As I previously mentioned, before launching this blog (again), I brainstormed a list of potential writing topics. One of the ideas I had to was discuss some of my favorite quotes. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved a good quote, so I think this is easily going to be one of my favorite topics to write about! This should be a win-win: 1) I’ll have a series of posts documenting all of my favorite quotes and 2) Maybe one of these quotes will connect with you, resulting in your next favorite read! So, without further ado, onto the quotes!
“You will be fine,” the fortune-teller says. “There may be decisions to make, and surprises in store. Life takes us to unexpected places sometimes. The future is never set in stone, remember that.”
–The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Book Summary: The Night Circus is an absolutely amazing tale about two magicians (Celia & Marco) who, unbeknownst to them, were entered into a competition at a very young age. Each time their circus arrives in a town, these magicians are included in an act and a “winner” is chosen based on their performances. To further complicate the situation, Celia and Marco begin to fall in love… which becomes even more problematic since there can only be one winner of their competition and the other will perish. Morgenstern’s proses are rich, detailed and completely engrossing – she weaves a gripping tale that will captivate you until the very last page. The characters are memorable and the story is pure magic – if you haven’t read The Night Circus, do yourself a favor and add this to your TBR!
Why I love this quote: Ever since I picked up this book a few years ago (thanks for the recommendation Mollie!) this particular line has stuck with me. I love the optimism! Life may take us in a direction that we never expected, but nothing is set in stone and everything can be changed. Life taking us to “unexpected places” also really resonates with me. Back when I was in college (about 10 years ago), I had my future all planned out. Fast forward to the present day, very few of my plans worked out the way I expected (but, thankfully, in some cases, they worked out better). What’s really amazing, though, is that life took me to some truly unexpected, and great, places. While my life isn’t perfect, I wouldn’t change a thing!
“And that’s how you go on. You lay laughter over the dark parts. The more dark parts, the more you have to laugh. With defiance, with abandon, with hysteria, any way you can.”
–Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Book Summary: A Librarian. A lost city. Children of Gods.**
**It’s really best to go into this book knowing very little about the plot. Taylor’s writing is effortless and the plot unpacks at a perfect rate. Just brace yourself for an emotional rollercoaster and enjoy the ride!
Why I love this quote: I am a huge advocate for having a sense of humor! I try not to take myself too seriously, am unapologetically myself and definitely laugh off my mistakes. For me, it’s important to see the humor during difficult situations but also helping others see the humor as well. When you can own these trying times, which I think we can all relate to right now), with humor, positivity and optimism, it makes everything a little easier to handle.
“All good things end, always. The trick is to enjoy them while they last.”
–Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
Book Summary: Starting on Oona’s 19th birthday, which happens to be New Year’s Day, when the clock strikes midnight, Oona “leaps” to a different year and begins living her life out-of-order. These leaps are random and soon she is hopscotching through decades, pop culture trends and major life events. This is definitely more of a “life lesson” book but the story is fantastic and it will definitely stick with you long after you finish the last page. This is another one that better to go in with limited knowledge about the plot and just enjoy the ride.
Why I love this quote: I think the reason this is one of my favorite quotes and has stuck with me is because we usually don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone. This particular line is encouraging you to really soak in all of those good times while you have them because, unfortunately, they won’t last. Everyone is so consumed with multitasking, social media or worrying about “what’s next” that we lose sight of the great things right in front of us. In this uncertain world we’re living in, I’ve been trying to slow down and acknowledge the good things in life. It doesn’t matter if it’s a FaceTiming with friends, reading on the patio, a round of golf or a nice glass of win – these moment should be enjoyed!
I hope you enjoyed these quotes as much as I do! I thoroughly enjoyed writing this post and this will absolute be a frequent topic here at Treat Yo Shelf. Feel free to sound off in the comments about which of these quotes you liked best or post you own favorite quotes (please include the book too)!
Until Next Time,