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Quote Corner #23: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Hello, hello, and happy Tuesday! I hope you’re all doing well. ❤
Harry Potter’s birthday is coming up this Friday, so I decided to share a handful of my favourite quotes from the second Harry Potter book today in celebration! (I can’t believe that he’d be turning 40 years old!)
Happy reading!! 😉

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

“Harry — I think I’ve just understood something! I’ve got to go to the library!”
And she sprinted away, up the stairs.
What does she understand?” said Harry distractedly, still looking around, trying to tell where the voice had come from.
“Loads more than I do,” said Ron, shaking his head.
“But why’s she got to go to the library?”
“Because that’s what Hermione does,” said Ron, shrugging. “When in doubt, go to the library.”

“Of all the trees we could’ve hit, we had to get one that hits back.”

“Harry, you must know all about Muggles. Tell me, what exactly is the function of a rubber duck?”

“Your aunt and uncle will be proud, though, won’t they?” said Hermione as they got off the train and joined the crowd thronging toward the enchanted barrier. “When they hear what you did this year?”
“Proud?” said Harry. “Are you crazy? All those times I could’ve died, and I didn’t manage it? They’ll be furious…”

“You will also find that help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.”

Fred and George, however, found all this very funny. They went out of
their way to march ahead of Harry down the corridors, shouting, “Make way for
the Heir of Slytherin, seriously evil wizard coming through ……
Percy was deeply disapproving of this behavior.
“It is not a laughing matter,” he said coldly.
“Oh, get out of the way, Percy,” said Fred. “Harry’s in a hurry.”
“Yeah, he’s off to the Chamber of Secrets for a cup of tea with his fanged
servant,” said George, chortling.
Ginny didn’t find it amusing either.
“Oh, don’t,” she wailed every time Fred asked Harry loudly who he was
planning to attack next, or when George pretended to ward Harry off with a large
clove of garlic when they met.”

Oh, how I want to reread these books! Just reading these quotes fills me with so much joy and nostalgia.
I adore the touches of humour that J. K. Rowling slipped into the series. It makes them so much more fun to read when I was younger and even now!
I love that second quote here so much that I have a sweater that says, “When in doubt, go to the library”, and it is probably one of my favourite things in my closet!

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Quote Corner #22: Daughter of the Pirate King

Good afternoon and happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope you’re all having a fantastic day. 🙂
Today I’m bringing you a few quotes that stood out to me in one of my reads from earlier this year, Daughter of the Pirate King.
Happy reading!! 😀

Which means if I’m to keep up appearances, I’ll have to escape the ship. Then get caught on purpose. Oh, the ridiculous things one has to do when one is a pirate.

“I was carrying out a very important mission for my father when you got me. You’ve ruined my entire week. I should take an ear for that.”
“You wouldn’t take my ear. It would make it difficult for me to hear your whining. And I know how much you love that.”

“Lass, you’ve the face of an angel but the tongue of a snake.”

“Master Riden only said I ‘probably’ shouldn’t speak to her, on account of beautiful women have a way of playing tricks on a man’s mind. But it wasn’t a direct order.”
“He said I was beautiful?” I smirk at the thought.
Enwen looks troubled. “Probably shouldn’t have said that.”

Among maps, compasses, and other navigational tools, Riden has an hourglass on the table.
Had an hourglass on the table.
Now it’s broken at my feet.

I hope that didn’t have any sentimental value.
Actually, no. I hope it did have sentimental value. Lots and lots. Serves him right. In fact, why stop with his hourglass?
Riden wants to keep me locked up in his room. Well, he’d better be prepared to deal with the consequences. I rearrange his boots so each left foot goes with the wrong right one. I throw his clothing onto the floor in heaps. That’s not good enough, though. I can’t help but jump up and down on them. I hope there’s plenty of grime on the bottom of my boots.
I rearrange his bookcase. I crumple his papers. I knock everything over that stands upright.
I’m going to be the biggest pain in the arse Riden has ever dealt with. That’ll serve him right.
When the door opens a while later, I’m sitting at Riden’s desk, drawing pictures of sea creatures all over his maps, using a quill dipped in ink.
“What the bloody hell!”
“I got bored,” I say, not bothering to look at him.
“What did you do?”
“Well, I made you something. Look here. I gave this squid your face.”
There is silence, and then, “Alosa, I’m going to kill you.”
“It’ll be awfully hard to collect a ransom from my father if I’m dead.”

“Are you sure the man doesn’t want to be rid of you? We haven’t heard from him yet. I’m beginning to think we did him a huge favor. His loss was our bloody demise.”
I set the quill down and look up. “I’m out of parchment. Is there any more on the ship?”
Riden clenches his fists. I think his eyes might pop out at any moment. His face is as red as a crab.
“You don’t look well,” I note.
“I’ll have you know it takes every ounce of self-control I have not to pummel you right now.”
“Can’t imagine what it takes to break you, then. Tell me, Riden, does your skin itch to see your room so filthy?”
“I’m going to bed. In the morning, you’re going to wish you hadn’t done this.”
“Mmm. I’d be careful in the bed. I think I saw some glass shards in there earlier. You really should watch what you do in there.”
Riden rips off the sheets and shakes out his blankets. Glass does indeed fall to the floor. He takes the time to sweep it all up before dumping it over the side of the ship. At least I assume that’s what he does. Can’t be sure, since I’m confined to the room while he leaves.

I know the last quote is really more like an entire scene than a quote, but I love it ever so much! It made me laugh so much the first time that I read it, and it still makes me laugh out loud now. The humour in this story is an element that I really enjoyed!
It’s surprisingly rare to find a YA book about pirates, but I’m not sure why. A pirate ship at sea is such an exciting setting and I love the thrilling action! This story was a lot of fun and I would love to see more stories about pirates in the future!! 

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Quote Corner #21: Saint Anything

Good morning and happy Tuesday! I hope you’re all having the loveliest of weeks so far. ❤
Today I am so excited to be sharing my favourite quotes from Sarah Dessen’s Saint Anything, which is one of my favourite books on the planet.
I hope you enjoy! 🙂

It wasn’t that I’d broken down, but that I hadn’t been alone when I did so. You only really fall apart in front of the people you know can piece you back together.

As I shut the door and started to walk away, I heard him say, “Hey. Sydney.”
“You had on a shirt with mushrooms on it, and your hair was pulled back. Silver earrings. Pepperoni slice. No lollipop.”
I just looked at him, confused. Layla was walking toward us now.
“The first time you came into Seaside,” he said. “You weren’t invisible, not to me. Just so you know.”

I was used to being invisible. People rarely saw me, and if they did, they never looked close. I wasn’t shiny and charming like my brother, stunning and graceful like my mother, or smart and dynamic like my friends. That’s the thing, though. You always think you want to be noticed. Until you are.

He had a nice smile. Seeing it, I felt like I’d won a prize, because he was so sparing with them.

There’s a weird thing that happens when something goes from a one-time thing to a habit. Like the problem is no longer just a temporary house-guest but has actually moved in.

Just because a person isn’t talking about something doesn’t mean it’s not on their mind. Often, in fact, it’s why they won’t speak of it.

Anyway, it was unrealistic to expect to be constantly in the happiest place. In real life, you’re lucky just to be always somewhere nearby.

I’ve been a massive fan of Sarah Dessen’s writing for several years, and it’s easy to see why. I’ve always loved her characters, plots, and writing style so very much. There are a few of her books, such as this one, that I could read over and over and over again. her stories are soulful.
When I read Saint Anything for the first time, it quickly claimed the spot as one of my favourite novels of all time. I related to the main character, Sydney, like I had never related to a character before. I felt seen and understood.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an emotion-filled contemporary romance! 

You can see my review of Saint Anything here.

See my reviews for Sarah Dessen’s other books:
Someone Like You
What Happened to Goodbye

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Quote Corner #20: Me Before You

Happy Tuesday! I hope you’re all having a fantastic day so far! ❤
Today I will be sharing a selection of my favourite quotes from a beautiful and heartbreaking contemporary romance, Me Before You.
Happy reading! 🙂

“Sometimes , Clark, you are pretty much the only thing that makes me want to get up in the morning.”

You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. It always does feel strange to be knocked out of your comfort zone. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Your face when you came from diving told me everything; there is a hunger in you, Clark. A fearlessness. You just buried it, like most people do. I’m not really telling you to jump off tall buildings, or swim with whales or anything (although I would secretly love to think you were), but to live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Wear those stripey legs with pride.  And if you insist on settling down with some ridiculous bloke, make sure some of this is squirreled away somewhere. Knowing you still have possibilities is a luxury. Knowing I might have given them to you has alleviated something for me.
So this is it. You are scored on my heart, Clark. You were from the first day you walked in, with your ridiculous clothes and your bad jokes and your complete inability to ever hide a single thing you felt. You changed my life so much more than this money will ever change yours. Don’t think of me too often. I don’t want to think of you getting all maudlin. Just live well. Just live.

“Astonishingly, not all girls get dressed just to please men.”

The thing about being catapulted into a whole new life–or at least, shoved up so hard against someone else’s life that you might as well have your face pressed against their window–is that it forces you to rethink your idea of who you are. Or how you might seem to other people.

“You cut yourself off from all sorts of experiences because you tell yourself you are ‘not that sort of person’”
“But, I’m not.”
“How do you know? You’ve done nothing, been nowhere. How do you have the faintest idea what kind of person you are?”

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

“Some mistakes… Just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you. You, Clark, have the choice not to let that happen.”

I placed my face so close to his that his features became indistict, and I began to lose myself in them. I stroked his hair, his skin, his brow, with my fingertips, tears sliding unchecked down my cheeks, my nose against his, and all the time he watched me silently, studying me intently as if he were storing each molecule of me away. He was already retreating withdrawing to somewhere I couldn’t reach him.
I kissed him, trying to bring him back. I kissed him and let my lips rest against his so that our breath mingled and the tears from my eyes became salt on his skin, and I told myself that, somewhere, tiny particles of him would become tiny particles of me, ingested, swallowed, alive perpetual. I wanted to press every bit of me against him. I wanted to will something into him. I wanted to give him every bit of life I felt and force him to life.
I held him, Will Traynor ex-City whiz kid, ex-stunt diver, sportsman, traveller, lover. I held him close and said nothing, all the while telling him silently that he was loved. Oh, but he was loved.

“Good to meet you, Patrick,” Will said. “And thank you for the…advice.”
“Oh, just trying to help my girlfriend get the best out of her job,” he said. “That’s all.” There was a definite emphasis on the word my.
Well, you’re a lucky man,” Will said, as Nathan began to steer him out. “She certainly gives a good bed bath.” The words came out so quickly that the door was closed before Patrick even realized what he had said.”

Oh goodness me, just reading these quotes makes my heart hurt. Me Before You remains to be one of the best romances that I’ve ever read. I found Louisa to be such a relatable character, and I adored the writing style of the book.
I recently watched the movie adaptation of this book for the first time and I can’t even begin to describe how much I adored it. The acting and the chemistry between the actors was flawless (the casting was spectacular), the soundtrack was fantastic, I loved the cinematography, and the dialogue and scenes followed the book beautifully. I was so pleased.
However, having read this book a few years ago, I have since changed my mind in terms of how I feel about certain elements and choices. I detest the ending of this story, not because it’s sad and heartbreaking, but because I think it sends a terrible message. I think that this story could actually be very harmful to some readers and possibly offensive to those with disabilities. I still think that the book is beautiful – I love the characters, writing style, setting, and story so much that I can hardly even contain it – but I strongly disagree with the ending.

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Quote Corner #19: Caraval

Happy Tuesday!! ❤ I hope you’re all having a lovely day so far.
This morning I will be sharing a few quotes from Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Hope you enjoy!! 🙂

She remembered her first impression of him, tall, roughly handsome, and dangerous, like poison dressed up in an attractive bottle.

She imagined loving him would feel like falling in love with darkness, frightening and consuming yet utterly beautiful when the stars came out.

Hope is a powerful thing. Some say it’s a different breed of magic altogether. Elusive, difficult to hold on to. But not much is needed.

It is not fate, it is simply the future observing that which we crave most. Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.

She remembered thinking falling for him would be like falling in love with darkness, but now she imagined he was more like a starry night: the constellations were always there, constant, magnificent guides against the ever-present black.

I read Caraval two years ago and I really enjoyed it! It was an exciting and mystical story unlike anything else that I’ve ever read before. I read it fairly quickly and had such a great time with it. I liked the writing style and there were some very beautiful quotes, like the ones above, that stood out to me.
As much as I did enjoy it, I really don’t think that I’ll be going any further with the series.

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Quote Corner #18: Bad Girls With Perfect Faces

Good morning and happy Tuesday! I hope you’ve all been having the loveliest of days so far!
Today I am sharing a few magnificent quotes from this fantastic YA thriller that I read last summer.
Hope you enjoy!! ❤

He started getting dressed, putting his clothes on in reverse of the order Ivy had taken them off him – underwear, T-shirt, jeans. Xavier imagined himself in a video playing backward, the love Xavier poured out at her being funneled back into his chest, the taste of her lips leaving his, walking backward out of that room, shutting his closed heart.

The funny thing about spending a ton of time with someone is that eventually you can’t tell what they look like, Your brain just fills in what you already know. But suddenly, it was like she was a brand-new person he’d never seen before. She looked powerful and strong and solid. She was beautiful.

The faraway monster always looks different than the monster in front of you, in your arms, in your heart. When someone you cherish does something incomprehensible, you will find reasons to decide they are the exception. You will cling to the details, tell yourself, but this is different. But it never is..

This book was such a pleasant surprise. I don’t read thrillers all that often, but this book makes me want to read more of them!
I loved the plot and characters in this story, but I also fell in love with the writing style and can’t wait to read more of this author’s books.
If you’re looking for a unique, well-written, and very entertaining YA mystery/thriller, I would recommend giving this one a go!

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Quote Corner #17: The Fault in Our Stars

Happy Tuesday, my lovely readers! I hope you’re all doing well. ❤
This morning I’m sharing a few quotes that I love from one of my favourite contemporary romances, The Fault in Our Stars.
I hope you enjoy!! 🙂

As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.

“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”

“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

“Maybe she wasn’t loved widely, but she was loved deeply. Isn’t that more than most of us get?”

Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like betrayal.

What a slut time is. She screws everybody.

The marks humans leave are too often scars.

“May I see you again?” he asked. There was an endearing nervousness in his voice.
I smiled. “Sure.”
“Tomorrow?” he asked.
“Patience, grasshopper,” I counseled. “You don’t want to seem overeager.
“Right, that’s why I said tomorrow,” he said. “I want to see you again tonight. But I’m willing to wait all night and much of tomorrow.” I rolled my eyes. “I’m serious,” he said.
“You don’t even know me,” I said. I grabbed the book from the center console. “How about I call you when I finish this?”
“But you don’t even have my phone number,” he said.
“I strongly suspect you wrote it in this book.”
He broke out into that goofy smile. “And you say we don’t know each other.”

“I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up, my friend.”

Gah, I want to paste the entire contents of this book on here! The writing style is simply beautiful, as is the story itself. I read this novel five years ago, but it is a story that touched my heart and I will never forget.
I also very much enjoyed the movie adaptation. I thought that it was done brilliantly and the casting was fantastic. It’s a movie that I could watch countless times over and over again without ever growing tired of it.
I would love to reread this book in the future, hopefully soon. You know what, I just might do it!

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Quote Corner #16: Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall

Hello, hello, and happy Tuesday! I hope you’ve all had an excellent start to your week! ❤
I read this book many years ago and loved it! Here are a few of my favourite quotes.
Happy reading! 😉

“I bet if you go through the rest of your life telling yourself, “I’m sparkling,” you’ll have a whole different energy and experience.”

“I’m going to tell you a secret. Our lives are shaped by the future, not by the past. Once you decide how you want your life to be, all you need to do is live into that future.”

Be honest, but don’t hurt anyone’s feelings; be independent, but not a loner; be smart, but not a nerd; be sexy, but not a slut; be skinny, but don’t barf up your burger; be funny, but not to hide some other deficiency. How the heck is a girl supposed to “be” anything?

I love Wendy Mass! Her middle grade books, particularly The Willow Falls series, played such a huge role in my life when I was growing up. I adore her writing style and wish that she would write more stories in the young adult genre in the future! As far as I know, Heaven Looks A Lot Like the Mall is her only YA book, but I would love to read more.

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Quote Corner #15: Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)

Good evening and happy Tudesday! Can you believe that it’s June already? I sure can’t!
Today I’m sharing a handful of my favourite quotes from Ace of Shades.
Happy reading!! ❤

“So you cheat,” she said, the contempt obvious in her voice.
“We make a business out of winning.”

She had entered New Reynes as delicate as glass. She had even shattered. But as it turned out, beneath the dust and shards, something stronger lay within her, a substance less easily broken.

She was a pistol wrapped up in silk. She was a blade disguised as a girl.

Sometimes we’re not who we want to be because we’re supposed to be something else.

Ace of Shades was such a thrilling and immersive story set in a magical version of Las Vegas. It was super hyped up when it was released, so when I finally got my hands on a copy about a year later, I could hardly contain my excitement. Unfortunately, I ended up a tiny bit disappointed. I really liked the premise of the book, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the third person narration (first person is always the best!!), and the world building and politics of the world were confusing to me. I also wouldn’t consider the series to be all that memorable beyond the general plot and characters. For these reasons, I probably will not be continuing with the series any time soon.

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Quote Corner #14: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Happy Tuesday!! I hope you’re all having a great day! 😉
Today I’m sharing some lovely quotes that I pulled out of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas!
I hope you enjoy! ❤

I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world.

Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.

“I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.”

“You look . . . better than before.”
Was that a compliment? I could have sworn Lucien gave Tamlin an encouraging nod.
“And you hair is . . . clean.”

This book was so entertaining, although I definitely enjoyed the second book more than the first. As a huge fan of Beauty and the Beast, I liked the unique twist on the classic tale. The characters were also fantastic, especially Feyre and Rhysand, both of whom underwent phenomenal character development throughout the series. I didn’t mind Tamlin in the first book, but my goodness, he’s got nothing on Rhysand!
Unfortunately, I started the third novel but never ended up finishing, even though I had been really liking it. That was a little less than two years ago and now I forget basically everything about the series and have kind of lost interest to continue at this time. Maybe someday, though! 🙂

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