Book Quote #9: The Ocean Between People

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“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

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“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”

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“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?

 

Cheers,

Sophie

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”

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“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?

Cheers,

Sophie

Thoughtful Thursday Quote #5: “Growing up”

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“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?

 

Cheers,

Sophie

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 🙂

Book Quote #4: “The veil of happiness”

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You don’t think in depression that you’ve put on a gray veil and are seeing the world through the haze of a bad mood. You think that the veil has been taken away, the veil of happiness, and that now you’re seeing truly.

– The Noonday Demon, Andrew Solomon

This quote came back to haunt me as I was working on my own novel, which involves the topic of mental health. I never had depression (or at least was not formally diagnosed), but I imagine that if I did, this would be how I feel.

By the way, The Noonday Demon is a phenomenal book.

What do you think about this quote? Do you have any favourite quotes, relating to mental health or otherwise?

I am also looking for books (fiction or non-fiction) that talks about depression and mental health. If you have recommendations, please share!

 

Cheers,

Sophie

Book Quote #3: “We love what we love”

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“So yes. It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and perfect.”

– The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss

This is one of my favourite quotes from The Kingkiller Chronicle series. I think it speaks for itself. I am speechless 🙂

Are there any book quotes that speak to your heart?

 

Cheers,

Sophie