Friday, March 13, 2009

Quotable - March 13, 2009: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Welcome to Quotable, a new weekly feature at Bookish Ruth. Each Friday I'll share a short passage that caught my attention during that week's reading. I hope you'll enjoy it and perhaps share something that resonated with you during the week.

This week's selection is from The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I'm probably one of only five people who hasn't read this book yet. I'm three chapters in and have already scribbled down four separate passages; I think I'm going to like this book.

"I never read without making sure I am in a secure position. I have been like this ever since the age of seven when, sitting on a high wall and reading The Water Babies, I was so seduced by the descriptions of underwater life that I unconsciously relaxed my muscles. Instead of being held buoyant by the water that so vividly surrounded me in my mind, I plummeted to the ground and knocked myself out. I can still feel the scar under my fringe now. Reading can be dangerous."
-- Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale p. 4
When I was in elementary school, I was so engrossed in a book I was reading that I fell down a flight of stairs. Thankfully I wasn't hurt, but that was the last time I ever tried to walk and read at the same time.

What did you find quotable this week?


  1. Ruth - when my son was about 8 a teacher had to tell him not to walk and read at the same time. Fortunately he hadn't fallen down stairs or walked into a wall!

  2. As a kid, I fell out of the tree in our backyard while reading so I completely understand. And someone that falls down reading will love The Thirteenth Tale. Great choice of quotes!

  3. I love that quote!! The book really grabbed me when I read WILL love the book!! I've been known to totally zone out everything around me sometimes when I late husband once came up to me one time while I was reading and said he had been trying to get my attention for 5mins!! LOL...oh well..i love to live in books!

  4. I remember that quote vividly.. I only read it very recently as well, just last month, in fact. And so many wonderful quotes in it. I'm pretty sure you'll love it as it is a booklover's delight. Enjoy! :)

  5. Hi Ruth, Thanks for coming by. I have not read this yet. It's on my huge teetering tbr. Enjoy your post.

  6. This is a great book. I just finished The Friday Night Knitting Club and I think I was one of five people who hadn't read it yet. Wonderful read!

  7. Enjoy the rest of the book - it's one of my favs! - Stephanie

  8. I started this book and got to the point where she reveals her twin died before I put it aside. I should really finish is someday.

    I found a great quote in The Mummy by Anne Rice (which isn't my usual fare, but one of my friends recommended it and it's actually really good):

    "He [the mummy] paused. 'When we are weary, we speak lovingly of dreams as if they embodied our true desires--what we would have when that which we do have so sorely disappoints us. But for this wanderer, the concrete world has always been the true object of desire. And weariness came only when the world seemed dreamlike.'"