Top Ten Tuesday: I Secretly Write In My Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is a freebie, and as I am new to this meme, I decided to dig through their old themes for ideas. I came across Top Ten Book Quotes, which is perfect for me. I frequently write, underline and highlight my books, collecting quotes in multiple places. This is why I fought ebooks and audiobooks for so long; how would I collect quotes?! Seriously — I pulled out my copy of One Day and Shutter Island (which is about to fall apart!) for ideas.

Below are my top ten favorite quotes from books. They’re in no particular order whatsoever, and they aren’t my only favorites. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!


High school is life’s way of giving you a record low to judge the rest of your life by. I know this because no matter how shitty it got, I could always look back and say, “At least I don’t have my arm stuck up a cow’s vagina.” In fact, that’s kind of become my life’s motto. — Jenny Lawson


I remember one time I heard this English professor asking the class what the world’s scariest noise is. Is it a man crying out in pain? A woman’s scream of terror? A gunshot? A baby crying? And the professor shakes his head and says, ‘No, the scariest noise is, you’re all alone in your dark house, you know you’re all alone, you know that there is no chance anyone else is home or within miles-and then, suddenly, from upstairs, you hear the toilet flush. — Harlan Coben


I wont push my chips forward and stand up and go out to meet him. It aint just bein older. I wish that it was. I cant say that it’s even what you are willin to do. Because I always knew that you had to be willin to die to even do this job. That was always true. Not to sound glorious about it or nothin but you do. If you aint they’ll know it. They’ll see it in a heartbeat. I think it is more like what you are willin to become. And I think a man would have to put his soul at hazard. And I wont do that. I think now that maybe I never would. —Cormac McCarthy

Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real? — J.K. Rowling

“I’m only marginally qualified to be giving advice at all. My body mass index is certainly not ideal, I frequently use my debit card to buy things that cost less than three dollars because I never have cash on me, and my bedroom is so untidy it looks like vandals ransacked the Anthropologie Sale section. I’m kind of a mess.”

“I simply regard romantic comedies as a subgenre of sci-fi, in which the world created therein has different rules than my regular human world. Then I just lap it up.” ― Mindy Kaling

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer. — Rilke


It means don’t fight battles you’ve already lost. The feminists movement should be about equal rights and equal opportunities and civil rights, not deciding what a woman can or can’t wear on her own free will on a Saturday night! — David Nicholls


You can’t measure the mutual affection of two human beings by the number of words they exchange. ― Milan Kundera


Only a fool is not afraid. – Madeleine L’Engle

10 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: I Secretly Write In My Books”

  1. I haven’t read Mindy’s book but I can definitely read that passage and hear her voice saying it haha. I’m also pretty excited for Hulu picking up Season 4 of Mindy Project!

    Joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts.

  2. I adore Jenny Lawson–she makes me laugh. And her new book is coming out so soon! 🙂

  3. I do the same thing, I collect quotes I like from books and write them in the front inside cover!
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  4. This is a very interesting list! I’ve only recently started highlighting quotes but not in my physical books just ebooks 😊

    1. I can’t get into highlighting ebooks! I need to though. I keep losing them.

  5. Wait, wait, wait, I just have to comment because the reason you dislike ebooks is the exact same reason I like them! I used to have to mark all the pages with quotes I liked and then sit on my computer to type them up. Seriously, I did that. But now I can highlight on my kindle, and it puts every quote nice and neat on a webpage for me! Which is great because it’s not unusual for me highlight 50+ or even 100+ quotes in a single book lol. The Harry Potter quote is my favorite of yours, but I have to say I do also like the David Nicholls and Milan Kundera ones.

    1. Haha I know, I know, I need to adjust and move on. But I also don’t use the same app every time I read an ebook. But I’m glad to see someone else does this— I had one friend swear she wasn’t going to talk to me again after reading my title.

      1. Haha, I’ve never been one to keep all my books perfect. I’ve bought plenty of used books, and I’ve folded pages, bended spines, written in them, etc. An ugly book is a loved book! So you’ll never hear me complain about that.

  6. Now I want to read the unbearable lightness of being. Love that quote!

    1. It’s a post modern book, and I love it. But if you’ve never read any post modern lit, it’s interesting.

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