Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Bookish Quotes (A Guessing Game)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog, and now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic is: Favorite Bookish Quotes 

I thought it would be fun to create a little guessing game with my chosen quotes.

Below you’ll find ten bookish quotes I love, listed without their attributions. If you’d like, see if you can figure out which book they belong to.

Keep scrolling to see images of the ten books featured. The answer key is at the bottom of the post.


1. “The person, be it a gentleman or a lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

2. “The world was hers for the reading.”

3. “There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.”

4. “When she came to write her story, she would wonder when the books and the words started to mean not just something, but everything.”

5. “So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all the authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”

6. “When I read a book, I put in all the imagination I can, so that it is almost like writing the book as well as reading it – or rather, it is like living it. It makes reading so much more exciting, but I don’t suppose many people try to do it.”

7. “There is no Frigate like a Book,

To take us Lands away…”

8. “She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.”

9. “‘Don’t you ever mind,’ she asked suddenly ‘not being rich enough to buy all the books you want?'”

10. “Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. How delightful if that were true.”

If you’d like a hint, here are the ten books featured:





(The book in the first image is of The Book Thief, and the seventh image is of Work: A Story of Experience by Louisa May Alcott)


Answer Key:





  1. Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
  2. Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  3. Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale 
  4. Marcus Zusak, The Book Thief
  5. Roald Dahl, Matilda
  6. Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle 
  7. Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
  8. Louisa May Alcott, Work: A Story of Experience
  9. Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth
  10. Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society


How did you do? What are some of your favorite bookish quotes?



16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Bookish Quotes (A Guessing Game)

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  1. What a fun approach to this week’s topic! I only got the Northanger Abbey and Matilda ones right. I’ve read some of the other books but didn’t recognise the quotes out of context.

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  2. Great choices! I got Northanger Abbey, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Matilda before I peaked at the covers. After I got The Thirteenth Tale, and I Capture the Castle also.

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