Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!
It’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday post! I’ve kind of been slacking on these this month because October was all about quotes. I can appreciate a beautiful line in a book, but I also have the memory of a hummingbird and, thus, don’t often remember them 😂 Today’s topic, however, is one I could get behind because it doesn’t ask for specific quotes… it just ask what are your top five most quotable books. I have quite a few books that would be mostly tabs if I was an annotator. Now I’ve picked five that I think would be annotated the most.
That being said, let’s jump in!
#1. Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
Look. This book was my 2020. I was obsessed with this when it came out! I’ve also re-read it more than any other book I own, save one. So not only are there so many quotes that I loved, but this is one of the few where I can actually remember a couple, haha. I have so many copies of this book that I have considered choosing one to annotate. It’s just that good, y’all, and there are definitely a lot of wonderful quotes that I want to revisit again and again.
#2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Erin Morgenstern has exquisite writing. Every book I’ve read by her is an absolute treasure when it comes to prose. Of the two, however, I think The Night Circus is definitely the more quotable. It has one of the few first lines that I can remember off the top of my head! And, as I said, the writing is just so beautiful and lilting that I find myself drawn to so many lines throughout the story. Just thinking about it kind of makes me want to re-read it, haha.
#3. Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
This is a recent favorite that absolutely blew me away. Part of the reason I loved it so much was that the writing was stunning. I loved how much it steeps the reader in the Ojibwe culture. It was also devastating in so many ways. The author’s writing really sucked me into the story and there were definitely a ton of lines I read over and over because of how much they affected me. Such an incredible read and I’m eager to read more from Angeline Boulley!
#4. Little Thieves by Margaret Owen
This is one of the very few books this year that made me cry. Like… actually tears leaking down my face. To the point my husband asked if I was okay 😅 So to say that the writing hit me in the feels is an understatement! There were so many lines in this book that made me feel seen and I adored it. Can I remember what those lines are? No. Well… one, yes. But please refer to my earlier mention of my hummingbird brain, haha. This is why I need to start annotating.
#5. Babel by R.F. Kuang
Babel, beyond having on of the best titles (the full title being Babel, or the Necessity of Violence: an Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution) also contains some exquisite writing. I’m buddy reading this with a great group of bookish folks and there are so many lines that we’ve all shared that just stick in my head. This book has a lot going for it, but the writing, the quotable lines, are definitely a big part of the appeal. I’m so excited to finish, though I’m also a bit scared…
What are your top five quotable books? Do you have any recommendations? Let me know in the comments!
And, as always, happy reading!
2 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Most Quotable Books”
I’ve mentioned it before but I’ll say it again: I’ve never annotated a book as much as I’ve done with Babel. It’s incredible. SO MANY quotable and relatable moments that HIT. Quite a few of these are also still on my TBR and I’m looking forward to experiencing them (hopefully soon). Great list! 😍
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RIGHT?! There are so many quotes where I just want to write “SAME” in all caps in the margin 😂 I really need to get a non-special edition copy so I can annotate it all up.