September 11, 2012

Top Ten Books That Make You Think About the World, Life, People

It's Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is: 
Top 10 Books That Make You Think About the World, Life, People.

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
“My sister will die over and over again for the rest of my life. Grief is forever. It doesn't go away; it becomes a part of you, step for step, breath for breath. I will never stop grieving Bailey because I will never stop loving her. That's just how it is. Grief and love are conjoined, you don't get one without the other. All I can do is love her, and love the world, emulate her by living with daring and spirit and joy.”

“All her knowledge is gone now. Everything she ever learned, or heard, or saw. Her particular way of looking at Hamlet or daisies or thinking about love, all her private intricate thoughts, her inconsequential secret musings – they’re gone too. I heard this expression once: Each time someone dies, a library burns. I’m watching it burn right to the ground.”

“I gasp, because isn't that just exactly what I've been doing too: writing poems and scattering them to the winds with the same hope as Gram that someone, someday, somewhere might understand who I am, who my sister was, and what happened to us.”

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
What do you want from me?" he asks. What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him. More.

“It's funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. Maybe that's why humans find it so hard getting over love affairs. It's not the pain they're getting over, it's the love.”

“And life goes on, which seems kind of strange and cruel when you're watching someone die.”

Before I fall by Lauren Oliver
“That's when I realized that certain moments go on forever. Even after they're over they still go on, even after you're dead and buried, those moments are lasting still, backward and forward, on into infinity. They are everything and everywhere all at once. They are the meaning.”

“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there's a tomorrow. Maybe for you there's one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it.
But for some of us there's only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”

The Fault in our Stars by John Green
“I'm in love with you," he said quietly.
"Augustus," I said.
"I am," he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. "I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
“Our purpose on this earth is not one single event, an accomplishment we can check off a list. There is no test. No passing or failing. There's only us, each moment shaping who we are, into what we will become.”

“I’ve learned that a storm isn’t always just bad weather, and a fire can be the start of something. I’ve found out that there are a lot more shades of gray in this world than I ever knew about. I’ve learned that sometimes, when you´re afraid but you keep on moving forward, that’s the biggest kind of courage there is. And finally, I’ve learned that life isn’t really about failure and success. It’s about being present, in the moment when big things happen, when everything changes, including myself.”

If I stay by Gayle Forman
“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”

“I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.”

“And that's just it, isn't it? That's how we manage to survive the loss. Because love, it never dies. It never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it. Love can make you immortal.”

Saving June by Hannah Harrington
“I still go to bed sad, and wake up sad, and it still hurts like hell, but there are moments during the day when it hurts less. Sometimes I can think of June and not want to burst into tears or put my fist through a wall. Sometimes I'm close to happy and it doesn't even hurt. Much. I'll never be the way I was before, but maybe that's okay. Life goes on, I'm going on, even without her. Not every day hurts. Not every breath hurts.
Maybe that's all we can really ask for.”

“I want to stop running away from everything.
I want to find something to run toward.”

“Now I'm counting up the days, counting all the ways
I never said what it means, but it's too late 'cause
June is over and so are we
And I'm the one left, with nothing to save”

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
“What are you really studying?"
He leans back to look at her. "The statistical probability of love at first sight."
"Very funny," she says. "What is it really?"
"I'm serious."
"I don't believe you."
He laughs, then lowers his mouth so that it's close to her ear. "People who meet in airports are seventy-two percent more likely too fall for each other than people who meet anywhere else.”

“Did you know that people who meet at least three different times within twenty-four hour period are ninety-eight percent more likely to meet again?”

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.”

“I realize, for the first time, how very lonely I've been in the arena. How comforting the presence of another human being can be.”

“You’re not leaving me here alone,” I say. Because if he dies, I’ll never go home, not really. I’ll spend the rest of my life in this arena, trying to think my way out.”

Divergent by Veronica Roth
“Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”

“Sometimes crying or laughing are the only options left, and laughing feels better right now.”

“Somewhere inside me is a merciful, forgiving person. Somewhere there is a girl who tries to understand what people are going through, who accepts that people do evil things and that desperation leads them to darker places than they ever imagined. I swear she exists, and she hurts for the repentant boy I see in front of me.
But if I saw her, I wouldn't recognize her.”




Woow. Love this list so much! And I love all these books. I kind of think that books that actually make you think about the world, life and people are the most memorable books ever. I can picture myself from months ago while I first read some of these quotes and the feelings I've been feeling. And it feels amazing.

What's your Top 10 list this week? :)



12 comments :

Amy said...

I love this list! I think everyone's put the Hunger Games on their list this week!
Check out my list here

Sam said...

Nea, your quote-picking skills are brilliant! I LOVE the ones for Jellicoe Road and Before I Fall especially. Plus, I really have to get a copy of The Sky is Everywhere! It sounds amazing. :)

Hollie said...

This is a great list, Nea! I have a couple of the same ones on mine! :)

My Top Ten

Jennifer said...

I love how you used the quotes to explain why you chose these books. Really gave me a feel for them! I can't wait to read If I Stay and Hallowed...really liked Unearthly. Hunger Games, Divergent, and Fault in Our Stars are all fabulous choices!

manda-rae said...

There's so many books in this list that I want to read. I figured I'd see a lot of Hunger Games today. Glad to see we think alike and have a few in common.

Thanks for visiting my Top Ten.

Jim Dean said...

Great list and some fab quotes! Hunger Games and Sky Is Everywhere both nearly made it onto mine, and I love Saving June.

Thanks for commenting on mine over at YA Yeah Yeah!

Amanda @ Letters Inside Out said...

I almost included Before I Fall in mine! It was one of the ones I kept trying to fit in, but something else would come to me...I completely agree with you on it!

sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books said...

I love all the quotes! We had a lot of books in common on our lists. :) I didn't even think of The Sky is Everywhere but that is a really good one for this. Great list! :)
My TTT

pagesunbound said...

I think Before I Fall was thought-provoking, but it didn't go as far as I would have liked. I wanted the actions of the protagonist's friends to be condemned, not just hers alone. Instead she excuses them, saying they'll grow out of being mean someday, maybe ten years from now. I thought the book of the whole book up until that point was to show that their cruelty had terrible consequences! Oh, well! But Lauren Oliver IS amazing at writing quotable sentences.

bookgoonie said...

Your list & quotes freaking made my day. Beautiful.

Carina Olsen said...

Ohh, great post sweetie. <3 I must read Before I Fall and Jellicoe Road soon :) They seem awesome ;)

alexandrasscribblings said...

These are all SO PERFECT.

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