Monday, January 11, 2010

Grab-A-Line Monday

Happy Monday! I hope those of you who made resolutions are still happy with them. I am a little behind on my old-year/new-year transition. When I have sorted my thoughts out, hopefully still within the month of January, I will post them here.

Onto our regular programming of GALM, or Grab-A-Line Monday.

What is Grab-A Line Monday?
It is a weekly occurrence here at my blog, where I post a line--or two or however many it takes to capture a thought--that I've read that has stayed with me. I invite my readers to do the same. There are so many books that we'll never get to read everything that interests us. Such a shame. This is my small attempt to find writing that we shouldn't, but may otherwise, miss.

These quotes don't have to all be profound. Simple and light-hearted are great as well. I hope you find some passages that made you think and feel, or intrigue you enough that you'd want to read the book from which the passages originate.

Here are the quotes last last week's GALM:

MG Higgins shared from THE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE by Jacqueline Kelly.

...I crept downstairs and went out onto the front porch very early before the daily avalanche of my brothers could crack open the peace of the morning.

Nandini offered this from The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex.

It was Moving Day, and everybody was crazy. You remember. It was chaos; people running around with armfuls of heirloom china and photo albums, carrying food and water, carrying their dogs and kids because they forgot that their dogs and kids could carry themselves. Crazy.

I thought I should also mentioned that Nandini's contribution from the week before struck a chord with Beth, who posted her wonderful thoughts about writing fearsome for kids. I am re-posting the poem from Salman Rushdie, who dedicated to his son while in hiding during the fallout from Satanic Verses. The acrostic spells ZAFAR, his son's name.
Z emble, Zenda, Xanadu:
A ll our dream-worlds may come true.
F airy lands are fearsome too.
A s I wander far from view
R ead, and bring me home to you.
What caught you this week?


Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I love those quotes from last week.
Here is something from Susan Beth Pfeffer's Life As We Knew It:

...something was yellow. I remembered yellow as the color of the sun. I'd seen the sun last July. It hurt to look straight at it, and it hurt to look at this new burst of yellow.
It wasn't the sun. I laughed at myself for thinking it might be. It was a sheet of paper dancing in the crosswinds down the street.
But it was yellow. I had to have it.

MG Higgins said...

I'm reading Going Bovine by Libba Bray and while there's lots of good writing, nothing has caught my quote-worthy interest. Maybe next week. (I have GOT to get Life As We Know It!)

Nandini said...

I have one from Wanting Mor by Rukhsana Khan ...

The problem with hard shiny floors that are not made of mud is that dust from the streets,from all the dung of donkeys and horses and animals in the alleyways--the same dust that clogs the air--ends up settling on those nice shiny floors, and they need to be swept and mopped every single day.

Can smell the dust of the streets of Kabul from that passage.

beth said...

Thanks again for posting that Rushdie poem! for new lines....I need to pay better attention to them... I like Tricia's, though!

Annie Louden said...

I keep forgetting to participate! I will post something later today if I remember.

And, I just added The Evolution of Calpunia Tate to my wishlist. What a great quote!

Yat-Yee said...

Yay! That's what I wanted to achieve with GALM: to introduce new books to one another. Hope to see you back, Melissa, Beth and Annie!

a. fortis said...

I love this idea! I know it's Tuesday, and a day late, but I wanted to share a striking line I just read in Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger:

Molly's way more into my "Eastern" heritage than I am. It's not as if I'm not into's just that it was never really into me.

Something about that line really struck a chord for me. I know how the narrator feels! Anyway, love this feature. I enjoyed reading others' quotes and I look forward to reading more.

Yat-Yee said...

Welcome! And thanks for the stinking line!

Yat-Yee said...

Sheesh. Striking line, not stinking line.

Kathy B. at forwordsbooks said...

Thank you for this great idea. Between you and the Daily Kid-lit Quote person I have a lot of remembering to do. While it should assist my aging brain cells, I am not sure if I will get any work done. I love the concept though.

Yat-Yee said...

Hi Kathy B. ! I just found out about the daily lit quote this morning too. Great way to share what we love and what stayed with us.

Jessica Leader said...

Very cool! I was not reading with Line-Grabbing in mind, but I will do so next week and visit you then!

Yat-Yee said...

Great! Hope you see you back!