Top Ten Tuesday: Book Quote Freebie

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 of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

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The theme this week is book quotes and Jana’s prompt runs

Share your favorite book quotes that fit a theme of your choosing! These could be quotes about books/reading, or quotes from books. Some examples are: quotes for book lovers, quotes that prove reading is the best thing ever, funny things characters have said, romantic declarations, pretty scenery descriptions, witty snippets of dialogue

Now, I do come from a literary background – in terms of my education if not my upbringing! – and collecting quotations has become second nature to me. There are some books where, however much you enjoy them, there is nothing quotable in them; there are others where the language is so extraordinary and beautiful and heart wrenching that they leap out. And, yes, I am that sort of fellow who highlights, underlines, annotates, makes notes and keeps a little book so that I can write out these gems….

So, these are some of the most quotable books that I have come across recently. Most are rather serious and moving – many focus on the idea of and value of story. But I have included a lovely selection of Wodehouse quotes to raise the mood!


The Island Of Missing Trees, Elif Shafak

The Death of Vivek Oji, Akwaeke Emezi

Cloud Cuckoo Land, Anthony Doerr

The Silence of the Girls, Pat Barker

Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel

Piranesi, Susanna Clarke

This is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell

Life After Life, Kate Atkinson

Jeeves and Wooster, P G Wodehouse

As always, your comments and thoughts below and let me know what you think of these books, or any other quote-worthy reads you have come across!

Upcoming Top Ten Tuesday Themes

May 31: Comfort Reads (Share which books or kinds of books you turn to when you need to escape. You can either share specific titles if you love to re-read, or you could share qualities of books you look for in a comfort read.)
June 7: Books With a Unit of Time In the Title (seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, eternity, etc.) (Submitted by RS @ The Idealistic Daydream)
June 14: Books I Wish Had An Epilogue
June 21: Bookish Wishes (List the top 10 books you’d love to own and include a link to your wishlist so that people can grant your wish. Make sure you link your wishlist to your mailing address [here’s how to do it on Amazon] or include the email address associated with your ereader in the list description so people know how to get the book to you.)
June 28: Books On My Summer 2022 To-Read List
July 5: Most Anticipated Books Releasing In the Second Half of 2022
July 12: Book Covers That Feel Like Summer (Submitted by Ellie @ Curiosity Killed the Bookworm)
July 19: Freebie (Come up with your own topic!)
July 26: Books From My Past Seasonal TBR Posts I STILL Haven’t Read (Submitted by Dedra @ A Book Wanderer)

30 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Book Quote Freebie”

  1. Omg, so many gorgeous quotes. The only book I’ve read here is Vivek Oji and oof, those quotes hit so hard. Makes me weepy for that book all over again 🥲 I can’t wait to read the others on this list that are on my TBR!

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  2. I love the quotes that you’ve shared. I completely understand what you’re saying about some books are a great read but not quotable and others are just rammed full of quotes. I’ve started highighting passages on my kindle and using little sticky tabs in my physical books but it never crossed my mind to actually write them out so they were easily accessible. I might have to start doing this

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  3. Isn’t it awesome how these quotes affects us? how we can relate? Love collecting quote’s too. From your list, I love the “He was so beautiful he made the air around him dull.” Argghh… reminds me of the teenage years. 😅🤣🤭

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  4. It’s hard for me to highlight and mark up physical books, but I do keep a quote journal so I can write down the ones that speak to me. Sometimes I’m too lazy to actually write them down, though. And if I take a picture of them with my phone, I forget I did it and they never make it to my quote journal. LOL. I need to be better about this!

    You chose some lovely quotes. I especially like the first one. I agree that now is just a tiny blip in the great, grand scheme of things.

    Happy TTT!


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