Hello, hello! I decided to forgo this weeks Top Ten Tuesday prompt ‘ Book titles that are questions’ because I seriously struggled to find any books for it, so I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s posts so I can maybe add a few books to my TBR. Instead, I’ve decided to pick a book a month from 2021 so far and highlight my favourite quote(s) from them. It’s going to be a struggle enough simply picking one book per month from the 😭books I’ve read so far, but the below are, in my opinion, the best of the best, books that I loved wholeheartedly and hopefully reading some of these quotes will convince you to pick them up too.
January – The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick
“Men had often looked at her the way Vargo was looking at her now, but always for her beauty – never her ingenuity. And Ren, who was used to treating that kind of admiration as nothing more than a useful lever, felt her breath catch.”
“He might as well have been a different man: smiling, laughing, forgetting himself enough that he dropped into the throaty tones of his native accent. He still wore the uniform of a hawk, but now it looked like a costume – and underneath is she could see Leato’s friend, the man welcomed into Traemantic Manor despite the differences of ancestry and rank.”
February – Jade War by Fonda Lee
“The possibility of death was like the weather – you could make attempts to predict it, but you would likely be wrong, and no one would change their most important plans due to the threat of rain.”
“We women claw for every inch we gain in this world…”
March – A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers
“You keep asking why your work is not enough, and I don’t know how to answer that, because it is enough to just exist in this world and marvel at it. You don’t need to justify that, or earn it. You are allowed to just live.”
“I’d say you’re more than just an object,’ Dex said. The robot looked a touch offended. ‘I would never call you just an animal, Sibling Dex.’ It turned it’s gaze to the road, head held high. ‘We don’t have to fall into the same category to be of equal value.”
April – The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
“A sea roared inside her and made demands, but she waded it, she bobbed up, took a breath, and opened her eyes to the cold winter morning. Then she rose because the day was there, the world was there, and she wanted to be part of it.”
“Each word she had spoken to him since they met, he thought, had been like kindling, until in wonder, he had to admit he was on fire, and now that he looked at her in the morning light, he could not understand why he had not realised this truth sooner.”
May – A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark
“The three of them sat there – A Ministry agent, a half-djinn, and a cat (likely), staring out past the balcony to the sleeping city they somehow had to find a way to save.”
“You! You can’t just walk in here! This is a crime scene!” “That would explain the dead bodies, then,” she replied. He blinked dumbly, and she sighed. Wasting good sarcasm was annoying.”
June – The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
“Oh, vows could be broken. Of course they could. And yet Priya was… not entirely a safe person to lie to. And worse still, Malini did not want to break a promise to her.
There was a sound, somewhere below them. Priya’s jaw hardened.
“Promise me this, or one way or another, you die here.”
“You’ll kill me after all, Priya?”
“No, you fool woman,” Priya said, eyes blazing. “No. Never me.”
“You think being called a whore shames me? You think you haven’t bartered your body for your own ends? What do you think pouring death down your throat is?”