It’s Thursday, and you know what that means!
But I’m just going to assume you don’t know what it means, because if you knew what it meant, I wouldn’t have to tell you that Thursday Quotables is a meme run by Bookshelf Fantasies and dedicated to the sharing of quotes of interest to us book bloggers. The last time I did this meme, I had no idea how to use hyperlinks. See how much I’ve grown?
Anyways! On to the quotes.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
This week’s quote will be from The Raven Boys. It’s a quote that I took real interest in when I was reading, and I’ve mentioned it a couple of times in the comments of my review. While reading The Raven Boys, I was shocked at how many verses weren’t highlighted. (My kindle has a highlight feature that shows you what other readers have taken an interest in. Hundreds of readers would highlight a single phrase in The Raven Boys, but a lot of them weren’t the phrases I was expecting to have been popular.) I don’t use the feature myself, and now I’m regretting it. I’m definitely going to start highlighting now, especially in light of this meme and how long it took me to find my quote for this week.
I loved this quote because of how thoughtful the importance placed on Gansey’s journal was. Maggie Stiefvater called attention to a lot of details that I wouldn’t have even considered if I was writing a novel like this. Besides, I love the idea of a book that’s loved this much. It says a lot more about the owner than the actual book, don’t you think?
Blue accepted the journal and flipped it open. The journal didn’t immediately choose a page to open to; it was so well-worn and well-stuffed that every page claimed seniority. It finally split down the middle, obeying gravity instead of use.
Now she had time to marvel at the sheer density of it. Even if the content hadn’t immediately caught her, the feel of the thing would have. There were also so many of the clippings she’d noticed before that the journal wouldn’t stay book-shaped unless tied shut with leather wrappings. Pages and pages were devoted to these ripped and scissored excerpts and there was an undeniable tactile pleasure to browsing.
“It’s not mine.”
“Well, I can see that.”
“It was left behind at Ni – wait, why do you say that?”
…She realized Persephone was right; if the journal had been hers, she would’ve just copied down information she needed, rather than all this cutting and pasting. The fragments were intriguing but unnecessary; whoever put that journal together must love the hunt itself, the process of research. The aesthetic properties of the journal couldn’t be accidental; it was an academic piece of art.
There’s a lot more to be said about the journal, but I’m afraid that without the context of the book, the quotes become monotonous instead of magical. So that’s this week’s quote for me. What’s everyone else’s?