List of tales

Though this blog has had other guises in the past, it is currently about reading and writing. It’s about my love for words — particularly other people’s words, and how their words speak to me.

Here you will find a list of all the books (and other kinds of reading material) I’ve quoted from over the years, grouped into what I hope are helpful categories, according to what kind of reading material the quotes come from. The links below will take you back to the original post where you can read the words I quoted and find more details about the material itself.

From time to time on this blog, I have quoted from the same material or the same author more than once. The best way to find other quotes from the same author is to use the search function at the top of the page. Type in the author’s name and/or the title of the work, and away you go.

By the way, as an avid blog-lover, there are many blogs I look at regularly from whom I don’t necessarily quote. See Other People’s Tales for a link to my favourite blogs.

Works of fiction and literature

Sally Abbott, Closing Down (also here )
Mona Awad, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl
Georgia Blain, Between a Wolf and a Dog (also here)
Sam Carmody, The Windy Season
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Claire Christian, Beautiful Mess
Cath Crowley, Words in Deep Blue
Danielle Dutton, Somehow (in the Paris Review, #224)
Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach
Pamela Erens, The Virgins
Emily Fridlund, History of Wolves (also here)
Peggy Frew, Hope Farm
Kate Grenville, The Secret River
Paul Harding, Enon
Joanne Horniman, Mahalia
Alex Hourston, In my House
Elizabeth Jane Howard, Odd Girl Out and The Light Years
Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Metta Jakobsen, What the Light Hides
Mireille Juchau, The World without Us (also here)
Sarah Kanake, Sing Fox to Me
Michelle de Kretser, Questions of Travel and The Life to Come
Danya Kukafka, Girl in Snow (also here)
Nina La Cour, We Are Not Alone
Kim Leine, The Prophets of Eternal Fjorde
Margaret Leroy, The Collaborator
Bernard MacLaverty, Midwinter Break (also here and here)
Kate Mildenhall, Skylarking (also here and here)
Sue Miller, While I was Gone
Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca
Nicholas Montemarano, The Book of Why
Yannick Murphy, This is the Water
Maggie O’Farrell, Instructions for a Heatwave
Ruth Park, Swords and Crowns and Rings
Carolyn Parkhurst, The Nobodies Album
Sarah Perry, The Essex Serpent
Michèle Roberts, The Walworth Beauty
Marilynne Robinson, Lila
Sally Rooney, Conversations with Friends (also here and here and here)
Anuradha Roy, Sleeping on Jupiter (also here and here)
Michael Sala, The Restorer (also here)
Francesca Segal, The Innocents
Inga Simpson, Nest
Elizabeth Strout, Amy & Isabelle, and My Name is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Taylor, The Soul of Kindness
Hannah Tunnicliffe, Season of Salt & Honey and The Colour of Tea
Thrity Umgar, The Space between Us
Vikki Wakefield, Inbetween Days
Tommy Wallach, Thanks for the Trouble
Ian Weir, Will Starling
Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway
Hannah Yanaghihara, A Little Life

Works of non-fiction

Robyn Arzón, Shut Up and Run
Phil Bagust and Lynda Tout-Smith, The Native Plants of Adelaide
Toni Bernard, How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness
Elisa Black, The Anxiety Book
Georgia Blain, The Museum of Words
Kate Cole-Adams, Anaesthesia (also here and here)
Rachel Cusk, Aftermath (also here, here and here)
Annie Dillard, Teaching a Stone to Talk
Norman Doidge, The Brain that Changes Itself
William Finnegan, Barbarian Days (also here)
Matt Haig, Reasons to Stay Alive (also here)
Alexandra Heminsley, Running Like a Girl
Marya Hornbacher, Wasted
Elizabeth Jane Howard, Slipstream (also here and here)
Belinda Jeffery, The Country Cookbook and Mix and Bake
Caroline Knapp, Appetites
Olivia Laing, To the River (also here)
Valli Little, Feel Good Food
Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams
Tim Low, Where Song Began
Catriona Menzies-Pike, The Long Run (also here )
Hugh Miles, Playing Cards in Cairo: Mint Tea, Tarneeb and Tales of the City
Sue Miller, The Story of My Father
Sy Montogomery, Birdology
Maggie O’Farrell, I Am, I Am, I Am (also here)
Beverly Potter, The Worrywart’s Companion
Tobie and Georgia Puttock, The Chef Gets Healthy
Katie Roiphe, The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End
Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby and Wanderlust (also here and here)
Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon
Scott Stossel, My Age of Anxiety
William Styron, Darkness Visible
Sarah Wilson, First, We Make the Beast Beautiful (also here)
Esther Woolfson, Corvus: A Life with Birds
Kate Young, The Little Library Cookbook

Works of poetry

David Campbell, On the Birth of a Son
Frances Darwin Cornford, The Watch
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Some of your Hurts you have Cured
William Wordsworth, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

Magazine/newspaper articles and quotes from other bloggers

Nigel Andrew, In Praise of Blogging
Sophie Cunningham, Staying with the Trouble
Karen Hitchcock, Crazy Pills
Karen Hitchcock, Too Many Pills?
Lisa of Fifteen Acres, Noticing
Stacy Ladenburger of Delightful Crumb blog, Everyday Cake
Y Lee of Lemonpi blog, When Exercise Ruins Your Waistline
Pat McDermott, Tea and Sympathy
Ella Risbridger of Eating with my Fingers blog, Coming Unstuck
Molly Wizel of Orangette blog, All We Ever Really Want to Do