“Oh, confidence isn’t something you’re born with. If you have it from the beginning, it means you’re a fool,” HanChol said slowly, organizing his thoughts. “There are just two things in the world that give you true confidence. One is overcoming difficulties on your own, and the other is being deeply loved. If you experience both, then you will be confident for the rest of your life.”

Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim

How to be confident

“Do you know how rife with toxic masculinity the phrase man up is?” I challenged, mirroring her pose. “It implies that to be courageous is to be a man.”

“Do you know how annoying it is when you change the subject?” Her tone was smug.

“I’m just saying, we don’t need to insert men into every aspect of our language.”

“Okay, ovary up. Fallopian forward. Vulva with a vengeance.”

How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams

Fallopian Forward

(Herschel, a legendary figure in the history of astronomy, made numerous important discoveries, including Uranus and its two moons, but also believed the sun was inhabited, along with all the other planets and stars. He speculated that the sun’s surface was actually cool enough to support life; only the outer solar atmosphere was hot.)

The Year Without Summer by William K Klingaman

Interesting thought, Herschel

By the time the volcano finally subsided, Tambora had released an estimated one hundred cubic kilometers of molten rock as ash and pumice—enough to cover a square area one hundred miles on each side to a depth of almost twelve feet—making it the largest known volcanic eruption in the past 2,000 years.

The Year Without Dinner by William AKlingaman

The worst