Words We Read (4)

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Words We Read is a feature that we created to share various book quotes we read that really mean a lot to us. For more information and past posts you can head over here.

Wow. Haven’t done this one in a long time. But man, I am super excited and super motivated to get it going again.

I have read a lot of books with words that hit me just right, especially lately. With words that touch me and make me think about my own life and the things currently happening in it. Sometimes they come from a book that blows me away, other times they come from a book that I didn’t fall head over heels in love with. Even in those instances where I like it but don’t adore it I find that I can take something away from the book. Today, it comes from one of those books.

I read the book Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner recently. Though this book really hit on some things that I think we need to talk about more, I just fall in love with it. I felt pretty meh towards it, no feelings one way or the other. But the writing…oh the writing had it’s moments where it just hit me and I had to stop and think about it. So today, I share a quote from this book, because it really had me thinking. And this is a solid reminder that just because you aren’t in love with the book doesn’t mean that it has nothing to offer you. There’s a difference between a bad book and book that you enjoyed but didn’t love.

So…the quote that I found that I could not stop thinking about…

“For the most part, you don’t hold the people you love in your heart because they rescued you from drowning or pulled you from a burning house. Mostly you hold them in your heart because they save you, in a million quiet and perfect ways, from being alone.”

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What’s a book that you’ve read lately that has a quote that really stuck with you?

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Words We Read (3)

Words

Words We Read is a feature that we created to share various book quotes we read that really mean a lot to us. For more information and past posts you can head over here.

This week I am sharing a quote from a book series that I absolutely devoured. I was very into dystopian type of books, and the Legend series by Marie Lu really hit me at that time of my life. I loved the action, the intensity, and the characters. The relationships that develop between the main characters and the drama that is happening all around them…this made it an absolute page turner for me. I binge so few series, and this was on that I dove into and didn’t leave until I was done.

Today’s quote is one that has hit me a lot lately. The past few weeks have been pretty miserable for me. I have really struggled mentally and felt like I was dragging everyone else down. I had found myself stuck in a vicious cycle of negative thinking and I couldn’t get out. This quote reminded me that I can. That each day is a fresh start and with each fresh start comes the opportunity to try again.

Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.

Legend by Marie Lu

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QUESTION: What is one of your favorite quotes from a dystopian book?

emily

Words We Read (2)

Words

Words We Read is a feature that we created to share various book quotes we read that really mean a lot to us. For more information and past posts you can head over here.

This week I am sharing a quote from a book written by a favorite actress of mine, Lauren Graham. I absolutely loved her in Gilmore Girls and I have tried my hardest to follow her throughout her career elsewhere. I read her debut novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe, and really enjoyed it. Her nonfiction, Talking As Fast As I Can, really hit me.

Throughout the book she shared the ups and downs of life, the struggles of trying to make it and failing every now and then. In this book she became a real person to me, and someone that I kind of found I could relate to. It was amazing to listen to her talk about what it was like to film the reboot, and I think that gave me a whole new perspective on it and what it meant to everyone who was a part of it.

While reading, well actually listening, to this book there was one quote in particular that stuck me. To this day it is something I think about as I deal with various things in my life.

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QUESTION: What are some of your favorite quotes from a memoir?

emily

Words We Read

Words

Isn’t it funny how books can touch us in the deepest and most meaningful way!? Obviously there is a reason that authors do what they do, and it’s just so fascinating that they can take ordinary words and put them into the context that makes us feel emotions, that makes us cry. We are always in awe of the talent levels of authors. Even the authors that are more “mediocre” have more talent than we could ever dream. It’s amazing what authors do, and we are in awe of your work (whether it’s a book for us or not).

Book quotes are some of our favorite things, ones that we tend to forget to share. They remind of the story we read, of the journey we are on in our lives, and the feelings that we have had (or are having) in our lives. These are the quotes that we write down wherever we can, that we put up all over the internet, that we share with so many people because they are on a journey too…and maybe these words can help.

So today, and randomly throughout the months, we will be sharing some words that we have read that have hit us. For our first post we have a very special theme for you.

For the 20th birthday of the Harry Potter books, we have decided to pick a book from the Harry Potter series to share with you! If you are among the mass of Harry Potter nerds (just like us) then you know that it is SO hard to pick a quote. JK Rowling just has such a way with words, and we could probably pick multiple quotes from each book. But here are some of the quotes that have stuck with us…

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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“We’ve all got both light and dark inside of us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are. ”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

“I solemnly swear I am up to no good.”

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

“There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

“You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince

“After all this time?”

“Always,” said Snape.

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

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ANNOUNCEMENT! There is more than one reason that we are sharing Harry Potter quotes today. Not only are we celebrating 20 years of the series that drove us further into reading, but we are also planning on…A HARRY POTTER REREAD!

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That’s right! Starting this Monday (June 26th) we will be opening up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (for the first time in AGES) so that we can once again get lost in that world. Let us know if you want to join us (comment or email) and we can set something more formal up. But that means you should probably be looking for more Harry Potter on the blog in the future.

NOTE: We will be using the hashtag #mdwstreadalong on twitter and instagram if you want to keep up to date with what we are doing. We are pretty pumped for this.

QUESTION: What are some of your favorite Harry Potter quotes?