As Book Week Scotland 2015 events continue all across Scotland and Edinburgh, the top 3 most shareable quotes from books have been announced by Scottish Book Trust, with Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song taking second place.
The online poll attracted almost 1,000 votes, with people being asked to vote for the quote from a book that they would most like to share with other people. Book lovers from around the globe got involved, with votes coming in from 20 different countries, including New Zealand and Russia.
The results of the poll revealed that the top 3 most shareable quotes from books are:
- I am your master… and you’re mine. Seems I canna possess your soul without losing my own.
Outlander Vol. 1, Diana Gabaldon – with 31% share of the votes
- You hated the land and the coarse speak of the folk and learning was brave and fine one day and the next you’d waken with the peewits crying across the hills, deep and deep, crying in the heart of you and the smell of the earth in your face, almost you’d cry for that, the beauty of it and the sweetness of the Scottish land and skies.
Sunset Song, Lewis Grassic Gibbon – with 8% share of the votes
- A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
The Twits, Roald Dahl – with 7% share of the votes
The top 10 countries where the votes originated from are:
Marc Lambert, Director of Scottish Book Trust, said: “The top 3 quotes are undoubtedly a mix of very different genres, but it is interesting to see that the most popular quotes are united in their articulation of sincere, strong emotions (the type that often resist words).
“Readers are drawn to books that resonate with them, which help them make sense of what they are feeling, or the world around them, and it is no surprise that they should also be drawn to quotes which express difficult concepts in clear, poetic language.”
Members of the public were invited to submit their quote selections, from any book written at any time by any author, to a longlist, which was then whittled down to a shortlist of 40 quotes by a panel of Scottish Book Trust staff. Read the full shortlist on the Book Week Scotland website here.
Book Week Scotland is a national week-long celebration of books and reading and is delivered by Scottish Book Trust. The 2015 programme takes place from Monday 23 to Sunday 29 November 2015 with over 500 events taking place across Scotland with authors, poets, playwrights, performers, illustrators and book lovers coming together to celebrate everything wonderful about the written word.
The programme features events in unusual locations, such as reading on Edinburgh Trams with Cathy Rentzenbrink and Douglas Lindsay, and sold-out appearances from literary heavyweights such as Paula Hawkins, Ian Rankin and Diana Gabaldon.