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Written by Kirsten on April 21st, 2012

My readathon day is enjoyable, but I always forget that I don’t read as fast as I used to and it can get frustrating (refer to rule #9, Kirsten…!). The good thing about having slowed down my reading is that I truly read everything now, and have a much greater appreciation for skilled writers. Lois Lowry is one such writer, and I find myself experiencing really big emotions when I read even a simple sentence of hers. I just finished A Summer to Die, and while I knew it was going to be sad, I mean duh, I wasn’t expecting so much beauty and loveliness. Which also made me a little sad to read, but in a bittersweet way. Anyway, here are a few of the passages that stood out to me. It was hard to limit it to a reasonable number, honestly.

This last one in particular hit me hard today. The way it is written is reminiscent of a voice I hear speaking in my heart always, the fact that I have cried and laughed in the same breath more often than I care to think about in the past week, and the reminder of the friends who have wiped the tears and brought the laughter all make this a huge takeaway from this book.

 

 

4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Paulina says:

    Thanks for sharing the passages. I’ve not read any of Lois Lowry’s books but my daughter has recommended them to me, and I plan to try one soon.
    Paulina┬┤s last blog post ..Dewey’s Read-a-thon: Introductory Post

    • Kirsten says:

      I highly recommend The Giver – if you didn’t read, say, the Anastasia books as a kid, they might not be as much fun as they are for someone revisiting them in their adulthood, but I read The Giver for the first time just a few years ago and it was spectacular.

  2. Nolatari says:

    Such great passages here! I’m especially enamored with the first one: “How can you learn anything if you won’t take risks?” Love that!
    Nolatari┬┤s last blog post ..Spring Readathon 2012 :: Hours 5-12

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