Book Quote #9: The Ocean Between People


“He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to.”

― Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I love this quote from Simon vs. I love Simon vs in general. There are just so many quotable phrases from this book.

On a side note, anyone else finding it hard to recommend books to their loved ones? My mom is looking for a good book to read. The thing is, she is a very traditionally-minded person who goes to a very traditionally-minded church. And, frankly, (I love you very much mom but) she has strong feelings about things like LGBT and mental health, and well, let’s face it, we never did have The Talk, to this day. Looking back on the books that I’ve read this year, they all have some combination of sex, LGBT characters, or characters who are contemplating or about to commit suicide. I really don’t know what to recommend to my mom…

How is your week going? Any favourite quotes? Does anyone share my struggle with recommending books to loved ones?

10 responses to “Book Quote #9: The Ocean Between People”

  1. Haha I feel ya! If your mom’s into historical fiction, you can recommend her The Nightangle by Kristin Hannah or True Colours by Kristin Hannah (this one’s about sisters)

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    1. She actually specifically states “nothing historical or political” haha….. see how hard this is? Thanks for the recommendations though, they The Nightingale sounds interesting and I might read it myself 🙂


      1. Oh yes please read it! It’s like my favourite book ever!! It will touch your soul on so many levels, I’m not even kidding

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      2. Looks like I will have to read that one then 🙂 Thanks!

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  2. Definitely struggle with this too. I find that most people I know wouldn’t really enjoy the kinds of books I like, especially when it comes to my family. But the trick is to go online, look up recommendations, ask around in forums, etc. Other people are usually able to come up with much better ideas than I do hahaha

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    1. I’m glad that you can relate and that I’m not the only one who feels this way 🙂 That’s a good idea to ask around for recommendations, since there are probably many books I haven’t read that are perfect for my mom! Thanks 🙂


      1. Sure thing! Glad to help 😊

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  3. Lovely choice, Sophie, I love this quote so much! I struggle as well with book recommendations sometimes, well I’m lucky to have one sister that reads and loves the same kind of books as I do. Does your mom likes strange settings and atmospheres? I loved Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go 🙂

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    1. Glad that you can relate 🙂 I don’t have siblings but fiancé has similar taste in books as me, which I definitely appreciate! Never Let Me Go sounds like the type of book my mom might like. I will send her the description and see what she thinks! Thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

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      1. You’re so welcome! 🙂

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