Thursday Quoteables: November 18th

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Welcome to Thursday Quotable! This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotable is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in!

The High Mountain Court (The Five Crowns of Okrith Book 1) by [AK Mulford]

“The ring is a good prize, but if the choice was between her and immortality, I’d choose her every time.” Hale’s voice shook from his chest, making every hair on Remy’s arm stand on end. “Wow, she must be some—” Delta started and Abalina shot her a look. “. . . witch,” she finished. He’d choose her. Every time. Even if it was all a ruse, the thought made Remy’s whole body shudder.

This is deep and very well worded.

“After you find the High Prince and restore him to the throne, you will go to her with a big bouquet of fragrant flowers, and she will smile and hug you like no time has passed.” Remy smiled. Staring off into the distance, she imagined it was her going to see her own mother

I’m sure that this may be a simple thing to many people, but I’m also sure that it touched Hale very deeply. More than words could describe.

“How do I know my future will be worth the suffering?” She doubted it could be. If she lived, it would lead to war. “How does anyone? The things that bring us the most joy are the things hardest won. However hard you fight you will be equally thus rewarded,” Baba Morganna prophesied.

I’ll let this quote speak for itself.

The Witch's Kind: A Novel by [Louisa Morgan]

An old philosopher said you can never step in the same river twice.

This could be taken a multitude of ways. I’m sure. I like to think that it means you usually wouldn’t make the same mistake twice. What are your thoughts on this? What’s your take?

I’d love to see some of your favorite quotes!

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Thursday Quotables: November 4th

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Welcome to Thursday Quotable! This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotable is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in!

The Pull of the Stars: A Novel by [Emma Donoghue]

I seem to have stumbled onto love, like a pothole in the night.

I can’t say too much without giving stuff away of the book, but this was so beautiful!

The High Mountain Court (The Five Crowns of Okrith Book 1) by [AK Mulford]

Bern chuckled into his drink, “Well-picked indeed, Hale.” He turned to her and said with a wink, “But don’t worry darling, it’s not you I’d be watching.” “I’ve told you, it’s never going to happen between us, Bern.” Hale chuckled, though his eyes remained fixed on Remy. Bern laughed. “Every boy dreams of finding his prince.” He turned to the Witchslayer to continue his antics, but Renwick shut him down quick with a sharp, “Don’t.”

I can’t really explain why I like this as much as I do. I just do.

Red witch magic could animate objects and, if the magic was strong enough, it could keep them moving, like the fountain at the prayer tree. Whatever spell was cast on this barge, the magic was ancient. It must have taken a hundred red witches to spell the barge to carry on crossing back and forth without sails or oars for all these many years. Only red witches possessed the level of magic to spell inanimate objects. It surprised Remy that their magic lived on, even though so many were killed. She wondered how many more years this barge would last before it broke, never to be repaired. There were so few red witches left. One day there would be no more magical objects such as this.

This explains much about the red witches.

Remy knew then that she never had a choice. She would hold on to life just to wipe his tears away. That is how much she loved him.

Very deep!

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Thursday Quoteables: October 28th

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Welcome to Thursday Quotable! This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotable is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in!

Daughter of Sparta by [Claire Andrews]

Never make a deal with a god. A simple promise can result in a lifetime of servitude.

Fair enough.

A Lesson in Vengeance by [Victoria Lee]

The radio station Ellis has chosen plays the blues, mournful notes make me think of smoke. I wonder if the music is another thing Ellis is trying to make herself like, the same way she’s forcing herself to enjoy whiskey. Or perhaps this is one of those rare glimpses into who Ellis Haley really is, something organic that grew from her heart.

Did we ever really know Ellis at all?

The Lost Apothecary: A Novel by [Sarah Penner]

Gaynor took a breath. “Look, we’re new friends, and I won’t offer advice on your marriage. Though if we go for cocktails, I’ll start in on that without issue.” She chuckled. “But if there’s one thing I do know, it’s the importance of chasing dreams. Believe me, if you want something different, the only person holding you back is you. What is it you love to do?”

I really felt that this said so much in so little words!

The Pull of the Stars: A Novel by [Emma Donoghue]

She murmured, We could always blame the stars. I beg your pardon, Doctor? That’s what influenza means, she said. Influenza delle stelle—the influence of the stars. Medieval Italians thought the illness proved that the heavens were governing their fates, that people were quite literally star-crossed. I pictured that, the celestial bodies trying to fly us like upsidedown kites. Or perhaps just yanking on us for their obscure amusement.

I had no idea the meaning was like that.

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Thursday Quoteables: October 21st

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Welcome to Thursday Quotable! This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotable is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in!

The Third Kingdom: Sword of Truth - A Richard and Kahlan Novel by [Terry Goodkind]

This was one of the reasons Richard had always considered books to be so important, why he sought them out, and why he put so much effort into gleaning information from them. Books were links that spanned such missing human bonds or even times of savagery and its resulting ages of ignorance.

It was helpful if you had an elder who could pass on their knowledge, but if there were no elders to teach you for whatever reason, books filled the void, not merely in generations, but often in centuries and sometimes even millennia. Books served to keep hard-won knowledge safe. They endured. Books could almost be immortal.

As a reader, I stand by this thought process fully.

Richard straightened with a sigh. “Oftentimes it’s easier for lunatics to attract impassioned followers than it is for sensible people to get people to listen to reason. People are often more willing to believe lies than the truth. Lies can be made to sound pleasant. The truth, by its very nature, isn’t always so attractive.”

I know this is true from experience.

Survive the Night: A Novel by [Riley Sager]

“Because they take our world and improve upon it,” Charlie says. “Movies are magical that way. Everything is magnified. The colors are brighter. The shadows are darker. The action more violent and the love affairs more passionate. People break out into song. Or they used to. The emotions- love, hate, fear, laughter- aer all bigger. And the people! All those beautiful faces in full close-up. So beautiful it’s hard to look away.”

This lady loves movies as much as I love books!

The Witch's Kind: A Novel by [Louisa Morgan]

“We’re not going to talk about that now. We’re going to talk about you.”

“Nothing you need to know. My life is all history now.”

“We’re all history eventually.”

It’s deep and just very impressive.

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Thursday Quoteables: October 14th

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Welcome to Thursday Quotable! This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotable is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in!

A Lesson in Vengeance by [Victoria Lee]

I’m dying to ask Ellis about her family. She never mentions them, and I have no idea if her parents are still together, if she had a happy childhood, whether her family supported her dream of being a writer. Maybe a normal person would ask. But only people with loving families like talking about them; when people ask about my mother, I always lie.

They grew close. Why was this never anything they discussed?

When I was a child, I found it so hard to imagine ever turning sixteen. Sixteen. The age was laden with implication: Sweet sixteen celebrations, cars, makeup, drinking at parties, and kissing lips I’d never remember. Only then I turned sixteen, and the impossible age became eighteen.

This one hit me harder than I like to admit.

The Lost Apothecary: A Novel by [Sarah Penner]

Nella looked hard at me. “Many good remedies are poisonous in great quantities or when prepared a certain way. She taught me these quantities and preparations for my own safety, and for the safety of our patrons. Besides, just because my mother did not use poisons against anyone does not mean she did not know how.” She nestled father into the hay bale. “I suppose this made her even more admirable. Like a dog with a mouthful of sharp teeth who never once attacks, my mother’s knowledge was a weapon she never once used.”

I really love this quote. It’s very deep. Gives a lot of thought.

She patted the hay beside her. “I know what it is to watch my child fall from my body at the hands of a man. And while my story is terrible, every woman has faced a man’s wickedness to some degree. Even you.” She placed a hand on the floor studying herself as she began to tilt to one side. “I am an apothecary, and it is my duty to dispense remedies to women. And so over the years they have come to me, and I have sold them what they wish. I have protected their secrets. I have borne the brunt of their burdens. Perhaps if I had bled again after the loss, if my womb were not scarred, I would have stopped long ago. But the absence of bleeding has been a constant reminder of Frederick’s betrayal and what he took from me.”

Another one that is really deep. this may be a little dark too.

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Thursday Quoteables: October 7th

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The Witch's Kind: A Novel by [Louisa Morgan]

We’re all going to catch something. If we’re lucky, it’s old age

I really like this. A lot.

I was doing my best to be practical. I knew well that death comes for all of us, eventually. As a farmer, I understand that better than most. My hens sometimes died. The fish I caught gave up their lives so we could eat. I didn’t shoot game, but I didn’t hesitate to cook it when somebody gave me venison or a wild duck.

This is an interesting way to look at it.

Daughter of Sparta by [Claire Andrews]

The gods of heralds and thieves is twice as likely to give with one hand while stealing with the other. An alliance with Hermes could either help or hinder, depending on how useful he deems you to be.

I’ll just leave this here.

Like two sides of the same coin, Artemis and Apollo are twins. One and the same, unable to live in a world without the other. Artemis is the moon, a cold, healing light, whereas the beauty of Apollo’s sun is unforgiving and unyielding.

I love this. I don’t know why. I just do.

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Thursday Quoteables: September 30th

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Welcome to Thursday Quotable! This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotable is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in!

The High Mountain Court (The Five Crowns of Okrith Book 1) by [AK Mulford]

Remy gawked, looking around the room. It was fit for a queen. She glanced at Hale as he watched her with a smug expression. She supposed they designed it to fit royalty, since he was, in fact, a prince. His status hadn’t confronted her so much as it had in this moment. They had travelled through the woods and backcountry. There had been no praise or fawning over Hale as they journeyed this far. But now, in fae society, he held himself differently. He acted like he was aware of the deferential stares of the surrounding people. He stood straighter, his chin tilted higher. It made Remy wonder if she knew which face was the mask and which one was real. 

When you try to present different personalities, when will you lose the real you?

Remy turned those words around in her mind, picking them apart in different ways. Her life meant more to him than what? Than only being a useful tool in their quest for the High Mountain talismans? What did “more” mean? Remy did not know. Ugh, she thought, these bloody fae and their half-truth words.

I feel like Remy is fierce and brave, but she also doesn’t really see that she has any worth. Not that I can blame her with the type of life she’s had to live.

A Lesson in Vengeance by [Victoria Lee]

My grandmother died about three years ago now. Sometimes its hard to remember the topography of her face. or the sound of her voice. I wonder if we all fade from memory so quickly after we pass. I wonder if one day I’ll forget what Alex sounded like, too.

This quote hit me hard. My sister died when I was nineteen years old. She was only fourteen. The original grief hit me hard. Then I started to have to strain to hear her laugh in my head and felt a new wave of grief.

Every house at Dalloway has its secrets, a relic of the school’s history. As Leonie so astutely pointed out, Dalloway was founded by Deliverance Lemont, the daughter of a Salem witch and allegedly a practitioner herself. Some secrets are easier: a secret passageway from the kitchen to the common room, a collection of old exam papers. Boleyn’s like Godwin’s is darker.

I mean I was really invested from the very beginning of this book, but this paragraph here pulled me in even further. I can’t wait to read more into everything.

I’d love to see some of your favorite quotes of the week!

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Thursday Quoteables: September 23rd

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Welcome to Thursday Quotable! This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotable is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in!

The High Mountain Court (The Five Crowns of Okrith Book 1) by [AK Mulford]

One day she would see the ocean. One day she’d feel as mighty as those giant waves. The full moon followed her along the trail as she swallowed the tears threatening to destroy her.

This is very deep. I love it.

Warlight: A novel by [Michael Ondaatje]

“Half of the life of cities occurs at night.” Olive Lawrence warned us. “There’s more uncertain morality then. At night there are those who eat flesh by necessity- they might eat a bird, a small dog.” When Olive Lawrence spoke it was more like a private shuffling of ther thoughts, a soliloquy from somewhere in the shadows of her knowledge, an idea she was still unsure about. One evening she insisted we catch a bus with her to Streatham Common and walk its slow rise of land to the Rookery. Rachel felt uncertain in that open darkness, wished to go home, said it was cold. But the three of us kept moving forward, until we were eventually in the trees and the city had evaporated behind us.

It’s been awhile since I marked this quote. I’m not sure if I meant to highlight Olive’s flighty personality or the dark direction what she was saying was heading. It seemed that our dear (and unreliable) main character seemed to not get it. Not really.

Wizard's First Rule by [Terry Goodkind]

Richard hesitated. “Adie, this must be valuable. I don’t feel right accepting it.” “Everything is valuable under the right conditions. To a man dying of thirst, water be more precious than gold. To a drowning man, water be of little worth and great trouble. Right now, you be a very thirsty man. I thirst for Darken Rahl to be stopped. Take the night stone. If you feel the weight of obligation, you may return it to me one day.”

I may have shared this quote before. I’m just not sure. I just know that every time I hear it, I’m moved greatly. This is my third time reading this book. Maybe the fourth. I’m not really sure. Either way, I really love it.

Bill held Richard’s gaze as he put his hairy arm around his son’s shoulders. “We won’t forget.” A slight smile curled the corners of his mouth. “Long life to the Seeker.” Richard looked down at him in surprise and then grinned. Smiling quenched some of the fire of his rage. “When I first saw you,” Richard said, “my thought was that you were not a devious man. I find I was mistaken.”

This is a quote that you’d understand more if you read the book. It’s not really a spoiler. It’s just something that feels like an inside joke to other readers of this book. A private joke if you will.

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Thursday Quoteables: September 16th

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This week I have three quotes to share. I normally try to put four, but I’m not going to push it. I’ll post as many as I collect during the week. I’ll also try not to add more than four.

Wake's Claim (Paranormals of Avynwood Book 1) by [Michelle Dare]

First, my eyes fall on Paige where she’s tucked up to my side with her head on my chest, but there’s an arm around her waist. My body goes rigid as I start to sit up, but Paige holds me down.

“It’s only Ari. I’m fine,” she mumbles, her voice thick with sleep.

Rion lifts his head from behind Ari. “And me.” He Smiles.

Fingers on my stomach, and not the ones of my mate, move and draw my attention to the person on the other side of me. “Morning sunshine.”

“Solomon get out of my bed! And get your hands off of me!” I yell and sit up fast enough that a shirtless Solomon is thrown from his spot next to me, causing him to crash to the floor.

“Nice way to say thank you! I was here all night comforting you and this is how I’m repaid?”

This is my favorite scene of this entire book!

Bitten by Death (Vegas Immortals: Death and the Last Vampire Book 1) by [Holly Roberds]

Note: This next quote is taken as a transcription as I pulled it from an audiobook. It’s not a direct or accurate quote from the book.

Vivian: Why dont I want to drink your blood? Do you not have any? Let me guess. You run on caffeine and souls of the dead?

Grimm: Did you ever consider that my blood is too rich for you?

Vivian: Come on. Maybe you should donate to a good cause. For mere droplets a day, you too can help a starving vampire in need.

Grimm: This doesn’t sound tax deductible.

Her: Blue bloods….

This book is full of quirky humorous little scenes like this. I really do enjoy this book. I’m glad I didn’t judge this book by its cover!

The High Mountain Court (The Five Crowns of Okrith Book 1) by [AK Mulford]

Her copper-haired guardian knelt next to Remy, fretting over her like a child. She reached a hand to the swollen lump on Remy’s forehead and spun towards the prince.

“What did you do to her?” she accused.

“Nothing,” the prince said, shrugging. He craned his neck back to look back at Remy and with a cat-like smile, said. “She did that all herself.”

“Bastard,” Remy hissed.

Heather stifled a gasp. She grabbed Remy’s arm in a silent warning. Remy rolled her eyes. He was the Bastard Prince of the East after all.

“Very original, Red.” Hale’s lips thinned and his eyes narrowed at her.

“Don’t call me Red,” Remy Snarled.

She didn’t like this prince talking about her red witch magic. Even if they were in a ruin in the middle of the forest, there was no telling who else might hear.

“Then don’t call me ‘bastard’,” the prince rumbled back.

“Kids, kids.” A feminine voice called from across the darkness.

As if the scene wasn’t hilarious enough, the ending does it best for me. I can’t wait to dive into the rest of this book! It’s a great book with a great start!

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Thursday Quoteables: Winter’s Rise

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Welcome to Thursday Quotable! This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotable is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in!

Note: This week the quotes I adored most all came from one book. It will normally be from a variety. Also, doing it a little differently this time by showing pictures of the quotes. I believe this will be a one time only thing, but I may do it now and then.

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