"Are you telling me the army cares about my morale?"
Jacob indicated the vast array of military firepower before them. "You know how much of this we're going to get? A shovel. That's all I've done since coming to England-dig foxholes. If I ever come face-to-face with Hitler, I'm going to have to beat him over the head with my shovel."
-War Stories by Gordon Korman
Who knows what demons haunt the soul of another? Who knows what voices visit in the still of the night? Why does the guy who seems to have everything going for him cash in his chips when he’s ahead of the game? What makes a man cross over the line, cease resisting, and obey the voices in his head? What? Why?
I’m no head doctor. I’ve never heard the voices, but Hamilton must have. The only voice I heard said the same thing over and over, “This doesn’t add up.”
-To Leave a Shadow by Michael D. Graves
"In August of 1870, a rumor flits about the cafes and restaurants. It infects the streets: The Prussians are coming. Stores are quickly emptied of cheeses and loaves."
-Victorine by Drema Drudge
A snippet from one of my current February reads. A biographical historical fiction novel about the life of female French artist Victorine Meurent.
Looking forward to another month of Friday 56!
"Greetings, Your Majesty, you betraying toad."
No, that wouldn't work, no matter how good it felt.
"Greetings, Your Majesty", I try again. "I didn't kill my husband, even though he richly deserved it."
-The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
I started reading Holly Black's books years ago in middle school. I think it's awesome she's still writing and getting a new generation of fans with each book.
"Armed guards were stationed near almost every entry and exit, and every one of them reacted as if I was a threat until they saw Beth and Fisher beside me. Exploring on my own would be out of the question." -A Superhero's Duty by Patricia Gilliam
A Superhero's Duty is a urban fantasy and sci-fi book that centers on villain-for-hire, Icarus. One of my most fun reads for this week!
Right now, three blocks away, Meriwether's world is coming apart. At the same time people exist whose lives go on and who are going to the Magic Kingdom. A sob escapes into the room, and I don't know if it's mine or someone else's.
-Operation Oleander by Valerie O. Patterson (pg. 56)
This is a quote from one of my first books of the year. In these crazy pandemic times, I gave it more thought than I probably would have during other circumstances.