Pure book design gorgeousness. As anyone who works with books knows, the cover is the MAIN component to its appeal factor. I may consider purchasing tPure book design gorgeousness. As anyone who works with books knows, the cover is the MAIN component to its appeal factor. I may consider purchasing this, because I love the interaction between words and pictures, and I need more time to read all the text. ...more
Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2017: Read a fantasy novel. It was just luck that this fit a Read Harder category, because it'd been on my to-read lisBook Riot Read Harder Challenge 2017: Read a fantasy novel. It was just luck that this fit a Read Harder category, because it'd been on my to-read list since I first saw that drool-worthy cover (art by Yuta Onoda; design by Carla Weise), and THEN it won the Newbery, so I pretty much had to read it. This is absolutely my kind of book: a witchy fairy tale with a fearless girl protagonist, full of layers and trees and art and magic. I alternately thought of Into the Woods, Ronia, the Robber's Daughter, and my favorite book of all time, Tender Morsels. Recommended for a day when you can get cozy and sink in.
"In any case, by denying access, we give our people a gift. They learn to accept their lot in life. They learn that any action is inconsequential. Their days remain, as they should be, cloudy. There is no greater gift than that."
"His scars, she knew, had kept the silly girls away. He deserved someone extraordinary to love him."
"Just because you don't see something doesn't mean it isn't there. Some of the most wonderful things in the world are invisible. Trusting in invisible things makes them more powerful and wondrous. You'll see."
"Stuff. The stuff of stars. The stuff of light. The stuff of a planet before it is a planet. The stuff of a baby before it is born. The stuff of a seed before it is a sycamore. Everything you see is in the process of making or unmaking or dying or living. Everything is in a state of change."
"My love isn't divided," she said. "It is multiplied."...more
I'm not quite sure how to review this book! It kept me reading and it confused me. It had a vivid, lush setting that I feel I can easily return to inI'm not quite sure how to review this book! It kept me reading and it confused me. It had a vivid, lush setting that I feel I can easily return to in my mind. I'm not sure I'll fully appreciate it without someone to parse it out with. Some of the writing felt uneven, yet other parts had me scrambling to note the beautiful language. And I wondered if Deb Reese would have any thoughts about the use of Native stories. She does: http://www.bustle.com/articles/149229...
"God is a thing I think I see in glimmers all over: an enormous and vague warmth I sometimes catch pulsing around me, giving me shivers and making tears prick my eyes; a mysterious and limitless Thing threaded through all the world and refusing to be reduced to a name or a set of rules and instead winding itself through millions of stories, true and made up, connecting all breathing things."
"We may be different, but in this moment we're feeling the exact same thing: the sad kind of bliss where you realize, suddenly, how perfect your life really has been all along. So perfect it hurts, and you could let yourself weep if you wanted. So perfect that even though everything you know is ending, you truly believe life will continue to be beautiful, even -- or maybe especially -- in those pure moments of loss."
"Besides, judging a story by the ending alone, or a life by its death alone, is as pointless as judging a long hike through the mountains by the fact that when you get back to where you parked your car, there's a pit toilet full of you-know-what and beer cans."
"I find myself thinking about my Matt, how many times I let things drift on because I couldn't parse out loving him from just wanting to be with him."
"The only promise you ever get is this very second..."
"The person who has hurt me the most, who I have loved deeply, from whom I always expected an apology and I meant to forgive."