3 Quotes, 3 Days… Day Three!

For my third and final 3 Quotes, 3 Days challenge, it will take even more thinking and probing the depths of my memory to bring you a quote that I adore from my readings.

I believe I will choose a quote from the author that has most inspired me as a writer. Since I’m choosing quotes from books and since I’m a writer, it seems fitting.

But narrowing down the genius of L.M. Montgomery is a monumental undertaking.

Hmm…

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It was hard to choose, but here it is,

“In imagination she sailed over storied seas that wash the distant shining shores of “faëry lands forlorn,” where lost Atlantis and Elysium lie, with the evening star for pilot, to the land of Heart’s Desire. And she was richer in those dreams than in realities; for things seen pass away, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of the Island

I believe this encompasses my love for all things imagined, and one of the most inspirational books for me as a writer. I adore L.M. Montgomery, and if she were still alive, I’d do almost anything to meet and talk to her.

For my last day, I’m going to tag Herminia Chow over at aspiringwriter22. She posts beautiful poems, thoughtful questions, fun trivia, and generally makes me smile on a daily basis.

There you are! My three quotes in three days. If anyone else wants to participate, feel free!!! Tag yourself and be off! I love to see other peoples’ favorite quotes.

Cheerio!

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3 Days, 3 Quotes… Day Two

Here I am on the second day of this challenge, and it’s even harder to pick a quote that I adore.

But I have to pick one, so it’ll be from “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” which is a book I’ve recently finished and absolutely fell in love with.

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“I like to imagine that the world is one big machine. You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.”
― Brian SelznickThe Invention of Hugo Cabret

LOVE IT!!! Because we’re all here for a reason.

I’ll tag Caroline G. Sibley for this challenge today! I always enjoy her posts, and she knows SO much about history, which is one of my favorite subjects.

See you tomorrow!

The “Would You Rather” Book Tag

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Caroline over at carolinepeckham tagged me in the “Would You Rather” book tag post! She’s an amazing blogger and writer (hopefully soon-to-be author). She’s been blogging for just the last couple of months, but has put out some AMAZING posts and we’ve been commenting back and forth for weeks. I always learn something fun and new from her, so GO CHECK HER OUT!

Anywho, this post asks a series of questions as writers/readers, and here are my thoughts! Tagged peeps are at the bottom of the post.

1. Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?

Trilogies, without a doubt. Most of my favorite books are series’ books, though there are a few stand-alones in there, too. But I just love to learn more and more about characters and worlds and backstory, so more is always better for me. As Jane Austen says, “But for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.”

2. Would you rather only read male or female authors?

I enjoy them both, usually in different genres, but I’d probably go with female authors. My favorite author/most influential in my writing/reading life was female (L.M. Montgomery), and most of my favorite authors now are female. I’d definitely miss my Tolkien, Lewis, and Kipling, though.

3. Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?

I’d rather shop at independent book stores, but since that’s not an option, I’ll go with Barnes and Noble. I’m one of those people that adores bookstores and is dangerous in them. I love to stroll through the aisles browsing, sitting in a chair to read a page or two while I make up my mind to buy, and immersing myself in the book atmosphere. I feel I don’t get that same experience online, though I am an avid Amazon customer. I’d still prefer a physical bookstore to an online one.

4. Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?

TV!!! While I usually prefer movies to TV in general, my real love is TV miniseries. I can’t get enough of them. And they’re generally truer to the story than film because they can take more time and put in more of the plot that is so often missing from movies. And most of us book lovers prefer the book to the movie, so anything that will add more detail and be more comprehensive would be a huge bonus!

5. Would you rather read only 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

Five books per week. And that is actually can be a slow book week for me, depending on how busy I am at work. I’d never get through all the books I want to read with only five pages per day. I’d go batty.

6. Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?

Author!!! Who would want to be a reviewer over an author? I don’t understand that person. I RARELY do reviews, and I’ve never done one on WP. I also never read others’ reviews because they never change my opinion of the book and everyone has different tastes. Being an author is a lifelong dream that began when I was six. Hopefully it will happen in the next couple of years.

7. Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?

Bookseller. There is so much more to being a librarian than just loaning books. My sister has her Masters Degree in Library Science and while some people might poo-poo that kind of degree, there is a great deal to it. It’s not just reading books and shelving books and such. Bookselling would be more personal for me and I could decide what to sell, where to sell, and could decorate my own store and hold my own events. Man, I’m starting to believe I might actually open a bookstore someday! Yowza!

8. Would you rather read only your favorite genre, or every other genre but your favorite?

Favorite genre. I wouldn’t be able to give it up. I’d miss other genres, but not as much as I’d miss my favorite. Which is middle grade fantasy.

9. Would you rather only read ebooks or physical books?

Physical books. I own a Kindle, but I never use it. I’m old school. I just can’t get into the e-reader craze. Have I read e-books? Sure. I have some on my iPhone, but I don’t enjoy it. Although it makes my library of books enormous and it’s hard to pick which to take with me when I travel, I’d rather have to deal with that burden than give up physical books.

There you are! I hope you learned something or asked yourself some of these questions. In fact, why don’t you, and post some of your answers in the comments? I’d love to hear from you!

Here are the bloggers I’m tagging:

John Guillen

Emily Bates

Rachel Carrera

Herminia Chow

I look forward to your posts!

Happy writing!

“Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.”
― Winston S. Churchill

“Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.”
― Mary Shelley

“Be ruthless about protecting writing days, i.e., do not cave in to endless requests to have “essential” and “long overdue” meetings on those days. The funny thing is that, although writing has been my actual job for several years now, I still seem to have to fight for time in which to do it. Some people do not seem to grasp that I still have to sit down in peace and write the books, apparently believing that they pop up like mushrooms without my connivance. I must therefore guard the time allotted to writing as a Hungarian Horntail guards its firstborn egg.”
― J.K. Rowling