Winston Churchill. Mahatma Gandhi. Dorothy Parker. William Shakespeare.
What do they have in common?
Each is undeniably quotable.
Now you can add Demi Moore, Randall Munroe, Patricia Cornwell, David Baldacci, Michelle Obama, James Patterson, Mike Rowe, and Stephen King to that list.
These authors have written books that have gained a Highly Quotable badge on Amazon Charts. Customers highlighted passages in these authors’ Kindle books more frequently than other similar books on Charts.
There is something about a good quote that makes it stick in your brain — especially when it captures a thought or feeling that you want to memorialize. So here are eight highly quotable books from recent Charts lists, along with a highlighted quote from each one.
Inside Out by Demi Moore
“What if everything hadn’t happened to me but had happened for me? What I learned is that how we hold our experiences is everything.”
A person could be forgiven for thinking that Demi Moore has had the perfect life. With her long career and a well-documented list of handsome husbands, it seems like she’s had it all. But what becomes clear very quickly in Inside Out is that even at the same time she was becoming the highest paid actress in Hollywood, Demi Moore was also trying to outrun her past. This is a thoughtful memoir of adversity and resilience, and at the same time it’s a story of wealth and fame and how to stay balanced while living with all the trappings of Hollywood.
How To by Randall Munroe
“Physics doesn’t care if your question is weird. It just gives you the answer, without judging.”
Randall Munroe is a funny guy. He is also a genius at describing complex scientific problems through infographics, illustrations, and words (but never too many words). How To is self-described as “the world’s most entertaining and useless self-help guide.” In this book, Munroe seeks out the most monumental, excessive ways to solve problems — think what if you powered your house by destroying the fabric of space and time? — in order to offer to readers a better understanding of this complex world that we live in.
Quantum by Patricia Cornwell
“Don’t live ahead of yourself. Or spend what you’ve not been paid. Or make decisions on what hasn’t happened yet.”
Patricia Cornwell made her name and her fortune writing the Kay Scarpetta series — a series steeped in the fascinating and well-researched world of forensic science. Now in Quantum — the first novel in a new, equally well-researched series — Cornwell has created a hero for our times. Captain Calli Chase is a pragmatic character with a profound but no-nonsense understanding of our world. She is also a NASA pilot, a quantum physicist, and a cybercrime investigator. Cornwell has described Chase as a “female James Bond,” and as Calli enters the warren of underground tunnels beneath a NASA research center to investigate a tripped alarm, she will need to employ her Bond-like gifts, as well as her unique skill set, to avert disaster.
One Good Deed by David Baldacci
“Something was about to happen. And you couldn’t ask more from life than that.”
In One Good Deed, David Baldacci introduces a completely new lead character. The year is 1949, and Archer, a WWII veteran, has just been released from prison. With no good leads on a job, he accepts an offer to collect a debt from a local businessman named Lucas Tuttle. The quote above is what Archer thinks just before Tuttle opens the door. His luck is changing. But when someone ends up murdered, and Archer is right there on the spot, he becomes a prime suspect for the police. Now he has to solve the case in order to save himself.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
“Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result. It’s vulnerability that breeds with self-doubt and then is escalated, often deliberately, by fear.”
Michelle Obama has lived a life that took her from the South Side of Chicago to the most famous address in the world. In her memoir, Becoming, she describes the highs and lows of the journey that took her to the White House, as well as the highs and lows once she got there. It is a deeply personal memoir — filled with public and private moments — that has inspired countless readers.
The 19th Christmas by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
“Yuki Castellano was in the kitchen, and there was not a holiday decoration in sight. She stirred the guacamole and then set a tray of brownies in the oven while her husband, Jackson Brady, mixed up a pitchers of margaritas.”
The Women’s Murder Club has been around for 19 novels (you can tell from the number in the title), and it is still going strong. Co-author Maxine Paetro has teamed with James Patterson to write the last 16 in the series — and in The 19th Christmas the Women’s Murder Club is back and protecting San Francisco, this time from a brilliant criminal known only as Loman. Loman has taken over the city’s headlines as he plans a big Christmas Day crime. Now the countdown is on for the Women’s Murder Club to find a way to stop him. In the quote above, district attorney Yuki Castellano, a member of the Women’s Murder Club, and her husband, Brady, a lieutenant who has been working homicide and doubling as active police chief, have barely had time to get ready for Christmas. Loman won’t make that any easier.
The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe
“I was struck by the undeniable fact that I sound no less certain when I’m right than I do when I’m wrong.”
Mike Rowe does a lot of things. He acts, he hosts television shows, he’s an activist, and he produces and stars in a very popular podcast called The Way I Heard It. The book by the same name is an entertaining collection of his favorite episodes from the podcast, along with commentary and personal thoughts provided by Rowe himself. This is a look into the man as well as an insider’s view into the topics and people featured on his podcast.
It by Stephen King
“Their buckles made a jolly jingling as George Denbrough ran toward his strange death.”
OK, I’m not sure why people are highlighting scenes and lines from Stephen King’s classic horror novel. But they are, so the book is on this list. The quote above is from the opening scene in which George Denbrough is running off after his paper boat. It is a description of the six-year-old boy’s galoshes, and the sentence both lyrical and creepy, which is chilling. The recent release of the two It movies has brought King’s book of the same name back onto best seller lists. What’s amazing is how well this novel, which was originally published in 1986, has stood up. Clowns haven’t been looked at the same way since.