Books and Reading

Top Ten Tueday (3/6/18)


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

The rules are simple.

  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
  • Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
  • Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists.
  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.


Let me be honest here, I suck at anything “Top 10.” The most I can usually come up with is 3. Sometimes I’m on fire and come up with 5. I have no idea why I’m jumping in on this except I am desperate for content (yes, I am aware that most people start blogs because they have content/something to say.)


This week’s topic is Favorite Book Quotes. I’m not the kind of reader to collect quotes. Sure, things resonate with me as I read, but never enough for me to stop what I’m doing and make note of it. I might dog-ear a page (HORRORS!), but I almost never go back to it. About 5 years ago though I was pretty good about dog-earing and going into Goodreads and adding it to my quotes (why did I stop?) So for this week at least I actually have 10 quotes!

Besides, to turn me ladylike might have rendered me useless and possibly ornamental.

-Richard Peck, Ghosts I Have Been

I am in a two-stoplight town in the Alabama hill country, in the heart of the Bible Belt and Crimson Tide football mania, listening to an old-fashioned, heated argument between Cubans like the ones I’ve heard in Little Havana in Miami, but the moment very quickly loses its sense of strangeness and cultural dissonance. This is what America is like now– North America, I mean, the United States. The craziness of cubanos and mexicanos and guatemaltecos can find you just about anywhere

-Hector Tóbar, Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States

Could it be we stifle our children’s genius by languaging them too quickly away from their hearts and into the straight and narrow confines of linear thinking?

-Victor Villaseñor Burro Genius

Because Spanish is a feeling-based language that comes first from the heart, just as English is a thinking-based language that comes first from the head.

-Victor Villaseñor Burro Genius

I love mankind … it’s people I can’t stand!!

― Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 5: 1959-1960

Estados Unidos no será más una nación blanca y negra, sino más bien café.

― Jorge Ramos, Tierra de todos: Nuestro momento para crear una nación de iguales

Nevertheless, the fact is that there is nothing as dreamy and poetic, nothing as radical, subversive, and psychedelic, as mathematics.

― Paul Lockhart, A Mathematician’s Lament: How School Cheats Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form

My mother says looking is the nature of wisdom.

― Rick Riordan, The Battle of the Labyrinth

100 years ago, buying something you could make was considered wasteful; now making something you could buy is considered wasteful. I am not convinced this is a step in the right direction.

― Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, All Wound Up: The Yarn Harlot Writes for a Spin

Whew! I’ve got 10!

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