'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' by JK Rowling
July 13 - 14, 607 pages
I just felt like a bad person. I had read all of the Harry Potter books except the last. I needed to read this one. I like the books; they make for fun reading. And I always knew Snape was good. I just knew it. I can't believe I've finally finished the series!
'The Five People You Meet in Heaven' by Mitch Albom
July 15, 208 pages
This was a really good read. I powered through it. I quite liked Albom's style and will definitely read the more famous 'Tuesdays with Morrie'. Yes, this is a lovely book, sad at times.
'As I Lay Dying' by William Faulkner
July 17 - 18, 208 pages
I really liked the multiple points of view by didn't like the 9-day-old dead body: I could practically smell it!
My first three-book week! Wowee.
Some of my favourite quotes from 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven':
"Adam's first night on earth? When he lays down to sleep? He thinks it's all over, right? He doesn't know what sleep is. His eyes are closing and he thinks he's leaving this world right?
"Only he isn't. He wakes up the next morning and he has a fresh new world to work with, but he has something else, too. He has yesterday."
"Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you're not really losing it. You're just passing it on to someone else."
And from 'As I Lay Dying':
'When He aims for something to be always a-moving, He makes it long ways, like a road or a horse or a wagon, but when He aims for something to stay put, He makes it up-and-down ways, like a tree or a man ... Because if He'd a aimed for man to be always a-moving and going somewheres else, wouldn't He put him longways on his belly, like a snake?'
'... when I was young I believed death to be a phenomenon of the body; now I know it to be merely a function of the mind ...'
'She looks at us. Only her eyes seem to move. It's like they touch us, not with sight or sense, but like the stream from a hose touches you, the stream at the instant of impact as dissociated from the nozzle as though it had never been there.'
'He is a big tub of guts and I am a little tub of guts and if there is not any room for anything else important in a big tub of guts, how can it be room in a little tub of guts.'
And my favourite chapter of the book consists of only five words: 'My mother is a fish.'