U is for Underrated Books #AtoZChallenge

Posted April 25, 2022 in A-Z Challenge / 4 Comments

A-Z of Favourite Quotes
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Today I’m continuing with the Blogging from A-Z Challenge! I’ll be posting every day except Sundays throughout April. This year, my readers voted for the theme “My Favourite Book Quotes”. So I’ve collected together the quotations that move me, inspire me and make me smile. I hope you enjoy them!

For letter U, I’ve compiled my favourite quotes from books that I feel don’t get enough appreciation.

My Favourite Quotes from Underrated Books

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman book cover

“She still held sorrows, but she was not made of them. Her life was not a tragedy. It was a history, and it was hers.”

“I gave you two choices as a test: there are never just two choices. That is a lie to keep you from thinking too deeply.”

“You will wander the dark places under the earth, but you will come back with the sun.”

“It matters less where you go than that you keep moving.”

“We sisters have a particular talent for hurting each other without meaning to,” said Seraphina. She hesitated a moment and then leaned her cheek against the crown of Tess’s head.

“You won’t like hearing this, but sometimes you can’t fix what you broke. Sometimes you just have to live with it.”

“Light requires the high relief of darkness. Seeds sprout in darkness. Children are conceived, and the sun reborn. Death returns us to it. Darkness is not … it’s not wrong.”

“What was rage but a cover for some secret fragility, some sorrow?”

“There’s nothing ‛just’ about stories. Stories are the most real.”

“Love and guilt are like ham and eggs. So many people enjoy them together, but there’s no rule saying you must have one with the other. They don’t even come from the same animal.”

  Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

“Never break a promise to an animal. They’re like babies—they won’t understand.”

“Onua smiled. She knew an old grievance when she heard one. “Then why wear ’em? Get yourself breeches and a shirt like me.” Daine gaped at her. “Men’s gear? With folk talking about me all the time as is?” Onua shook her head. “You’re not home now. The rules have changed.” Daine opened her mouth to object—then closed it. She looked at her skirts. To be rid of them, and the petticoats . . . it hit her, really hit her, that she was free of Snowsdale. What could they do to her now?”

“Master Stefan?…D’you ever want to run with the herd? To just–be a horse? Do what the herd does”

“Being all of thirteen, of course you should be omniscient”

Tamora Pierce, Wild Magic
Crewel by Gennifer Albin book cover book v

“Take the happiness you can, even if it’s only a little.”

“I asked once why we kept it if it was useless, and she told me that remembering the past is never useless.”

“Cormac and I have an understanding.”
Erik raises an eyebrow. Clearly he’s got the wrong idea.
“Don’t worry. It’s a death-threat thing.”

Terry Pratchett, The Light Fantastic
Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear book cover

“Miss Gregory took nearly everything. Her clothes. New girls don’t have the privilege of wearing their own clothes. Her books. Socrates, Plato, Shakespeare? Much too stimulating. No wonder you have Ideas. Certainly, you don’t wish to become a bluestocking!

“I’m a hoyden, my mother works, I enjoy fixing things and playing in the dirt.” Her words got faster as if they might fade away into nothing if she didn’t get them out quick enough. “You’re from a respectable family and now I find out you’re a prince, and you know how that always ends in the stories-” His warm lips met hers.

Suzanne Lazear, Innocent Darkness
ronja the robbers daughter book cover

“Summer would not last forever; he knew it and Ronia knew it. But now they began to live as if it would, and as far as possible they pushed away all painful thoughts of winter.”

“The fact was that Lovis liked to sing while she was having her baby. It made things easier, she insisted, and the baby would probably be all the jollier if it arrived on earth to the sound of a song.”

‘You, baby, you’re already holding my robber heart in those little hands,’ he said. ‘I don’t understand it, but that’s how it is.‘”

“Yes, she was lonely, but she missed no one in particular. Whom could she miss? Her days were full of life and pleasure, but they passed so quickly.”

“I’m going to bed now, Lovis! Not to sleep. But to think and to curse, and woe better anyone who disturbs me!”

“They were bearded and unwashed and noisy and wild, but no one was going to call them dirty devils in her hearing.”

Birk looked around in the twilight woods, and a strange mood came upon him; he did not know why. He did not understand that what he was feeling, almost like pain, was only the beauty and peace of the summer evening, nothing more. ‘This summer,’ he said, looking at Ronja. ‘Yes, I shall carry this summer with me till the end of my life—I know that.’’

“Instead, I ask you with all my heart, come back to Matt’s fort with us now! It’s not because I like you – don’t think that, whatever you do! But, my daughter does – I know that now – and perhaps I can learn too.”

Astrid Lindgren, Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter

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Have you read any of these books? Do you have any favourite quotes from an underrated book? Let me know in the comments!

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4 responses to “U is for Underrated Books #AtoZChallenge

  1. Hi, dropping by from the challenge but have to admit I haven’t read any of those books. I’m not very good at collecting quotes either. I need to improve my skills.

    • I keep a little notebook near by bed to write my favourites down, or I highlight them when reading on my Kindle. I often “like” them on Goodreads too.

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