“Life has a way of taking its toll on the person you thought you were.”

A.S.A. Harrison, The Silent Wife Harrison died at the age of 65, shortly before her first and only novel would be published I read this book a while ago. Too long ago to remember the approximate date. I still remember enjoying it though, and it's probably something I will re-read when I have a chance. This … Continue reading “Life has a way of taking its toll on the person you thought you were.”

“Mothers are all slightly insane.”

J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger lived to be age 91. What a wonderfully hilarious and universally true quote. I agreed with it when I lived with my own mother, I agree with it even more now that I have a son.

“We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit or There and Back Again Tolkien lived to age 81 Today's quote comes from one of my favorite books to read and read again. I will never tire of The Hobbit. I can't really pinpoint why, but I enjoy this book so much more than Lord of the Rings. I suppose because it's less of a long … Continue reading “We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!”

“If trouble comes when you least expect it then maybe the thing to do is to always expect it.”

Cormac McCarthy, The Road Very educational quote. Also not difficult to imagine that the protagonists would be such utter pessimists in the world they live in.

“When people use the future as a consolation for the present. I don’t know if there is anything less helpful.”

Stephanie Danler, Sweetbitter This was a completely forgettable book, to be honest. I didn't really get the point of the story, but it was still an enjoyable read. I like this quote because it is very very true. It reminds me as a perfect retort to the "It Gets Better" movement. Sure, the future will … Continue reading “When people use the future as a consolation for the present. I don’t know if there is anything less helpful.”

“This is where it all begins. Everything starts here, today.”

David Nicholls, One Day Today's quote comes from my favorite book. It is quite actually my most favorite book of any time, any genre. I have read this book exactly twice in my life. Once when I was in my early twenties, in the midst of all the post secondary confusions. I enjoyed reading the book … Continue reading “This is where it all begins. Everything starts here, today.”

“Furious at the smallness of her mother’s life.”

Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You Context: Marilyn Lee is going through her mother's things, and she realises just how small her mother's life as an abandoned housewife was. Her mother had never wanted Marilyn to be more. She wanted for Marilyn what she lost: a husband and a cookie cutter life. I read this book last … Continue reading “Furious at the smallness of her mother’s life.”