Thursday Quoteables: January 6th

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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!

White Stag: A Permafrost Novel by [Kara Barbieri]

They were survivors, like me. This world had more life in it than I’d originally thought, and there was even a beauty to it that I found I could love … if I could forget why I was here in the first place.

Soren growled low in his throat. “What exactly is a monster to you, Janneke? You hunt down a doe, and she believes you’re a monster with her dying breath. A dog kills a rabbit and a mountain lion kills the dog. Which is the monster there?” He jerked his head to where Rekke rode. “Is she a monster because she’s on the Hunt, or is Elvira, because she’s trying to kill her? Or are the monsters the ones who tried to slay you for attempting to save their lives? What exactly is a monster?” A shadow of doubt flickered across my face, but I said nothing, instead looking away from him. “My point is we’re all monsters to someone or something by some definition. It’s the context of the situation that matters.” His eyes rested on mine as the gnawing feeling from before grew in the pit of my stomach. There was a beat of silence before he continued. “You know I’m right. I can see your jaw clenching. You always do that when you don’t want to admit you’re wrong.” I breathed out hard and slowly unclenched my jaw. “Do not.”

My father’s blood drenched my hands as a million pairs of eyes judged me, the daughter who chose the future over her past. But the shame that washed over me was nothing compared to the rage burning me up. We are all monsters even if we choose not to believe it. And the worst type were those who didn’t understand that. I was not a blood traitor for surviving and thriving. I was not damaged or broken or twisted beyond repair. No dead, mocking voices could tell me otherwise.

I breathed in his scent of woodsmoke and pine needles. “You know,” I murmured, letting the scent overwhelm me, “you were wrong.” “What could I possibly be wrong about?” I didn’t see the smile, but I knew it was there, just like I knew there’d be a twinkling light in his eyes. “You’re not a heartless monster,” I said. “You’re a monster with a heart.” He laughed.

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

Thursday Quoteables: December 30th

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The Lost Apothecary: A Novel by [Sarah Penner]

Did everything reinvent itself over time? It was beginning to seem like every person, every place, carried an untold story with long-buried truths resting just beneath the surface.

The Devouring Gray by [Christine Lynn Herman]

People could hurt each other without being monsters. And they could love each other without being saints.

“Of course there’s a creepy attic,” Violet said to Orpheus as she gazed up at the thin square of stone embedded in the ceiling above her head. “Because our family couldn’t just keep their secrets in a closet or something, like normal people.”

The Giver (Giver Quartet, Book 1) by [Lois Lowry]

They have never known pain, he thought. The realization made him feel desperately lonely, and he rubbed his throbbing leg. He eventually slept. Again and again he dreamed of the anguish and the isolation on the forsaken hill.

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Thursday Quotables: December 16th

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The Lost Apothecary: A Novel by [Sarah Penner]

Healing by way of vengeance … no such thing existed; it never had. Hurting others had only injured me further.

Thoughts?

Why did we suffer to keep secrets? Merely to protect ourselves, or to protect others?

Good question.

History doesn’t record the intricacies of women’s relationships with one another; they’re not to be uncovered.

During that time, women were barely seen as property.

Killing and secret-keeping had done this to me. It had begun to rot me from the inside out, and something inside meant to tear me open.

What do you think of the guilt being personified?

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Thursday Quotables: December 9th

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What Big Teeth by [Rose Szabo]

It is madness to love someone: there is no greater feeling of estrangement than the ways in which they are different from you.

This really speaks volumes to say so little.

I’ve been alone for so long that I can’t remember what it feels like to belong.

I feel this so much.

I understood something about Mother then that I hadn’t before: that she was willing to give up just about anything about herself to make someone else happy.

I know people like this in my life.

The Lost Apothecary: A Novel by [Sarah Penner]

First, there was trust. Then, there was betrayal. You cannot have one without the other. You cannot be betrayed by someone you do not trust … what you have learned is the same heart-wrenching journey of every woman to whom I have sold a poison. And it is, indeed, the same path for me.

If there is no trust, there is no love. If there is no love, is there really betrayal?

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Thursday Quoteables: December 2nd

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

Being in love is a special kind of insanity. It’s as if the mind gives way under some primal drive, a need to touch, a compulsion to possess, almost to devour.

What are your thoughts?

I held up the puppy so I could look into her dark eyes, fringed with ridiculously long black lashes. Sweet puppy breath wafted across my face, and her little heart thudded under my fingers so that I felt as if I had a hummingbird cupped in my two hands. I was in love with her even before I returned her to my chest and cradled her there. The warmth of her tiny body seeped through the bones of my rib cage to caress my sore heart, bringing sudden tears to my eyes.

I felt this way about my two furbabies when we first got them. The love I felt for both of them was just so overwhelming and beautiful!

What Big Teeth by [Rose Szabo]

My love is a haunted house, a ghost possessing his own body, a fire that burns itself alive. A light almost too bright to look at, but I forced myself to look as long as I could.

Thoughts?

I sat with that for a long time. I thought of every person I had met, wondering how many of them had wolves inside them and just had never pulled them out. Or perhaps more horrible: how many of them, in a moment of fear, reached inside themselves for something to save them, and came up empty.

This gives a lot of food for thought.

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Thursday Quoteables: November 18th

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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?

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Thursday Quotables: November 4th

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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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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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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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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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