“Nothing left but you, alone, and empty space.”

Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You Context: Marilyn Lee is thinking about her life up to this point. She thinks about how she's given her all to her marriage and family and yet she is left with nothing. She is in pain. This quote stuck out to me because I've sometimes felt the same. A deep, unexplained … Continue reading “Nothing left but you, alone, and empty space.”

“What what is DNA, Isaac had once asked, but an invisible road map of how our lives will play out?”

Nova Jacobs, The Last Equation of Isaac Severy Context: Hazel, the adopted granddaughter of Isaac, is homeless. She joked with her grandfather that it was in her DNA, and this was his response to her. This quote stuck out to me because I found it was an interesting point of view--that our lives are predetermined by … Continue reading “What what is DNA, Isaac had once asked, but an invisible road map of how our lives will play out?”

“I wanted to shake not just Lydia but the whole world of people who do not understand the difference between control of emotion and lack of it…”

Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Effect Full excerpt: “I was suddenly angry. I wanted to shake not just Lydia but the whole world of people who do not understand the difference between control of emotion and lack of it, and who make a totally illogical connection between inability to read others’ emotions and inability to experience their own.”  … Continue reading “I wanted to shake not just Lydia but the whole world of people who do not understand the difference between control of emotion and lack of it…”

“I’m a person.”

Jennifer Niven, All The Bright Places Full excerpt: "Listen, I’m the freak. I’m the weirdo. I’m the troublemaker. I start fights. I let people down. Don’t make Finch mad, whatever you do. Oh, there he goes again, in one of his moods. Moody Finch. Angry Finch. Unpredictable Finch. Crazy Finch. But I’m not a compilation of symptoms. Not … Continue reading “I’m a person.”

“All the years I have lived in this world and in the other I have been known by many names…”

The Veil of Gold by Kim Wilkins This is a book club book. One of the new book clubs I decided to try out on Meetup in Adelaide that mainly focuses on sci-fi and fantasy novels. First Impressions (8% read): I'm having a hard time being gripped by this book. I can't really get a good … Continue reading “All the years I have lived in this world and in the other I have been known by many names…”

“Hoping is what people do when they’re too lazy to do anything else.”

Tim Winton, Cloudstreet Jamie and I listened to Cloudstreet during our long drives while we lived in New South Wales. It was a pleasure to listen to and very fun to share this with Jamie. I remember us both chuckling at this one line--probably for different reasons, but still it was a shared moment I … Continue reading “Hoping is what people do when they’re too lazy to do anything else.”

“It is the whole thing.”

Matt Haig, How to Stop Time Full excerpt: That's the thing with time, isn't it? It's not all the same. Some days - some years - some decades - are empty. There is nothing to them. It's just flat water. And then you come across a year, or even a day, or an afternoon. And it is everything. … Continue reading “It is the whole thing.”