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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Quotes

It’s Tuesday again and over at The Broke and the Bookish that means it’s time for another Tuesday Top Ten! This week’s topic is the Top Ten Favorite Book Quotes.

Guys, this one was HARD. I love so many books and so many quotes that it’s hard to remember my favorites. Also, my books are all currently in boxes in my sister’s old bedroom, so I wasn’t able to pull them down and flip through them to find the pages that I’d marked. So, I took a page out of Lauren’s book and I’m looking up some books I’ve loved and that I know I had quotes marked in.

(These are in absolutely no particular order)

1. “Because sometimes things happen to people and they’re not equipped to deal with them.” Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

2. “The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places.But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

3. “Doubt thou the stars are fire
Doubt that the sun doth move
Doubt truth to be a liar
But never doubt I love.” William Shakespeare, Hamlet

4. “The more you love people, the more vulnerable you are.” Madeleine L’Engle, Troubling a Star

5. “Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.” Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

6. “Time is priceless, but it’s Free. You can’t own it, you can use it. You can spend it. But you can’t keep it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” and “Don’t you think it’s better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?” both by Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife

7. “Even when I’m alone I have real good company — dreams and imaginations and pretendings. I like to be alone now and then, just to think over things and taste them. But I love friendships — and nice, jolly little times with people.” L.M. Montgomery, Anne’s House of Dreams

8. “You are the true master of death, because the true master does not seek to run away from Death. He accepts that be must die, and understands that there are far, far worse things in the living world than dying.” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

9. “Sometimes crying or laughing are the only options left, and laughing feels better right now.” Veronica Roth, Divergent

10. “Please don’t go. We’ll eat you up. We love you so.”  Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

There are so many other quotes that I love and that make me smile, laugh or cry. But I can’t find all of them and I wouldn’t be able to list them all here if I did. I may make a page where I can list out my favorite quotes as I go, that way I’ll always be able to find them.

What are some of your favorite quotes?

 

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Book Review: Two Kisses for Maddy by Matt Logelin (aka Books, Tears and Babies)

Yesterday afternoon while I was hanging out in Decatur waiting for my parents and sister to meet me for dinner I wandered into the Little Shop of Stories to kill some time. (side note – I seriously love this book store, it’s my favorite one in all of Atlanta. If you’re ever in the area you HAVE to stop by). I wasn’t really planning on buying anything but I picked up a book off the front table display, read the back and immediately knew I wasn’t leaving until I had purchased it.

The book was Two Kisses for Maddy by Matt Logelin (Published on April 14th, 2011 by Grand Central Publishing.)

Matt and Liz Logelin were high school sweethearts. After years of long-distance dating, the pair finally settled together in Los Angeles, and they had it all: a perfect marriage, a gorgeous new home, and a baby girl on the way. Liz’s pregnancy was rocky, but they welcomed Madeline, beautiful and healthy, into the world on March 24, 2008.

Just twenty-seven hours later, Liz suffered a pulmonary embolism and died instantly, without ever holding the daughter whose arrival she had so eagerly awaited. Though confronted with devastating grief and the responsibilities of a new and single father, Matt did not surrender to devastation; he chose to keep moving forward– to make a life for Maddy.

In this memoir, Matt shares bittersweet and often humorous anecdotes of his courtship and marriage to Liz; of relying on his newborn daughter for the support that she unknowingly provided; and of the extraordinary online community of strangers who have become his friends. In honoring Liz’s legacy, heartache has become solace.

This memori doesn’t fit my usual reading pattern (I tend to only read memoirs if they’re of Holocaust survivors, weird I know) but I was so drawn to this story and had to know what happened that I found myself picking it up and being unable to put it down until I finished the entire thing.

I stayed up entirely too late last night reading this book. Losing myself entirely in a story that’s about death, love, loss, life, adventure, grief and joy. From almost the beginning I had tears streaming down my face as I read the struggles this young family faced both during the pregnancy and after the loss of their wife and mother. Yet as the book moved forward I found myself laughing and smiling (occasionally through tears) along with Matt and Maddy as he recounted their lives over the past three years.

I’m not sure that any full review I write could do any semblance of justice to this incredible book and the true story behind it. Suffice it to say that this is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time and the story will stay with me for some time.

If you’re interested you can read Matt’s blog as well.

 
 

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