My most favourite part of reading is that feeling you get when your eyes fall to a passage, a paragraph or even just a sentence, that seems as though it was written just for you. And you read those same words over and over, and you want to rip out the page to hug them close because you didn’t think anyone would ever put your feelings into print.
There are lots of good books and fewer great books and even fewer books with passages that draw out this feeling. When I first decided to compile a list of my favourite book quotes to celebrate the very best bits of books, I thought it’d be easy.
But I soon realised that some of my favourite books, despite how much I love them, don’t contain this mythical mixture of good writing, truth and a dash of relevance to my life. They’re good books, great books even, but their pages work best as one whole, not as individual pieces. Then there are the books that I don’t consider great or even good but hold words that have stayed with me, long after I slid them back onto my bookshelf.
I’ve found it’s rare, incredibly rare, to find a favourite book that also contains a favourite passage.