Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Quotes

I'm super excited to find out that Top Ten Tuesday lives on with That Artsy Reader Girl! It's almost Wednesday by now but I'm going to try to get this done. I love quotes, so this week's topic is great and easy.

Here goes nothing!


Always look for the light. 



I cry every time I read this book. 

My favorite demigod. 

This series. Wow. 

Absolutely my favorite book as a child. 

Forever a Fangirl.

This series is magic.

What are some of your favorites?

(Review) Midnight at the Electric

Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Publication Date: June 13th, 2017
Pages: 272 (hardcover)
Genre: Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:
Divided by time. Ignited by a spark.
Kansas, 2065. Adri has secured a slot as a Colonist—one of the lucky few handpicked to live on Mars. But weeks before launch, she discovers the journal of a girl who lived in her house over a hundred years ago, and is immediately drawn into the mystery surrounding her fate. While Adri knows she must focus on the mission ahead, she becomes captivated by a life that’s been lost in time…and how it might be inextricably tied to her own.

Oklahoma, 1934. Amidst the fear and uncertainty of the Dust Bowl, Catherine fantasizes about her family’s farmhand, and longs for the immortality promised by a professor at a traveling show called the Electric. But as her family’s situation becomes more dire—and the suffocating dust threatens her sister’s life—Catherine must find the courage to sacrifice everything she loves in order to save the one person she loves most.

England, 1919. In the recovery following the First World War, Lenore struggles with her grief for her brother, a fallen British soldier, and plans to sail to America in pursuit of a childhood friend. But even if she makes it that far, will her friend be the person she remembers, and the one who can bring her back to herself?

While their stories spans thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri’s fates are entwined.

My Review:
I've been a fan of Jodi Lynn Anderson's since I fell in love with Tiger Lily. I was pretty excited to get this book from BookShout, which is a neat little app. 

Adri is...well, she's a little rough around the edges. Since she has no close family, Adri has signed up to be one of the first humans to live on Mars. Before she can go, however, she has to complete her training. In the midst of that, she learns of an older relative that she stays with through the course of training. When Adri meets Lily she's automatically annoyed. Lily is different than Adri in a lot of ways. She's more carefree and a little absentminded. Lily is older, a packrat, and it sometimes gets on Adri's nerves. 

When Adri can't sleep, she snoops. In her snooping she finds letters and then we are transported back in time. In the letters we learn about Catherine, and then Lenore. The story is told in three different parts with letters and plenty of mystery. 

I loved finding out everything about the three women and also trying to figure out how they all tied together. It was nice to see Adri committed to something besides her training. She was closed-off at the beginning but slowly opened herself up to Lily as she delved deeper into the others' history. 

This is truly a story of family, friendship, and sacrifice. Each of the women have their own story to tell and it's lovely. There were times I was annoyed with Adri and in love with Lily and vise versa. I loved how their relationship grew and how Adri finally learned to love and depend on someone. 

Definitely check this one out if you're into female characters who are strong and lovely. 

(Review) A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2018
Pages: 288 (kindle)
Genre: Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: In a country ripped apart by war, Tareq lives with his big and loving family . . . until the bombs strike. His city is in ruins. His life is destroyed. And those who have survived are left to figure out their uncertain future.

In the wake of destruction, he's threatened by Daesh fighters and witnesses a public beheading. Tareq's family knows that to continue to stay alive, they must leave. As they travel as refugees from Syria to Turkey to Greece, facing danger at every turn, Tareq must find the resilience and courage to complete his harrowing journey.

But while this is one family's story, it is also the timeless tale of all wars, of all tragedy, and of all strife. When you are a refugee, success is outliving your loss.

Destiny narrates this heartbreaking story of the consequences of war, showing the Syrian conflict as part of a long chain of struggles spanning through time.

An award-winning author and journalist--and a refugee herself--Atia Abawi captures the hope that spurs people forward against all odds and the love that makes that hope grow.

My Review: 
This was a beautiful story about loss and perseverance through that loss. 

While I don't think that this subject matter should be taken lightly at all I'd like to think that there are some stories that are actually like this one. 

Tareq's story is sad and probably all too familiar to the world today. His country has been taken over by Daesh fighters, most of his family has been killed, and he, along with his father and sister, are just trying to find a better life. 

This story gives you an in depth look of what it's like in the lives of refugees who just want something better for their families and themselves. It's sad and raw, with little bits of hope and love sprinkled in also. You can feel the family's commitment to each other and how much they truly care for each other. 

There are so many other little stories within this one book that it really opens your eyes to things you might not even know exist. This book was educational, as well as entertaining. 

Thanks to First to Read and the publisher for the ARC.

(Review) Words in Deep Blue

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Publication Date: June 6th, 2017
Pages: 273 (hardcover)
Genre: Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

Love lives between the lines.
Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.

Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction, and the escape. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. She can’t see her future.

Henry’s future isn’t looking too promising, either. His girlfriend dumped him. The bookstore is slipping away. And his family is breaking apart.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

My Review: I was putting together my end of year list when I realized that I never wrote a review for this gorgeous thing. I've been hooked since Graffiti Moon and was thrilled when I heard she was giving us more lovely words. 

Rachel is sad. That's really the only way to truly describe her. Things are hard for her and being back where she grew up is hard for her. For starters, the family doesn't know about her brother - and she doesn't want to tell them. 

I loved this family something big. All of their personalities are big and beautiful and they all welcome Rachel home and into their bookstore again. 

Reading the little notes and trying to figure out who wrote what was so much fun. The side stories that came from the notes brought a little bit of happiness to a book that was kind of sad (my favorite kind, tbh). 

As Rachel comes to terms with her life, she and Henry become closer and she rebuilds a long lost friendship. I loved reading about these relationships and the way that each of these characters were put back together. Those are my favorite kinds of stories. 

Do yourself a favor and pick this one up. 

(Review) Down and Across

Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi
Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
Pages: 336 (kindle)
Genre: Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 3.5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:
Scott Ferdowsi has a track record of quitting. Writing the Great American Novel? Three chapters. His summer internship? One week. His best friends know exactly what they want to do with the rest of their lives, but Scott can hardly commit to a breakfast cereal, let alone a passion.

With college applications looming, Scott’s parents pressure him to get serious and settle on a career path like engineering or medicine. Desperate for help, he sneaks off to Washington, DC, to seek guidance from a famous professor who specializes in grit, the psychology of success.

He never expects an adventure to unfold out of what was supposed to be a one-day visit. But that’s what Scott gets when he meets Fiora Buchanan, a ballsy college student whose life ambition is to write crossword puzzles. When the bicycle she lends him gets Scott into a high-speed chase, he knows he’s in for the ride of his life. Soon, Scott finds himself sneaking into bars, attempting to pick up girls at the National Zoo, and even giving the crossword thing a try—all while opening his eyes to fundamental truths about who he is and who he wants to be.

My Review:
It took me a while to get into this one, but once I did it was hard to put down. Scott is a great character, despite his evaluation of himself. Who doesn't love a self-deprecating teenage boy, amirite? Scott is funny, if not a little sad. He can't seem to concentrate or stay committed to anything (his parents don't believe in psychologists). 

In an effort to fix himself, Scott ditches an internship in order to talk to a professor who studies grit, which he decides he needs more of. 

While Scott is searching for grit he also finds Fiora, Trent, and Jeanette. This trio of characters affect his life in big, small, and kind of weird ways. Scott's time in DC is filled with hangovers, fights, friendships, and really awkward dates. Through it all Scott does happen to find something that he's passionate about and manages to help others in the process. 

I loved reading about Scott's progress and how he come to terms with things in his life. His relationships with the people he meet are genuine and entertaining (even when they end). 

Great read about a boy trying ti find his place in the world.

Thanks to First to Read and the publisher for the ARC.
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