Book Quote #11: “Ten Lies They Tell You In High School”



1. We are here to help you.
2. You will have time to get to your class before the bell rings.
3. The dress code will be enforced.
4. No smoking is allowed on school grounds.
5. Our football team will win the championship this year.
6. We expect more of you here.
7. Guidance counselors are always available to listen.
8. Your schedule was created with you in mind.
9. Your locker combination is private.
10. These will be the years you look back on fondly.

– Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson


I love this quote from Speak (AMAZING book) because it makes me reflect about my own high school days.

  • Perhaps I was naive, or lucky, or both, because I did feel like teachers were there to help me.
  • The dress code was NOT enforced.
  • YES people smoked (cigarettes and otherwise).
  • The teachers expected a lot of us because we were in a science program (yes, I was a nerdy kid am still a nerdy adult). And I did a lot of studying. Like, seriously. I did more studying in high school than in university.
  • It was a confusing time. But I… actually didn’t mind high school. I loved that I had the opportunity to explore my interests (drawing, sewing, music), and I made some friends that I still keep in touch with today.

Often, high school is portrayed as a pretty cruel place. My experience in high school was actually okay. Maybe I lucked out because I went to a good school and had a good group of friends. Our preoccupation was acing the linear algebra test and preparing for college. We could care less about boys or dances.

What do you think about the “ten lies they tell you in high school”? Do you agree or disagree, based on your experience?


Question for all y’all bookstagrammers out there: Do you keep your bookstagramming and personal instagram accounts separate? Being a newbie bookstagrammer, I find it hard to only post about book-related things because there are also other things to post about (such as DIY projects! Or pole dancing pictures!)

BUT I am afraid that if I post all these other things, it’ll annoy my bookstagrammer followers. AND I am afraid that my book-related posts aren’t interesting for my real life friends to read (because most of them are not super into books.) Therein lies the dilemma.Blog_signature


Book Quote #10: “Two kinds of quiet people”


I honestly think there are two kinds of quiet people. There’s the kind like me, who are secretly full of storms and spinning gears. And then there’s the kind like Olivia, who is the actual personification of an ocean on a sunny day. I don’t mean that she’s simple. There’s just something peaceful about her. There always has been.

– The Upside of Unrequited, Becky Albertalli


I think I’ve finally found my literary twin.


And that is Molly from The Upside of Unrequited. She is just so relatable. Her thoughts might as well be plucked from my brain.

Anyway, I absolutely love this quote from The Upside of Unrequited, because I feel like it is speaking about me. Well, half of it anyway. I am that person who appears to be quiet and polite and calm and NORMAL, but it really is a storm in my head. Really. My head never shuts up. When I am excited, it’s like this in my brain:


Except on the outside, I’m just normal smiling.

I mean, I’m not trying to disguise my excitement. That’s just how I am.

Anyway, now I want to hear from you guys! Do you have a literary twin? Do you consider yourself to be a quiet person?

Book Quote #9: The Ocean Between People


“He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to.”

― Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I love this quote from Simon vs. I love Simon vs in general. There are just so many quotable phrases from this book.

On a side note, anyone else finding it hard to recommend books to their loved ones? My mom is looking for a good book to read. The thing is, she is a very traditionally-minded person who goes to a very traditionally-minded church. And, frankly, (I love you very much mom but) she has strong feelings about things like LGBT and mental health, and well, let’s face it, we never did have The Talk, to this day. Looking back on the books that I’ve read this year, they all have some combination of sex, LGBT characters, or characters who are contemplating or about to commit suicide. I really don’t know what to recommend to my mom…

How is your week going? Any favourite quotes? Does anyone share my struggle with recommending books to loved ones?

Book Quote #8: Never Stop Doing Right


“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”

– Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

This is an incredible quote from The Hate U Give that I think speaks for itself.

By the way, The Hate U Give is an AMAZING book that you have to read. I would love to post a review soon, but I am terribly behind on reviews! And life has been crazy!

The truth is, I haven’t been taking good care of my introverted self lately. There are so many things going on and I find it hard to say no! So, this week, I managed to cram in 5 pole classes, 1 crafting workshop, 1 dog walking date, 1 dinner event, and 1 wedding, all in addition to my 8-4 work day. The introvert inside of me is screaming: Where is the time to read? Where is the time to write? Part of me just wanna crawl into a corner in my room and lock the door for a while.

How is your week going? Are there any quotes that inspire you?


Book Quote #7: “Straight people really should have to come out”


“It is definitely annoying that straight (and white, for that matter) is the default, and that the only people who have to think about their identity are the ones who don’t fit that mold. Straight people really should have to come out, and the more awkward it is, the better. Awkwardness should be a requirement.”

― Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Can you imagine that? A world where being straight and cis-gendered is not the assumption? A world where, at a certain age, everyone has to go to their family and their friends and declare whether they are straight, gay, lesbian, transgendered, bisexual, or something else, and have that awkward and uncomfortable conversation?

I am truly optimistic that, one day, there will be no assumptions about sexuality, no stigma, and that is how the world will become. Who is with me?

Simon Vs, by the way, is an AMAZING novel that everyone should read.

I have another favourite quote from this novel, and I really couldn’t choose between the two. Here it is:

“People really are like house with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.”

― Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

How well do we really know our next-door neighbour? Our coworkers? Our friends and our family? How well do they know us? Maybe it is a good thing that there is always more to discover.

What are your favourite quotes this week?




PS. I am changing my post schedule to Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday! This is to give myself more time to write posts, and also to give you guys more time to read them.

Book Quote #6: “I wonder if that’s how darkness wins”


“I wonder if that’s how darkness wins, by convincing us to trap it inside ourselves, instead of emptying it out. I don’t want it to win.”

— My Heart and Other Black Holes, Jasmine Warga

Somedays I feel that it helps to talk positively, and that the act of saying happy words will make us happier, like how holding a pencil in our mouth will make us smile for real. Other times I feel the need to speak sad words and have a shoulder to cry on. Perhaps unspoken words hurt the most.

My Heart and Other Black Holes is an amazing book about depression and suicide. If you have an interest in mental health, this is a must read.

Do you have a quote that inspires you this week?



Thoughtful Thursday Quote #5: “Growing up”


“Maybe growing up means disappointing the people we love.”

― Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon

This is a quote that stuck with me as I read Everything, Everything. In the book, Maddy makes a difficult choice: She decides to listen to her heart and do what she truly wants, even if it means disappointing her mother. By doing this, Maddy learns to make decisions on her own and become her own person.

I never thought of growing up in the same way. For me, growing up means accepting responsibility for ourselves, emotionally and financially. It means taking ownership of our actions and becoming aware of their impact on others. It means being independent. Maybe growing up also means becoming a bit jaded, in which case I hope that a part of me will always remain a child.

Do you agree with this quote? What does growing up mean for you? Do you have a favourite quote?




PS. From now on, I will post a quote from a book every “Thoughtful Thursday”, not that we can’t be thoughtful every other day of the week 🙂