[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.[/pullquote]
1. SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo:
The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.
2. CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell:
It’s the good things that hurt when you’re missing them.
3. SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli:
The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat — soft and persistent, underlying everything.
4. THE GAME OF LIFE AND DEATH by Martha Brockenbrough:
“Life is a temporary condition, Henry. And it’s uncertain. That’s why you have to seize chances when you find them. Pursue what you want. Take risks. Live, love…all of it. Every last one of us is going to die, but if we don’t live as we truly want, if we’re not with the one we want to be with, we’re dead already.”
5. BONE GAP by Laura Ruby:
“I wanted you to choose this. To choose me. But it isn’t always possible for two people to want the same thing. I want you, and that will have to be enough for both of us.”
6. LAIR OF DREAMS by Libba Bray:
For dreams, too, are ghosts, desires chased in sleep, gone by morning. The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams.
7. THE BOY MOST LIKELY TO by Huntley Fitzpatrick:
Maybe thinking any one person can show up and give you all you need is as much of a delusion as thinking you can find truth in a bottle. Maybe you can just find what you need in little pieces, in people who show up for one crucial moment – or a whole chain of them – even if they can’t solve it all.
8. P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU by Jenny Han:
People come in and out of your life. For a time they are your world; they are everything. And then one day they’re not. There’s no telling how long you will have them near.
9. I’LL MEET YOU THERE by Heather Demetrios:
And maybe some people are like collages – no matter how broken or useless we felt, we were an essential part of the whole. We mattered.
10. THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah:
Men tell stories. Women get on with it. For us it was a shadow war. There were no parades for us when it was over, no medals or mentions in history books. We did what we had to during the war, and when it was over, we picked up the pieces and started our lives over.
And one more from SIX OF CROWS, since I was lucky enough to see Leigh Bardugo last night at Politics & Prose:
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]I’m going to get my money, Kaz vowed. And I’m going to get my girl.[/pullquote]