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My Favourite Book Quotes – Top Ten Tuesday #1

Me, trying to find the Top Ten Tuesday train I missed in order to chase it down and jump on.

I’m new to the whole blog thingy-mi-bob so I’m way late but it’s like I’m always telling my boss: better late than never. I think I’m winning him round to my way of thinking too.

So, from my research, I have gathered that Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl at the start of this year which I find awesome – I love a good legacy.

And you create your responding list based on these prompts. Now, as my poor overworked Google Keep app and notebooks will testify, I love a good list. They make me feel infinitely more in control of things than I actually am and give a brilliant impression of organisation when needed. So this seems right up my street.

This week’s prompt, unless my reading powers or the internet have failed me (and if so, what really is there left to live for?), is favourite book quotes – a thousand apologies to our lovely host for the British spelling but my very being rebels against the omission of the ‘u’ – and here it is:

10. Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

“Remember when you tried to convince me to feed a poultry pie to the mallards in the park to see if you could breed a race of cannibal ducks?”

“They ate it too,” Will reminisced. “Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.”

I felt like I couldn’t not include this one (three guesses why) – this moment I think is what first secured my love for Will as a character and he is still by far one of my all-time favourites – even before that scene in the library in Clockwork Prince that still has me crying every single time I read it.

9. Natasha Pulley, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

“If the sign said ‘do not walk on the grass’, one hopped.”

I was never much of a rebel at school, not because I hate breaking rules but because I could never muster the energy to deal with the fallout of breaking one. It just seemed like a lot of effort for no good reason – bending rules, however, is one of my favourite things. Finding loopholes – in fact, there is a whole section of my job that requires me to identify them. I like the challenge of it and I really like Grace (the character who said this) despite her flaws. There are a ton of Natasha Pulley quotes I love but this is one I actually have referenced (even if it was to the ignorance of those present).

8. Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

“How did I escape? With difficulty. How did I plan this moment? With pleasure.”

In reality, I could easily produce a list of my top ten Count of Monte Cristo quotes, it’s possibly my all-time favourite book – definitely my all-time favourite classic. Whilst this probably isn’t the most famous quote, the moment it’s placed in is brilliant and sums the book up pretty succinctly.

7. John Finnemore, Cabin Pressure

Douglas: We could go to Bristol … I believe people do.”

I am sort of cheating but not really because Cabin Pressure is now sold as an audiobook so it’s technically a book quote. Again, I could quote the whole thing because it is comedy gold but Douglas is my favourite and the funniest of them all.

6. Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora

“When you don’t know everything you could know, it’s a fine time to shut your f***ing noisemaker and be quiet.”

A lesson I could do with tattooed on my arm (I’d say forehead, but then how would I see it?). Another all-time favourite, in fact, the whole series is. Not sure what it says that most of the quotes I love from this book contain a lot of profanity. There are a lot of others I could list but they lose a little something when you asterisk the swear words I think.

5. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

“Sorry! I don’t want any adventures, thank you. Not Today. Good morning! But please come to tea -any time you like! Why not tomorrow? Good bye!”

The older I get, the more I think I am becoming Bilbo Baggins. I have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!

Ooo, two for the price of one, aren’t you lucky.

4. Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corn cribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

It may be slightly cliche, but this is the book I credit as the catalyst of my love of literature as opposed to just fiction and it has stuck in my mind since I first read it at age 12. My first ever highlight, I believe.

3. Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

“I’d far rather be happy than right any day.”

This book is full of pure gold quotes. It’s unfair to choose. ‘Don’t Panic’ would be the title of my memoirs I think. I’m beginning to notice a trend between some of my favourite books and on-screen adaptions of books that star Martin Freeman that I hadn’t seen before.

2. Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

“Have I gone mad? I’m afraid so. You’re entirely Bonkers. But I will tell you a secret, All the best people are.”

Despite some less than savoury things I’ve heard about him, Carroll does have some pretty tattoo-able quotes in that little book of his.

1. Roald Dahl, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

“All you do is to look / At a page in this book / Because that’s where we always will be. / No book ever ends / When it’s full of your friends / The Giraffe and the Pelly and me.”

My earliest bookish memory is of my Nan reading this absolute classic to me. I still have that original copy almost 15 years on and I can’t adequately describe how happy this quote makes me, right now even as I’m writing this.

This was lots of fun to write! I’m going to have to try and do this every week. Hope you liked it, until next time!

2 thoughts on “My Favourite Book Quotes – Top Ten Tuesday #1

    • I was the same, had it on my shelf for months and after I read it I was like “HOW did I not realise this load of awesome was just sitting on my SHELF?” I regret reading them all so fast because Lynch is as punctual as George R R Martin when it comes to publication dates.

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