speaking for almost an entire semester to being best friends again over the course of days. But then again, I don’t have a twin sister, so it’s possible that I don’t understand the dynamics of their relationship. And this isn’t to say that I didn’t want them to make up. I’m so glad that they did because Wren seems to make Cath more grounded and less anxious and Cath seems to pull Wren back from the edge and keep her from spiraling out of control. I just wish it would have happened slowly rather than all at once.

All in all, this book was awesome. I want to go out and buy the rest of Rainbow’s books and devour them this weekend.