say it again saturday“Say It Again” Saturday was created because…Sometimes when I’m reading a book there are lines that just jump out at me.  They make me want to laugh, cry, or just sit and think for a minute.  Sometimes the lines are just beautifully written.  They are the kind of lines that you want to stop reading, find someone close by, and read the line or passage aloud to them so they can share it with you.  

This week I’m choosing some passages from WINTERGIRLS by Laurie Halse Anderson.  I fell in love with her writing style after reading SPEAK several years ago and I think she is only getting better with each new book.

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So she tells me, the words dribbling out with the cranberry muffin crumbs, commas dunked in her coffee.  She tells me in four sentences.  No, five.  I can’t let me hear this, but it’s too late.  The facts sneak in and stab me.  When she gets to the worst part…body found in a motel room, alone, … my walls go up and my doors lock.  I nod like I’m listening, like we’re communicating, and she never knows the difference.  It’s not nice when girls die. (p.1)

Emma is a mattress who got thrown off the truck when her parents split up…It’s not like you can blame a mattress when people don’t tie it down tight enough. (p.25)

Just because I dish it out, doesn’t mean I have to swallow it.  I am strong enough to do this the potatoes smell so good stay strong, empty empty the potatoes smell strong/empty/strong/breathe/pretend/hold on. (p.64)

I grow the vines up the legs of my chair and weave them into a tight spiral around me until they reach the ceiling.  I can barely see her through the thorns.  They block out most of her words, letting me drift off into a half sleep.  A sharp question brings me back. (p.173)

I failed eating, failed drinking, failed not cutting myself into shreds.  Failed friendship.  Failed sisterhood and daughterhood.  Failed mirrors and scales and phone calls.  Good thing I’m stable. (p.227)

There are so many other passages so I suggest you go out and read the book for yourself.

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say it again saturday“Say It Again” Saturday was created because…Sometimes when I’m reading a book there are lines that just jump out at me.  They make me want to laugh, cry, or just sit and think for a minute.  Sometimes the lines are just beautifully written.  They are the kind of lines that you want to stop reading, find someone close by, and read the line or passage aloud to them so they can share it with you.  

This week I’m going back to a book I read last October.  HOW TO DITCH YOUR FAIRY is a wonderful combination of fantasy, humor, and romance. 

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Here are some of my favorite passages:

My spoffs looked funny in the top, which is odd because my spoffs are tiny.  I pulled the top up and tried to push them back where they belonged.  Didn’t work.  Somehow the top was pushing my right spoff under my armpit and my left toward my neck. (p. 1)

I snuck another pee, at the irksome twosome.  He was smiling at her in a soft, wet, gooshy way and she was staring down shy and overwhelmed.  It seemed unlikely they were merely hiding the pain of a breakup.  If only Basu would five them multiple demerits. (p.67)

Microseconds later my alarm went off: six a.m.  I pried my eyes open with my fingers; they were glued shut with sleep.  If the gunk in the corner of my eyes was bad fairy aura, then I was in for a vastly horrendous day.  I rolled out of bed and into the shower before I realized I hadn’t taken my pajamas off.  I’d worked off three demerits last night at public service.  It was not enough. (p.82)

Does anyone else have any great lines this week?  If so, share them with us.



say it again saturdayThis week a friend of mine loaned me Rosemary Clement-Moore’s “Hell” books. The order is:

PROM DATES FROM HELL

HELL WEEK

HIGHWAY TO HELL

I immediately fell in love with Maggie’s sarcastic and cynical outlook on life.  Here are a few passages that made me laugh out loud.

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“Have you voted for class song yet?” A student council drone shoved a half-sheet of paper in my face.  Astrobright Orange is painful at any time of day, but at seven-thirty a.m. it was vomit inducing.  Also, the only thing perky I want in front of me at that hour is a coffeemaker.  Since the drive-thru lane at Take-Your-Bucks had stretched to Canada, I was still severely caffeine deprived. (p. 21)

It wasn’t that I couldn’t swim.  I could keep my head above water and move from place to place with all the grave of a Labrador retriever.  I’d made it through the past five weeks stubbornly moving down my lane in a sort of combination dog paddle/breaststroke so I could keep my eyes on the bottom of the pool, and anything that might be sneaking up on me from below. (p. 38)

Murphy’s Law for Ghostbusting must go like this: If you risk parental wrath by breaking your grounding and several speed limits to get to somewhere you are certain will be a hotbed of supernatural activity, then suffer through two hours of songs about ducks, not to mention a choreographed hoedown, assuredly nothing will happen. (p. 126)

Be sure to pick up these books the next time you are at the library or bookstore.  They are so much fun to read.

Did anyone else find any great passages this week?

 say it again saturday“Say It Again” Saturday was created because…Sometimes when I’m reading a book there are lines that just jump out at me.  They make me was to laugh, cry, or just sit and think for a minute.  Sometimes the lines are just beautifully written.  They are the kind of lines that you want to stop reading, find someone close by, and read the line or passage aloud to them so they can share it with you.  

Sorry for my absence last week, but I was sick sick sick.  Anyway, I’m back and trying to catch up.

This week my “Say It Again” Saturday passages come from:

JESSICA’S GUIDE TO DATING ON THE DARK SIDE

by Beth Fantaskey

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The first time I saw him, a heavy, gray fog clung to the cornfields, tails of mist slithering between the dying stalks.  It was a dreary early morning right after Labor Day, and I was waiting for the school bus, just minding my own business, standing at the end of the dirt lane that connected my family’s farmhouse to the main road into town. (p. 1)

Lucius had officially fallen off his already cracked rocker.  Not only did he think he was a vampire, but now he believed I was some sort of thirty-year-old cocktail-party attendee.  I laughed out loud.  “You really are crazy.  That’s designed – and priced – for women who do things like go to, I don’t know, symphonies or something.” (p. 93)

        Lucius slunk out behind my mother.  There was an uncomfortable lull in the conversation at the table, during which we all pretended like we didn’t hear the phrases “take part in polite conversation,” “feeble-minded nincompoop,” and “remove yourself,” coming from the kitchen in stage-whispered tones.
        A few minutes later, the kitchen door slammed shut.  Mom came back alone.  “Who wants more flatbread?” she asked, smiling grimly, not offering an explanation for the loss of one very irritable Romanian teenager. (p. 103)

I just love this book.  It seems to be a good stand-alone novel.  Of course, a sequel would be fine, but with so many series in the works right now,  it is nice change of pace to read a book that is complete when you get to the last page.   

What phrases do you have for us this week?

say it again saturday“Say It Again” Saturday was created because…Sometimes when I’m reading a book there are lines that just jump out at me.  They make me was to laugh, cry, or just sit and think for a minute.  Sometimes the lines are just beautifully written.  They are the kind of lines that you want to stop reading, find someone close by, and read the line or passage aloud to them so they can share it with you.  

This week I’m reaching way back in my memory.  This book is one of my all time favorite science fiction books.  I also like it because it is so different from the other books the author has written.  This week’s selection is:

THINGS NOT SEEN

by Andrew Clements

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I go down the hall to the stairs, and I stop.  I’m scared of the stairs.  Normally, I have good eye-hand coordination. I don’t dork out, don’t drop my tray in the cafeteria, trip on the stairs, nothing like that.  But there’s a problem this morning: no hands, no arms, no legs, no feet.  I feel them, but I can’t see them.  I hang on to the banister and feel my way down like a three-year-old. (p. 2)

“Tell me the big secret.  Tell me how come you’re not some shirtless creep.” She’s gripping her white cane with both hands, ready to use it like a samurai sword.
     “Simple.  Because I’m not just shirtless.  I’m also pantsless and boxerless and sockless and shoeless.  I’m not wearing any clothes at all.  You wanted the truth, and I swear to God that’s what I’m telling you.  And if I’m telling you the truth – that I’m naked – then how come there’s not a huge crowd standing around us right this minute? How come?” (p. 88)

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Book Description:

Bobby Phillips is an average fifteen-year-old boy. Until the morning he wakes up and can’t see himself in the mirror. Not blind, not dreaming-Bobby is just plaininvisible. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to Bobby’s new condition; even his dad the physicist can’t figure it out. For Bobby that means no school, no friends, no life. He’s a missing person. Then he meets Alicia. She’s blind, and Bobby can’t resist talking to her, trusting her. But people are starting to wonder where Bobby is. Bobby knows that his invisibility could have dangerous consequences for his family and that time is running out. He has to find out how to be seen again-before it’s too late.

There are two books that follow THINGS NOT SEEN.  They are THINGS HOPED FOR and THINGS THAT ARE.

Have you found any great passages this week?  If so, click on the Mr. Linky below to share them with us.

say it again saturdayWell, it has been another week of good reading.  I’m on my third book of the week, but I’m afraid I’m going to have a dry spell coming up.  I have to start working on my General Exam questions next week and I’ll be typing like a mad woman until April 6th when they are due.  I’m sure I’ll slip some reading in, but I won’t be able to devote long periods of time to my books for a couple of weeks. 

Anyway, on to my current “Say It Again” Saturday selection.  I finished SWOON this week (review coming soon) and one thing that definitely makes this book stand out among others is the language.  Nina Malkin has such a wonderful vocabulary and a lovely way of putting together words to make amazingly creative sentences.  Here are some examples of her talent.

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The word – witch, not lady – made me wince.  Pesky psychic afflication aside, I never dabbled in any craft more formidable than crochet. (p. 60)

Dramatic maquillage couldn’t possibly jibe with the dress code for a hayride, but what did I know? (p. 216)

With the complete and unabridged depiction of my cousin’s deflowering in the forefront of my consciousness, I was to stand before parents, peers, et al, and sing Mozart.  Lucky for them if I didn’t projectile vomit. (p. 165)

Leave town on any given Wednesday, and you can miss a lot.  So bespoke the messages on the old-school answering machine at 12 Daisy Lane. (p.209)

Did anyone else come across any great lines during the week?  If so, share them with us using Mr. Linky below.


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Welcome to the first ever post of “Say It Again” Saturday.  Sometimes when I’m reading a book there are lines that just jump out at me.  They make me was to laugh, cry, or just sit and think for a minute.  Sometimes the lines are just beautifully written.  They are the kind of lines that you want to stop reading, find someone close by, and read the line or passage aloud to them so they can share it with you.  

So, I’ve decided that I’m going to start trying to keep track of the wonderful lines or passages that really stop me in my tracks. I’ll post a line or two from the book I’m currently reading or something that sticks in my mind from a past book.   

**Disclaimer – I’ve looked around on the Internet trying to see if I’m copying someone else’s idea with this feature, but so far I haven’t seen anything exactly like it.  I’ve just found some blogs that contain random favorite quotes, some coming from books, but not all.

Anyhoo, feel free to participate in the “Say It Again” Saturday feature.  You can use the Mr. Linky at the bottom to link to your post.  Wordpress doesn’t allow the typical Mr. Linky you are used to seeing, but just click on it and it will take you to the form so you can fill out your information.

Enough with the introduction.  This week I’m going to take a line from the book I’m reading right now.  It is the CARBON DIARIES 2015 by Saci Llyod.

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Louise drew the last gasp of death out of her smoke and walked off. (p. 82)

I just think this line is such a unique way to describe the way a person is smoking a cigarette.

I always feel like there’s a bit of normality training that I missed or slept thru or something. (p. 148)

Don’t we all feel like this sometimes?  When everyone else in the room seems to know what is going on and you are completely in the dark?  

Now it is your turn.  Pick out a line from something you’re reading or have read in the past.  Share some interesting and creative language with us.  Just be sure not to choose something that will contain spoilers.  Link your post using Mr. Linky.