Favorite Quotes in Literature

I love a good quote. When a writer manages to fit the book’s main theme, the character’s nature or describe something I am feeling into a beautifully crafted sentence, I will instantly feel more connected to the book. Over the course of my years as a reader I’ve come across many quotes that have resonated with me and today I thought I’d share it with you.

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The Princess Saves Herself in this One (Book Review)

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Author: Amanda Lovelace

Genre: Poetry collection

Rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: 14th February; published by Andrews McMeel Publishing

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All views expressed are my own.

Synopsis – what’s it about?

 

The book is divided into four different parts: the princess; the damsel; the queen; & you. The poems included in the first three sections are an exploration of the author’s experience with several themes throughout her life so far, they range from bad break-ups to mother related issues. The final section is dedicated to the reader, a sort of quiet and assuring whisper to the ear by Amanda Lovelace herself.

The Princess Saves Herself in this One is being re-released, this time by Andrews McMeel Publishing, after the original version — which was self-published by the author — won Goodreads Choice Award for Poetry (2016).

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Black History Month in literature (TBR)

I don’t usually post monthly ‘to-be-read’ piles, but I want to make an exception for this month, as it is Black History Month (BHM). While I’ve never celebrated this themed month before — I was never aware that it existed in the United States — I figured that this year was a great time to start doing it through one of my favorite mediums, literature.

This month I’m going to be reading books written by black writers. Given that I’ve got a lot of books sitting on my to-be-read shelf on Goodreads by African or African-American authors, I think this is the best time to get to them. However, just as a disclaimer, I’d like to say that I do plan on reading African and African-American authors in the other months of the year instead of just in February.

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How time and place have affected my reading experiences

When I read I usually associate what I’m reading with the place I’m in. With music is the exact same thing, everytime I listen to Nina Simone I remember being in Paris because her songs were my go-to play set while I was there, for example.

Today I decided to share some of the books that, in my brain, are attached to a special location or time and what memories they bring out. Before I get to the actual post I just want to leave a little disclaimer that this is more of a dive into my memories than an actual book list. That said, here’s my list.

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Favorite Graphic Novels and Comics (Top Ten Tuesday)

A genre I tend to read very little of is graphic novels/comics. I don’t know why, they have a lot of things that draw me to them but I end up archiving them on my ‘to-be-read’ shelves and rarely end up reading them.

However, the ones that I have read I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. Moreover, this year of 2017 has revealed to be the one in which I read more books in these two genres, in part thanks to NetGalley and some publishers for sending me digital review copies.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted as per usual by The Broke and The Bookish, is dedicated to graphic novels and comics and I’m taking this chance to share which books I’ve read in the past and loved.

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It’s All Absolutely Fine (Book Review)

fineTitle: It’s All Absolutely Fine

Author: Ruby Elliot

Genre: Comics; Non-Fiction (mental health)

Rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: 31st January; published by Andrews McMeel

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Synopsis — what’s it about?

 

In this compilation of Ruby Elliot’s drawings she takes the reader on a journey through the ups and downs of life, basing it off her personal experience. She approaches a lot of different topics relating them to her mental health, discussing anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and her identity. While the topics at hand tend to be depressing she manages to talk about (or rather, draw) them with a positive message lurking underneath.

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My Childhood In Books (Top Ten Tuesday)

In today’s Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme created by the lovely girls over at The Broke and The Bookish, I want to share with you the books (and authors) that had the biggest impact in me as an eight to twelve year-old bookworm. You can see a specimen of the species Childus Bookwormus aged five in her natural habitat below, she had been interrupted while feeding on her daily dose of fiction.

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I’d like to take this opportunity and own up to my privilege. I grew up in a family that had enough money and other means to support my love of books and was actively interested in cultivating this habit in me. I am thankful for it every single day.

I also want to thank the authors who wrote these books — even though they will never read this — for having created such lively characters and an alternative world where I could fall back into whenever I so desired. I couldn’t be the reader I am today if it hadn’t been for these works of fiction.

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