Line Obsession: "But then it struck me: if those girls looked over at me, they'd just see a plain looking eleven year old reading a book. They'd never suspect the secret I was hiding. I looked up and down the beach and wondered if maybe everyone could be hiding some big secret." - Sara Pennypacker, from Summer of the Gypsy Moths
Biscuit and I are up late because I'm on a novel reading binge. Poor Biscuit. She's snuggled up at the foot of the bed with her favorite squeaky dragon toy, and ever so often she'll stretch and blink a not-so-subtle reminder like ohmygosh, it is 1 AM and why is the lamp still on?!
I'm a chronic night owl. Especially when I find a great book.
I can sometimes go a week or two without reading much - a few chapters here, a few articles there, and so on. But then I have other weeks when I go straight-up cookie monster on books. I binge read. All nighters for novels. An hour in the library, just meandering around, trying to find love at first line. I load up on magazines. I fan out the newspaper across the table. Prose all night. Poems for breakfast. Nom nom nom.
But please know this: even if that initial scene startles you a bit, SUMMER OF THE GYPSY MOTHS is a lovely read, and it's so beautifully written.
This is one of my favorite passages so far:
"I broke it," I said. "And it was so beautiful."
"Oh, I like the broken ones fine," George said. He picked up a sand dollar. It was bleached white, at least four inches across, pretty as a sugar cookie. He snapped it in half, and I gasped.
George held the palm of his hand out to me and tapped the broken shell over it. A tiny white chip fell out, and then another ."Look here," he said. "Inside here, these are the teeth. They look like doves, don't you think? A lot of folks take the sand dollar as a message about God and Jesus and all - the nail holes of the cross on the shell, the little doves inside, you see -- that's all right, I guess. But what I see are the doves being released. Now, I see a broken shell and I remind myself that something might have needed setting free. See, broken things always have a story, don't they?" (- Sara Pennypacker, SUMMER OF THE GYPSY MOTHS, Balzer + Bray, 2012. p.38)Stella and Angel, the two main characters, are fantastic. Your heart breaks for them and with them, but you also get the vibe - very early on - that you're in the hands of an immensely talented storyteller who is all to happy to remind you that all broken things have a story. In this case, they have a seriously beautiful one.
Your turn! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to grab your current read and share a favorite line or paragraph or a little bit about a character or overall story that you love. I can't wait to hear what you're into! I love your book recommendations. (And, as always, I'd love to hear how you're doing