Top Ten Tuesday: Quotes from Favorite 2017 Debuts

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Favorite Book Quotes.” Whenever this topic comes up, I immediately start to panic. I’ve always wanted to be the kind of reader who paused while reading in order to jot down a favorite passage, but I’ve never managed to get into the habit. To make things easier on myself, I’m sharing ten quotes from my favorite 2017 debuts that I totally pulled right from my reviews, so crisis averted. Also note that the last two books are 2017 debuts I read in 2018, but I’m including them anyway. Covers are linked to Goodreads.


1. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

“I’m dizzy from holding my breath for so long, maybe for years. And something ugly, hidden deep inside me is threatening to erupt. I can’t hold it back anymore. How do I make it stop before it’s too late?”

2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

“An earsplitting scream emerges from my gut, explodes in my throat, and uses every inch of me to be heard.”

3. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

“But I never lost the belief that you could will something just by sticking to it, by being unwavering. By keeping your eyes on the prize. And by doing that, there was nothing you couldn’t control about your own life.”

4. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

“Just like that the wrongness spread. The breeze dropped away, and the air grew still and oppressively hot. The birds stopped singing, the grasshoppers stopped buzzing, and even the wheat dropped in the stagnant air. The stench of decay grew overwhelming.”

5. American Street by Ibi Zoboi

“This is the opposite of an earthquake, where things were falling apart and the ground was shifting beneath my small feet. Here, the walls, the air, the buildings, the people all seem to have already fallen. And there is nothing else left to do but to shrink and squeeze until everything has turned to dust and disappeared.”

6. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

“…they’re the deadliest killers on the continent…It’s said that they paint their mouths bright red with blood when they go to war. That’s why they’re called the Crimson Army.”

7. The Education of Margot Sanchez

“Everyone in this house hides behind closed doors. We build fortresses to bar people from scaling the walls and getting in. But even with the amount of time we spend sheltering ourselves there’s no way of concealing our problems.”

8. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

“From his thumb to his index finger, the length of his hand fit cleanly around Rhee’s neck. He lifted her off the ground and squeezed. She felt her windpipe closing. She gasped for air as she tried to claw his fingers off one by one.”

9. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

“The moon was little thicker than a crescent, the light a glitter of blue. Vasya ran, with a panic she could not understand. The life she had led made her strong. She bolted and let the cool wind wash the taste of fear from her mouth.”

10. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

“It was beginning. Her freedom, her independence, her period of learning—about herself, about the world, about her career. She was finally doing it. Here she wouldn’t be Dimple Shah, wayward, Americanized daughter of immigrant parents; she’d be just Dimple Shah, future web developer. People would judge her on her brain, not her lack of makeup.”

Do you keep track of your favorite book quotes? What 2017 debut was your favorite? Be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post in the comments, so I can visit.

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43 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Quotes from Favorite 2017 Debuts

  1. I love how you focused on recent debuts for this list. It makes me want to read them all ASAP– especially American Street and The Hate U Give, which have been on my TBR for AGES 🙂

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  2. I haven’t read any of these books, but you’ve picked some really nice quotes. I keep hearing good things about When Dimple Met Rishi and The Bear and the Nightingale. I need to make time to read them someday. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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  3. The quote from When Dimple Met Rishi, in addition to the political activism of students today, gives me hope that change is coming.

    On a side note, I just learned that my college has a special program where a liberal arts major learns how to code. Isn’t that cool? There is a Steve Jobs quote about how technology must be rooted in the humanities.

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    1. I try to stay cautiously optimistic about future generations. Things like racism have a way of adapting and so even though I see the activism, I know that it won’t be eradicated with the simple ushering in of a new generation. I love the sound of this special program!


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