Hello, hi, hey everybody! So, in honour of her birthday, today’s post is going to be dedicated especially to my gorgeous friend Jenny! Though she is, sadly, not a part of the book blogging community, she’s enormously bookish (I mean, she has an English lit degree, works in a bookstore, and is about as pretentious as they come without being Joe Goldberg levels of nuts!), so it felt appropriate to celebrate her, her birthday, and her love of books just the same!
So, Happy 24th to my lovely Jenny! And below, I’m going to be listing off 24 books/series’ that Jenny loves – one for each year! – with a quote (of my choosing!) from each one.
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
“Everything was lit up by her. She was the smile that brightened everything around.”
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
“You have to have one person in your life that you know would never do anything to steer you wrong. They may disagree with you. They could even break your heart, from time to time. But you have to have one person, at least, who you know will always tell you the truth.”
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
“I don’t want to drag myself down anymore.”
Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters) by Krista & Becca Ritchie
“And is not that a Mother’s gentle hand that undraws your curtains, and a Mother’s sweet voice that summons you to rise? To rise and forget, in the bright sunlight, the ugly dreams that frightened you so when all was dark.”
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
“She drifted towards the bedroom, on her way to have a bath or take a nap or start a war.”
Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle) by Maggie Stiefvater
“…and the evening was so beautiful, that it made a pain in my heart, as when you cannot tell whether you are happy or sad; and I thought that if I could have a wish, it would be that nothing would ever change, and we would stay that way forever.”
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
“Follow your inner moonlight, don’t hide the madness.”
Howl by Allen Ginsberg
“I’m not wise at all. I told you, I know nothing. I know books, and I know how to string words together—it doesn’t mean I know how to speak about the things that matter most to me.”
Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
“Don’t fall so madly in love with the night that you lose your way.”
Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice
“It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. Millions are condemned to a stiller doom than mine, and millions are in silent revolt against their lot. Nobody knows how many rebellions besides political rebellions ferment in the masses of life which people earth. Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts, as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, to absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.”
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
“I would like to tell you that I am, and you will one day be, forever safe.”
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
“You know everyone calls you ‘nice’…but that’s not the word. You’re good.
So good you have no idea how good you are.”
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
“You shouldn’t have to venture deep down in order to get love.”
Every Day by David Levithan
“The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!”
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
“People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for.”
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
“If you think I’m one of those people who try to be funny at breakfast you’re wrong.
I’m invariably ill-tempered in the early morning.”
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”
Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
“I heard her voice, her stories, her softness as she spoke of her family, and her iron as she spoke of me – I heard her scream, and I moved without thought.”
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
“She was a wild, wicked slip of a girl. She burned too bright for this world.”
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
“I wondered what that was like, to hold someone’s hand.
I bet you could sometimes find all of the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.”
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
“Wherever you are, at any moment, try and find something beautiful. A face, a line out of a poem, the clouds out of a window, some graffiti, a wind farm. Beauty cleans the mind.”
Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig
“I love you, Wise Girl.”
Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus) by Rick Riordan
24 quotes for 24 years of the most wonderfully ridiculous human that I have ever known! What a trip. Happy birthday, Jenny!! I love you loads, and I’m so lucky, and eternally grateful, to have you in my life, and I can’t wait for countless more years of buddy reads, book haunts, and baking debacles! (And tea. Always tea.)
Thanks for reading, everyone, and feel free to comment below wishing this lovely lady a happy birthday! She’s a delight, and she has superb taste in books (well, most of the time!).
4 thoughts on “BOOKS, BIRTHDAYS & BESTIES!”
this is so cute of you i’m going to cry
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if this makes you cry then boy oh boy wait til november rolls around!!! 😉
fr tho i love you!
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als;kjd;laskdla & i love YOU!
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