Finding Those Little Love Quotes

This past month has been insanely busy, both at work and at home. Don’t let anyone fool you: planning a wedding is exhausting! From making place cards to writing our ceremony script, planning this event has been both incredibly frustrating and wonderfully rewarding.

As I was researching different wedding scripts I kept getting distracting by all the little book quotations about love – which made it all the more enjoyable! I wanted to share some of my favourites and spread the love!

“I’ve never had a moment’s doubt. I love you. I believe in you completely.” – Ian McEwan “Atonement”

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Emily Brontë “Wuthering Heights”

The Hobbit

 


“I am all the time thinking about poetry and fiction and you.” —Virginia Woolf

“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.” —Nicole Krauss “The History of Love”

Winnie the Pooh


“Perhaps, after all, romance did  not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music; perhaps… perhaps love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath.”
 – L. M. Montgomery “Anne of Avonlea”

 

Anne and Gilbert

Canadian, eh?

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday this year I’ve decided to read all Canadian works, whether that means novels set in Canada or books written by a Canadian author. Over the past two months I’ve been looking into what books I might want to read and making a great to-read list, which you can find on my Goodreads page. (Of course, this list is far too long for me to read everything in a year, but… all well.)

Interestingly enough, while I was creating this list I kept running across familiar sounding names: Kenneth Oppel, Jean Little, Karleen Bradford, and Kit Pearson, to name a few. These authors were staples in my childhood, and I had no idea that they were Canadian.

The Nine Days Queen

I absolutely loved these authors growing up. As a kid I was fascinated with the story of Lady Jane Grey because of Karleen Bradford’s novel The Nine Days Queen. Bradford’s writing led me down a wonderful path, and reading novels such as Lionheart’s Scribe led me to some of my favourite authors like Tamora Pierce and Diana Wynne Jones.

Kit Pearson is a name I have always associated with the Dear Canada series, and historical novels in general. In fact, Pearson’s The Sky Is Falling is one of the first World War II books that I can remember reading. Between Karleen Bradford and Kit Pearson’s novels I grew to love historical fiction, a love that I still have today.

Silverwing CoverMeanwhile, Kenneth Oppel single handedly made me fall in love with bats in Silverwing. It has always been one of my favourite books and to this day I still watch the evening sky and hope to see a bat swooping past.

I had no idea that working on my Canadian reading challenge would bring back so many wonderful childhood memories. It made me happy to realize that much of my childhood reading was influenced by Canadian authors. I’m sure that there are more to discover, and I’m very much looking forward to it.