Welcome to my party! Come in, come in! Enjoy some
Have a drink.
Grab something to eat, Remember, virtual foods pack zero calories or stuff that our bodies don't need, so go crazy with the tiramisu and the nutella crepes.
Thanks for dropping by the retirement party for Grab-A-Line-Monday, my weekly blog event that started with this post in September:
Quick, grab a book from your bookshelf and find a memorable sentence. Or if you have one that you carry around in your mind, even better. Here's one that struck me the first time I read it and continued to occupy my mind:
In case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady.
in A Good Man Is Hard To Find
in A Good Man Is Hard To Find
If you've missed my multicolored, super-hyper announcement of a new feature on my blog, here is a recap:
Grab-A-Line Monday is the place to share sentences that stopped you in your tracks, or made you spew coffee or have stayed with you for years for other reasons. The moments when I read those sentences I count among the best in life. Since there are more books than any one of us can finish in a life time, I hope that this will become a place where we can share our treasures.
So I'd love it love it love it if you would grab a line and put it in the comments. And if it turns out you like the idea, please blog about it and share the word. Let's celebrate excellent writing and memorable moments!
Thank you so much to many of you who have come by and offered lines and passages that have caught you. Some of the quotes have so intrigued me that I have sought out out the books or short stories: Leviathan, Wee Free Men, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, The Adoration of Jenna Fox, just to name a few.
Other times, the quotes themselves have given me pause:
"What if man is not really a scoundrel, man in general, I mean, the whole race of mankind-then all the rest is prejudice, simply artificial terrors and there are no barriers and it's all as it should be."(A question asked by Lady Glamis via Crime and Punishment)
- Fyodor Dostoevsky
or made me sad:
"She had nothing left to say, so she said she loved me. And I stood there grateful for the lie."(A line from a song by Gin Blossoms brought to GALM by Solving Sherrie)
or made me chuckle:
"Kidnapping children is not a good idea. All the same, sometimes it has to be done."(From Shelley the story queen.)
Eva Ibottson, ISLAND OF THE AUNTS
And then there was the fast bullock confusion. It started with an innocent quote Nandini offered:
"Greetings, Ancient Uncle," he panted, "you have a very fast bullock."
YOUNG UNCLE COMES TO TOWN by Vandana Singh
But for some reason, I misread it to say "fast buttocks". which disintegrated even further in the comments...
GALM has had a great run and again, thanks to all of you who have supported it.
Now, to the contest (I hope you got the BYOQ--bring your own quote--memo on the party invitation) Please leave me one or more in the following categories:
- your favorite quote from previous GALM posts
- books you've read because of the quotes you've found here
- an all-time favorite quote
How Fiction Works by James Wood
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Added later: forgot to re-iterate that I can only send prizes to addresses within the continental US.
Speech over. Let the party begin.