Three Quotes Challenge – Day 1


I’ve  been nominated again for the Three Quotes Challenge, this time by Nitin Chandran Nair on his blog, Nitin Nair Writes. Thank you Nitin! I know Nitin mostly through the flash fiction challenges, even though I have time for very few of those nowadays. Unfortunately.

So . . . here are the RULES for this one:

1. Post on three consecutive days

2. Pick one or three quotes per day

3. Challenge three different bloggers per day

4. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

For this challenge I’ve decided to post three quotes a day, each day on a different topic.

For Day One I’ve chosen to do quotes about Books and Reading. Books have featured hugely in my life as far back as I can remember (and my memory goes back as  far as the early 1950s). My father was a big reader and introduced us – myself, my sister and brother – to the joys of the library from a very young age.  A day never goes by when I don’t read at least a few pages.

shutterstock image The joy of reading

There are so many good quotes about, I was stuck for choice, but I eventually settled on the following three:

Reading Quote 1 (2)

Reading Quote 3 (2)

Reading Quote 3 (3)

I can relate to all three of these quotes . . .

The first one happens to me a lot. Characters are so important in a story; we become engrossed in their stories, their ups and downs, their loves and hates  . . .  As we read on, we begin to feel as though we know them personally. Is it any surprise that when the book ends, we feel as though we’ve lost a friend (or two?).

As for the second quote . . . all I can say is that I daren’t walk into Waterstones, or any other bookstore, if I’m in a hurry. How could anyone resist browsing the shelves for several wonderful hours . . .  or spending a lot of money?

I find the third quote the most thought-provoking of the three. To me, reading brings ‘enlightenment’ – by which I mean a better understanding of people and the world in which we live. Whether the story is set in the past or the present, human nature is revealed in a way that we can relate to in one way or another. Understanding of so much is closed to anyone denied of books.

I would love to hear other people’s views on any of these quotes. I know that plenty of you share my love of books and reading.

There are my three nominees for today:

Simple Dimple

Snow Brooks

Farraday’s Candle

37 thoughts on “Three Quotes Challenge – Day 1

  1. Millie, can you direct me to the Flash Fiction challenges? I’d like to participate.
    Smiles, elizabeth

    1. hi Elizabeth. It’s a while since we connected in Blogland. I’ve been busy with my writing and done very few blog posts since Christmas – and I know how busy you are with your various projects.Participating in flash fiction is a great idea (says me who hasn’t had time to do one for a while). They’re a lot of fun. There were three main ones I used to do last year, so here are the links:
      This one (above) is for Priceless Joy’s weekly prompt -a story of up to 175 words. I really like this one.
      The following one is for a 100 word story – more challenging but excellent, too.
      The following one is for Sunday Photo Fiction – which I have never done yet, but my daughter does it. The word count is up to 200 words for this one:

      I hope the links work. These three are all good challenges, with large communities (especially Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers). There are others, too – one a six word story, another asking for three lines. If you’d like links to those, I can send them, too. My daughter does these short ones as well, but I haven’t got round to them yet.
      Best wishes, Millie.

  2. I love the quotes Millie! I enjoy reading and can really relate to the first quote especially. When I find a good book, I wish it could go on forever 🙂

  3. I love the first quote about knowing you have read a good book when you have finished and you feel you have lost a friend. Wonderful quotes, Millie! It’s good to see you!

    1. Thanks, PJ. The first quote is one most people seem to be relating to. I think we’re all mad on reading on WordPress! I hate getting to the end of a good book, especially when there isn’t a follow-up.
      I came back onto my blog last week, PJ, just to do a couple of posts about places I’d just visited. I was nominated for the Quotes Challenge again while I was doing those- and I love quotes, so I thought, ‘Why not’? I’d love to do one of your FFfAW posts next week, too, but it will depend on how things go. 🙂

      1. Oh, what a nice thing to say, PJ. 🙂 I think you get some great stories written for your challenge and I’m so glad it’s become so popular. I almost wrote a story for Louise’s prompt two weeks ago, but I became immersed in my book that week. This week I’ll try to make a real effort to post something! 🙂

      1. The rules for these quotes challenges are always open to interpretation. I’ve seem many people post them on consecutive weeks instead of days, and posting 3 on one day. The way this one was worded, I interpreted it to mean we could do either one or three quotes on each of the three days. I thought I’d do three each day because there are a lot of quotes I like. 😀

  4. Not again! No wonder you’ve combined tem all in one post 🙂 The first is my favourite and for me it’s not always about leaving the characters, but feeling the book itself has become my friend. Hope that makes sense.

    1. Thanks Bekki. The first quote is a good one – for lots of us, it seems. And you’re right, it isn’t just the characters we miss. A good book keeps us enthralled in so many ways – the plot and storyline etc. – and definitely the author’s style of writing. Sometimes I just have to read through certain brilliantly written passages again (and again). So your comment makes absolute sense. 🙂

    2. I forgot to say that I’m afraid I haven’t done the sensible thing at all, Bekki (idiot that I am!). I’m posting three quotes a day for three days, simply because I like a lot of quotes! 🙂

      1. I’ve done quite a lot this week, but I really need to stop posting/blogging altogether if I want to finish this book before I reach eighty! Thanks for asking. I’ll be visiting your blog in the next day or so. I’m running very late with reading posts!

  5. I especially like the first quote. I sometimes read through a set of 10 books by David Eddings, all with the same characters, and I definitely miss the characters afterwards!

    1. I went through the David Edding’s books in much the same way! Lou introduced me to D.E. in the 1990s (or rather twisted my arm until I agreed to read them). She had loved his books for ages. Anyway, I’m very glad I did read them.I love his style – so simple yet so effective, and his characters are wonderful. I haven’t re-read any yet, but will do as soon as I find the time!
      The first quote is proving to be most people’s favourite. 🙂

  6. I couldn’t agree more with the first quote. Some books have left me bereft for days… ( think Bryce Courtney) or intrigued, dissecting and questioning the plot over and over again. Your first book left me wanting more, it ended a little too quickly for me!!.

    1. Now I’m going to have to read some Bryce Courtney – unless they’re Romance novels, in which case I’ll give tham a miss. 🙂 I’ve sometimes felt at a loss for days after finishing a really good book. Sometimes I can’t get into another book because the style of the last one is still with me.
      (Thanks for the nice comment about my book.) 🙂

      1. Histfic is always good for me. I’ll have to read something by Bryce and let you know what I think. At the moment I still have two books to review on Goodreads and Amazon, and three waiting in line to be read. I’ll add it to my TBR list, though.

  7. Great quotes Millie, I can relate to them all.
    The first quote: A good book I never want to put down, I tend to get very involved with the characters.
    The second quote: I spend hours in a book store or library…the book just has to be perfect to read.
    The third quote: I too, was brought up around books. We always read, visited the library weekly and loved books as a gift even as a child.

    1. I love quotes about books and reading, Lynne, and there are lots around. I picked ones for this that I particularly relate to myself. Reading is an absolute passion with me, and has been since I was very young. Libraries and bookstores are magical places.
      Thank you for the lovely comment. 🙂

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