While I was dusting my bookshelf the other day, my eyes passed over the covers of the books there and my mind recalled bits and pieces of each one, little reminders of the joy I find when reading them. So I thought I’d share some of those passages and lines here whether they’re funny, or thought-provoking, or just written so well that my breath stops for a moment in admiration for the author’s talent. I don’t think I’d call them my “favorites,” because asking me what’s my favorite line from, say, one of Diana Gabaldon’s books is like asking me what’s my favorite ice cream. My answer to both questions is “Yes.” I love ’em all. The lines here are the ones I came up with first, in no particular order from the first ten books I grabbed off the shelves.
1) “Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ,” I said. “Bloody Timmy’s in the well!”
A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon, ©2005 by Diana Gabaldon, All rights reserved.
2) They each understood what the other was feeling. It was as if, from then on, the two of them mourned together. Not that they ever talked about it. The ones that hurt the most always say the least.
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg, ©1987 by Fannie Flagg, All rights reserved.
3) Cool place to work if you’re into S&M and that sort of thing.
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger, ©2003 by Lauren Weisberger, All rights reserved.
4) He never came to the supper table without a tiny cloud of aftershave in his aura.
Plantation by Dorothea Benton Frank, ©2001 by Dorothea Benton Frank, All rights reserved.
5) Mrs. Charlotte Phelan’s Guide to Husband-Hunting, Rule Number One: a pretty, petite girl should accentuate with makeup and good posture. A tall plain one, with a trust fund.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett, ©2009 by Kathryn Stockett, All rights reserved.
6) Okay, I’m not going to ask you why you have a large purple sex toy decorated with an innocent woodland creature at work or why you’re flinging it about the place.
Old Dogs by Debi Matlack, ©2012 by Debi Matlack, All rights reserved
7) The words shot through Vivi’s bones and blood and muscle, and her body relaxed, so that when her feet touched the ground they met the earth differently, as though they had found roots that reached deep down and anchored to something tender and undamaged.
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells, ©1996 by Rebecca Wells, All rights reserved.
8) I’d smell like shrimp by noon. Groovy.
The Reason is You by Sharla Lovelace, ©2012 by Sharla Lovelace Scroggs, All rights reserved.
9) Wulfgar flung a sideward glance at the woman and spoke not gently. “Would you like to escape, old hag? I would gladly turn my back if you will.”
The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, ©1974 by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, All rights reserved.
10) Because he had the eyes of a man who has been trying to look into the dark for a long time and has maybe begun to see what is there.
The Stand by Stephen King, ©1978 by Stephen King, New Material ©1990 by Stephen King, All rights reserved.
What are some of the lines that stand out for you from the books you love? Feel free to share in the comments!