Friday, December 12, 2014

Books! Books! Books!

I've been away for awhile, but I have two things that are on my mind that I'm interested in hearing from people about which I will separate into two different posts...

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I have been doing a lot of reading lately and came across a FB post about the  51 Most Beautiful Sentences in Literature.  

Mine were the following from the article:

3. “She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.”
—J. D. Salinger, “A Girl I Knew”
Suggested by mollyp49cf70741

 7. “Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”
—Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Suggested by Kellie C., via Facebook

 23. “Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”
—Nicole Krauss, The History of Love
Suggested by Sam H., via Facebook

 26. “The pieces I am, she gather them and gave them back to me in all the right order.”
—Toni Morrison, Beloved
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37. “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.”
—L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Suggested by Stacy W., via Facebook

45. “I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.”
—Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
Suggested by Maria K., via Facebook

46. “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
–F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Suggested by carlyh3

Strangely enough I haven't read a lot of the books these quotes are pulled from so it looks like my Amazon shopping cart may be gaining a few more items! 

I also came across another great list by Buzzfeed: 51 Books that Prove Reading Can Change Your Life.

Not sure what is up with always using the number 51, but I am quite sure that the fact that Anne of Green Gables made both lists is no coincidence. I will always be grateful to you Alexis Gable for introducing me to Anne. (Aside from loving her kindred spirit, she has also inspired me to add Prince Edward Island to my list of places I need to visit). Oh no! Now I have even more books to add to my list!!! 

I think next up for me will be Wild (not on the list, but Tiny Beautiful Things by the same auther was and I LOVED that book).  I always insist on  reading the book before watching the movie although I am not sure why as I am always disappointed with the film versions. 

Wild will be followed up by Goldfinch, Good Omens, Norwegian Wood, and If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things. Did I mention I am already in the middle of three books (reading books simultaneously is not something I am really comfortable with, but it just sort of happened this time around). 

I would be so thrilled to hear about your favorites sentences in literature, your thoughts on any of the books referenced in the post, and what is on your reading list this winter.