3 Quotes Challenge

3 Quotes Challenge-2

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 –

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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 believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible.”
― John SteinbeckEast of Eden

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 BrontëJane 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!

“The thing is – fear can’t hurt you any more than a dream.”
― William GoldingLord of the Flies

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.

Honorable Mention:

“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 AustenPride 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!

Thanks for reading! Until next time. Have a super awesome day! 😀


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35 thoughts on “3 Quotes Challenge

  1. Hyperion says:

    Thank you so much for the tag, Summer! I am truly a quiet reader in that I don’t blog about what I read but I try to write about interesting things inspired by my reading. I’m not sure I’ve accomplished that task yet but the effort to try is rewarding. I was raised as a young tadpole in my grandmother’s house and she had a private library and was an avid reader. She read twice a day. Once before breakfast and again after dinner. She shared this time with me and read many books to me at her feet. She taught me to read at an early age and opened her library to me. On days I couldn’t go outside to play, I would spend it in her library lost to the great classics and great novels of her time. Quotes are a favorite pastime of mine and so I will be happy to accept your tag and thank you for such a nice post and an opportunity to participate. Kindest regards – Daniel

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      On the contrary, I think you have! I always love reading the writing you post on the blog, Daniel! And thank you for sharing your memory of when you first began to love reading. Your grandmother sounds like an amazing woman to have encouraged you when you were that young. Honestly, it’s hard to believe it now but I grew up absolutely hating to read. My dad and teachers would try to get me into it but I always viewed it as an academic chore than a hobby. But, of course, I met the Harry Potter books when I was ten/eleven and fell in love with the written word since. It’s funny how the right book can make a kid love to read and broaden his/her’s imagination. 🙂

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  2. Cherry says:

    Great post Summer! You picked such amazing and wonderful quotes! I especially love the one from Jane Eyre, literally one of my favorite books. It was also a book I had to read in high school for an assignment ^^

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Thank you, Cherry! I love Jane Eyre so much; I really want to reread it someday. Have you read Wuthering Heights or The Tenant of Wildfell Hall? They’re by Charlotte Brontë’s sisters. I read WH and liked it okay but I’ve heard the latter is wonderful! 🙂

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      • Cherry says:

        Me too! I love the movie adaptation as well ❤ I read Wuthering Heights a long time ago but honestly it really confused me lol, I’ll have to reread that again one day xD I’ve never heard of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall though, I’ll add that to my list of books to look up 😀 thanks Summer!

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  3. Akanksha Varma says:

    Thank you Summer for the nomination. I’ll get to it in March though since I have exams on.
    Those are some really good quotes, and IS THAT YOUR BOOKSHELF cos it’s absolutely heartbreakingly gorgeous ❤ ❤
    Haven’t started Steinbeck but he’s on my TBR now. What do you say? I read Austen when I was like 13, and she wrecked all my love for reading because it all flew over my head. I’m going to give her another try though now that I’m more acquainted and familiar with language like that.

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Hope you did well on your exams, Akanksha! I’m assuming you did since you graduated. Yes, those are my bookshelves! I started organizing them by color last year. Thank you! And I totally know what you mean about Austen. Her writing style is very particular but I highly recommend you give her another go. Pride and Prejudice (of course) and Persuasion are my favorites by her. As for Steinbeck, I’ve read almost all of his stuff and East of Eden tops my list for him.

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  4. Tory says:

    Hmm it seems like your website ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any recommendations for beginner blog writers? I’d definitely appreciate it.

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Hello! Thanks so much for the kind words, Tory! I created a blog discussion series and I do briefly talk about blogging in general with those posts. But for the tl;dr I’d say interaction is key. The only way your blog can grow is for you to make friends by checking out other blogs and leaving thoughtful comments, which I see you’ve already started to do. I used to check out new blogs in the beginning. Now, I don’t do that because I just make sure to stay updated on the blogs I already do follow (about 50). I also make it a point to always reply to comments on my blog and visit/comment on the blogs of the people that comment (however sometimes this takes time since I’m not always online anymore). But that’s mainly because I’ve done a informal oath to do so with Bloggers Commenting Back on Alise and Bec at Readers in Wonderland. Being consistent with being online and publishing content also helps. But that doesn’t mean posting everyday unless you’re able to. Always remember quality over quantity. I rarely follow daily bloggers because sometimes that’s too much spam for me and I’ve noticed, often times, the quality of the posts aren’t as great-but, of course, that’s certainly not always the case. Make sure to proofread; I know a few of my friends take about a week before they publish a review. I’m the same way, I schedule a lot of posts months in advanced and in the meantime before they publish I like to revisit them and edit. Doing this will make the experience more rewarding because you’ll be proud of the content you release, in my opinion. Always also remember that blogging is not about pleasing your readers; do what you want and are comfortable doing. Also keep in mind that sometimes it can be discouraging when your stats may be low or few people are visiting your blog, but remind yourself why you began to blog. For me it was just an outlet to share my love for books no matter how many people would actually tune in. The numbers/stats and everything come with time. It’s a thrilling aspect of the journey, for sure, but not the important one. But that’s pretty much it! Hope that helped, Tory! Good luck!


    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Hehe, I totally know what you mean about that Lord of the Flies quote. In a sense I think it’s true with more psychological fears or irrational ones (such as being afraid of heights when you’ve never been on a ladder or rollercoaster or being afraid of sharks when you don’t swim in the ocean daily), but, I agree, it makes no sense with more tangible fears! 😛


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