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Quote Corner #32: The Truth About Forever

Happy Tuesday, everybody!! I hope you’re all having a great week!! 🙂
This morning I am sharing my a handful of my favourite quotes from one of my favourite books, The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen.
Hope you enjoy! 😉

There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.

Shoulda, coulda, woulda. It’s so easy in the past tense. 

“But if everything was always smooth and perfect, you’d get too used to that, you know? You have to have a little bit of disorganization now and then. Otherwise, you’ll never really enjoy it when things go right.”

But it was okay not to fit in everywhere, as long as you did somewhere.

It’s just that…I just think that some things are meant to be broken. Imperfect. Chaotic. It’s the universe’s way of providing contrast, you know? There have to be a few holes in the road. It’s how life is.

“I like flaws. I think they make things interesting.”

I could go on and on all day long about how much I adore Sarah Dessen’s writing, but I think these quotes speak for themselves.
This was the second Sarah Dessen book that I ever read over five years ago, but it still remains to be one of my all-time favourites of hers. All of the characters were phenomenal, the plot was beautiful, and I don’t even have the words to describe flawless the romance was.

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Quote Corner #31: Clockwork Angel

Happy Tuesday! I hope you’re all having a fantastic day!! ❤
Today I am sharing my favourite quotes from Cassandra Clare’s Clock work Angel because, let’s face it, we could all do with a little William Herondale in our lives. ❤
Happy reading!! 🙂

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

“Will looked horrified. “What kind of monster could possibly hate chocolate?”

“You know,” Gabriel said, “there was a time I thought we could be friends, Will.”
“There was a time I thought I was a ferret,” Will said, “but that turned out to be the opium haze. Did you know it had that effect? Because I didn’t.”

“There’s plenty of sense in nonsense sometimes, if you wish to look for it.”

“Remember when you tried to convince me to feed a poultry pie to the mallards in the park to see if you could breed a race of cannibal ducks?”
“They ate it too,” Will reminisced. “Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.”

“My name is Herondale,” the boy said cheerfully. “William Herondale, but everyone calls me Will. Is this really your room? Not very nice, is it?” He wandered toward the window, pausing to examine the stacks of books on her bedside table, and then the bed itself. He waved a hand at the ropes. “Do you often sleep tied to the bed?”

Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”

“Are you implying that shreds of my reputation remain intact?” Will demanded with mock horror. “Clearly I have been doing something wrong. Or not something wrong, as the case may be.”
He banged on the side of the carriage. “Thomas! We must away at once to the nearest brothel. I seek scandal and low companionship.”

Ahh, this is making me miss this series (and Will) too much!
Am I the only one constantly torn between rereading old favourites and picking up new books and series?!?

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Quote Corner #30: Turtles All the Way Down

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy. ❤
Today I’m back with another weekly Quote Corner, this time for Turtles All the Way Down by John Green! 🙂

I thought about him asking me if I’d ever been in love. It’s a weird phrase in English, in love, like it’s a sea you drown in or a town you live in. You don’t get to be in anything else—in friendship or in anger or in hope. All you can be in is love.

What are you thinking about?” And they want you to be, like, “I’m thinking about you, darling,” but you’re actually thinking about how cows literally could not survive if it weren’t for the bacteria in their guts, and how that sort of means that cows do not exist as independent life-forms, but that’s not really something you can say out loud, so you’re ultimately forced to choose between lying and seeming weird.

We never really talked much or even looked at each other, but it didn’t matter because we were looking at the same sky together, which is maybe even more intimate than eye contact anyway. I mean, anybody can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.

Sometimes you happen across a brilliant run of radio songs, where each time one station goes to commercial, you scan to another that has just started to play a song you love but had almost forgotten about, a song you never would’ve picked but that turns out to be perfect for shouting along to. And so I drove along to one of those miraculous playlists, headed nowhere.

I heard him turn his head toward me and could feel him looking at me. I wondered why I wanted him to kiss me, and how to know why you want to be with someone, how to disentangle the messy knots of wanting. And I wondered why I was scared to turn my head toward him.

I felt my arms prickling with nervousness, sweat glands threatening to burst open. And then they went back to talking, the conversation shifting this way and that, everyone telling stories, talking over one another, laughing. I tried to smile and shake my head at the right times, but I was always a moment behind the rest of them. They laughed because something was funny; I laughed because they had.

You’re both the fire and the water that extinguishes it. You’re the narrator, the protagonist, and the sidekick. You’re the storyteller and the story told. You are somebody’s something, but you are also your you.

I really liked the writing style of this book. The actual plot left a lot to be desired, but I found the protagonist to be incredibly relatable and the writing was so well done.
I definitely preferred The Fault in Our Stars over this book, though because the plot and romance of that one were considerably stronger. 

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Review: It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Good morning!! I hope you’re all having a fantastic day! ❤
Today I’m here with a review for the widely acclaimed YA novel, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, which I really, really liked.
I  hope you enjoy! 😉

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Mental Illness, Romance
Pages: 444
Publication Date: May 2007
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read August 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life – which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.
Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.
Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness.

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Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR?
What are your favourite YA books that deal with mental illness?
I’d love to know in the comments down below!

Thanks so much for reading! I hope to see you again soon. 🙂

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Quote Corner #29: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Happy Tuesday!!! I hope you all had a lovely morning!
This evening I am sharing a handful of my favourite quotes from this delightful novel!
Happy reading!! ❤

When someone’s been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it’s like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you’re just clutching air and grit. Because by the time you finally see each other, you’re catching up only on the big things, because it’s too much bother to tell about the little things. But the little things are what make up life.

It feels strange to have spent so much time wishing for something, for someone and then one day, suddenly, to just stop.

“You’d rather make up a fantasy version of somebody in your head than be with a real person.”

I read this book a few years ago, but I really enjoyed it! It was a very sweet and cute contemporary romance and I recently read the other two books in the trilogy, which were just as adorable.
I also really liked the Netflix movie adaptations of the books! They were such adorable teen rom-coms that I could happily watch over and over again!!

You can see my review of P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) here.
You can see my review of Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #3) here.

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Review: What Light

Happy Sunday!! I hope you all had a fantastic week. 🙂
This morning I’m back with a review of one of my most recent reads, What Light. I added this book to my TBR before it was even published four years ago, but it was such a disappointment! 😦
I hope you enjoy!!

What Light by Jay Asher
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance, Holiday/Christmas
Pages: 251
Publication Date: October 2016
My Rating: 1.5 of 5 stars
Read September 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
From Jay Asher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, comes a romance that will break your heart, but soon have you believing again. . . .
Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.
Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.
By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.
What Light is a love story that’s moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.

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Have you read What Light?
Have you read any of Jay Asher’s other books?
What are your favourite Christmas/holiday books? Most of the ones I’ve been picking up have been disappointments – I need some good recommendations!
I’d love to chat about it in the comments down below! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ll see you again soon! 😉

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Quote Corner #28: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Happy Tuesday, my lovely readers! I hope you’re all doing well. ❤
In celebration of it being September 1st, the first day back at Hogwarts, I decided to share a selection of my favourite quotes from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!
I hope you enjoy!! 😉

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

“I dreamed I was buying new shoes last night,” said Ron. “What d’ya think that’s gonna mean?”
“Probably that you’re going to be eaten by a giant marshmallow or something,” said Harry.”

“What’s that?” he snarled, staring at the envelope Harry was still clutching in his hand. “If it’s another form for me to sign, you’ve got another -”
“It’s not,” said Harry cheerfully. “It’s a letter from my godfather.”
“Godfather?” sputtered Uncle Vernon. “You haven’t got a godfather!”
“Yes, I have,” said Harry brightly. “He was my mum and dad’s best friend. He’s a convicted murderer, but he’s broken out of wizard prison and he’s on the run. He likes to keep in touch with me, though…keep up with my news…check if I’m happy….”

Mr. Moony presents his compliments to Professor Snape, and begs him to keep his abnormally large nose out of other people’s business.
Mr. Prongs agrees with Mr. Moony, and would like to add that Professor Snape is an ugly git.
Mr. Padfoot would like to register his astonishment that an idiot like that ever became a professor.
Mr. Wormtail bids Professor Snape good day, and advises him to wash his hair, the slimeball.

Oh, what I would do to reread this series soon!! I really want to reread them in the form of the picture books, but I wanted to borrow them from my library, which I can’t do at this time. 😦
I often forget how hilarious these books are. They’re so much fun and I would love to experience them again!!

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