I only realised quite recently that when I’m reading on my kindle and come across a highlighted passage that I can check exactly how many other people liked that quote enough to highlight it. I thought it would be fun to check what the most popular quote was on four very different books that I read this year – a thriller, a classic, a new adult book and a young adult dystopia.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn : 745 highlights
“Give me a man with a little fight in him, a man who calls me on my bullshit. (But who also kind of likes my bullshit.)”
Persuasion by Jane Austen : 892 highlights
“I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago.”
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire: 1847 highlights
“You know why I want you? I didn’t know I was lost until you found me. I didn’t know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in my bed. You’re the one thing I’ve got right. You’re what I’ve been waiting for, Pigeon.”
Divergent by Veronica Roth : 991 highlights
“I like to think I’m helping them hating them” she says “I’m reminding them that they aren’t God’s gift to humankind”.
I honestly how no clue what part of the book this was so in case you are equally lost, it’s Christina talking about Peter, Molly and Drew.
My Thoughts on Highlights:
I really enjoying seeing what other people liked in a book as it makes me stop and think why they liked that particular part so much. There is also a bit of me that thinks it’s very big brotherish that all this is being tracked and I suppose it could be considered a little invasive but it doesn’t overly bother me. I doubt my quotes can be used against me in any way!
I thought that it was interesting that Beautiful Disaster had so many highlights compared to the others. I’m thinking that maybe more people read New Adult books on kindle than in paper format. I have no evidence of this, it’s just a hunch. What do you think?
And the Divergent quote really threw me, all the others I recognised instantly but obviously that quote didn’t overly impress me at the time.
I always highlight as I read on kindle as it’s so easy and non intrusive to do. I like to see them when writing my review and sometimes what I highlight is because I want to remember it for a negative reason rather than because I liked it. I never highlight physical books, I don’t mind damaging them, it’s just too much effort!
And my favourite thing about highlighting on my tablet is that I can highlight in colour. I mean colour co-ordinated highlights, it doesn’t get much better than that!
Bookish Chat : Are you surprised by any of the quotes? Do you highlight? Do you check to see what others have highlighted or even notice it if you read on kindle?