30 day book challenge – day 28 – Favourite quote from a book.

I don’t really collect quotes from books, so this is quite tough for me to answer, but there are a few quotes and passages that I really like and that have stuck in my mind:-

The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller

“I shift, an infinitesimal movement, towards him.  It is like the leap from a waterfall.  I do not know, until then, what I am going to do.  I lean forward and our lips land clumsily on each other.  They are like the fat bodies of bees, soft and round and giddy with pollen.”

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox – Maggie O’Farrell

“He takes Iris’s hand.  He lifts it.  He places it slowly, very slowly on his chest.  Just above his heart.  Iris can feel it jumping and jumping, as if it wants to be free…

“That’s my heart,” Alex says, without moving his eyes from the television.  He has kept his hand over Iris’s pressing it down into his chest.  His voice is even, conversational.  “But it’s yours really.” ”

Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

” “You have a very lovely and unusual name”

“My father was a lovely and unusual person” ”

Bring up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel

“The things you think are the disasters in your life are not the disasters really.  Almost anything can be turned around: out of every ditch, a path, if only you can see it.”

The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova

“It was strange…that even in the weirdest circumstances, the most trembling episodes of one’s life, the greatest divides from home and familiarity, there were these moments of undeniable joy.

On a sunny morning in Boulou, Barley and I boarded the early train for Perpignan.”

Of all of the above quotes, my favourite is the quote from Madeline Miller in Song of Achilles.  This is my favourite ever description of a kiss in a book, and I absolutely love the image of their lips like bees.

In preparing to write this post, I have been looking back over old notebooks to see if I had written any quotes down.  I was surprised to find that I had written down quite a few passages, though some were far too long for this blog.  What I did find is that I write down a lot of real life quotes from magazines and newspapers, and it wasn’t until flicking back through the old notebooks that I realised just how much I do this.

I was recently given a notebook for my birthday and I am going to start using that to pull together in one place all of the little bits of writing that I discover when reading, but also real life quotes too.  It will be my own little book of inspiration.

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Posted on September 25, 2013, in Reading and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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