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?
I like the first quote because it makes it seem the journal has a will of its own.
I’ve read quite a few reviews abotu the Raven Boys and all are good. I think sooner or later I’ll pick it up 😉
This is my quote, in case you feel like checking it
It was a great book! I was worried the quotes I chose from it would turn people off a little considering its…. lengthyness? Supreme detail? I should have added that the whole book isn’t this descriptive- just the important parts. But I’m glad I didn’t make you want to run from it! Thanks for visiting!
Ooh, I like those! It’s funny — I read The Raven Boys a while ago, but I have absolutely no memory of a journal or pretty much any of the book details at all. Oh well, I still really love the description, especially the gravity part. Great choice!
Aww too bad! The mark of a good book is one you always remember. Sorry you can’t remember but thanks for the kind words!
I think it’s hard to fully apreciate the quotes without the context, but it also adds a air of mystery when you don’t know the context. I don’t really use the highlight function either as I don’t really have anything with quotes, but I like seeing them in other people their reviews or on their blogs.
I like seeing the things people highlight, too. It’s odd, though- I find that quotes that would be a definite highlight to me (like “the universe has been kind to Auggie” in Wonder) are things that other people completely skip over, and a lot of the most highlighted phrases mean nothing to me. I wonder if I’m just weird.
Omg, these quotes just remind me how much I love this book and how I’m DESPERATE for a reread. :’) I love that journal.
Me too! Can’t wait to read the second. To me, five stars means one thing only: re-readable. I read too many books to give such a high rating to a book they wouldn’t re-read. Ain’t no book blogger got time for that.
Great quotes! I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to get around to looking. I love the first one 😀 It’s like the book has a mind of its own! Sometimes they do though right? lol.
Have a great day,
I feel like plenty of writers feel that way about books (myself included). Thanks for visiting!
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