Thursday, March 18, 2010

Eva Ibbotson

“You cannot stop the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can stop them nesting in your hair.”
The Dragonfly Pool, 279

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Bill Bryson

“I think because I mentioned that I had done a bit of hiking in England, he assumed some measure of competence on my part. I didn’t wish to alarm or disappoint him, so when he asked me questions like ‘What’s your view on carbon fiber stays?’ I would shake my head with a rueful chuckle, in recognition of the famous variability of views on this perennially thorny issue, and say, ‘You know, Dave, I’ve never been able to make up my mind of that one—what do you think?’”
A Walk in the Woods, 9

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Kathryn Stockett

"Stuart needs 'space' and 'time,' as if this were physics and not a human relationship."
The Help, 445

Friday, March 12, 2010

Ally Carter

“I wasn’t searching for compliments, like when skinny girls say they look fat, or when girls with gorgeous curly hair say how they hate humidity. . . . I swear I wasn’t silently begging Bex to roll her eyes, and say, ‘Whatever! That guy should be so lucky.’ But she did, and I’d be lying if I said that it didn’t make it better.”
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You, 117

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Rachel Simon

“I don’t need [to yell]. I’ve outsourced all the yelling to you.”
Building a Home with My Husband, 34

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Candy Arkell

I don't know why this has never occurred to me before, but as this is my blog, I can quote myself! So once a month (so as not to indulge myself too much), I believe I shall. (Ralph Waldo would be so proud.) Here we go:

"Other than the books, there was nothing to show what Arthur had been like, and I realized that this was all that was left of him, words scribbled in the margin of books, which made me so sad that I tried to read some of the notes, in respect of his memory if nothing else. But it was getting dark, and I had no light, and when I shut the final book, the only thing I really understood about him was that from the time he was nine until he died, his handwriting had improved a great deal."
Because of a Ring, page 155 (or thereabouts)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Jodie Lynn Anderson

“She had used to think hell was being in a room full of people she didn’t know. But now she realized hell was actually being in a small car with Murphy and Leeda, two people she knew better than anyone.”
Peaches, 277

Monday, March 1, 2010

Adam Rex

“We left the motel with armfuls of towels and little soaps, as was the custom.”
The True Meaning of Smekday, 85