“I’m wondering if every person I pass has similar depths, and if there’s any way to avoid the mistake of judging them so shallowly that I’m rocked when they show their true complexity.” ~ Brandon Sanderson, The Bands of Mourning
“Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.” - Susan Cain
A Very Large Expanse of Sea
“If the decision you’ve made has brought you closer to humanity, then you’ve done the right thing.”
Review: Louisiana’s Way Home
“In some ways, this is a story of woe and confusion, but it is also a story of joy and kindness and free peanuts,” Kate DiCamillo
“This is an interesting planet. It deserves all the attention you can give it.”
July is a surprisingly nonfiction-heavy month for us both... with a healthy dose of fantasy, of course.
Review: Colors Insulting to Nature
“Lexie’s curmudgeonly dad, after a few tearful door-slams, hard truths, and violin music, reluctantly agrees to let a top ice-coach transform diamond-in-the-rough Lexie into a polished Olympic contender in six months (introducing the Ticking Clock, Hollywood Formula Obstacle #1).”
The Female Persuasion
“What are we supposed to do? . . . About the way it is . . . the way it feels. Things like misogyny, which seems to be everywhere, kind of wallpapering the world, you know what I mean? It’s still acceptable in the twenty-first century, and why is that?”
February was a big month for us both, and we have quite the pile to tackle in March!
Villette: Bronte’s lesser known but fantastic novel
“I believe in some blending of hope and sunshine sweetening the worst lots. I believe that this life is not all; neither the beginning nor the end. I believe while I tremble; I trust while I weep.” ― Charlotte Brontë