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Favorite Lines from Matched by Ally Condie 

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Here are the quotes I like from the first book of the Matched Trilogy.

“The two desires struggle within me: the desire to be safe, and the desire to know. I cannot tell which one will win.”

“I didn’t see him differently because I saw his face on the portscreen the morning after my Match; I saw him differently because I saw him outside, unguarded for a moment, with eyes the color of the sky in the evening before it goes down into dark. I saw him seeing me.”

“My birthday began with the water-
Birds and the birds of the winged trees flying my name
Above the farms and the white horses
And I rose
In rainy autumn
And walked abroad in a shower of all my days.”

“This is a difficult balance, telling the truth: how much to share, how much to keep, which truths will wound but not ruin, which will cut too deep to heal.”

“Ky did not give me any more of his history and I did not ask. Perhaps it is because now I live in his story. Now I am a part of his, and he of mine, and the part we write together sometimes feels like the only part that matters.”

“If she had a way to track all my memories, she would see they are pure.”

“Our time together feels like a storm, like wild wind and rain, like something too big to handle but too powerful escape.”
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“That word, calm, sounds impossibly beautiful, gloriously uncomplicated. A water-smooth word, a word that can take the edge away from fear, gloss it over, make it shiny. Calm. Gentle.”

“Even now, when he smiles more often, I am still greedy for it.”

“They showed me a picture. The girl who would have been my Match if I weren’t what I am.”
“Who was she?”
“You”

“Of all the words I have hidden and saved and treasured, these are the ones I will never forget, the most important ones of all.”

“Cassia, he wrote at the top of the page, in letters that were tall and clear and unafraid, that curled and moved and turned my name into something beautiful, something more than a word. A declaration, a piece of song, a bit of art, framed by his hands.”

“I want to tell her everything but I can’t. Not now. I am too fragile. I am trapped in glass and I want to break out and breathe deep but I am too afraid that it will hurt.”

“I don’t trust myself to speak, so I shake my head.”

“My face fits perfectly into the spot against his shoulder, near his neck, where I can both hear his heart and smell his skin.”

“When I am with him, I feel. But he is gone. I saw it happen. I made it happen.”

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Mini Book Haul – ミニブックホール

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So I went to Book Off to find some dictionaries in different languages but ended up buying other books instead, and not a single dictionary.

色んな言語の辞書を買うつもりでブックオフに行ったんだけど、探していた辞書が無かったため、他の本を買いました。

If you haven’t heard of Book Off, it’s a vintage shop in Japan selling used books, CDs, DVDs, gadgets, and toys, but mostly books. They also sell new books in the first floor.

ブックオフ知らない方は日本人にはいないと思いますが、ブックオフはもう使わなくなった本や、CD, DVD, ゲームなどが売られている所です。ほとんどは本ですけど。

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私はユーチューブチャンネルがあるんですけど、ミニブックホールの動画をアップしたので、是非、見てください。そして、チャンネル登録お願いします。

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動画を見るより、読みたかったら、読み続けても構いません。😊

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I was hoping to find dictionaries in Korean-English, Japanese-English, Spanish-English, and Russian-English, but haven’t found a single dictionary on sale. All of them are new so I think I’ll have to wait until used dictionaries will be available. Besides, I can use the dictionaries on my phone. I just wanted a physical copy.

韓英辞書と和英辞書とスペイン英辞書とロシア英辞書が欲しかったんですけど、安いのが無かった為、買うことができませんでした。スマホに辞書が有るからいいんですけど、本の辞書も欲しいなと思ってすぐに使うわけでは無いので、すぐ無くても大丈夫です。

So I thought to myself, why not look at other books since I’m already here? I can’t go into a bookstore and not spend hours looking at books and feeling their pages.

でも、せっかく本屋に来たので他の本を見ないわけにはいかない。

I had no intention of buying any books aside from dictionaries, but as I was walking down the aisle of books, I found Lonely Planet: Spain for only ¥300 so I grabbed it before anyone else would. I’ve been collecting Lonely Planet books because I like to read about other countries in order to widen my understanding of the world.

辞書以外本を買うつもりはなかったんですけど、ロンリープラネットスペインが ¥300だけでしたので買うことにしました。世界の知識をもっと広げる為にロンリープラネットの本を最近、集め始めました。

Lonely Planet: Spain

The next book I got is Two-Minute Mysteries by Donald J. Sobol, which consists of 79 quickie mysteries, filled with very tricky clues.

次買った本はドナルドソボルの二分のミステリーです。七十九のミステリーがあります。

Two-Minute Mysteries by Donald J. Sobol

I also got 2 children’s books, one being a series I’ve been collecting when I was in grade school but haven’t completed, which is the Dork Diaries by Renée Russell. I don’t own the Dork Diaries: Pop Star yet, so I’m adding this to my bookshelf.

子供の本も買いました。一つ目はレイシェルレネイのドーク日記ポップスターです。このシリーズは子供の頃から集めていたシリーズなんですが、全部の本がまだ揃っていない為、買いました。

 Dork Diaries: Pop Star by Rachel Renée Russell

The other one is A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket. It’s the 10th book and I have to admit, I only red Book 1 but I don’t mind skipping. (Even if it’s 8 books)

二つ目はレモニスニケットのアシリーズオブアンホチュネイトイベンツ•ザスリペリースロープです。

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket

I’ve been feeling the need to read children’s books lately, what with all the global warming problems we’ve been discussing at school. I need a little break.

学校では環境破壊問題や地球温暖化問題などを議論したので脳が少し疲れているため、子供の本も読みたいなと思って買いました。

The last book I got is Breaking Into Japanese Literature by Giles Murray. It features 7 stories covering a variety of genres by famous Japanese authors.

最後に買った本はガイルスムレーのブレーキング•インツ•ジャパニーズ•リテラチュルです。七つの物語があります。

Breaking Into Japanese Literature by Giles Murray

What I love about this book is that there’s Japanese text, then the translation in English, and a list of vocabularies with meaning so the reader doesn’t need to find the words in the dictionary every single time when met with a new word.

この本のいい所は、オリジナルの日本語バージョンが書かれてあって、英語の翻訳もあって、そして、新しい言葉があるたび、辞書を引かなくてもいいように、単語のリストと意味が書かれているのがすごく便利だと思います。

I’m satisfied with this mini book haul despite the fact that I wasn’t able to buy what I came for.

目的の辞書は買えなかったけど、いい本を見つけて、満足しています。

Have you read any of these books? Are there any of these in your TBR? I would love to hear from you! 😊

紹介した本の中で、読んだ事がある本はありますか?読みたいと思っていますか?コメントお願いします。☺

Relatable to Book Lovers 

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Today’s post is “Relatable to Book Lovers” and if you love books or just love to read in general, then I’m sure you can relate to at least one of these. I hope you enjoy! 😄

HOW I READ

A novel: Oh, only 180 pages left, I’ll finish this today.

A textbook: Another 8 pages left, what the heck this is too much.


MY LOVELIFE IN A NUTSHELL….

Today, I fell in love with another fictional character.

LATE NIGHT READING

Me: It’s getting pretty late, I should probably go to bed.

Book: But there’s only a little over hundred pages left.

Me: Can’t argue with that, let’s do this.

The problem with reading a good book is that you want to finish the book, but you don’t want to finish the book.

When I said I’d come to bed after I finished the chapter, I meant the last chapter.
In my dream world, reading makes me thin.


Friend
: You have too many books.

Me
: More like not enough bookshelves.



Me
: I need to stop buying books. Oh look! A bookstore!


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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth: Favorite Lines 

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Veronica Roth – author of the Divergent Series – is back with another book! 😄

Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth’s stunning portrayal of the power of friendship – and love – in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts. 

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Synopsis: 

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power – something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows. 

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive – no matter what the cost. 

Then Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another? 

Favorite Lines: 

“The best way to win a fight is to avoid having one.”

“If your enemy is a heavy sleeper, cut his throat before he wakes. If he’s soft-hearted, appeal to his compassion. If he’s thirsty, poison his drink.” 

“I liked to practice – not because it made me a stronger fighter, though that was a welcome side benefit – but because I liked how it felt. The heat building, the pounding heart, the productive ache of tired muscles. The pain I chose, instead of the pain that had chosen me.”


“Whatever ease we found together was built on ignoring the facts.”


“Growing up here has made me see the truth about people.”


“Being nice is a matter of survival.”


“Maybe whatever small trust I had felt for Akos, whatever appeal he had held, had come because he offered me relief. Because I was so grateful for the reprieve from pain – and from isolation- that my heart had softened. I had been stupid.”


“It was hard to say whether he wasn’t speaking to me, or I wasn’t speaking to him. In any case, we didn’t exchange words.”


“To continue to love someone so far beyond help, beyond redemption, was madness.”


“But that was just a memory for him. Not even a clear one.”


“It was both a joke and not a joke.”


“The truth can be suppressed but it can never be erased.”


“Everything was loud and hurried, like my heart.”


“I shouldn’t have marveled at the way words could hit me like a hard punch to the stomach. But hope had made me a fool.”


“Of course, but you know, with a mind as dull as mine, I forget things like this all the time.”


“How do you feel about doing me a favor?” “Depends on the favor.”


“See, answering that would be a form of telling you why I want to find her, which I just said I wouldn’t do.”


“Homesick was the wrong word. Lost was the right one – lost out in the nothingness, among people he didn’t understand.”


“I tell lies better than I tell truths.”


“I am a Shotet. I am as sharp as broken glass, and just as fragile. I tell lies better than I tell truths. I see all of the galaxy and never catch a glimpse of it.”


“I just knew that I had spent too long standing still while others warred around me, and it was time to move.”


“Desperate people make stupid decisions all the time.”


“Rain drummed on the roof.”


“What? I don’t have any friends. It gives me a lot of free time.”


“I know what I am. A knife. A hot poker. A rusty nail.”


“I may be a fool, too. But I am not stupid.”


“To unseat your brother and restore Shotet society to what it was before your family soiled it with inequity.”


“Power in one place tended to transfer to power elsewhere.”


“Losing words on the way to his mouth.”


“This body had carried me through a hard life. It looked exactly the way it was supposed to.”


“The gift comes from me. An expression of my personality. My gift unfolded from the deeper parts of me and it would only change as I changed.”


“You saw me as someone better than I was. You told me that I could choose to be different than I had been, that my condition was not permanent.”


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