I love quotes. Of course I do- we all do. Reading is the act of taking words someone else put together and constructing an understanding of them for yourself. I’m looking for a better way to keep all of the quotes or passages that resonate with me, but for now I just highlight them in my Kindle app (if it’s an e-book) and move on.
Have you ever wondered what happens to your Kindle quotes after you highlight them? They get saved to the cloud, of course! Bookmark this page- https://read.amazon.com/notebook and always have access to the sections you highlight. If you’ve connected your Goodreads account, they get saved there too.
Another thing about the Kindle app that I also really like is seeing quotes that other people have highlighted. It makes me want to highlight it too, because I figure it’s something I’ll want to remember down the line. I know some people do not like that feature, though, so if you want to switch that on or off, go to the Kindle app in your phone, go to “more” in the bottom right, “settings” (the gear), “other”, then switch Popular Highlights as on or off.
There are some limits to having your quotes saved to the Kindle notebook site- if you get e-books from a source such as NetGalley, those highlights won’t be listed. (Frustrating, I know!) But since you were sent the copy directly, it doesn’t seem to connect with your Amazon notebook. However, it does save any quotes you’ve highlighted from books you do not own but have borrowed, including library books and books that you’ve been lent by someone.
I got the idea for this post from Stephen from Stephen Writes, who shared his favorite quotes from the year in a two part series as a part of Blogmas.
Here were my favorite Kindle Highlights from the year! It was really fun to go back through and read what I highlighted- it’s a great way to remind yourself of what you read. Make sure to leave me your favorite quote from the year in the comments!
“But walking through it all was one thing; walking away, unfortunately, has proved to be quite another, and though once I thought I had left that ravine forever on an April afternoon long ago, now I am not so sure.” - The Secret History, Donna Tartt
“Hope was a luxury I could no longer afford.”- Stay With Me, Ayobami Adebayo
“Sometimes reality comes crashing down on you. Other times reality simply waits, patiently, for you to run out of the energy it takes to deny it.”- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid
“All up and down the street the houses looked like any others—but inside them were people who might be happy, or taking refuge, or steeling themselves to go out into the world, searching for something better. So many lives she would never know about, unfolding behind those doors.” - Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
“That’s the thing about being rich. You can afford a few principles.” - Sunburn, Laura Lippman
“People got such a charge from seeing their names in print. Proof of existence. I could picture a squabble of ghosts ripping through piles of newspapers. Pointing at a name on the page. See, there I am. I told you I lived. I told you I was.” - Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn
“That’s the problem with dreams: you can get to the top of the mountain and discover that you’re scared of heights.” - Us Against You, Fredrik Bachman (the I highlighted the most by far this year)
“‘I miss us, this us—where do these two people live? Why is it so difficult to find them?’” - Z: A Novel of Zelda FItzgerald, Therese Anne Fowler
“Life will do its best to get at you. Sneak up from behind and shatter you, into tiny unrecognizable pieces. You have to be ready to pick everything up pragmatically. Keep your head down and make it work.” -There There, Tommy Orange
“You are growing into consciousness, and my wish for you is that you feel no need to constrict yourself to make other people comfortable.” - Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
“Proximity has taught me some basic and humbling truths, including this vital lesson: Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” - Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Bryan Stevenson
“He was confounded by the idea that passing the prime of your life in a cubicle, spending hours a day at a computer, in exchange for money, was considered acceptable, but relaxing in a tent in the woods was disturbed. Observing the trees was indolent; cutting them down was enterprising. What did Knight do for a living? He lived for a living.” -The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit, Michael Finkel
“Alaska herself can be Sleeping Beauty one minute and a bitch with a sawed-off shotgun the next. There’s a saying: Up here you can make one mistake. The second one will kill you.” - The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah