Top Ten Inspirational/Thought Provoking Quotes From Books

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s prompt is one of my favourite. Goodness knows I love a thought provoking quote. Here are some of my favourites in no particular order:

  1. “You may be born into a family, but you walk into friendships. Some you’ll discover you should put behind you. Others are worth every risk.” – They Both Die At The End- Adam Silvera
  2. “You can be okay again. Just a different kind of okay than before.”- The Names They Gave UsEmery Lord
  3. “Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle.” Me Before You- Jojo Moyes
  4. “I wonder – if nobody is listening to my voice, am I making any sound at all?”  Radio Silence- Alice Oseman
  5. “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” – Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire- J.K. Rowling
  6. “You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” My Sister’s KeeperJodi Picoult
  7. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho
  8. “Although it’s good to try new things and to keep an open mind, it’s also extremely important to stay true to who you really are.” Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine- Gail Honeyman
  9. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”  Oh The Places You’ll Go!Dr Seuss
  10. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  I Can Read With My Eyes Shut– Dr Seuss

Some of these have made appearances on my blog before but I can’t help quoting it again! Feel free to leave me a link to your post this week. I’m looking forward to reading them!

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A Spark Of Light

A Spark of Light

How did I get it?:
It was a gift!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.

After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester disguised as a patient, who now stands in the cross hairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.

Thoughts:

I have read a lot of Jodi Picoult’s books (not all reviewed on this blog, most were pre-blog days) and I find her writing to be pretty hit and miss. This book for me, was somewhere in-between. Whilst I can appreciate the writing, the importance of this story being told and the research that clearly went into it, there was something missing for me.

A Spark Of Light centres around an abortion clinic. A gunman named George takes the doctors and patients hostage, refusing to let them out. George’s daughter has recently had an abortion. The story is told over a single day and it takes part in reverse order.

I feel like the way the story was told affected my enjoyment of the story. I felt like any mystery or intrigue was taken, because we knew what had happened right at the start. In some books this works.  I don’t always dislike a narrative told in reverse, but for some reason it didn’t work for me in A Spark Of Light. It seemed to be so focused on the issue that I felt I didn’t really get to know the characters as well as I wanted to. Don’t get me wrong, we do learn all of the reasons why the women are at the clinic and I did sympathise with them. However, I was after a deeper read and that isn’t what I got from this book.

I did appreciate how Jodi Picoult gave a balanced argument between both sides of the argument. We hear from those that are anti and pro choice. I think she was particularly sensitive with this. I also really enjoyed how there were many reasons for the women being at the clinic. Although I didn’t feel we knew the characters well, I liked how many diverse characters there were.

As you can see, I do have such mixed feelings about this book. It’s been a really tricky one to review. It just missed the mark for me personally.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

An important topic to read about, but in my opinion, it’s not Jodi Picoult’s best!

This Week In Books #153

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads.

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW

Now You See Her

I’ve just started this book for part of the ‘Talking About’ feature that I do with Beth. All good so far! I’ve heard great things about it.

THEN

A Spark of Light

I had mixed feelings about this book. I’m glad I read it though. My review should be coming out within the next week or so.

NEXT

Fat Girl on a Plane

I heard that this book was a lot of fun, so I thought I’d give it a go!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week we are thinking about books we want to read in Spring 2019. I decided to go for my next 10 on my bookshelves.

I Have Lost My Way- Gayle Forman

I Have Lost My Way

Looking forward to this book! I may have read it by the time this list comes out!

It Only Happens In The Movies- Holly Bourne

It Only Happens in the Movies

I love Holly Bourne’s writing, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into this.

Restore Me- Tahereh Mafi

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)

I’ve heard mixed things about this book, but I’m still excited to read it!

Learning To Breathe- Janice Lynn Mather

Learning to Breathe

I’ve heard good things about this!

A Very Large Expanse Of Sea- Tahereh Mafi

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

Can’t wait to read this!

A Spark Of Light- Jodi Picoult

A Spark of Light

I’ve heard good things… I like her writing!

Roar- Cecelia Ahern

Roar

I’m not usually a fan of short stories, but I am a fan of Cecelia.

Fat Girl On A Plane- Kelly deVos

Fat Girl on a Plane

Again, good things heard!

The Kiss Quotient- Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1)

I’m very intrigued by this book.

Two Can Keep A Secret- Karen M. McManus

Two Can Keep a Secret

I hope I like this one!

What are you hoping to read this Spring? Let me know!

 

Shelfie By Shelfie #3

I decided to complete another one of my book shelves for Beth’s Shelfie by Shelfie book tag.

The idea of the tag is that you share a picture (‘shelfie’) of one of your shelves and then answer some questions about them.

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1.) Is there any reason for this shelf being organised the way it is or is it purely random?

As ever, it’s a bit of a random one. On the right side, it’s my next 10 ‘real’ books. On the left side, it is my proud collection of my best friend from school, Alex Bell. I have several copies of her books! 🙂

2.) Tell us a story about one of the books on this shelf that is special to you i.e. how you got it/ a memory associated with it etc.

The Ninth Circle by Alex Bell has a fond memory attached to it. I was (and am) so proud of Alex’s book releases. The Ninth Circle was her debut novel.

3.) Which book from this shelf would you ditch if you were forced to and why?

Ooh, I guess the Dorothy Koomson short story. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s a short one and I’m not overly sure if it’ll make much of an impact on me?

4.) Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency and why?

Tough one. I love all of the left side. I think I’d have to go with Gobbolino, The Witch’s Cat. I have a fond memory of reading that book as a child. I haven’t re-read it yet as I’m scared it won’t measure up but I have a special edition for when I am feeling brave.

5.) Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time?

The Ninth Circle

6.) Which book is the newest addition to this shelf?

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang.

7.) Which book from this shelf are you most excited to read (or re-read if this is a favourites shelf?)

I’m excited about a lot of the books on the right. I am looking forward to A Spark Of Light by Jodi Picoult as I’ve heard some great things.

8.) If there is an object on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it.

My mug! I got this present from a child in July last year. He knew about my love for rabbits and he knew I had a lop eared, brown rabbit. The mug is perfect because it looks just like my rabbit ❤

9.) What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader?

I am a supportive friend and have lots of exciting books coming up!

10.) Choose other bloggers to tag or choose a free question you make up yourself.

There’s so many that I’d like to tag, so I’d just say if you want to do it, please do and leave me a link if you do! 🙂

Ten Books I’d Love To Find Under My Christmas Tree Today

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

First of all, MERRY CHRISTMAS to all those that celebrate! 🙂

Here are the books that I’d love Santa to bring to me today. Click on the book image for the Goodreads page.

Fat Girl on a Plane

I’ve recently heard of this book and it sounds like a lot of fun!

Tyler Johnson Was Here

This sounds like an intense read!

The Kiss Quotient

This book has a character with Asperger’s at the centre of it which I’m intrigued by.

Learning to Breathe

I’ve recently heard about this book and I think it sounds like it could be an excellent read.

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)

I’m intrigued to see how the story continues but I’m yet to get a copy for myself.

It Only Happens in the Movies

I love Holly Bourne’s writing and I’m trying to make my way through her books!

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

This sounds incredible and it has some great reviews.

Dear Evan Hansen

I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this!

A Spark of Light

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book, so I’d love to read it ASAP! 🙂

Roar

I’m not a massive fan of short stories, but this collection does intrigue me!

What do you hope to get for Christmas book-wise? If you don’t celebrate, what do you wish for? 🙂 Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by at some point!

Small Great Things

Small Great Things

How did I get it?:
It was a gift!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
My Sister’s Keeper
The Storyteller

Synopsis:

When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father.

What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.

Small Great Things is about prejudice and power; it is about that which divides and unites us.

It is about opening your eyes.

Thoughts:

I have read so many books by Jodi Picoult now, and whilst I do enjoy her writing, it was getting a little same-y for me. Therefore, it was with some trepidation that I picked up Small Great Things. I had heard good things about it across the blogosphere, but that happened with some of her books that I didn’t get along with too. I always try and give an author another chance, especially if I’ve liked their previous books at some point. I’m pleased I read Small Great Things because it was a fantastic, gripping read.

Small Great Things centres around the death of a baby named Davis. He was only a few days old when he became unwell on a maternity ward. Ruth Jefferson was his nurse, until the baby’s father, Turk, stated that no African-American nurses should look after his child. Ruth is understandably hurt. When Davis stops breathing, Ruth is unsure what to do, does she touch the baby and try to help him or does she leave him and follow orders? Ruth finds herself blamed for the tragic death and the hospital does nothing to protect her.

As with many Jodi Picoult books, the story is told through different characters. I always find this really interesting, but find myself favouring one or two characters instead of others and this was certainly the case for this book. I loved reading from Ruth’s point of view in particular. I immediately felt for her.

I am always impressed with how thorough Jodi Picoult is with her subject matter. She clearly researches well and puts thought into her books even if the formula is often incredibly similar. This particular book kept me thinking about racism and feeling unjust. Jodi really is a fantastic writer and this book is one of her best in recent years, in my opinion.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A surprise for me! I really enjoyed this book. A controversial, but interesting read.