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May 26, 2020

Random lines from page 77

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is 'Opening Lines (Best, favorite, funny, unique, shocking, gripping, lines that grabbed you immediately, etc.)' but I decided to change that a bit. I went through my books  and one by one, I turned to page 77 and pulled out whatever lines I like. I didn't do this with ebooks, sadly, because almost all of them uses locations instead pages which is just weird to me. I picked 77 because I like things in 7. Here are some memorable and wonderful lines I found.

01 |
I heard about a disease people get from vacationing in places so beautiful they are psychologically incapable of handling it. Their intimate contact with pure unadulterated beauty makes them come apart at the seams. This may be such a place. I understand why Zoe wrote 'wish you were here.'
— Postcards From a Dead Girl by Kirk Farber

02 |
You can be betrayed in your sleep. The whole world can tilt while you're dreaming of butterflies.
— The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman

03 |
She had never felt sorry for herself; she had only felt tired and cross, because she disliked people and things so much. But now the world seemed to be changing and getting nicer. If no one found out about the secret garden, she should enjoy herself always.
— The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

04 |
A chill ran through us like a gusting breeze, as if we had all realized for the first time why we were here, in the gathering darkness, about to cross into a part of Joya that had been forgotten for a generation. It was unknown, unmapped and home to a murderer.
— The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

05 |
So today when the girl in the lunch canteen had reached out to snatch away Elsa's scarf, Elsa decided to continue the discussion on the girl's own intellectual level. She simply threw her glass of milk at her and ran for it.
— My grandmother sends her regards & apologies by Fredrik Backman, translated from Swedish by Henning Koch

06 |
He climbed over the stone wall. Water hit the hulls of the small boats lined up along the shore. He could hear himself breathing, hear the beats of his heart starting to speed and then slow as he moved away from the beach and entered the settlement. It was as though someone, somewhere, were dreaming this and he had crossed into it without permission. Everything both familiar and foreign.
— Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon

07 |
It was night in the city. We watched the people come and go while we waited at the light: businessmen and office girls, young people and old, all beautifully aglow in the headlights. Enveloped in the silent cold, bundled in sweaters and coats — it was the hour when everyone was headed for someplace warm.
— Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

Got any favorite lines or quotes from books?

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30 comments:

  1. I think a heard a rumour recently that The Secret Garden is being remade into another film. Keep your eyes peeled for it!

    My TTT .

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    1. @ Lydia: I doubt I would see it. Somehow I just didn't want to see how they would mess up the book.

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  2. These are so great! I love The Snow Hunters...what a great book. And I totally want to read Postcards from a Dead Girl now. :)

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    1. @ Lark: Snow Hunters is my favorite Yoon book. Postcards from a dead girl is my favorite funny book, I read that book several times. It's really funny to me and I would always recommend it but maybe my humor is not your humor but I really love that book and I hope you'll read it.

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    1. @ Christine: I'm always up for sharing books.

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  4. Love the Fredrik Backman quote. He is one of my favourite authors. Ditto Alice Hoffman. I really need to track down The Girl of Ink and Stars - it is a truly wonderful title.

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    1. @ Elephant's Child: That Backman and Hoffman book are two of my favorites. The girl of ink and stars is not a murder mystery, it's more of a adventure story. Just thought you should know.

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  5. Page 77: Relief was instantaneous, and he sat for a couple of minutes, just thinking. Book: The Key to Midnight by Dean Koontz. (not something you would like to read)

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    1. @ River: I don't read Dean Koontz's books, you're right about that.

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  6. These are all great but number one was my favorite.

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    1. @ Carver: I'm glad you like #1.

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  7. I love how you did this.

    Just for fun, I pulled one of my favorite books off the shelf and looked on page 77...It's from Richard Powers' book The Gold Bug Variations..."The treasure in Poe's tale is not the buried gold but the cryptographer's flicker of insight, the trick, the linguistic key to unlocking not just the map at hand but any secret writing. Ressler must bring the team to see that they are up against something considerably larger than the pleasures of the Sunday Crossword, fitting a few letters into empty boxes. Not the limited game of translation but the game rules themselves. Sprawled between the girders of the 800's, in the summer of his twenty-fifth year, he gets his first hint of the word puzzle he is up against. He must latch onto a language that can articulate its own axioms, a technique that can generate---in the effortless idiom it models---endlessly extensible four-letter synonyms for Life."

    Super fun.

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    1. @ Deb Nance at Readerbuzz: This an interesting passage, no idea what it means since I haven't read the book but thank you for sharing it.

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  8. This is so fun! I had no idea that Page 77 could be so intriguing across so many different books. Who knew?

    Happy TTT!

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    1. @ Susan: These are my some of my favorite books but I did find these passages kind of randomly and chose the ones I like but they are intriguing aren't they?

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  9. These were all really fun to read. They made me curious about the books.

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    1. @ Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse: But do they make you curious enough to read them?

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  10. These are very nice picks. I like the one for the Secret garden a lot!

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    1. @ Greg: Really? The Secret Garden one? I thought you might like #4 with the mention of murder.

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  11. Ooh.. love that quote from the Ice Queen and I laughed out loud at the Grandmother quote.

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    1. @ the Storyenthusiast: Same with me, don't you just love it when books makes you feel something?

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  12. Read from the snippet of your review, in my opinion the most thrilling story is a book Snow Hunters.

    Regards from Indonesia.

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    1. @ Himawan Sant: These aren't reviews. I don't know if Snow Hunters is supposed to be thrilling but it's a good read to me.

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    1. @ Lady Fi: So do I.

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  14. You found some wonderful quotes. I wish I had one to offer you.

    This one:
    I heard about a disease people get from vacationing in places so beautiful they are psychologically incapable of handling it. Their intimate contact with pure unadulterated beauty makes them come apart at the seams. This may be such a place. I understand why Zoe wrote 'wish you were here.'
    — Postcards From a Dead Girl by Kirk Farber

    That happened to me. The place was so beautiful I cried and my heart felt tight. After a few days my heart opened to the beauty and I felt like I was one with it, the dis-ease went away. That is how I came up with the
    name for my art: Beauty Flows, when we don't open to beauty, we have dis-ease.

    I might have to read some of these books.

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    1. @ Tammie Lee: I can understand how one can feel the effect of being surrounded by beauty.

      I do recommend you check out some if not all, of these books. I love reading them. Maybe you will like one or two.

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  15. The quotes were wonderful. I have always admired your book choices. Do you have a favorite review site or publication? Or do you find them browsing in bookstores?

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    1. @Frances D: I have tons of book blogs that I visit to find new books. It's on my blogroll which I titled 'bookmarks', it's the link below the header.

      I used to go to book stores and just pick out books from the shelf and read a few pages and if I like it, I'll get it but now I don't get to do that. Now I'm more into ebooks so I read a lot of book samples.

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