Three Days, 3 Quotes Take 2, Day 3

Today is the third and final day of my second attempt at the three days, three quotes challenge. This time around, I was nominated by She from This Door is Alarmed. Thank you very much for the nomination!

Here are the rules, which I have already broken:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for three consecutive days. (I am going to redesign ‘consecutive’ to mean ‘when you are able’ for my purposes.)
  3. Nominate three bloggers for each post.

For today’s post, I have chosen a quote from the Welcome to Night Vale novel (the first one, which is simply called Welcome to Night Vale). As we all know, Night Vale is a bizarre place (and if you don’t know what have you been doing with your life? Please go and listen to the pod cast!), but it’s people are just as human as any of us, with all the emotions, thoughts and communication difficulties that go along with that. So often what Cecil tells me seems to apply very well to our own, slightly less bizarre, world. Here’s one of my favourite lines from the novel:

Night Vale quote

It seems about right to me!

I’m not nominating anyone this time round as everyone I think might play has already done it. So if you would like a turn then please consider yourself nominated!

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Three Days, Three Quotes Take 2, Day 2

Yes, I do in fact know what “consecutive” means, but I forgot to schedule a post for yesterday then I was in the office all day and by the time I got home, ate, etc. I didn’t feel like writing one, so day two of this tag is a day late. Whatever, it’s not like anyone’s waiting to tell me off.

I was nominated by She from This Door is Alarmed. Thank you so much for thinking of me!

Here are the rules, of which I’ve already broken one and will be breaking another:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for three consecutive days.
  3. Nominate three bloggers for each post.

For today’s quote, I decided to pick something from one of my favourite books – Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. There are many quotable lines in this book, but I decided to go with this one:

Good Omens quote

It can be helpful to remember that, for the most part, people are just people – they all have flaws, but they also have good qualities. Very few people are bad through and through, just as nobody is perfect.

I am not nominating anybody this time round, as everyone I would have picked has done it already, but if you would like to play (again) let me know and I’ll nominate you tomorrow.

Three Days, Three Quotes Take 2

I have been nominated again for the three days, three quotes challenge – this time by She of This Door is Alarmed. I will be breaking the rules slightly this time though since I’ve run out of people to nominate! If anybody would like to do this (or do it again) let me know and I’ll nominate you tomorrow.

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for three consecutive days.
  3. Nominate three bloggers for each post.

I have seen the following quote around a lot (there was even a pattern to stitch it in one of my cross-stitch magazines!) but I can’t seem to find its origin. Some sources say it’s an Irish proverb, although I feel like anything that sounds profound is assumed to be an Irish proverb. Anyway, I should probably show you the quote:

life is like tea quote

Inspirational and involving tea… how could you go wrong?

Since I’m feeling generous, here’s another tea-themed quote. This one it seems actually is an Irish proverb, although it’s usually misattributed to Eleanor Roosevelt.

teabag quote

Basically you never know how much you can take until you actually face challenges… but with tea, which makes everything better.

I hope your day is like a perfect cup of tea (or coffee or gin and tonic, whatever you prefer).

Come back tomorrow for another quote.

If I were a book character…

I have recently seen two things going around Twitter: a thread in which female authors describe themselves the way a male author would, and a counter-thread in which female authors describe themselves the way a woman writer would… so I guess describe themselves the way they would if they were a book character. In that second thread, I spotted this tweet:

She was quiet; not for lack of things to say but for lack of knowing how to say them. She thought too much about everything and it often left her unsure. It was hard for her to express herself because she had been hurt too many times before and didn’t want to be hurt again.

See the original here. I responded to it with “Uhh… are you me?!” – very articulate, I know 😉 Not being an author, I didn’t want to contribute to the Twitter thread, but I thought I would have a go at describing myself as though I were a book character here.

Her hair, once somewhere between chestnut and copper, had faded to a dull brown, the hint of red visible only in the right light. Her eyes appeared blue or grey at different times. In social situations, she was generally quiet. Too many friendships that had turned out not to be had made her wary of strangers, and she had learned she would be thought weird whether she opened her mouth or not. Best not to let the things she had to say out; they usually came out wrong anyway. Better to leave no impression at all than risk being hated. She didn’t mind, really. Most of her favourite people lived on the Internet anyway.

Well, clearly I’m not cut out for Twitter… I could never have fit all that into a tweet 😂.

How would you describe yourself if you were a character in a book?

Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge – Day 3

It’s the third and final day of this quotes challenge. Those who have been paying attention will know I was nominated by Irish Procrastinator. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet you really, really should.

The rules, for the unlikely event that you’ve forgotten them since yesterday:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.

2. Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).

3. Nominate three bloggers each day.

For today’s quote, I am going back to books. After all, I am primarily a reader. This time it’s from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Life takes us to unexpected places sometimes. The future is never set in stone, remember that.

I like the idea that a decision I make now could set me on an entirely different path, to a different future than that I had been heading towards. Far better than thinking no amount of time, effort or money can stop me from ending up exactly where destiny had decreed I should be. I mean, what if destiny (or fate or the universe – whatever you want to call it) had planned for me to end up childless, destitute and alone? I would like to think that’s a fate I can avoid by making the right decisions.

Today I would like to nominate:

Megan

Hazel

Sharon

Please don’t feel you have to join in, but if you do I’m excited to see your quotes.

Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge – Day 1

I was nominated for this challenge by Irish Procrastinator – if you haven’t read her blog yet why not? It is ace! I love a good quote, so the real challenge here will be picking only three.  I hope my little offerings can live up to her expectations!

1. Thank the person who nominated you – muchas gracias my lovely!

2. Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).

3. Nominate three bloggers each day.

For my first quote, I have chosen the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett. Given events in the world today, this seemed appropriate.

Pratchett quote

Small Gods isn’t my favourite Discworld book, but I do love this quote.

Be the potato of defiance you wish to see in the world!

My nominees for today are:

Kezzie

Alison

Beth

I think you three will have some great quotes to share. But please don’t worry about playing along if you prefer not to!

How long will you take to finish your to-read list?

I found this fun little tool at http://www.readitforward.com. Fill in the form with how many books you currently have on your to-read list, the number of books you read last year and your age, and it will tell you how long you will need to read all those books. Obviously it doesn’t take into account that I can read some books in half an hour while others take months, but I decided to give it a go anyway.

unread books
Unread books… although I’ve actually read a few from these selves and added new ones since this photo was taken

I didn’t want to go and physically count all the unread books on my shelves, so I took the ones I’ve marked as “want to read” on Good Reads (1395 for the record) then added 25 to account for the fact that not all the ones I own are actually marked as to-read on Good Reads – which is probably an underestimate, but oh well. Here’s my result, assuming I never add another book to my list 😉

Reading all 1420 books will take:

13 years and 7 months

You will finish your TBR pile on:

October 31, 2031

And you will be:

48

I may have a slight problem. (“Hi, my name is Beverley and I’m a bookaholic”)

How long will it take you to finish all the books you currently want to read? Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s going to need literally years