Hi! Today I’m doing a somewhat different tag but still related to books in a way, the 3 Quotes Challenge. I was tagged by Yen at Little Calico’s Journal, Baby Ruth at Bittersweet Sensations, Analee at Book Snacks, Cristina at Tiny Obsessions, Rach at The Girl Who Reads, and Percy at Percy Reads. Thank you all so much for tagging me to participate!
I actually participated in the Top Ten Tuesday post that had bloggers share their Top Ten Favorite Quotes from Books sometime in 2015. From that post, I mentioned that I don’t tend to annotate my reads nor pay attention to quotes. I appreciate good writing but I’m usually unable to directly quote lines even from my all time favorite books. So this challenge is going to be quite difficult for me.
Okay, let’s do this before I start rambling too much and make this an excessively long post (it’ll probably end up being one anyway, knowing me).
Note: This is a 2015 tag, meaning I was first tagged in 2015. I’m just trying to go through all the awards and tags from my 2015 queue. But I am an tag/award free blog in that I won’t be doing any more tags/awards after I go through the 2015 drafts. Sorry for the confusion!
The Rules –
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Share three quotes
for three days in a row, one on each day.(I decided to do this in one post since I’m not really a daily blogger.) Nominate three bloggers on each day.(Since this is technically done in a span of three days tagging three bloggers each day, I will tag nine bloggers.)
Quotes I Want to Share –
Since I primarily read a lot of young adult books, I thought I’d approach this challenge by sharing quotes from my favorite classics. Maybe some of you all will recognize them (they’re all pretty well known); it’ll be fun!
I’m pretty sure all of you that have known me for a while know that I love Steinbeck. Like a lot. I’ve finally decided that I like him a little more than Austen, just because of readability and the fact that I feel like his novels can touch people easier. If that makes sense? Also, the symbolism is magnificent and omnipresent in all his books. And I really love this quote because Steinbeck acknowledges gender equality directly.
“Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal — as we are!”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
How could I not include this? This statement is so beautiful and I’m happy that “plain” Jane finds her voice and discovers this moment of empowerment. Jane Eyre was the first assigned classic I had to read as a high schooler. I think I’ll forever remember it being as my introduction to literature in high school. I adore the Bronte sisters; great, gothic romances are the best!
Umm, actually it can. Let’s say,
hypothetically speaking, if someone is afraid of sharks and is bitten by one, losing a limb would definitely be a dream. (Sharks are scary beasts. shudders) Although it’s a philosophy I can’t wholeheartedly agree, this was still one of my favorite quotes from Lord of the Flies, one of my favorite classics which I read as a freshman in high school. And, I guess, technically this quote really is applicable to less tangible fears like heights, the dark, and commitment.
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
I have an affinity for people and fictional characters that enjoy reading (no surprise as to why). I love that Austen was big reader herself (but aren’t most writers?) and that one of her most well loved fictional characters, Elizabeth Bennet, was a bookworm. The fact that Austen actually published this quote in my favorite book by her made me love it (the quote) so much more; and I mean, yeah, a home library sounds good! Sorry for all the parentheses, that entire explanation may have been ultra confusing…
I pass this challenge along to these bloggers –
There were a wave of bloggers that did this back in 2015. Honestly, I lost track of who hasn’t done this. But I’ve decided to tag these bloggers that share my love for reading (I may be presuming with this for some) but also compose/write. These are also some bloggers I’d like to get to know better (a few are old friends of Xingsings and mine). ^.^ And I’m sorry in advance if you’ve already done this challenge and I’m tagging you again!
- Akanksha at The World Past Me
- Alex at Happy Alex
- Ayunda at Tea & Paperbacks
- Bani at Penning, Venting, Singing
- Daniel at Hyperion Sturm
- Elise at Rawls E. Fantasy
- Erika at Stargasaurs
- Shitij at Shitijsharma24
- Sohini at Pen and Paper
Thanks for reading! Until next time. Have a super awesome day! 😀