Thursday Quotables is a meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. It’s an opportunity to share stand-out quotes from your current read; if you want to know more the Bookshelf Fantasies blog click here.
Hi, guys! This is one of my favourite segments of the week because I get to showcase quotes from the book I’m currently reading. And as soon as I had read the first chapter of Bird, I knew I just had to do a post on it. I think it’s wonderfully written, with many great quotes. I had to whittle it down to only a few, because really, the whole book is just one amazing piece of work. So here we go.
“Grandpa stopped speaking the day he killed my brother, John.”
“The sky was never so big. I felt like an ant making my way over the dark earth as I ran on the finely ground gravel road, up the little swelling hill, and then back down it on the other side.”
“He held out his hand, and I took it and shook it, just like the grown-up I was becoming. I was surprised at how firm his grip was, like we were going to conquer the world.
It was the best handshake ever.”
“I didn’t trust myself to speak. How come my parents, who I’ve known all my life, didn’t understand why I come to this place, but John, who I met just a couple days ago, did? How can trying to make someone understand take more than a lifetime, and someone else less than an instant?”
“As Dad says, there are no coincidence in life. Which is a fancy way of saying that when things are meant to happen, no matter how mysterious or crazy or impossible, they’re going to happen. And I think he’s right.”
Have you read Bird by Crystal Chen? Did you love the lyrical, oh-so-quotable prose as much as I did?