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You never really find answers, just new and deeper questions.

-Turtles All The Way Down

 

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Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.

– Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

 

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Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it.

– Jeanette Winterson

 

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We all change the world, with every day of living in it,” Magnus said. “You just have to decide HOW you want to change the world.

– Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

 

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All was well.

– Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Happy 1st September my fellow bookworms! Today is a very special day for all returning to Hogwarts. 2017 marks 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, and the day when Albus Severus Potter first begins his journey into the wizarding world! 

September 1st has always been the day I look at Harry Potter and think about how much it truly means to me! Thank you J.K. Rowling, for such a wonderful world, and welcoming us into it, allowing us to make it a home when we have nowhere else to go.

Who’s looking forward to going home? I know I am!

Jade 🙂

August’s Literary Quotes… Discussing Quotes in Literature

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Hello fellow bookworms! It’s Sunday, which means it’s discussion time. This is when I write to think more deeply about books, why we read, and why literature is so important in our lives.
Throughout August, I will be talking about quotations in literature, focusing on why they are so important to us as readers, and what we can do to make the most of these small snippets of literature in our everyday lives. Today’s post is the final instalment in this collection talking about literary quotes, and I will be discussing some quotes I’ve found throughout my August reading, and why they jumped out at me in particular.

“…the distance between stories and real life did not yet seem so great.” – Hollow City

When I was younger, this quote was a lot more true than I feel it is now with children. I felt so connected to stories and believed in fiction a lot more than children these days. Children of this generation are too connected to the real world online and through social media that they forget stories exist; they forget there are so many other alternate universes they can visit in literature. I think it’s so important to establish your own personal distance between reality and stories, and to have a balance between them. After all, stories are used to escape the world we live in.

“Strange, I thought, how you can be living your dreams and your nightmares at the very same time.” – Hollow City

Similar to reading books to escape, you could be struggling in reality, but living the life you wish for whilst reading a book. It’s important to realise that it is possible to be happy and have things to look forward to, as well as be a little bit sad, anxious or worried about things currently happening, or anything in the future. A balance needs to be found between these two emotions, otherwise everything gets a little bit overwhelming! I think this quote sums this feeling up quite nicely.

“Laughing doesn’t make bad things worse any more than crying makes them better…” – Hollow City

This is more of a personally reassuring quote p, as it reminds me it’s okay to feel happy in bad times, and that crying really won’t fix anything, and can sometimes make things feel worse than they are. If crying won’t do any good, then why not laugh instead, because no harm can be done through happiness!

“I am Tessa Grey, and I believe in the importance of stories.” – The Whitechapel Fiend (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #3)

I chose this quote because I believe it to be the most true out of all of these. Stories should be seen as important by everyone in their own way, as they allow us to stretch our imaginations. There are so many lessons to be learned in stories that can be applied to everyday life, but they also supply us with a means of escapism, which is also incredibly important for a lot of people. There aren’t many of us who can stand reality 24/7!

“…you wish to be alone with literature all the time.” – Nothing But Shadows (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #4)

I loved this when I read it, because it made me think about being alone with literature like being with a person to keep you company. You’re never truly alone when you’re reading, and the idea of being able to ‘be with literature’ all the time sounds like a world I want to be living in!

What do you think of the quotes I can across in my reading this month? Have you come across any good quotes whilst reading recently? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

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“After all this time?”
“Always,” said Snape.

– Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling