Advent calendar for book lovers

Advent calendar, full of quotations!

Remember how my wonderful and talented friend made me an Advent calendar?

And remember how every year she and I gather quotations to populate each other’s Advent calendars?

We did it again this year.

I love this tradition so much.

And also the related tradition that is practically a holiday in itself: each year, the first time we meet for dinner after Epiphany, we bring the favorite quotes we received from the other.

Here are our favorites from Advent 2018…

My favorites of the quotes I received:

His most remarkable gift, as Laura saw it, was a deep and profound contentment with what he had.  

Caroline Fraser, Prairie Fires

He looked up at her. Kindness was something he didn’t even know he wanted, and here it was.

Marilynne Robinson, Lila

My friend’s favorites of the quotes she received:

Be tough and patient; one day this pain will be useful to you.


One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.

Iris Murdoch, The Sea, the Sea

It’s a beautiful thing, this tradition, and I feel really lucky to have such a friend.

Anyone else gather favorite lines from books? If so, I’d love to hear one or two…

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