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

Book beginnings: Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

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, R.S. Grey

Book review: Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

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College freshman Kinsley Bryant is the soccer star to watch.  Newly recruited to join the ULA soccer team (and considered a shoo-in for the Olympics), Kinsley’s excited to learn as much as she can from her world-class coach.  She didn’t expect that Liam Wilder, the world-famous soccer player, the Olympic medal winner, the tabloids’ favorite bad boy, would sign on for a season of volunteer coaching.

Every woman in America is crushing on Liam, Kinsley included.  Every time it starts looking like Liam might reciprocate Kinsley’s interest, he cools off.  Is it due to the team’s strict policy against fraternization or is he just not interested?

So, I’m making some progress on my goal to read R.S. Grey’s entire backlist (this book was #5 of the year).  There have been some huge hits (Anything You Can DoThe Foxe and the Hound, and The Allure of Julian Lefray wowed me) and a near-miss (The Allure of Dean Harper left something to be desired), but Grey is one of my favorite NA authors right now.  Scoring Wilder falls somewhere in between “love” and “meh” on my rating scale, probably because I’ve come to expect such great things from this author.  I liked it more than Dean Harper but less than Julian Lefray.  (In case you haven’t memorized my previous ratings, that means that Wilder rounds out at about four stars.)

Let me expand.

As a love interest, Liam Wilder can definitely hold his own.  He’s broody, he’s moody, he’s aggressive when he needs to be and a he’s total teddy bear the rest of the time.  He has a great relationship with his mom and stands up against bullying and loves his friends but also calls them out when they do something stupid.  I don’t even know who I was picturing when I read about him, but it was a good picture.

Kinsley can be great.  It’s just that she sometimes isn’t.  I suppose that she’s a pretty realistic nineteen-year-old in that respect, but I just wish that certain aspects of her personality could have been done differently.  I was fine with her jokes.  The fact that her thoughts veered into sex more often than not didn’t bother me, either.  But the slut-shaming.  Oh my god, the slut-shaming.  Can we not?

Because every girl that Kinsley doesn’t like is a slut, a whore, a tramp, or a bimbo.  Every girl that does something that upsets her gets slapped with one of these labels.  There’s some really over-the-top drama with one of her teammates that results in a great deal of insult-slinging, and what’s the point?  That whole thing was so tangential to the actual plot that it felt out of place and forced.

One of the things I’ve appreciated about Grey’s books in the past is that they don’t devolve into this Girl vs. Girl mindset.  I could definitely tell that this was some vintage R.S. Grey because of it and I definitely commend her for not including this sort of nonsense in her newer books.

That said, there are also some strong female relationships in this book.  I loved Becca and I wish that we could’ve spent some more time with her.  (Any chance of a Becca book?  Maybe?  No?)  Emily also seemed like a great friend and I wish she would have had more of a presence in the book.  It’s not often that a character really reminds me of myself, but I definitely connected with Emily.

I think, in the end, that three things saved this book for me:

  • Liam,
  • Becca, and
  • Emily.

I’m still excited to continue down my path of reading every R.S. Grey book ever.  Next up is Settling the Score.

Final rating: ★★★★☆

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my fall TBR

Happy Top Ten Tuesday!  Today’s theme is ten books on my fall TBR, and I could not be happier to write about this.  I’ve made some lofty goals for the rest of the year, but I’m hoping to sneak in the following ten books:

  1. Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey
  2. The Duet by R.S. Grey
  3. The Design by R.S. Grey
  4. Meternity by Meghann Foye (which I’ve had an ARC of for years)
  5. Infamous by Jenny Holiday
  6. Lovers Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie
  7. Paper Boats by Dee Lestari
  8. The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
  9. Rock & Release by Riley Edgewood
  10. Man Candy by Melanie Harlow

What’s coming up on your fall TBR?  Do you have any goals, whether for specific titles or a certain number of books?