I’m apparently not going to be mentally able enough for long enough when I’m free enough this week to finish the blog post that I almost have done. So instead, I’m sharing with you a few more of my favorite lines from one of my favorite books.
These are both from my first, excited read-through of the final book in Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle, The Raven King.
The usual warnings about SPOILERS, but actually I think these pages are pretty innocuous, and I know the lines that I’m extracting are safe.
” ‘Where the hell is Ronan?’ Gansey asked, echoing the words that thousands of humans had uttered since mankind developed speech.”
For me, what words Gansey said are irrelevant. That tag is amazing.
” ‘I don’t want to talk about.’
” ‘ I do,’ Ronan said.
” ‘Well, I don’t. I’m not proud of it.’
“Ronan patted her leg. ‘I’ll be proud for you.’ “
I’m not sure why I love this exchange so. Maybe just because it is so real.
I really can’t tell you often enough to give this series a try. The first book in the sequel series is due out November 5, and I am so excited. The first book is called Call Down the Hawk.
This is an open page, so SPOILERS!
Some books are just better the second time around. Some writers’ brilliance is really only polished to a shine by a second reading. This is a page from Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle, Book 1: The Raven Boys, which—hey—by the way, is being turned into a television series, and you should definitely read the books before you see the show. This series has become one of my all-time favorites. It lives in its entirety on the small bookcase in my nook of a bedroom. It is one of the ones that I pull out to be comforted and to be drawn away.
This past week has been chaotic, and next week is likely going to be even more so. I hope you won’t mind me putting off using my depleted brain to review and process books and will just enjoy some bookish photos and a trip down memory lane with me.
“When I’m finished,” Octavian promised, “nothing will be left of your kind but stories. I will burn your homes. I will bury your warriors.” His voice grew even softer. “I will blacken your sky with crows.”
Sometimes, a book can steal my heart with just one well-crafted line. This is from one of Jim Buctcher’s books in the Codex Alera series. I haven’t read any of these books yet, but my roommate paused in her lightning speed read to read this one paragraph aloud to me, and I am nearly certain now that I will love this series. I will love this paragraph forever regardless. Just that line… “nothing will be left of your kind but stories.” And “I will blacken your sky with crows.”
This is a page from Thornyhold by Mary Stewart. I grabbed it on a whim one day while trapped in my chair; I don’t remember why I wasn’t able to move. The book is my roommate’s, one that has survived several shelf purges even since we moved to this house–and one that she brought with her when we moved in. I don’t know how long she has had it, but by that alone, I know it is one that she enjoyed. I enjoyed the writing style that I was exposed to in these few pages, but I never have yet gone back to finish it. Sometimes, I can be convinced to try a book by mere convenience. Have you ever picked up a book just because it seems to be the best thing near at hand? Have you found any favorites that way?
Oops. In planning for another adventure and just the day-to-day I never did get around to finishing a blog post (though I’m close on at least one). I didn’t want to leave you without anything for the next two weeks, so enjoy some of these favorite lines of mine from Maggie Stiefvater’s Blue Lily, Lily Blue, the third book in The Raven Cycle.
Needless to say, if you read the full pages, you might find some spoilers, but the quotes I’ve highlighted are all I think pretty safe.
“She drifted toward the bedroom, on her way to have a bath or take a nap or start a war.”
“Violence was a disease Gansey didn’t think he could catch.”
“Blue was perfectly aware that is was possible to have a friendship that wasn’t all-encompassing, that wasn’t blinding, deafening, maddening, quickening. It was just that now that she’d had this kind, she didn’t want the other.”
…you sympathize more with the adults in YA novels than the teens….
I tried to find something textual to give you tonight, gentle reader. I really did. I even went off in search of intriguing new book tags. Alas, tonight, it’s not to be. My mind is not in it.
So how fitting is it that the next shelfie in my queue is a photo of a page in The Order of the Phoenix, my favorite book of one of my favorite series–and certainly the series that I go to when I want something familiar, comforting, and nostalgic–that made me laugh? I laughed because of how much I empathized with Madam Pince after 3 years working a bookstore–how I believed she was right for chasing Harry and Ginny out of her library for defiling her books with their chocolate-stained fingers. Read the books that you’ve bought with chocolate-stained fingers by all means, but buy them first.
This must have been a lovely November day for me to take my book and my bucket onto the porch. This was my first attempt to dive into Tara Sim’s first novel, Timekeeper, and the time that I realized that this book would capture me and not let me go–I knew it would be by the 4th paragraph. In November I couldn’t afford to be so captured. I wanted to enjoy this novel. I am enjoying it now. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long, Tara!
That’s a Hollins bookmark too.
A tumultuous November, I leant heavily on an old favorite–The Order of the Phoenix–from which certain lines rang all too true to life.
“Fools who wear their hearts proudly on their sleeves, who cannot control their emotions, who wallow in sad memories and allow themselves to be provoked this easily–weak people, in other words–they stand no chance against his powers!”
“He took his revenge the only way he had: redoubling his efforts for the D.A.”
This book in particular is very dear to me.
I was really excited to keep reading this series after I fell in love with The Raven Boys without even realizing or thinking that I had done. I thought I didn’t love it–until I couldn’t stop thinking about it. And this book–the second–became my favorite of the series.
I was excited too to find this apt description, this description that I didn’t know that I needed in my life till I’d read it, but which I now think about often:
“His mind was a box he tipped out at the end of his shifts.”
P.S. — Here is my review of The Dream Thieves.