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Sleeping beside a purring cat is the equivalent of three glasses of wine. Note: I just made that up, but, based on my experience, it seems about right.
~ Mary Pipher, Women Rowing North

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Sometimes reality comes crashing down on you. Other times reality simply waits, patiently, for you to run out of the energy it takes to deny it.
~ Taylor Jenkins Reid,  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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“Why is it,” Jonathan puzzled, “that the hardest thing in the world is to convince a bird that he is free, and that he can prove it for himself if he’d spend a little time practicing? Why should that be so hard?”
~ Richard Bach,
Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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There are scars on my heart, just as thick, as disfiguring as those on my face. I know they’re there. I hope some undamaged tissue remains, a patch through which love can come in and flow out. I hope.

~ Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman

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“Love is a luxury.”

“No. Love is an element.”

An element. Like air to breathe, earth to stand on.

― Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

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“I am going to keep on defying you. I am going to shame you with my defiance. You remind me that I am a mere mortal and you are a prince of Faerie. Well, let me remind you that means you have much to lose and I have nothing. You may win in the end, you may ensorcell me and hurt me and humiliate me, but I will make sure you lose everything I can take from you on the way down. I promise you this” — I throw his own words back at him — “this is the least of what I can do.”
~ Holly Black, The Cruel Prince

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My happiest place might just be under a showerhead. It is here in the steam, covered in suds, that I do not feel like Monique Grant, woman left behind. Or even Monique Grant, stalled writer. I am just Monique Grant, owner of luxury bath products.
~ Taylor Jenkins Reid,  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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“It’s a lovely day and we’re under siege.”

“People are trying to murder us.”

Her eyes shone with excitement. “Isn’t it marvelous?”
One Fell Sweep, Ilona Andrews

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There are no ambitions noble enough to justify breaking someone's heart.
~ Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

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Humanity, whether you were optimistic or pessimistic, was either a hearty breed of survivors or a swarm of cockroaches in the wall.
~ Chuck Wendig, Wanderers

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... how enjoyable it was to converse with someone who didn't have the brain of a chicken nugget. I was finally—perhaps for the first time in my life—being heard. I let myself ponder the concept before saying, “You know so much, Onida.”

“I have nine brains—which never stop growing—three hearts, and I can regenerate my arms; but mostly, it’s because I’m female.”

~ Kira Jane Buxton, Hollow Kingdom

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“That’s one of the perks of being a writer. You get to put mean people in a book. And then you get to kill them.”
That Guy, Kim Jones

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My dreams, the rope and the knots, I know exactly what they mean. You don’t tie yourself to something unless you’re scared you might float away.
~ Taylor Jenkins Reid, One True Loves

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“You put a spell on the dog,” I said as we left the house.
“Just a small one,” said Nightingale.
“So magic is real,” I said. “Which makes you a...what?"
“A wizard.”
“Like Harry Potter?”
Nightingale sighed. “No,” he said. “Not like Harry Potter.”
“In what way?”
“I'm not a fictional character,” said Nightingale. Rivers of London, Ben Aaronovitch

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Rule number one: Always stick around for one more drink. That’s when things happen. That’s when you find out everything you want to know.
― John Berendt,
Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil

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“Never judge anyone by another's opinions. We all have different sides that we show to different people.”

― Jacqueline Susann, Valley of the Dolls

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Butterflies live short lives because they have mastered the art of living. They serve to pass it on with luminous bursts of joy, bright flickers from the other side.
~ Kira Jane Buxton, Hollow Kingdom

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That’s what the school did to a boy. It didn’t stop when you got out. Bend you all kind of ways until you were unfit for straight life, good and twisted by the time you left. [snip]

They’d always be on the lam, no matter how they got out of that school.
~ Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys

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If a friend lied to me
the way I lie to myself,
I’d say,
‘you’re a shitty friend’.
~ Taylor Jenkins Reid,
Daisy Jones & the Six

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Someone has been tortured on my behalf. Someone has been tortured on your behalf. Someone in this world will always be suffering on your behalf. If it comes your time to suffer, just remember. Someone suffered for you. That is what taking on a cloak of human flesh is all about, the willingness to hurt for another human being.
~ Louise Erdrich,
Future Home of the Living God

Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a delectable tale of ambition and courage, true love, and the price of fame. The more I think about this book, the more it reveals to me its hidden gems, the more I realize how much greater it is than the sum of its parts, and the more I miss Evelyn Hugo.

Writing books that are deceptively richer than they appear seems to be a real strength of this author. Along with creating characters, particularly celebrities, that you’d swear are real. And writing a story far more captivating and unforgettable than the one you expect.

Now that I’ve fallen in love with another Taylor Jenkins Reid character (I wrote about others here), I want to meet more! I’ve already got my eyes on her previous book, One True Loves.

But before succumbing to its charms, I’d like to bask a bit longer in the glow of the mesmerizing Evelyn Hugo by telling you about her.
Seven husbands. Which one did she love best? Which one was the real one?

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“What I say is, a town isn't a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it's got a bookstore it knows it's not fooling a soul.”

~ Neil Gaiman, American Gods

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“You and I keep looking for light in the darkness, expecting it to appear. But it already has.” I touch his shoulder. “We’re it, boyo. Broken and cracked and stupid as we are, we’re the light, and we’re spreading.”
~ Pierce Brown, Morning Star

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It breaks my heart to be loved like this, to be loved so purely that I’m capable of breaking a heart. It is not something I take lightly. In fact, I think it might be the most important thing in the world.
~ Taylor Jenkins Reid, One True Loves

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The weight of responsibility settled around me. Now I had two people counting on me. And while I was sure both of them would be fine without me, I always felt responsible for those in my care. According to my father, it made me a terrible von Hasenberg.
~ Polaris Rising, Jessie Mihalik (Consortium Rebellion #1)

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There is a legend about a bird which sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. From the moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree, and does not rest until it has found one. Then, singing among the savage branches, it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. And, dying, it rises above its own agony to out-carol the lark and the nightingale. One superlative song, existence the price. But the whole world stills to listen, and God in His heaven smiles. For the best is only bought at the cost of great pain . . . Or so says the legend.
~ Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

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I knew I was in trouble as soon as I saw the obituary.
The fact that it had my name on it was sort of a clue.
~ Touch the Dark, Karen Chance (Cassandra Palmer #1)

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“I think being yourself—your true, entire self—is always going to feel like you’re swimming upstream.”
“Yeah,” she said. “But if the last few years with you have been any indication, I think it also feels like taking your bra off at the end of the day.”
~ Taylor Jenkins Reid,  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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Jem made the little Scottish noise again, and Brianna looked sideways at him.
“Are you doing that on purpose?”
He looked up at her, surprised. “Doing what?”
“Never mind. When you are fifteen, I’m locking you in the cellar.”
“What? Why?” he demanded indignantly.
“Because that’s when your father and grandfather started getting into real trouble, and evidently you’re going to be just like them.”

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, Diana Gabaldon

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Life is not unlike cinema. Each scene has its own music, and the music is created for the scene, woven to it in ways we do not understand. No matter how much we may love the melody of a bygone day or imagine the song of a future one, we must dance within the music of today, or we will always be out of step, stumbling around in something that doesn’t suit the moment.
~ Lisa Wingate, Before We Were Yours

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I fell in love with the wrong guy who was exactly the right guy. And I had made decisions time and time again that made it worse and never made it better.  And I’d finally pushed myself right over the edge.
Daisy Jones & the Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid

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I don’t know how to do life without grits.
~ Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing

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“Loss is a wound that never heals Never, never, never. It scabs over, and for a time you can almost forget it’s there, but then something—a smell, a sound, a memory—will split that wound right open, and you’ll be reminded again.”
War (The Four Horsemen #2), Laura Thalassa

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“Have you ever considered, people, how much time has been stolen from the lives of girls and women due to agonizing over their appearance?”

A few faces smile, uneasy.

Even louder: “How many minutes, hours, months, even actual years, of their lives do girls and women waste in agonizing? And how many billions of dollars of corporate profit are made as a result?”

~ Leni Zumas, Red Clocks

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“There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything’s got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.”
― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

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Marriage was a form of insanity;
love hovering permanently on the edge of aggravation.
~ Liane Moriarty, The Husband’s Secret

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“You don’t actually have one of those, do you? A drop-off spot?”
He smiled. “Not one, no. More like" — he paused, lips moving silently — “eleven, at last count. Twelve? No. Eleven.”
“Why?”
“It’s a big city. You never know where you’re going to wake up.”
I snorted. “That sounds like a personal problem.”
Gavin grinned. “Personal, but never a problem.”

The Hunt by Chloe Neill


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Those walkers don’t serve God. God wouldn’t do that to Americans.
~ Chuck Wendig, Wanderers

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“That’s how the madness of the world tries to colonize you:
from the outside in, forcing you to live in its reality.”
― Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation

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“For now, there’s nothing to do but strap on an attitude and act like I’m having a ball.”
― Carl Hiaasen, Basket Case

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"So. I mean, really, is he the best you can do?" he asked again, teasing.

Ty rolled his eyes and took his time drinking a few swigs of beer. "I love him," he finally answered, giving it to him straight. He looked at Nick and nodded, lips pressed tightly together.

"Seriously?" Nick asked in honest surprise. "Like, with-the-heart love or with-the-dick love?"

Ty snorted. "To be honest, it's a little of both."

Divide & Conquer by Abigail Roux and Madeline Urban


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It's strange, but you never stop caring about someone, even if you don't want to be with them anymore.

Josie Silver, One Day in December

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In a way, looking back, it seemed a long, long time since she had been eighteen, but in another way her memories were so clear and vivid that it seemed like yesterday. Time was an accordion, all the air squeezed out of it as you grew old. And how strange that in your mind you did not feel any older. You were the same person, but where had the years gone?
― Helen Hooven Santmyer,
And Ladies of the Club

Review: Daisy Jones & the Six

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OMG, I loved this book! What a perfect summer escape—the “guilty” pleasure that isn’t guilty at all, purely pleasure!

Daisy Jones & the Six seems like such a simple story, about the rise and fall of the 1970s’ most famous fictional rock-and-roll band. Not particularly original—one we’ve perhaps read many times. (Spoiler: We haven’t. Not like this.)

And it combines two of my favorite things: great storytelling and classic rock and roll. It’s also nostalgic, faithfully recalling those magical years when I was youthful and unencumbered and every event, great and small, played out to a rock-and-roll soundtrack.

In fact, I could swear I grew up listening to this band. They were one of my favorite bands and I still have their albums, plus the replacement CDs because I wore out the albums. Right?
Daisy is high and fun and carefree and a good time. If she’s having fun, you’re having fun. But if you want to rip people’s hearts out of their chests, bring Daisy back down to earth and hav…

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"You saying you're...what, he's working black ops with you now?" Kelly asked.

Ty came up short. "How do you know about that?"

"Know about what?" Kelly countered with an innocuous blink.

Divide & Conquer by Abigail Roux and Madeline Urban


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When you fall in love in the past, is there such a thing as tomorrow?
Amy Harmon,
What the Wind Knows

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The winged girl has become a carrion bird and she doesn’t seem to have noticed.
~ Pierce Brown, Golden Son

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He had heard about talking to plants in the early seventies, on Radio Four, and thought it was an excellent idea. Although talking is perhaps the wrong word for what Crowley did.

What he did was put the fear of God into them.

More precisely, the fear of Crowley.

In addition to which, every couple of months Crowley would pick out a plant that was growing too slowly, or succumbing to leaf-wilt or browning, or just didn't look quite as good as the others, and he would carry it around to all the other plants. "Say goodbye to your friend," he'd say to them. "He just couldn't cut it. . . "

Then he would leave the flat with the offending plant, and return an hour or so later with a large, empty flower pot, which he would leave somewhere conspicuously around the flat.

The plants were the most luxurious, verdant, and beautiful in London. Also the most terrified.”

― Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Propheciesof Agnes Nutter, Witch


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“She’s kind of like a Mary Poppins just before she turns to the dark side of the Force,” Oberon said. He was still behind the counter... “Let go of your anger, Malina! There’s still good in you! The Emperor hasn’t driven it from you fully!”

Kevin Hearne, Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1)

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And that’s why I stay at home and write. I think the idea of me is better than the reality of me.
~ Colleen Hoover, Verity