Monday, January 05, 2009

An Excerpt...

Nymeth and Chris (and a lot more people, but those two came to mind right away) both read and reviewed The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I have read it before, I consider it one of my favourite books of all time, but it was before I started blogging. I have picked it up to reread it before, but something else would always end up catching my attention. Earlier today, I sat down, though, and read 200 pages. I love this book! Even though I know what is going to happen, I am still just as captivated. The worst thing, for me, is explaining to people why I like it. When I picked up today, though, and read these lines I was left thinking: 'Who wouldn't like a book that starts like this!'

Clare: The library is cool and smells like carpet cleaner, although all I can see is marble. I sign the Visitors' Log: Clare Abshire, 11:15 10-26-91 Special Collections. I have never been in the Newberry Library before, and not that I've gotten past the dark, foreboding entrance I am excited. I have a sort of Christmas-morning sense of the library as a big box full of beautiful books. The elevator is dimly lit, almost silent. I stop on the third floor and fill out an application for a Reader's Card, the I go upstairs to Special Collections. My boot heels rap the wooden floor. The room is quiet and crowded, full of solid, heavy tables piled with books and surrounded by readers. Chicago autumn morning light shines through the tall windows.
That quote is the opening lines from Chapter 1 (page 7 in the paperback edition I have). See, that is a beginning... Off to spend more time with Henry and Clare!\

Oh, and the worst thing of all is I was gathering clothes together to do a load of laundry and I think I put the book on a wet towel because now the edges are wet! (Yeah, I know, so minor in the world, but enough to make me mildly freak out...)


  1. I loved that description in the opening paragraph. It made me want to go right to my library and I can picture what she's writing perfectly...I just hope the movie does too :/ Glad to see you rereading this! I'm going to soon as well I think.

  2. I am glad to see me rereading anything! I don't think I really have in years, so this is a big deal for me. I have so many unread books I feel guilty reading ones I have already read... I am worried about the movie, to be honest. I don't know if I want to see it.

  3. ditto...I don't know about the movie either. When I saw they cast Eric Bana as Henry...well, that wasn't too good of a sign. I didn't see Henry like him at all. I saw him looking more like Ryan Gosling. I do think Rachel McAdams works for Clare though...though I would've rather seen Anne Hathaway play that role...I guess I can't have everything, huh? I'll decide whether to see it or not when it comes out...who knows.

  4. If I just kind of like a book, I don't really care about the movie, but when I love a book seeing a movie scares me. I see these characters and live with them when I am reading the book, so when I see the movie and see their representation of the book, it sort of ruins it for me. When I reread the book I see the actors instead of my characters... I hate it, actually. I know they aren't my characters, but they I still think of them that way... I don't know if I am making sense!

  5. I love that you were motivated to pick this up again and that you got lost in it all over again. I have always wondered how I would feel about it on a reread, though honestly I know I would love it again. Someday...

    And I would have been seriously pissed about the wet towel incident, so don't feel bad about freaking out.

  6. Hi Kailana, I also love this book and it is one of my all time favourites.

    For me, it was something totally different from what I would normally have read. It's such a refreshing read. Brilliant book and I am so glad you love it too!

    I am looking forward to the movie, but I know it won't be a patch on the book, movies never are.

    Not tried anything else by this author though, have you?

  7. As I was just telling Nymeth, this book has always intimidated me for some reason. But her review, and now this excerpt you posted, well, I'm afraid I'll be able to resist no longer.

  8. it amazes me that some people don't realize you can feel as great about a book you loved a second and third time as they did the first. Some just refuse to reread! But all the same joys and feelings are there again!! It's a given how you will feel.. so when one needs a pick me up, the BEST thing to do is to read a book you KNOW you LOVE!!

  9. Carl: I am loving it just as much this time as I loved it before! I have tried to reread it before, but shiny new books always end up taking my attention away! Actually, I pretty much read the entire book yesterday. Maybe an hour or so today and I will be done... I guess I wasn't as crazy as I thought freaking out about the wet book! I was mad I sent a text to the charming comedian telling him that I got my book wet and he called me to make sure the book was okay... lol

    Margo: It's a fantastic book, but you are right, I might have read it for the sci-fi time travel aspect, but the very romantic aspect of the book is not something that would make me normally pick it up. I was surprised I liked it as much as I did. And, no, never read anything else by her.

    Debi: I really hope you take the time to read it and that you enjoy it when you do! I found it a fast read both times I read it, so I don't imagine you will have much of a problem with it. I can see you enjoying it. :)

    Deslily: I used to reread all the time, but then my TBR pile got out of control, so I just sort of read to try and get that back under control! I am going to try and reread more this year because there are so many books that I want to reexperience!

  10. I love that passage!

    And I'm worried about the movie too...I guess we'll see. But I know what you mean, Kelly. I'm all protective of books I love and hate seeing them being turned into bad movies :P

    Also...Trish has been encouraging me to host a re-reads challenge for the second half of the year, and I think I will! It sounds like we all need an excuse to re-read more :P

  11. Yeah, Nymeth, I really need to reread more! Ever since I finished this I have been thinking about all the great books that I have only read once and really need to read another time!

  12. Ah...that is great!!!

  13. Just because I think I should do something doesn't mean I actually will...


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