Sunday Funday: January 2015 Wrap Up – Book Memories

The lovely Cristina over at Girl in the Pages started Sunday Funday as a way to recap the bookish (and not-so-bookish) things that have happened that week.

I’m going to use today’s Sunday Funday to recap what I’ve read in January. Remember how I’m participating in the Book Memories Challenge this year? Well, to update you guys on what I’ve read and which quotes I’ve written down, I’m going to recap each month by showing what I’ve added to my book memories jar (can?) – a few of you said you’d like to see more of the quotes I’m using, so I hope this is cool with everyone!

Throne of Glass - Book Memories

“Still the image haunted his dreams throughout the night: a lovely girl gazing at the stars, and the stars who gazed back.” – Page 38
I wrote this quote down because it’s beautiful. I reread it several times in a row because I’m obsessed with it. There were several lines in Throne of Glass I loved, but this was my favorite. GR

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares - Book Memories

“I wanted to believe I could be somebody in here just for me.” – Page 90
I don’t want to be a certain person for someone else. I want to be me for me. I easily related to this quote. GR / My Review

The Iron Trial - Book Memories

“And despite himself, despite the terrible thing we was doing, despite all of it, Call began to grin.” – Page 295
How can you not like that quote? Despite everything that’s happening to Call, he’s able to smile. GR / My Review

Girl Online - Book Memories

“Sometimes you have to face up to your fears to realize that they aren’t actually real.” – Page 92
One of my favorite things about this book is how real the main character’s anxiety was and how much I was able to relate to it. This quote is something I must remind myself of all the time. GR / My Review

Never Never - Book Memories

“Her eyes are like two open books, and I suddenly want to devour every page.” – Location 443
Who wouldn’t want someone to say that about them? GR / My Review

Forever - Book Memories

“The weight of her pinned my fleeting thoughts to the ground, and in that moment, I was more in the world than I’d ever been.” – Page 78
This was a reread for me. We all know how much I love Maggie’s writing, and this quote is proof my love is not unwarranted. GR

The Rabbit Back Literature Society - Book Memories

“That’s why they come here – to dress themselves in books.” 
Isn’t that what we all do? GR / My Review

NPH's Choose Your Own Autobiography - Book Memories

“Adventure elicits action, and through action comes change. And change forces new experience. And experience elicits knowledge.” – Page 101
This was probably my favorite quote in the book. I agree wholeheartedly with what it says, and I had to write it down so I could look back on it when life is getting boring. GR

My Heart & Other Black Holes - Book Memories

“I will be stronger than my sadness.” – Page 266 (of ARC)
This was hands down my favorite read of the month and will probably be one of my favorites for the year. I need to find a way to display this quote so I can see it every day. GR (Review this week)

Beastkeeper - Book Memories

“Sarah liked to think that night was the best time to work on staying silly and childish. Darkness always seemed more understanding about those sorts of things. More accommodating.” – Location 24 (of ARC)
I think we should all remember to keep a childlike view on life – be open, silly, nonjudgmental, willing to try new things, etc. GR (My review tomorrow)

Maybe Someday - Book Memories

“My heart is punching itself in the face with one arm and hugging itself with the other.” – Page 111
I’m pretty sure that everyone has felt like this before – drawn to something but also wishing you weren’t. GR

I also read DNF’d Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross this month, but I didn’t put it in my book memories jar, for obvious reasons. GR / My Review

Overall, I’ve read 3,560 pages so far in 2015 (plus an audiobook, which I haven’t included in the page count). I also haven’t counted all of the comics I’ve read in this. 

How about you guys? What have you read so far? Anything I should check out?

The 2015 Book Memories Challenge

You guys remember how I said I was only participating in four challenges this year? Well, I lied. Sort of. I saw Ursula Uriarte post on Instagram about the Book Memories Challenge hosted by Grown Up Fangirl. I thought this was an amazing idea. Basically, you find a container and every time you read a book, you write down a quote from said book and put it in your container. At the end of the year, you get them all out and read them to see what passages or words or quotes meant something to you. How cool is that? I already write down some of my favorite lines in a notebook that I keep with me at all times when reading, so this was a perfect challenge for me. I suppose it’s not really a challenge though, more of a way to document lines in books that mean something to you. Either way, I love the idea and I jumped on board. So far, I have 5 quotes in my container and I can’t wait to keep on filling it up. I think this is going to be a perfect way to document my reading for the year but more fun than just keeping up with it on Goodreads. I love finding quotes that speak to me. After Sarah Shotts asked me if I’d posted about it on my blog (which I hadn’t), I knew you guys would probably be interested and thought I’d share. If you want to participate, the hashtag designated is #bookmemorieschallenge15. Also, don’t stress: you don’t have to post a picture of every quote. I’m taking a picture of each one next to the book, but I’m only posting one every once in a while. However, I thought I’d share the first five with you so you could see what I’ve written down so far. 🙂

First, here’s a picture of the container I found to use and what I’m writing my quotes down on (due date cards that we no longer use at the library):

Book Memories Challenge 2015 And now, here’s the first five quotes I’ve found for the challenge. I’ll include the full quote beneath it in case you can’t read my writing!

Throne of Glass quote

“Still, the image haunted his dreams throughout the night: a lovely girl gazing at the stars, and the stars who gazed back.”

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

“I wanted to believe I could be somebody in here just for me.”

The Iron Trial

“And despite himself, despite the terrible thing he was doing, despite all of it, Call began to grin.”

Girl Online

“Sometimes you have to face up to your fears to realize that they aren’t actually real.”

Never Never

“Her eyes are like two open books, and I suddenly want to devour every page.”

So there you have it, the first five entries into my book memories challenge jar for 2015. Would you guys be interested in me posting more of these as I go along? Maybe doing a monthly recap using these or should I post them as I read? Are you participating in the Book Memories challenge? If so, are you posting them anywhere that I could see? I’m nosy. 🙂