The Most Popular Quotes From Summer’s Best Beach Reads0 Comments

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Posted on 03 Jun 2015 at 9:07pm

Choosing what to read over summer vacation is a daunting task. Do you go for the new buzzy titles? Or that book from last year that you never got around to reading? And what if you just want to revisit a classic you loved summers ago? Let quotes from the book help you choose: These are the most highlighted passages from popular summer reads on Kindle.

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Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

“Remember this, Precious Child…nothing matters but the moment. There might be no tomorrow and even if there is, nobody gives a damn.”

“Caitlin isn’t someone to get over. She’s someone to come to terms with, the way you have to come to terms with your parents, your siblings. You can’t deny they ever happened. You can’t deny you ever loved them, love them still, even if loving them causes you pain.”

“Some people never get over their first loves. They spend their whole lives trying to recapture the thrill. Sometimes, after fifty years they get back together. They meet at some reunion or other and realize they were meant to be together.”

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

“A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt as dangerous.”

“How easy it was to capitalize on a person’s own bent for self-destruction; how simple to nudge them into non-being, then to stand back and shrug and agree that it had been the inevitable result of a chaotic, catastrophic life.”

“The dead could only speak through the mouths of those left behind, and through the signs they left scattered behind them.”

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

“There was nothing in life harder or more important than agreeing every morning to stay the course, to go back to your forgotten self of so many years ago, and to make the same decision. Marriages, like ships, needed steering, and steady hands at the wheel.”

“Families were nothing more than hope cast out in a wide net, everyone wanting only the best.”

“So much of being a good friend was knowing when to keep your mouth shut.”

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

“But I think some people wait forever, and only at the end of their lives do they realize that their life has happened while they were waiting for it to start.”

“This is what happens when you live in dreams, he thought: you dream this and you dream that and you sleep right through your life.”

“Rather, he found himself inhabiting the vast, empty plateau where most people live, between boredom and contentment.”

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

“You have to care about your work but not about the result. You have to care about how good you are and how good you feel, but not about how good people think you are or how good people think you look.”

“Decide what your currency is early. Let go of what you will never have. People who do this are happier and sexier.”

“People are their most beautiful when they are laughing, crying, dancing, playing, telling the truth, and being chased in a fun way.”

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

“Hollowness: that I understand. I’m starting to believe that there isn’t anything you can do to fix it. That’s what I’ve taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mould yourself through the gaps.”

“I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts.”

“I don’t know. I don’t know where that strength went, I don’t remember losing it. I think that over time it got chipped away, bit by bit, by life, by the living of it.”

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

“The Bhagavad Gita—that ancient Indian Yogic text—says that it is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.”

“You are, after all, what you think. Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.”

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it, you must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it. If you don’t, you will leak away your innate contentment.”

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

“Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me. Insisting on this story was a form of mind control, but for the most part, it worked.”

“Alone had always felt like an actual place to me, as if it weren’t a state of being, but rather a room where I could retreat to be who I really was.”

“The father’s job is to teach his children how to be warriors, to give them the confidence to get on the horse and ride into battle when it’s necessary to do so. If you don’t get that from your father, you have to teach yourself.”

Paper Towns by John Green

“It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”

“That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people would want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste.”

“What a treacherous thing it is to believe that a person is more than a person.”

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

“But then they danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I’ve been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”

Boys and girls in America have such a sad time together; sophistication demands that they submit to sex immediately without proper preliminary talk. Not courting talk—real straight talk about souls, for life is holy and every moment is precious.”

“A pain stabbed my heart, as it did every time I saw a girl I loved who was going the opposite direction in this too-big world.”

The Amazon Books editors hand-picked their favorite summer reads for this list. Want more options? See the full list here.

Photos: Glamour

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