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Sensational Quote Sunday

Some books change your life. They change the way you see the world. They do this not only with the story as a whole, but sometimes with an idea, a beautiful phrase, or even a word, that resonates with you the way nothing has before.

Sensational Quote Sunday is my way of paying homage to those books that remind me every day why I love reading.

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Today, I’m highlighting a quote from The Magicians by Lev Grossman. One of the hardest things for me to deal with in Grossman’s wonderful novel was our perpetually underwhelmed protagonist, Quentin. He spent most of the book discovering new worlds – discovering that magic was a thing, for goodness’ sake – and remaining not quite impressed. He was always looking for that (excuse me) magical solution to all his feelings of aimlessness and failure, and it took him a long time to realise that there’s no fix it. There’s no easy out. There’s just growing up.

I admired The Magicians for not shying away from such a frustrating, such a true perspective. And I particularly admire Lev Grossman’s turns of phrase, which elevated his work to an impressive height.

Also – read it!

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Sensational Quote Sunday

Some books change your life. They change the way you see the world. They do this not only with the story as a whole, but sometimes with an idea, a beautiful phrase, or even a word, that resonates with you the way nothing has before.

Sensational Quote Sunday is my way of paying homage to those books that remind me every day why I love reading.

Today, I have two words for you.

“Okay?” “Okay.”

Yep, that’s it. And you know what they are, right? Great!

As a bonus, have a trailer that I’ve seen more often than is healthy this week. I am going to ugly cry in public this June. There’s just no way around it.

Still okay? (I’m not sure if I am!!)

Sensational Quote Sunday

Some books change your life. They change the way you see the world. They do this not only with the story as a whole, but sometimes with an idea, a beautiful phrase, or even a word, that resonates with you the way nothing has before.

Sensational Quote Sunday is my way of paying homage to those books that remind me every day why I love reading.

Today, a dip into the lighthearted, delicious world of Austenland. This was one of my favourite interactions in the novel, and was beautifully realised on the screen, too!

“What are you doing?”
“Ya!” said Jane, whirling around, her hands held up menacingly.
It was Mr. Nobley with coat, hat, and cane, watching her with wide eyes. Jane took several quick (but oh so casual) steps away from Martin’s window.
“Um, did I just say, ‘Ya’?”
“You just said ‘Ya,'” he confirmed. “If I am not mistaken, it was a battle cry, warning that you were about to attack me.
I, uh…” She stopped to laugh. “I wasn’t aware until this precise and awkward moment that when startled in a startled in a strange place, my instincts would have me pretend to be a ninja.”

Heh. Good banter. Have I mentioned how much fun this book and film were? Yes? Ah. Well, it’s true!

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What’s your favourite adaptation of Austen’s work?

Sensational Quote Sunday

Some books change your life. They change the way you see the world. They do this not only with the story as a whole, but sometimes with an idea, a beautiful phrase, or even a word, that resonates with you the way nothing has before.

Sensational Quote Sunday is my way of paying homage to those books that remind me every day why I love reading.

Last month I revisited Anne of Green Gables, from the eternal L. M. Montgomery. I’m working my way through the whole series again, now, and it’s wonderful.

Anne has so many quoteable moments, with her beautiful, whimsical turns of phrase. I have a soft spot for this one, however, because in Australia October means spring – and to me, October means my birthday. It’s an excellent month!

anneoctoberDo you have a favourite month? Or a favourite Anne-ism?

Sensational Quote Sunday

Some books change your life. They change the way you see the world. They do this not only with the story as a whole, but sometimes with an idea, a beautiful phrase, or even a word, that resonates with you the way nothing has before.

Sensational Quote Sunday is my way of paying homage to those books that remind me every day why I love reading.

I’ve been reading Jane Austen again! After visiting Bath on my recent travels, I couldn’t resist reacquainting myself with Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth. There’s nothing quite like re-reading something as timeless, witty and romantic as Persuasion, so today I give you my favourite quote from this literary gem:

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(Image from one of the gorgeous-looking products at etsy.domesticnotions.com)

In Austen terms, Pride and Prejudice will always be my favourite, but Persuasion is a close second. Is there an Austen novel you admire above all others?

Sensational Quote Sunday

Some books change your life. They change the way you see the world. They do this not only with the story as a whole, but sometimes with an idea, a beautiful phrase, or even a word, that resonates with you the way nothing has before.

Sensational Quote Sunday is my way of paying homage to those books that remind me every day why I love reading.

This week, I’ve chosen a quote from The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, because I’ve recently visited The Anne Frank Museum and re-read the book. I’m feeling a little World War II preoccupied at the moment, so allow me to indulge that.

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Sensational Quote Sunday

Some books change your life. They change the way you see the world. They do this not only with the story as a whole, but sometimes with an idea, a beautiful phrase, or even a word, that resonates with you the way nothing has before.

Sensational Quote Sunday is my way of paying homage to those books that remind me every day why I love reading.

This week, I’m back to basics, with a quote from a series that reminded more than one generation why they love reading.

Harry Potter is the perfect example of books becoming a part of your life, not just something you read but something you experience.

lightOne of my happy places is within the pages of an incredible book! You too, right?!

(Also, who wouldn’t love that on their light switch?!)

 

Sensational Quote Sunday

Some books change your life. They change the way you see the world. They do this not only with the story as a whole, but sometimes with an idea, a beautiful phrase, or even a word, that resonates with you the way nothing has before.

Sensational Quote Sunday is my way of paying homage to those books that remind me every day why I love reading.

This:

moranThis quote isn’t even my favourite in Caitlin Moran’s phenomenal book, How To Be A Woman. There are too many. Part memoir, part rant, totally hilarious, Moran is the Kaz Cooke of the UK. (Hem. Australians.)

What I’m trying to say is that this book is an absolute must read.

It is funny. It is smart. It is so important. It is that book that says what we’re all thinking but aren’t saying. It is that book that says the things we’ve forgotten we should still be thinking about. It’s one of the most important books I’ve read.

Have you come across Caitlin Moran? If not, please do! As you may have been able to tell, I’m a little obsessed by how fantastic her book is.

Sensational Quote Sunday

Some books change your life. They change the way you see the world. They do this not only with the story as a whole, but sometimes with an idea, a beautiful phrase, or even a word, that resonates with you the way nothing has before.

Sensational Quote Sunday is my way of paying homage to those books that remind me every day why I love reading.

I owe a reader’s debt to The Wheel of Time and Robert Jordan. By which I mean that I don’t think I’d love fantasy nearly as well as I currently do without the influence of Jordan’s world.

I’d like to introduce this series with one paragraph, as the books themselves do:

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This opening gives me shivers, because it is the gateway to a rich, layered, insanely intricate story that has taken fourteen books, two authors, and twenty years to tell. Even though the story drags a little around the middle, the Wheel of Time will always be a series I admire and thoroughly enjoy. And Brandon Sanderson brings it home so, so well that I’m sure Robert Jordan would have been proud.

Have you read any of the Wheel of Time? Or Brandon Sanderson’s own work? (Please do, if you haven’t. You will not regret it!)

(Picture credit goes to daesdaemar on Tumblr.)

Sensational Quote Sunday

Some books change your life. They change the way you see the world. They do this not only with the story as a whole, but sometimes with an idea, a beautiful phrase, or even a word, that resonates with you the way nothing has before.

Sensational Quote Sunday is my way of paying homage to those books that remind me every day why I love reading.

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I’m feeling a little nostalgic today. I’m leaving the incredible people at Fullers Bookshop, and moving interstate to take up an opportunity in the publishing industry.

Big changes. Good changes, but scary nonetheless.

So as I leave, I’m reminiscing about how much fun I’ve had working at Fullers and being a part of this community. Hemingway may say there is no friend as loyal as a book. I think booksellers do a pretty darn fine job of it. My colleagues at Fullers have been absolutely wonderful, I’ve been so lucky to work with them.

I’m finding it really hard to leave, even though I know it’s a necessary – and ultimately, fantastic – change.

So here’s to those people who make it their business to be better friends than you deserve!

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