Now Quoting: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

18812437LET’S GET LOST BY ADI ALSAID

Published by Harlequin Teen on July 29th 2014

Genre(s): YA, contemporary, romance, coming of age

Format: Hardcover, library copy

Would I recommend? Yes. I wouldn’t say that it was a particularly memorable book or had a long-lasting effect on me, but it was definitely an enjoyable read and had a great concept and very unique and colorful cast of characters. Find my full review here. 

Rating: ★★★★☆


Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named Leila. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila’s own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth—sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you’re looking for is to get lost along the way.

-Goodreads.com description


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Have you read Let’s Get Lost? What did you think? What are some books that you’ve found particularly quotable lately?

Now Quoting: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

13330943.jpgThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Published by Doubleday on September 13th 2011

Page Count: 387

Genre(s): Adult, fantasy, historical fiction, magical realism, romance

Format: Paperback, purchased

Would I recommend? Absolutely! I don’t read very many adult books because I tend to grow bored of them quite easily, but this one held my attention the entire time. The plot is so incredibly creative and unique and the author’s use of imagery and figurative language is absolutely astounding. I loved every second of it! I would especially recommend this novel to fans of Bone Gap and Challenger Deep.

My Rating: ★★★★☆


The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

-Goodreads.com description

I just finished this book a few days ago, and I absolutely loved it! It did take me a bit of time for me to get into it at the beginning, but after I did, I was captivated. This book is one of the most beautifully-written novels I’ve read in a long, long time.

For those of you who don’t yet know, “Now Quoting” is a feature I try to do on my blog every week or two in which I share a quote from a recent read that particularly resonated with me and share my thoughts on it. I had a bit of a hard time choosing the quote from this book that I wanted to share with you guys because it contains so many amazing quotes, but I think I found my winner!


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I just loved this quote, especially the first line. “You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose…” This quote shows how stories can quite literally change someone’s life. Stories can teach you an important lesson, allow you to see the world through someone else’s eyes, and inspire you like you’ve never been inspired before.

I guess I just really related to this quote because while I may not be the best writer in the world, I feel like it’s my role and my gift to move people and drive people with my words. To educate them and empower them and inspire them. This is the reason why I get up early each morning and go to bed late each night to read and write. I want to change the world with my words.


Have you read The Night Circus? What did you think? What are some books that you’ve found particularly quotable lately?

Now Quoting: It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

248704.jpgIt’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Published by Miramax on May 1st 2007

Page Count: 444

Genre(s): YA, contemporary, mental health, humor, romance

Format: Paperback, purchased

Would I recommend? Yes, absolutely! This was a super honest, raw read, and really funny in a strange way. The writing is just gorgeous as well. 🙂 I will be writing a review on this one in the near future!

Rating: ★★★★☆


Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life – which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness.

-Goodreads.com synopsis

I read this book a few months ago, and I absolutely loved it! The author himself experienced similar circumstances as the main character, Craig, had, and you could definitely tell by the realistic and honest portrayal of mental illness in this novel. I realize I’m extremely late to the party on this one as it was released almost 9 years ago, but better late than never, right? XD


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Although I’ve never experienced any circumstances like Ned Vizzini or Craig did, I’m still able to relate to this quote incredibly on a personal level. I don’t like book characters to be “perfect and ready to explode,” as Vizzini puts it; I like them screwed-up and realistic. Vizzini wasn’t afraid to capture these flawed, messed-up characters in his writing, which is a huge reason why I loved this story so much.


Have you read It’s Kind of A Funny Story? What did you think? Have you seen the movie? Have you read any books lately that you’ve found particularly quotable?

 

Now Quoting: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sàenz

12000020.jpg Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers on February 12th 2012

Page Count: 359

Genre(s): YA, contemporary, romance, coming-of-age, LBBTQ+

Format: Hardcover, library copy

Would I recommend? Absolutely! This is one of the most beautifully-written and realistic novels I’ve ever read, and definitely one of my favorites from 2015. You can check out my review here if you’re interested. 🙂

My Rating: ★★★★★


This Printz Honor Book is a “tender, honest exploration of identity” (Publishers Weekly) that distills lyrical truths about family and friendship.

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

-Goodreads.com synopsis

I read this book around the time I started this blog (8 months or so), and I adored it so much it still gives me goosebumps whenever I think about it. It was such a beautifully-written novel that I could have chosen dozens of quotes to feature in this week’s ‘Now Quoting’ post, but I chose the following quote because it particularly resonated with me.


“I know there may be universes out there where I made different choices and they led me somewhere else, led me to someone else. And my heart breaks for every single version of me that didn't end up with you.” 2.jpg

I don’t really know why this quote resonated with me so much. I guess it was just because it was so well-written, and so incredibly relatable. I have countless questions I ask myself every day similar to the ones this quote asked, and I think it’s amazing that Benjamin Alire Sàenz was able to capture this in his writing.


Have you read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe? What did you think? What are some books that you’ve found particularly quotable lately?

Now Quoting: Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Published by Washington Square Press on July 7th 2015

Page Count: 342

Genre(s): Adult, contemporary, romance, coming-of-age

Format: Paperback, purchased

Would I recommend? YES, YES, YESSSSSS. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone, especially someone who is at a difficult time in their life, is at the crossroads, and/or needs a good comfort read.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

From the acclaimed author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do comes a breathtaking new novel about a young woman whose fate hinges on the choice she makes after bumping into an old flame; in alternating chapters, we see two possible scenarios unfold—with stunningly different results.

At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college. On the heels of leaving yet another city, Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles and takes up residence in her best friend Gabby’s guestroom. Shortly after getting back to town, Hannah goes out to a bar one night with Gabby and meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.

Just after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. A moment later, Ethan offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay. Hannah hesitates. What happens if she leaves with Gabby? What happens if she leaves with Ethan?

In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into radically different stories with large-scale consequences for Hannah, as well as the people around her. As the two alternate realities run their course, Maybe in Another Life raises questions about fate and true love: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps, most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate?

Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.

-Goodreads.com description

A few days ago I finished the novel Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and I absolutely loved it! Here is the link to my review if you’re interested.

Anyway, Maybe In Another Life was one of the most inspiring and thought-provoking books I’ve read in a long while. It was also beautifully written, and there were several quotes that particularly stuck out to me. I thought this “Now Quoting” post was the perfect opportunity to showcase my favorite quote from this book!

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First of all, let’s just take a step back and recognize just how insanely adorable this quote is. Seriously, I want a husband/boyfriend like that!

In my review I talked a bit about how thought-provoking this book was, and quotes like this is one of the main reasons for this. This quote really made me think about how even the smallest of actions can make the biggest of differences. In Hannah’s case, her seemingly small decision of whether she wanted to get a ride home from Gabby or Ethan changed everything: her health, her home, her “soulmate.” And being able to watch this through Hannah’s perspective was such an amazing, enlightening experience.

Basically, this book seemed to give off a variety of different messages. And I think they were all extremely important, but the one message that really stood out to me the most is contained in this quote I decided to showcase. The message is this: life is messy, complicated, and full of an infinite number of decisions that shape our lives every day. We have to understand that “fate” will take us where we need to go one way or another, and that we shouldn’t dwell on the small things. Everything happens for a reason, and the quicker we grasp this concept, the quicker life will take us where we need to go.

Anyway, I highly recommend this novel to anyone who is in the mood for a good comfort read and/or is at a difficult time in their life and needs some inspiration.

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Have you read Maybe In Another Life? What did you think? Have you read any books lately that you’ve found particularly quotable? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

 

Now Quoting: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Hi guys! I decided to bring back a feature I started a while ago, Now Quoting. This week I will be spotlighting the book This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales, which is an amazingly written and extremely powerful novel. I read it over a month ago and it still gives me chills whenever I think about it because of all the gorgeous quotes this book has to offer. I originally rated it 4 stars, but I’m thinking about moving it up to 4.5 or even 5 stars because of the long-lasting affect it had on me. This book dealt beautifully with some darker themes such as bullying, suicide, acceptance, and mental illness, but there were also some fun scenes about things like first love, music, growing up, and that strange, fiery thing we call passion.

Also: In the past I’ve featured multiple quotes with each of my posts, but I decided to do just one this time. Hopefully this will give me a better chance to explain how/why this quote really affected and resonated with me.

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I thought this quote was really interesting because it shows how such a huge part of who we are and how we identify ourselves comes from one thing: passion. I’m not a huge music person, but this quote really made me appreciate people who are music fans because I’ve experienced a similar type of passion for other things in life. This book particularly resonated with me because it shows how deeply people can be affected by their greatest passions. For Elise, the protagonist, this passion was music. Music changed her life in a way that she could never imagine, and it may have even saved her life. For me, this passion was books.

This post has gotten a bit rambly, and I apologize for that, but I think you understand the general idea. Anyway, I hoped you enjoyed it!

Have you read This Song Will Save Your Life? What did you think about it? Would you agree with my analysis of my chosen quote, and what would you add to it? What books have you read recently that you’ve found particularly quotable?

 

Now Quoting: My Sister’s Keeper

Hi guys! I’ve decided to start doing a bi-weekly feature where I share some of my favorite quotes from books I’ve read. Basically, the purpose of this feature is to recommend a fantastic novel that I haven’t reviewed yet, and share some awesome quotes in the process! Because everyone loves quotes, don’t they? 🙂

Anyway, this post will be highlighting some of my favorite quotes from a book that I read and loved recently: My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. These quotes are spoiler-free, so please do stick around!

10917.jpgAnna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate — a life and a role that she has never challenged… until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister—and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.

A provocative novel that raises some important ethical issues,My Sister’s Keeper is the story of one family’s struggle for survival at all human costs and a stunning parable for all time. 

-Goodreads.com description

 

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“If you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”

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“Until this moment, I had not realized that someone could break your heart twice, along the very same fault lines.”

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“I didn’t want to see her because it would make me feel better. I came because without her, it’s hard to remember who I am.”

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“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact they’re not.”

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“There are some things we do because we convince ourselves it would be better for everyone involved. We tell ourselves that it’s the right thing to do, the altruistic thing to do. It’s far easier than telling ourselves the truth.”

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“Shooting stars are not stars at all. They re just rocks that enter the atmosphere and catch fire under friction. What we wish on when we see one is only a trail of debris.”

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“Extraordinary things are always hiding in places people never think to look.”

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Have you read My Sister’s Keeper yet? If so, what did you think about it? What quotes would you add to this list? What books have you found particularly quotable lately? I’d love to hear your thoughts! 🙂