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Top 5 Books Quotes | Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub | Guest Post

A huge thank you to all the book bloggers who came together for the top 5 project! There are so many books out there, and the top 5 project is a fun way to showcase some great finds and explore more book blogs! Today features a guest post from Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub featuring their top 5 book quotes!


One of my favorite things about bookblogging is how encouraging and supportive everyone is. I am so grateful to Tabitha for letting me chat about my favorite book quotes on her fantastic blog. I love a good quote, one that sticks with me. I think most readers agree that words work a special kind of magic and the right words at the right time can change a person.


My Top 5 Book Quotes:

1.) “So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad, and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

-Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Aside from the fact that The Perks of Being a Wallflower is profound and beautiful, this quote perfectly describes what having bipolar feels like to me. I remember pausing when I first read this quote (the very first few sentences in the book, no less); I had never felt so seen by a book before. It utterly blew me away. I actually have this quote tattooed on my shoulder. It means a lot to me.


2.) “When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There's magic in that. It's in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words…there are many kinds of magic, after all.”

-Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Good gravy, this book is gorgeous. It really feels like walking through a dream. I would love to wander the Night Circus and take in the sights, smells, and sounds. Barring that, I’ll reread the book and be transported right to the Circus. There are many kinds of magic, after all.


3.) “I have seen the breadth and depth and width of my mind and heart and seen how frail they both are, and how ultimately unknowable they both are.”

-Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison | Top 5 Book Quotes
An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison

Look at me, changing it up! Not only is this book not a fantasy, it’s a nonfiction. Kay Redfield Jamison is a psychologist, and professor of Mood Disorders at John Hopkins University. She also has bipolar disorder, which gives her a really unique perspective on a disorder that I have. Aside from that, the book is fascinating and that quote really resonated with me.


4.) “Some songs weren’t mere songs. They were memories curled tight and set alight. They made you heartsick.”

-Stuart Turton, The Devil and the Dark Water

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton | Top 5 Book Quotes
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

As much as I love a creative story and well-developed characters, I’m also a sucker for excellent prose. Luckily for me, The Devil and the Dark Water has all those things. This quote stuck with me because it has such a perfect way of describing the power of song. You can find my review for The Devil and the Dark Water here.


5.) Anyone can love a thing because. That's as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.”

-Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss | Top 5 Book Quotes
The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

Oddly enough, I wasn’t a fan of this book. I love The Name of the Wind (book one in the series), though. It has the best beginning ever and I’ll fight anyone who disagrees. But I digress. Even though I didn’t like The Wise Man’s Fear, I find this quote brilliant.


About the Blogger

My name is Jodie and I run the blog, Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub where I rant about all things bookish. I read most genres with the exceptions of romance, Christian fiction, and erotica, although fantasy is my go-to. On top of scribbling about books on my blog, I occasionally scribble about books for Grimdark Magazine. When not yelling my bookish opinions at unsuspecting victims, I either live in Florida with my husband and sons, or between the pages of a book- I’ll never tell which.

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Mar 22, 2021

These are all great choices (and I'm so happy to see Kay Redfield Jamison on this list - An Unquiet Mind was a revelation of a read for me). Book quotes are so my jam - it's always fascinating to see what other readers choose. 😀

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