New Year Celebration: Best LitCobs Posts of 2016

The Best LitCobs Literary Quotes Posts of 2016 | Literary Cobblestons

The Best LitCobs Literary Quotes Posts of 2016 | Literary Cobblestons


The first month of the year leaves many of us in a post-holiday slump. As with most situations, everything can be made better with literary quotes. To ease your transition into the new year, check out the top five LitCobs posts from 2016:

1. New Year, New Literature: Sarah Nicole Prickett


One of LitCobs most popular articles of 2016 was our feature on Sarah Nicole Prickett in January. The success of this post was in part due to Prickett’s much-appreciated shoutout to LitCobs on her Tumblr. (Thanks, Sarah!)

While the article only briefly highlights a few pieces of her work, I think we all became equally obsessed with her writing style. If you missed the piece, go check it out now, and if you fell in love with Prickett’s work as much as I did, follow her on social media to keep up-to-date on her newest releases.

2. 5 Moving Quotes From ‘Harry Potter & the Cursed Child’


When the screenplay for ‘Harry Potter & the Cursed Child’ was published in July, the entire HP fandom couldn’t get their hands on it fast enough, myself included. Regardless how you felt about continuing Harry’s journey, the story was filled with some great quotes. Check out the full list here.


3. Getting Acquainted With Rising Authors: J.E. Reich


“The Werewolves of Anspach” was a great piece to finish out New Literature Month and one of the best stories I read all year. Reich is one of those writers that will be making favorites lists for years to come.

4. 10 Best Dr. Seuss Quotes For Adults


Dr. Seuss is often to referred to as a children’s literature master, but his work easily transfers to adult life. The post was originally a celebration of his birthday, but this collection of quotes is great for every day of the year.


5. 5 Best Harry Potter Quotes Of All Time


To celebrate the launch of ‘Harry Potter & the Cursed Child’, LitCobs dedicated the entire month of July to J.K. Rowling’s work. After all of these years, so many of us still love the series and its beautiful one-liners that can be used in multiple situations. Take a look at the original post.


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Gothic Literature Month 2016: The History of Gothic Fiction | Literary Cobblestones

The second annual Gothic Literature Month Celebration at Literary Cobblestones. An entire month dedicated to gothic literary quotes and writers.

[Today’s quote comes from the preface of “The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction” of which Jerrold E. Hogle is the editor. Only 52 pages of the book are available through the preview on Google Books, but if you enjoy the reading, you can purchase the full guide directly from Cambridge for $35.*Not sponsored, just supportive of interesting reads.*]

Gothic literature, or Gothic fiction as it is often referred, is one of the most beloved and diverse genres of fiction. Wikipedia labels Gothic literature as “feeds on a pleasing sort of terror, an extension of Romantic literary pleasures”. *Applause for wording to whoever wrote that magical line.* Although fans of the genre typically became fans as a result of falling in love with a particular piece of literature and not because of a scholarly approach to the genre, understanding the history and psychological appeal of the genre can be just as interesting.

The History of Gothic Literature

Wikipedia offers an overview of the genre on its Gothic Fiction page including its rise in English, German and Russian literature. A lot of scholars turn their nose up at Wikipedia, but it’s a great source to get an overview of the subject. Once you’ve gotten the basic understanding of the subject, you can expand your knowledge further with more in-depth sources.

John Mullen takes a brief look at the early Gothic fiction releases and their effect on the genre in his article entitled “The origins of the Gothic,” hosted by the British Library. This article begins with “The Castle of Otranto” and ends with Emily and Charlotte Brontë.

One Gothic lit gem I came across is actually intended as a resource for English students at City University of New York (CUNY). The page, entitled “The Gothic Experience“,  dates to 2002, but instead of being outdated, it actually serves as a minimalist outline for anyone that wants to learn more about the subject. The page provides a link to a rather detailed history of Gothic lit, but I also recommend checking out the “Terror versus Horror” page, which breaks down the difference between the two. If you’ve never taken a course on Gothic lit but have the desire to do so, I think this page would be a great place to start.






Gothic Literature Month 2016 | Literary Cobblestones

The second annual Gothic Literature Month Celebration at Literary Cobblestones. An entire month dedicated to gothic literary quotes and writers.

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s October! Ya know what this means, right? Gothic Literature Month at Literary Cobblestones!!! Yes, those creepy, crawly and thought-provoking gothic literary quotes are coming your way, starting today.

New quote-focused posts will be delivered every Tuesday and Thursday while themed-listicles will make their appearance every Friday. As this is my favorite month/literary celebration of the year, I might just throw in a few extras to keep you on your feet.

So, keep a lookout for the new posts by checking out LitCobs’ Homepage on release dates or be sure to follow us on Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest. You can also bookmark this post as I will be updating it regularly with the new posts.


J.K. Rowling Quotes: Words of Wisdom (Part 2) | Literary Cobblestones

J.K. Rowling Life Quotes | Words of Wisdom | Literary Cobblestones

Welcome back to Literary Cobblestones!

Today’s post marks not only the end of our Rowling Words of Wisdom week, but it also concludes our J.K. Rowling Appreciation Month. Before you drown your sorrows in butterbeer, be sure to check out today’s curated links below. Don’t forget, you can always check out all of the posts from J.K. Rowling Appreciation Month here.

The J.K. Rowling Words of Wisdom (Part 2) Link You Need in Your Life

Today’s quote came from Rowling’s Harvard commencement speech which you can read and/or watch in its entirety over on the Harvard Gazette’s website: “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination.” Full of great one-liners and words of wisdom/inspiration like this:

And tomorrow, I hope that even if you remember not a single word of mine, you remember those of Seneca, another of those old Romans I met when I fled down the Classics corridor, in retreat from career ladders, in search of ancient wisdom:
As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.
I wish you all very good lives.

How about some Rowling TBT? Here’s an hour-long special interview from the BBC which originally aired in 2001: “J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and Me“.

If you, like myself, can watch Rowling interviews all day, every day, then check out this interview/chat session with Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter) from the DVD extras of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: “A Conversation with J.K. Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe“. The video interview runs just over an hour.


In case you missed it, be sure to check out our last post: J.K. Rowling Quotes: Words of Wisdom (Part 1).

J.K. Rowling Quotes: Words of Wisdom (Part 1) | Literary Cobblestones

J.K. Rowling Life Quotes/ Words of Wisdom | Literary Cobblestones

Welcome back to Literary Cobblestones!

For the final week of J.K. Rowling Appreciation Month on LitCobs, all of the posts are dedicated to off-the-page quotes of the author. Rowling is the queen of one-liners on the page, and this talent extends to her everyday conversations, interviews and speeches. Today’s quote comes from her Harvard Commencement speech in 2008, and you can find the full transcript and video of the speech in the link-curation below.

The J.K. Rowling Words of Wisdom Links You Need in Your Life

First up, check out the full transcript of the speech from which today’s quote is taken: “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination“. The link also includes the full video of the speech.

Love a documentary? Check out this ITV documentary that allows viewers a glimpse into Rowling’s world: “J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life.

If you enjoy interviews as well as Oprah, then you’ll want to watch this 40-minute interview of Rowling, conducted by Oprah: “Oprah and J.K. Rowling in Scotland.


If that’s not enough Rowling for you, check out the rest of the posts for J.K. Rowling Appreciation Month.


J.K. Rowling Quotes: The Casual Vacancy (Part 2) | Literary Cobblestones

J.K. Rowling Quotes: The Casual Vacancy (Part 2) | Literary Cobblestones


Welcome back to LitCobs!

To continue our ‘The Casual Vacancy’ week for J.K. Rowling Appreciation Month, this post is dedicated to some of the best interviews Rowling gave during the launch of ‘Vacancy’. Check it out today’s must-read links below.

‘The Casual Vacancy’ Links You Need in Your Life

Only have five minutes? Check out a quick interview with Rowling, recorded around the launch of ‘Vacancy’ (ABC News): “J.K. Rowling Interview on ‘The Casual Vacancy’: ‘Harry Potter’Author on Rihanna’s Influence”.

If you prefer a longer, more in-depth interview, check out  one of my all time favorite interviews from BBC Scotland and hosted by James Runcie: “J.K. Rowling: Writing For Grown Ups 2012“. The interview is around 30 minutes long and offers an inside look at Rowling’s writing process this time around.

Also, check out this piece from Ian Parker, composed of both a look at the novel and his interview with Rowling (The New Yorker): “Mugglemarch“. Here’s a great line to entice you:

There’s a resentfully uprooted teen-age Londoner in ‘The Casual Vacancy,’ and Rowling volunteered that this is a partial self-portrait.


That’s it for ‘The Casual Vacancy’ week on LitCobs, but be sure to check out all of our other posts from this month on the J.K. Rowling Appreciation Month page.


J.K.Rowling Quotes: The Casual Vacancy (Part 1) | Literary Cobblestones

A quote from 'The Casual Vacancy' for Week 3 of J.K. Rowling Appreciation Month | Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Welcome back to Literary Cobblestones!

For week 3 of J.K. Rowling Appreciation Month, we’re dedicating the entire week to Rowling’s first public release (under the same name) since the end of the Harry Potter series ended — “The Casual Vacancy“. Prior to “Vacancy”, Rowling had published works in the genres of young adult fantasy (HP) and mystery (under a pseudonym), but ‘Vacancy’ was her first attempt at literary fiction.

As every literary scholar can tell you, literary fiction is hard to get right for even the best of writers. The jump from fantasy must’ve been a struggle, but Rowling totally nailed it. “Vacancy” is still one of my favorite novels, and I dare anyone to attempt to make it through without falling in love with it.

Whether you’ve read the novel or its still on your ‘to read’ pile, here are some interesting links to get to know the work better:

The Casual Vacancy Links You Need in Your Life

It’s always nice to read a book review to validate your own feelings, so here’s one from TIME Magazine, written by Lev Grossman: “J.K.Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy: We’ve Read It, Here’s What We Think.” Here’s an excerpt:

What surprised me about The Casual Vacancy was not just how good it was, but the particular way in which it was good. I suppose I’d expected a kind of aged-up, magicked-down Harry Potter, something that showcased the same strengths thePotter books do: meticulous plotting, inventiveness, a love of mischief, likable characters, a knack for visual spectacle.

If you haven’t read “Vacancy” yet, but you want to go full scholar when you do, then check out Book Rags study guide: “The Casual Vacancy Summary & Study Guide“. The guide has everything you need to  delve a little deeper in the themes present in the novel as well as a list of discussion questions if you need a little inspiration.

Huge Rowling fan? Then check out NPR’s interview with the novelist right as her story hit the market. You can listen to the interview or read the transcript: “Poverty Informs J.K. Rowling’s New Novel for Adults.” Take a peek inside:

J.K. Rowling has a new novel. She’s moved away from Harry Potter, the boy wizard whose stories prompted millions of kids to obsess over books big enough to serve as doorstops. Having concluded that series, she’s written a novel for grown-ups called The Casual Vacancy, a story of troubled teenagers and their even more troubled parents.


5 Best Harry Potter Quotes of All Time | Literary Cobblestones

5 Best Harry Potter Quotes of All Time for J.K. Rowling Appreciation Month | Literary Cobblestones


Harry Potter is like the gift that keeps on giving. It has been nearly two decades since the first novel was published, and we’re still here and just as obsessed as ever. To round out Week 2 of J.K.Rowling Appreciation Month, we’ve put together a list of our five favorite quotes from all seven books. Check it out.

1.If you want to know what a man’s life, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. 

-J.K.Rowling, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”

This is also the quote chosen to be featured on today’s graphic. In true Rowling fashion, it’s one of those lines of wisdom that’s just as valuable when it’s taken out of context. Beautiful!

2. The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed.

-J.K.Rowling, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”

We also used this quote for an earlier post — J.K.Rowling Quotes: HP & the Prisoner of Azkaban. Never gets old. 

3. It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. 

-J.K.Rowling, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”

This is another one of those tattoo-worthy Rowling quotes. All the feels. 

4. You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.

-J.K.Rowling, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”

Why hasn’t Rowling released a collection of poetry? The ultimate wordsmith. We also used this quote earlier this week. Check out the original post (J.K.Rowling Quotes: HP & the Order of the Phoenix)  to take a look at some of the original “Order” reviews.  

5. Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.

-J.K.Rowling, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”

YAAAS, Queen Rowling. This is your world, and we just live in it. 

J.K.Rowling Quotes: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

A quote from "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" for Week 2 of J.K.Rowling Appreciation Month | Literary Cobblestones
A quote from “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” for Week 2 of J.K.Rowling Appreciation Month | Literary Cobblestones

Welcome back to Literary Cobblestones!

For the second post of Week 2 of J.K.Rowling Appreciation Month, our post is dedicated to “Harry Potter & and the Order of the Phoenix”. Since the novel was published before the internet was as amazing and instant as it is now, there are fewer book-5-specific posts than there are for the later novels. I did find two reviews of the book that I think are interesting to read years later. Check them out below!

The ‘Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix’ Links You Need in Your Life

Take a look back at the original review of the novel in The New York Times, written by John Leonard: “Review: ‘Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix’“.

Our link is another review of the novel, but this one comes from the great Stephen King. King wrote the review for Entertainment Weekly, and they have since published it on their website. It appears as a PDF: “Review by King: ‘Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix’“.


That’s it for today, but be sure to check back tomorrow for the final post of Week 2  of Harry Potter week.