Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is ten memorable things that characters have said.
“Yizhi gapes at me. Then a disbelieving laugh rolls out of him. “All right, let me make this clear: Wu Zetian, you inspire me. Whenever I lose hope that the world can change, I remember you. I remember how you fight for what you want, no matter what anyone says, no matter what stands in your way.” He draws me into his arms and murmurs into my hair. “You’re my polar star, I’ll go wherever you guide me.”
Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
“What does…meyaah Liessa mean?” That eyebrow seemed to climb even higher. “It means my Queen.”
A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L. Armentrout
“We’ve got hope, a flimsy plan, and a great deal of explosives. We’ve gotten by on less. Let’s go.”
The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi
“Sometimes the point is to be sad, August. Sometimes you just have to feel it because it deserves to be felt.”
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
“You’re an animal, Sibling Dex. You are not separate or other. You’re an animal. And animals have no purpose. Nothing has a purpose. The world simply is. If you want to do things that are meaningful to others, fine! Good! So do I! But if I wanted to crawl into a cave and watch stalagmites with Frostfrog for the remainder of my days, that would also be both fine and good. You keep asking why your work is not enough, and I don’t know how to answer that, because it is enough to exist in the world and marvel at it. You don’t need to justify that, or earn it. You are allowed to just live. That is all most animals do.”
A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
“You are still just a human. Just a small thing that has to find its way like everyone else in this enormous world. It will not be simple, Grace Porter, and it will not be easy. You may have to make a lot of noise, and the universe’s silence can be oppressive and thick. But you want them to hear you, and they will. So do not, not even for one second, stop making noise.”
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers
“Because monsters are real,” she said. “And even the Wolf needs help sometimes.”
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten
“I like it so much better when nobody expects anything from me and then I surprise them by delivering anything at all.”
“That bar’s so low you’re gonna stub your toe on it.”
Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth
“Runaway Queer Kids Become Victims of Remote Cottage Chainsaw Killer, Surprising Absolutely No One.’ ‘I’m not queer,’ Ida said. ‘Sorry.’ ‘Then chances are you’ll be the only one left alive.”
All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle
“Witching and women’s rights. Suffrage and spells. They’re both…” She gestures in midair again. “They’re both a kind of power, aren’t they? The kind we aren’t allowed to have.”
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
These are my picks this week. I went with books that had characters I couldn’t help but love. What did you pick this week?
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.