Blogmas Day 7: Favorite Book Quotes

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Happy BLOGMAS day 7!

I’ve posted in the past about my favorite book quotes. Many a book has been read since then, and I’m excited to give you all an updated list! I still stick by the old quotes though. Here are the old posts, if you’re interested:

Top Ten Tuesday (3/6/18)

Top Ten Tuesday (4/30/19)

“Of all that we’re asked to give others in this life, the most difficult to offer may be forgiveness.” – This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

“Love comes in many forms, and pain is no different.” – This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

“Never underestimate the passion of a lonely mind.” – The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

“We therefore are creatures determined by nature, lacking will of our own.” – The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

“There is a hole where my heart once was. In its place, your history.” – The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

“I think we should all work hard to ensure that substance matters more than labels—that’s the society I strive to live in.” – Letters from an Astrophysicist by Neil deGrasse Tyson

“One can be ready to give up the children one always wanted, one can be ready to withstand remarks about one’s past, or one’s clothes, but then-a tiny remark and the soul deflates and says: Oh.” – My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

“It may be the luckiest and purest thing of all to see time sharpen to a single point. To feel the world rise up and shake you hard, insisting that you rise, too, somehow. Someway. That you come awake and stretch, painfully. That you change, completely and irrevocably—with whatever means are at your disposal—into the person you were always meant to be.” – Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

“So how, children, does the brain, which lives without a spark of light, build for us a world full of light?” – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

“You could go to war with the world, but the world would always win.” – The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

“If reassurances could dull pain, nobody would ever go to the trouble of pressing grapes.” – The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

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ARC Book Review: Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry

Thank you to Doubleday Books and Netgalley for allowing me to read a digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry

224 pages

Publication date: 9/17/19 by Doubleday Books

ISBN: 9780385540315

Genre: Literary Fiction

Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2019!

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

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SYNOPSIS

Maurice “Moss” Hearne and Charlie Redmond, middle aged Irishmen, are at the port of Algerciras, a ferry terminal, in October of 2018. Maurice hasn’t seen his daughter, Dilly, in three years, and they are waiting to find out if she’s coming or going. They have an Addidas bag full of missing person flyers with his daughter’s face on it. They try to get information from anyone they can, even if that means holding someone “hostage” at the terminal.

The two men have quite the history in the drug smuggling business. While they wait for information they reminisce all of the violence, romance, betrayal, and exiles they experienced together. This story is both humorous and dark.

REVIEW

Trigger warnings: Drugs, hint at child sexual abuse, cheating, and death

“But, if he has nothing else to his name, he has his regrets, and these are not without value to the matyr’s self-portrait displayed in his mind’s eye. I am fifty-one years old, he thinks, and still at least halfways in love with myself. All told you’d have to call it a fucken achievement”

Literary fiction is hard for me to understand completely. Literary fiction writers try with all of their might to do something completely different. They are rule benders of the writing world. Sometimes it’s great, and sometimes it flops.

I was okay with this one until it started alternating between the present and the past. The past was jumpy, and the format didn’t help with that. It forced me out of the story, and I couldn’t connect with the characters as much.

Writing |

“The ferry terminal has a haunted air, a sinister feeling. It reeks of tired bodies, and dread.” 

 I’m sure that this type of writing is well-loved by many people. It’s no surprise to me that it was long-listed for the 2019 Man Booker Prize. I’m positive that it’ll be short-listed as well. I don’t know if I am not a literary fiction type of gal, but I didn’t understand half of what was going on, or more so the point of what was happening. The dialogue was difficult to read because of where the characters are from.

The author does a great job describing people. I could tell how worn out and tired Moss and Charlie were. Their movements manifested how creaky their bones were.

I loved the description of Dilly when she finally appeared in the story. She also kept describing how much age has impacted the two men.

The metaphors and descriptions were the best part of the writing. Barry describes drug lords as wolves. That’s definitely the term I would have used. I just finished Breaking Bad, and I can’t believe how savage they can be. I know it’s a television show, but I’m sure similar events happen all the time.

Story | 

The synopsis made it sound like you were going to learn about Dilly, but you basically follow the life of Maurice. You get hints of Charlie thrown in, but I’m glad Barry stuck with Maurice. They are waiting for Maurice’s daughter after all. I loved learning about all of the relationships between different characters. It was always different from one person to the next.

One critique that I found with the story was that there were so many different side characters that weren’t elaborated. I would often find most characters to be gone within a page or two. I get that it wasn’t the type of book to go into grave detail about side characters, but I did want a little more.

Characters | 

Maurice: I felt bad for Maurice at first. He hasn’t seen his daughter, and he’s stuck at this ferry terminal waiting for her, with missing person posters. He thought that he knew what she still looked like. It touched my heart a little bit. Then it switched over to his past and I didn’t seem to like him as much anymore. He entered the drug industry, and as interesting as that is, it wasn’t entertaining enough in this specific caseIt seemed like he always wanted to do the right thing, but he ended up doing the complete opposite. Honestly, he was a hard character to follow. I am not that great at being able to judge what the author wanted the reader to get from a specific character. I am wondering if Maurice was meant to be hard to follow. If you have thoughts regarding Maurice and his character, then let me know down in the comments!  

Charlie: Charlie grappled to form any sort of bond with another human. It even said in the story specifically that money—not people—became important to Charlie. Money wasn’t important because he could afford things; money was the enemy. Cash was necessary for all of the events happening in his life, e.g., child support—for a child that wasn’t his—and drugs. I do respect how much he cares for Dilly and Maurice. Those are the only two people in the story that he forms any bond with. He wouldn’t wait for her at the terminal if he didn’t care.

Cynthia: She is Dilly’s mother, and I really didn’t care for her either. I know that people make mistakes, but she also shot up drugs with Maurice. I’m pretty sure they smoked a joint with the little baby around. No way, José. I do not condone that one bit: zero tolerance. She didn’t really do anything special to the story.

Dilly: She is probably my favorite character out of the entire book. You don’t meet her until the end, but she was just a normal girl.

“She moves in an aura of calm—at twenty-three years old she is already queenly.” 

She is also very clever. She doesn’t use technology, and she has thirty-two passports in her trolley case. To me it sounds like she wants to be who she wants to be, and go where she wants to go. Yes, I think communicating with her father every once in awhile would be decent of her, but her father hasn’t always been a moral person. I’d say it’s hard for her to decide if she wants to enter that old life again. I don’t blame her one bit. She wanted to talk to them the entire time she was at the terminal. That has to mean something, right?

“We are complicated fucking machines.” 

Overall |

It’s a good story with a lot of lessons to be learned. There is no doubt that Barry is a good writer, but I just didn’t jive with it as well as I was expecting to. It’s not even that it was hyped up. I didn’t actually hear much about it. The characters just fell a little flat, and the backstory didn’t pique my interest.

This would be a wonderful book club choice, and I highly recommend it even though I gave it three stars. There is a lot to chew on in here for most readers, and some thought-provoking quotes. I would even buy it in the future to read again. There is a bit of a time crunch with ARCs, and I try my hardest to read them before release date—which doesn’t always happen—but that’s okay. I think if I went back without any pressure, I might enjoy it more. This review is 100% honest, but I don’t think picked up everything that I was meant to pick up.

*Side note: I love the cover of this book (both editions)!


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Top Ten Inspirational & Thought Provoking Quotes from Books (4/30/19)

Go check out the host of TTT: That Artsy Reader Girl. The rules are also on her blog in case you don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is.

These quotes were just what I could find on my phone or tabbed in some of my books. I read a lot of library books that I wasn’t able to tab and I never saved the quotes. Please enjoy!

So how, children, does the brain, which lives without a spark of light, build for us a world full of light?” All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

“It may be the luckiest and purest thing of all to see time sharpen to a single point. To feel the world rise up and shake you hard, insisting that you rise, too, somehow. Someway. That you come awake and stretch, painfully. That you change, completely and irrevocably-with whatever means are at your disposal-into the person you were always meant to be.” Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

For thousands of years, human beings had screwed up and trashed and crapped on this planet, and now history expected me to clean up after everyone. I have to wash out and flatten my soup cans. And account for every drop of motor oil.” Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Some want it to happen. Some wish it would happen. Some make it happen.” The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.” The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Great danger is always associated with great power. The difference between the great and the mediocre is that the great are willing to take that risk.” The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

Within the team there was no gender. We were all equal in everything. We had a strict code of ethics and discipline. At that time, the most important goal was the spirit of being together as a team, and overcoming the distance.” Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar

“I think given the choice between loving Mare-betrayal included-and never knowing her, I’d choose love. I risked, and I lost, but the risk was worth it. It’s the same with my friends. Suspicion is healthy in our profession-but only to an extent. I’d rather trust my men than worry about what will happen if they turn on me.” The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

“We must not cower in the dark because we’re afraid of the spark within us. The answer is not to put out the spark, but learn to control it.” Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

“Who knew being a heartless killing machine would present so many moral dilemmas.” Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells


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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Quotes (3/6/18)

I never really think about quotes after I finish a book. I do tab the ones that I love but I just never really go back. This gave me a chance to see all the wisdom that has come from the wonderful worlds I have read about and loved. I actually found some pretty good ones!

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  1. “Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life.” (Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien)
  2. “A good day’s journey is like baking soda: use it well, and the cake will rise up to meet you.” (Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire)
  3. “There is kindness in the world, if we know how to look for it.” (Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire)
  4. “Strange how nearsighted being invisible can make you.” (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling)
  5. “The two things most human beings would choose above all – the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.” (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling)
  6. “It’s the simple things in life that are most extraordinary.” (The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho)
  7. “If you start out by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work toward getting it.” (The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho)
  8. “No project is completed until it’s objective has been achieved.” (The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho)
  9. “While there’s life there’s hope.” (The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien)
  10. “We all do things we regret now and then. You just have to carry them with you.” (Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng)

What is your top favorite quote from any book you’ve read?

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