Quotes I Liked – The Kite Runner (Part 2)

“‘It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime’” – page 131

“‘Sad stories make good books’” – page 135

“It turned out that, like Satan, cancer had many names.” – page 143

“Baba had wrestled bears his whole life.” – page 160

“I wanted to be just like Baba and I wanted to be nothing like him.” – page 169

“I guess some stories do not need telling.” – page 195

“[…] it always hurts more to have and lose than to not have in the first place.” – page 196

“‘And sometimes the dead are luckier’” – page 225

“‘And that, I believe, is what true redemption is, Amir jan, when guilt leads to good.’” – page 277

“There are a lot of children in Afghanistan, but little childhood.” – page 291

“Perspective was a luxury when your head was constantly swarming with demons.” – page 326

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Quotes I Liked – The Kite Runner (Part 1)

“That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out.” – page 1

For you, a thousand times over.” – page 2

“With me as the glaring exception, my father molded the world around him to his liking. The problem, of course, was that Baba saw the world in black and white. And he got to decide what was black and what was white. You can’t love a person who lives that way without fearing him too. Maybe even hating him a little.” – page 15

“‘Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors.’” page 21

“That Hassan would grow up illiterate like Ali and most Hazards had been decided the minute he had been born, perhaps even the moment he had been conceived in Sanaubar’s unwelcoming womb – after all, what use did a servant have for the written word.” – page 26

“The generation of Afghan children whose ears would know nothing but the sounds of bombs and gunfire was not yet born.” – page 34

“Baba and I lived in the same house, but in different spheres of existence. Kites were the one paper-thin slice of intersection between those spheres.” – page 46

“And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.” – page 51

“‘But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.’” – page 54

“But this was my one chance to become someone who was looked at, not seen, listened to, not heard.” – page 62

“‘It was Homaira and me against the world. And I’ll tell you this, Amir jan: In the end, the world always wins. That’s just the way of things.’” – page 92

“[…] I wondered how and when I’d become capable of causing this kind of pain.” – page 97

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner made me very sad and then left me very hopeful.

We follow Amir through his life story. From his youth in Afghanistan to his new home in America. We experience his inner turmoil as he deals with his past and tries to come to terms with what kind of man he thinks he is, and tries to make amends by being someone, he never thought he would be.

This book was so sad! It was mostly miserable event piled on to miserable event. An emotional roller coaster with a plot twist that almost sends you off the tracks. This book has left me shocked, in tears and at very few, precious moments, smiling.

The Kite Runner is smart, heart wrenching, haunting and every once in a while extremely precious in its own way. My words cannot do this books justice. It’s just so good! So I will keep this short and just highly recommend it to everyone interested.


“‘Sad stories make good books’” – page 135

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

I was actually looking forward to reading this book, because I happen to like the movie. Long story short: I really shouldn’t have been looking forward to reading this book.

Story just a little longer: This books is slow, and it feels like nothing really happens, even though obviously things happen. Those things just weren’t all that interesting. Except for a few minor exceptions, this book seems pierced together by a string of meaningless events.

Also I don’t really think Andrea or Andy, the main character, is all that likable, which might be Lauren Weisberger’s point. I guess under all the seemingly meaninglessness, there might be a hidden critique of the vain fashion world, inhuman bosses and Andrea’s transformation from lovable daughter and friend to workaholic and fashion conscious.

I don’t think this was a good read, but it isn’t necessarily a bad read. What seems like a string of meaningless events to me, might be a great read for some. I can acknowledge that some people might like this book, if they like reading about the problems of a twenty something working her first job out of college as an assistant for a heartless, unreasonable boss.


“’You remind me of myself when I was your age.’ […] I grabbed my bag and hers as well and wondered if this was the proudest or the most humiliating moment of my life.” – page 368

Quotes I Liked – The Bell Jar (Part 3)

“’How do you feel?’

‘All right.’

But I didn’t. I felt terrible.” – page 139


“’I knew you’d decide to be all right again.’” – page 140

“It was as if what I wanted to kill wasn’t in that skin or the thin blue pulse that jumped under my thumb, but somewhere else, deeper, more secret, and a whole lot harder to get at.” – page 142

“Then I saw that my body had all sorts of little tricks, such as making my hands go limp at the crucial second, which would save it, whereas if I had the whole say, I would be dead in a flash. I would simply have to ambush it with whatever sense I had left, or it would trap me in its stupid cage for fifty years without any sense at all.” – page 153

“The more hopeless you were, the further away they hid you.” – page 154

“She looked loving and reproachful, and I wanted her to go away.” – page 166

“[…] I would rather have anything wrong with my body than something wrong with my head” – page 176

“[…] wherever I sat […] I would be sitting under the same glass bell jar, stewing in my own sour air.” – page 178

“[…] I kept feeling the visitors measuring my fat and stringy hair against what I had been and what they wanted me to be.” – page 195

“The bell jar hung, suspended, a few feet above my head. I was open to the circulating air.” – page 206

“It was like observing a Martian, or a particularly warty toad. Her thoughts were not my thoughts, nor her feelings my feelings, but we were close enough so that her thoughts and feelings seemed a wry, black image of my own.” – page 210

“To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is the bad dream.” – page 227

“How did I know that someday […] the bell jar, with its stifling distortions, wouldn’t descend again?” – page 230

Quotes I Liked – The Bell Jar (Part 2)

“The trouble was, I had been inadequate all along, I simply hadn’t thought about it.” – page 72

“I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig-tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.” – page 73

“It occurred to me that my vision of the fig-tree and all the fat figs that withered and fell to earth might well have arisen from the profound void of an empty stomach.” – page 74

“So i began to think maybe it was true that when you were married and had children it was like being brainwashed, and afterwards you went about numb as a slave in some private, totalitarian state.” – page 81

“’Not bad.’ I thought it was dreadful.” – page 87

“I could tell Marco was a woman-hater, because in spite of all the models and TV starlets in the room that night he paid attention to nobody but me. Not out of kindness or even curiosity, but because I’d happened to be dealt to him, like a playing card in a pack of identical cards.” – page 102

“Children made me sick.” – page 113

“But even that didn’t shut out the light, so I buried my head under the darkness of the pillow and pretended it was night. I couldn’t see the point of getting up. I had nothing to look forward to.” – page 113

“Then I knew what the trouble was. I needed experience. How could I write about life when I’d never get a love affair or a baby or seen anybody die?” – page 117

“What did I think was wrong? That made it sound as if nothing was really wrong, I only thought it was wrong.” – page 124

“They understood things of the spirit in Japan. They disemboweled themselves when anything went wrong.” – page 132

“What bothered me was that everything about the house seemed normal, although I knew it must be chock-full of crazy people.” – page 135

“The figures around me weren’t people, but shop dummies, painted to resemble people and propped up in attitudes counterfeiting life.” – page 136

Quotes I Liked – The Bell Jar (Part 1)

“I guess I should have been excited the way most of the other girls were, but I couldn’t get myself to react. I felt very still and very empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo.” – page 2-3

“[…] all the old ladies I ever knew wanted to teach me something, but I suddenly didn’t think they had anything to teach me.” – page 6

“[…] I didn’t have any illusions. I knew perfectly well he’d come for Doreen.” – page 8

“There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” – page 18

“[…] if you do something incorrect at table with a certain arrogance, as if you knew perfectly well you were doing it properly, you can get away with it and nobody will think you are bad-mannered or poorly brought up. They will think you are original and very witty.” – page 25

“[…] suddenly he was scribbling letters and numbers and equal signs all over the blackboard and my mind went dead.” – page 32

“’Don’t let the wicked city get you down.’” – page 36

“It was comforting to know I had fallen and could fall no farther.” – page 43

“I felt sorry when I came to the last page. I wanted to crawl in between those black lines of print the way you crawl through a fence, and go to sleep under that beautiful big green fig-tree.” – page 52

“’I reckon a good poem lasts a whole lot longer than a hundred of those people put together.’” – page 53

“If you expect nothing from somebody you are never disappointed.” – page 56

“[…]I thought how strange it had never occurred to me before that I was only purely happy until I was nine years old.” – page 71

“The trouble was, I hated the idea of serving men in any way. I wanted to dictate my own thrilling letters.” – page 72

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

This review, like all the other reviews on this blog, is just going to be my personal opinion. That’s all I can really give you. I considered not writing this review, because I don’t think I can really do this book justice. I’m not an experienced or smart enough reader to make claims about literature, where I expect everyone to hang on to my every word. I hope to be able to really read deep between the lines one day, but that day has not yet arrived. That being said, I like to think I have my moments. Moving on; my personal opinion of The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.

  1. This book is smart, well actually it’s quite brilliant, and there were moments that left me a bit confused, but I think I got the gist of it all.
  2. It is a depiction of a person  – Esther – going through a mental illness. It puts us inside the head of someone, who’s head is working against them. It’s a really weird experience.
  3. I liked this book. This was a good book. I liked the main character, despite the fact that she doesn’t always seem lovable. The fact of the matter is, however, that we are inside Esther’s head. Esther’s view of herself might not be completely reliable all the time considering the fact that she is suffering from a mental illness that makes her suicidal. So it might not be so weird that she doesn’t always seem lovable.

I would recommend you read this book. It’s a great, brilliant book and whether you end up liking it or not, it is definitely worth a read.


“[…] I kept feeling the visitors measuring my fat and stringy hair against what I had been and what they wanted me to be.” – page 195

Quotes I liked – Will Grayson, Will Grayson

“‘Will, you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.’ This seemed like a reasonable astute observation to me when I was eight, but it turns out to be incorrect on a few levels.” – page 1

“You like someone who can’t like you back because unrequited love can be survived in a way that once-requited love cannot.” – page 41

“‘So keeping the box closed just keeps you in the dark, not the universe.’” – page 196

“‘I am so proud of you that it makes me proud of me.’” – page 220

“You’d think that silence would be peaceful. But really, it’s painful.” – page 262

My Mad Fat Diary by Rae Earl

My Mad Fat Diary is funny, relatable and sometimes slightly annoying.

My Mad Fat Diary is the diary of Rae Earl, a 17-year-old, who loves food, boys and music. She has mental health issues, and when we are introduced to her, in the beginning of 1989, she has previously been admitted to a mental hospital. We follow Rae as she doesn’t get along with her mother, doesn’t get along with her “friend” Bethany, as she makes new friends, obsess over boys, obsess over music, struggles with her body image and her love for food.

And let me just say; this is a review of the book, not the TV-show. Apparently  the TV-show is quite different from the book, especially the story line. I liked the TV-show a lot, but this book is not the TV-show. They’re both great in their own way, but I am keeping them separate in my head, because to me they are two different stories about the same girl.

Even though I relate so immensely to many of Rae’s thoughts, I can’t relate to all of them, and sometimes Rae does get slightly annoying, but of course she does. You’re inside someone else’s head. Even the people I love the most in the world, can make me so infuriated and be so incredibly annoying, but that doesn’t mean I stop loving, let alone liking them.

And I did like this book, a lot. Rae puts so much of herself out there. It’s so brave and real. She hits the nail on the head with her description of what it feels like to be the fat girl. The one who thinks no boy will ever love her, unless she changes the way she looks. How hard it is to love your body, when you think no one else will. Rae Earl is awesome for putting it all out there and making you see the inner turmoil of her inner self.