Sometimes when I read a book, I come across words that work so well together I just have to open my college ruled spiral notebook and copy them down. Then I revisit those words from time to time and let them work on me. This collection of quotes and excerpts has grown over the years. I figure there’s no sense in letting them pile up in a stuffy closet. Hence, this series of Wednesday Words.
I have a weak spot for books about books. In “The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin, there is a quote that captures how I feel about her story:
“Every word the right one and exactly where it should be. That’s basically the highest compliment I can give.”
Here are some more gems:
“I like talking about books with people who like to talk about books. I like paper. I like how it feels, and I like the feel of a book in my back pocket. I like how a new book smells, too.”
“Bookstores attract the right kind of people….. A place ain’t a place without a bookstore.”
(For a peek at our local used bookstore, that makes our town a place, click here.)
“We read to know we’re not alone. We read because we are alone. We read and we are not alone.”
“We are not quite novels. We are not quite short stories. In the end, we are collected works.”
“You know everything you need to know about a person from the answer to the question, ‘What is your favorite book?'”
I too enjoy books about books. I read the Zevin book a few months ago and am delighted to see it quoted here. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry definitely contains some quote-worthy writing!
Thanks for your comment, Lori! Any other good “books about books” that you’ve read?
Hi Dinah, I am Grandma Peggy. You look so young to be a Nonnie. I love hearing the stories of other grandmothers and agree with your desire to have them learn about Jesus and what life is with Him by your side. Congratulations. Gotta check that book out.
Thanks for reading! It was fun to be featured on Grandma’s Briefs – I appreciated the opportunity!
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