One line from each book I've read this year.

  1. The Sympathizer - Viet Thanh Nguyen
    "Remember, you're not half of anything, you're twice of everything."
  2. The Handmaidens Tale - Margaret Atwood
    "Better never means better for everyone... It always means worse, for some."
  3. The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell
    "Look at the world around you. It may seem like an immovable, implacable place. It is not. With the slightest push—in just the right place—it can be tipped."
  4. The Glass Castle - Jeanette Walls
    "One thing about whoring: It put a chicken on the table."
  5. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
    "His ear heard more than what was said to him, and his slow speech had overtones not of thought, but of understanding beyond thought."
  6. The Kite Runner - Khaled Housseini
    "Not a word passes between us, not because we have nothing to say, but because we don't have to say anything - that is how, it is between people who are each other's first memories"
  7. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
    "It is no shame to have a dirty face - the shame comes when you keep it dirty."