Simply Sunday (#1)


sim • plee suhn • dey (n): a reading meme hosted by Books for a Delicate Eternity that features a quote from a book, poem, song, movie, etc.

Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?

—Garth Nix, Sabriel (Abhorsen #1)

It’s hardly a quote that I can relate to, but it’s a staple of the series. It comes from The Book of the Dead and is, I believe, the only thing the Abhorsen remembers when they read the book. When I first read Sabriel, I thought it was an interesting idea. Truly, I’ve never read anything quite like Garth Nix’s Abhorsen series, though I’m sure there are more like it out there.

Garth Nix is one of my greatest inspirations in writing. In fact, Sabriel was the book that got me into reading in the first place. I didn’t grow up reading like all those other bookish people did; I was probably too busy stealing my brother’s Hot Wheels to care about books at the time. In fact, I would say, in fifth or sixth grade, I picked this book up from the school library, read it, and loved it. I can even recall glancing at the first page of the third book, Abhorsen.

It’s near and dear to my heart for inspiring me in my writing, and for launching my life-long obsession with all things fantasy. Also maps. Sabriel was the first book I read that had a map in it. Since then, I look forward to any book with a map in the front pages; I even know more about geography than I did in high school because of it. I’ve drawn a map for a story that I’ve sort of planned. (I probably won’t touch it for a long time; I’ve got two projects in mind that I really want to work on before then.)

In the twenty-year-old trilogy, you can find Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen. More recently, Clariel came out—it’s a prequel book, I believe. This October, Goldenhand releases. I’m so excited for it!

What do you think of this Simply Sunday? What are your most loved quotes?


2 thoughts on “Simply Sunday (#1)

  1. This quote reminds me of discussions about fate and destiny, and whether everything is already predetermined, or whether we actually are making new and unpredictable decisions in life.

    I think it’s so awesome that you can pinpoint your love of reading and writing down to one book! I am actually a little envious of people who can do that, haha XD I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember, so I don’t have that one special book that catalysed my reading life.

    I hope you love the upcoming release in this series 😀 And thank you for participating!


    1. I’m not entirely sure I believe in fate or destiny; the one thing that I do believe in is that the only thing that exists right now is the moment you’re living in. Although, it does remind me of the games that I just finished playing. The game series Mass Effect has these giant, sentient machines dubbed “Reapers” that come around every 50,000 to wipe out an entire race at the peak of their glory. Their history is incomprehensible. Anyway, that’s too much feels to dive into right now.

      The only thing I can’t pinpoint is when I started writing. I’ve determined that it’s somewhere before middle school. I think. I wouldn’t be able to really answer that question, and I don’t think it matters. All that does matter is that I started and never stopped. The same goes for reading; although lately, I could use a bit of kick to get me going.

      I still have to read Clariel before I dive into Goldenhand, but I’ll get there! I’m excited to see Lirael again, and Nick, and hopefully Mogget.


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