I wanted to compile a list of my favorite quotes in a series of blogs. I did the first one a couple of years ago, and now, here is the second part. I have read many wonderful books since I made part 1 of My Favorite Book Quotes. It did take a lot longer for me to write this blog than I had originally intended. Nevertheless, here it is.
I wanted to read Jane Eyre for such a long time. When I finally read it, I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed reading it. I love this quote because it fits Jane’s character so perfectly. All of her life she has been asked to suppresses her voice, and Jane has conditioned herself to appear demure. This is the point where she has had enough, and she finally voices her opinion. For the character, there is a change from here on out.
2. Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.
Lilac Girls is an amazing read. The three main characters who come from different walks of life suffer through the tragic and uncertain times during Second World War. The characters are different from each other in every way possible except for one common thing they share and that’s resilience. They are survivors, they have been put in horrible situations, yet they come out on top. This quote fits the theme of resilience and perseverance that is present throughout the novel.
3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Reading this book as a teenager for the first time didn’t leave that kind of impact that it did when I re-read it this year. To Kill A Mockingbird discusses in depth the issues of society, especially in those times. There are certain beliefs that are drilled into you by society, and you trust them blindly. Atticus Finch goes against this societal conditioning when he follows his gut instinct and what he believes is right. This quote sums up what Atticus Finch represents as a character in this novel.
4. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.
Never Let Me Go was something else. It didn’t go anything as I expected. It is disturbing, profound, and sad all in one. The characters in the story have no real sense of identity or purpose because they were made for a reason. For them, it doesn’t go beyond the path that has been chosen for them, and they know how it ends. They try to fight it or think that there is a way out of it, but that hope proves to be a dead end. Knowing the inevitability of their fate makes them cherish those special moments more. This book is a must-read.
5. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.
A Streetcar Named Desire is an amazing play. I loved every minute of it. There are times where you are a little confused by the characters, especially Blanche because she seems almost unpredictable. Her words do not match her actions. As the story unfolds, you get a better insight into her character. She tries to come across as perfect, but she is struggling.
6. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
The Yellow Wallpaper is a short story about a woman who is suffering from mental illness, but it is not taken seriously by others around her, especially by her husband. She is taken to a beautiful country house for the summer so that she can rest. Her husband is a doctor and constantly tells her that all she needs to get better is rest. She tries to explain to him what’s bothering her, and he never takes her seriously. I like this quotes what it reflects the state of women in society at that time. It also symbolizes the deteriorating state of the narrator’s mind.
7. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.
All the Bright Places is a beautiful book. It is technically a Young Adult romance, but it goes beyond that. The story is about Finch and Violet, both are struggling in life. They bring out the best in each other, and the story stays rooted in reality. The subtle yet poignant portrayal of mental health issues is something that outshines in the story. This quote is sad, still hopeful. It is very relatable because I think everyone feels this way at least once in their life.
8. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.
We Were Liars is full of surprising twists and turns. Reading this book is like going on an emotional rollercoaster ride. The story about four privileged teenagers starts in a pretty normal way before it starts unraveling. Cady, one of the main characters who is going through a difficult time, and nothing seems to be helping her. Her struggles continue for years, and there is no reason as to what happened. These quotes show how important it is for Cady to understand what has happened because by not acknowledging the truth, she is getting worse.
1984 is an eye-opener of a novel. It was weird to find so many things in common about the dystopian society in the story and our reality. It is set in a fictional world where everything one does is monitored. There is no individualism left in the society, everything is controlled by The Party and its members. They have distorted and twisted the truth to fit their narrative. This way no one can remember the truth about what came or happened before Big Brother. It is a scarily good novel.
10. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning.
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me is a romance novel that follows the characters of Neve and Max. Neve is extremely insecure about herself, and it has affected every aspect and relationship of her life. She has a hard time accepting the fact that someone might see beyond her appearances. I love this quote because I think it is very important for people to internalize this thought.
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