III. Favourite Book Quotes

You want to know what weakness is? Weakness is treating someone as though they belong to you. Strength is knowing that everyone belongs to themselves.”
― Yaa Gyasi || Homegoing
“I’ve been thinking lately about immortality. What it means to be remembered, what I want to be remembered for, certain questions concerning memory and fame. I love watching old movies. I watch the faces of long-dead actors on the screen, and I think about how they’ll never truly die. I know that’s a cliché but it happens to be true. Not just the famous ones who everyone knows, the Clark Gables, the Ava Gardners, but the bit players, the maid carrying the tray, the butler, the cowboys in the bar, the third girl from the left in the nightclub. They’re all immortal to me. First we only want to be seen, but once we’re seen, that’s not enough anymore. After that, we want to be remembered.”
― Emily St. John Mandel || Station Eleven

Good and evil are a great deal more complex than a princess and a dragon . . . is not the dragon the hero of his own story?”
― Erin Morgenstern || The Night Circus

“We never know what is going to happen, do we? Life is always throwing us this way and that. That’s where the adventure is. Not knowing where you’ll end up or how you’ll fare. It’s all a mystery, and when we say any different, we’re just lying to ourselves. Tell me, when have you felt most alive?”
― Eowyn Ivey ||  The Snow Child

“Monsters, monsters, big and small,
“They’re gonna come and eat you all.
Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite and drink you dry.
Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul.
Monsters, monsters, big and small,
They’re gonna come and eat you all!”
― Victoria Schwab ||  This Savage Song

“I wonder if there’s a secret current that connects people who have lost something. Not in the way that everyone loses something, but in the way that undoes your life, undoes your self, so that when you look at your face it isn’t yours anymore.”
― Nina LaCour || We Are Okay

“He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced–or seemed to face–the whole eternal world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald || The Great Gatsby
 

“Have any of you wondered what I did with all the cash Pekka Rollins gave us?”
“Guns?” asked Jesper.
“Ships?” queried Inej.
“Bombs?” suggested Wylan.
“Political bribes?” offered Nina. They all looked at Matthias. “This is where you tell us how awful we are,” she whispered.”
― Leigh Bardugo || Crooked Kingdom

II. Favourite Book Quotes

“I apologize for anything I might have done. I was not myself.”

“I apologize for shooting you in the leg. I was myself entirely.”

-VE Schwab || A Darker Shade of Magic 

“A lifetime isn’t enough to know how a person will behave.”

-Jessie Burton || The Miniaturist

“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that… there are many kinds of magic, after all.”

-Erin Morgenstern || The Night Circus 

“I got to thinking that poems were like people. Some people you got right off the bat. Some people you just didn’t get-and never would get.”

-Benjamin Alire Sáenz || Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

“If you take a book with you on a journey,” Mo had said when he put the first one in her box, “an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it… yes, books are like flypaper—memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.”

-Cornelia Funke || Inkheart 

“The first of many autumn rains smelled smoky, like a doused campsite fire, as if the ground itself had been aflame during those hot summer months. It smelled like burnt piles of collected leaves, the cough of a newly revived chimney, roasted chestnuts, the scent of a man’s hands after hours spent in a wood shop.”

-Leslye Walton || The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender 

“Time passes. That’s the rule. No matter what happens, no matter how much it might feel like everything in your life has been frozen around one particular moment, time marches on.”

-Cynthia Hand || The Last Time We Say Goodbye 

Music.

‘Where words fail, music speaks’. – Hans Christian Anderson

What word would best describe my music taste? If I wanted to be brief I would probably say eclectic, but it is usually a mix of indie, alternative and rock. Sometimes I can also be in the mood for classical and movie soundtracks. Basically if a song from the most obscure genre allows me to escape reality through its haunting lyrics and melody, then it would definitely become one of my favourites and played on repeat until every cell in my body is drunk with it.

Walking down the woods of musical notes∼

Music adds a touch of colour to every grey scale moment of my life. So today I wanted to share with you some of my most favourite artists that I listen to on a daily basis. Lately I have gone into the habit of listening to music while reading as well, because having music in the background creates such a wonderful atmosphere to the story and this also helps me when making a playlist for the book later on.

I’m always saving songs in one random playlist and later on use them to create other specific playlists, mainly for books and road trips. Here I have included three favourite songs from each artist for you to check out. I hope you get to meet your favourite song in this list. May it bring you joy to your darkest days, and make you do a spontaneous dance while wandering the aisles of your favourite bookstore! Also feel free to share any of your favourite artist/song in the comments  🙂

Now all you have to do is close your eyes, crank up the volume and set your mind free…


 

Coldplay – 

Up & Up // The Scientist // Talk

Florence and The Machine

Only If For a Night // Shake it Out // Dog Days Are Over

Keaton Henson

Beekeeper // Small Hands // Flesh and Bone

Gregory Alan Isakov

Big Black Car // If I Go, I’m Goin // Amsterdam

Of Monsters and Men

Little Talks // King and Lionheart // Wolves Without Teeth

Tom Rosenthal

As Luck Would Have It // Take Your Guess // Soon Soon 

Vampire Weekend 

Step // Unbelievers // A-Punk

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – 

Home // Desert Song // Kisses Over Babylon

Wild Nothing

Chinatown // Shadow // Reichpop

Twenty One Pilots

Stressed Out // Heathens // Ride

The Naked and Famous

Young Blood // Punching in a Dream // Bells

The Lumineers

Ophelia // Stubborn Love // Ho Hey

Bastille

These Streets // Bad Blood // Blame

Oasis

Wonderwall // The Importance of Being Idle // Don’t Look Back in Anger

Yeasayer

I am Chemistry // 2080 // Henrietta

Lana Del Rey

Born to Die // Young and Beautiful // Blue Jeans

AWOLNATION

I Am // Woman Woman // Kill Your Heroes

First Aid Kit

My Silver Lining // Emmylou // Wolf

Passenger

All the Little Lights // I’ll Be Your Man // The Wrong Direction

M83

Midnight City // Wait // Too Late

The Paper Kites

Bloom // Woke Up From a Dream // Paint

The Battle of Land and Sea

Six Days // The Beautiful One // Saltwater Queen

Enigma

The Child In Us // Why // Return To Innocence

 

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