Top Ten Tuesday – Inspirational Book Quotes

Hey everyone! It is time for Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and The Bookish, and is now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today’s topic is: Inspirational Book Quotes.

I don’t really know that many inspirational quotes. As far as I’m concerned, quotes are just quotes. I don’t really know exactly what fits the bill for an inspirational quote, so here are some that I thought sounded good or possibly ‘inspirational’.

Quotes from Books:

“You can’t live your life for other people. You’ve got to do what’s right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.”

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”

Winnie The Pooh by A. A. Milne

“If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.”

The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

“If the decision you’ve made has brought you closer to humanity, then you’ve done the right thing.”

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

“The next time you face a room full of strangers . . . you might tell yourself that some of them are just friends waiting to be found.”

It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kelypas

Quotes by Authors:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

Oscar Wilde

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”

Agatha Christie

“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.”

Albert Schweitzer

That’s it for this Tuesday! Do you have any thought-provoking quotes you’d like to share? What does an ‘inspirational’ quote mean to you? Let’s chat in the comments below!

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M. McManus – Review

Well hello! Hope you are all having a fantastic day. Today, I’ll be reviewing Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus. This was a four star book. The two main characters were relate-able, the plot was full of slowly built-up suspense, and the ending was a huge shock to me.

Book: Two Can Keep a Secret

Author: Karen M. McManus

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.

Quote: “Why do you look like you just swallowed a grenade?”

The Good:

*Plot. I loved all the secrets, the mystery of the missing girls, and the family drama that was going on. I tried so hard to connect the dots and I still couldn’t guess the ending.

*Characters. Malcolm quickly became my favorite character because I love championing people who are wrongfully accused. And reading his point of view was really interesting. Ellery was also a wonderful character since she is a crime addict like me and seriously obsessed with solving all the mysteries thrown at her like me, including her mother’s sisters’ disappearance, the homecoming threats, Brooke’s disappearance, Declan and Daisy’s mysterious return to Echo Ridge, and everything else that she stumbles upon. Mia is so stubborn and kick-ass and I really really want to have as much confidence as she has! It would be lovely to have a book in which she’s the main character.

*The twins. The twins, Ellery and Ezra, are so sweet together. They know each other inside out, they support each other, and the story probably wouldn’t have been the same without the two of them. I wish Ezra got more attention in this book, though.

*Diversity. There were Asian characters, Ellery and Ezra are supposed to be part Latino, and some of the characters were gay/bisexual.

Quote: “I wish I had, because I’ll spend the rest of my life hoping he never repeats the words he thought I’d take to my grave.”

The Bad:

*Pace. The first half/two thirds was pretty slow. It wasn’t until the last third (or about that) that things got hot and stuff was happening pretty fast.

*Questions. The ending left me with some questions that didn’t get answered, but I’m not going to spoil anything!

Quote: “If I believed in omens, this would be a bad one.”

The Wrap:

I really enjoyed it, I would recommend it, and I hope you enjoy it if you read it!

One sentence summary: A suspenseful thriller with great characters and an amazing twist/plot.

Overall, 4 beautiful stars!

 Have you read Two Can Keep a Secret? What did you think? Let’s chat in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday – Book Quotes

Hi friends, and welcome to 2019! Today is Tuesday, so we are going to do the Top Ten Tuesday meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s topic is actually: Top Ten Books I Read in 2018, but since I’ve already done something similar, I’m going to do a topic I missed: Book Quotes.

Sloane slipped an arm around my waist. “There are fourteen varieties of hugs,” she said. “This is one of them.” 

Sloane from The Naturals

It is an occupational hazard that anyone who has spent her life learning how to lie eventually becomes bad at telling the truth.

Kat from Heist Society

“I have a passing fondness for explosions.”

Asher from The Fixer

“There are a lot of ways to castrate a bull,” I said, my words deliberate and slow. “You can band the balls off, so they shrivel up and die. Or you can take a knife, and slide it just so.” I demonstrated with my free hand. “I grew up on a ranch. I know a lot about castrating bulls.” 

Tess from The Fixer

“What can I do for you, Detective?’ he said cheerily, smiling and nodding at Bailey.
What was I, chopped liver? I had a badge too. Maybe I should’ve shown it to him. Maybe I should’ve shown him my gun too.” 

Rachel from Guilt by Association

Now for some quotes from my favorite authors!

“Read as widely and as deeply as you can. You have to be a reader before you can be a writer.” 

Y. S. Lee, Author

“Not knowing you can’t do something, is sometimes all it takes to do it.”

Ally Carter, Author

What I’m doing is writing stories about women who care about justice. They are women who think about the difference between right and wrong, what’s legal and illegal, ethical and unethical, moral and immoral.

Lisa Scottoline, Author

Fiction is sort of a way to set the record straight, and let people at least believe that justice can be achieved and the right outcomes can occur.

David Baldacci, Author

Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.

Charlotte Bronte, Author

I need Charlotte Bronte’s quote hung up on a wall in my room, LOL.

What are your favorite quotes by authors, or characters? Let’s chat in the comments below!

P.S. What do you guys think of the new theme? 🙂