Weekly Geeks: Favorite Bookish Quotes

Happy Saturday, and first I want to remind folks to sign up for my Birthday Blog Giveaway here.  For my one-year blog-iversary I’m giving away a $20 gift certificate or any book I’ve reviewed on this blog. Just tell me about a book you’re currently reading — I just started War and Peace, and feeling pretty good about it, I have to admit.  I’ll keep you posted.

This week’s Weekly Geeks assignment is to share a favorite bookish quote. My quote is from Madeleine L’Engle, who wrote one of my favorite children’s/YA books, A Wrinkle in Time:

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.

I think some of the most difficult, challenging and traumatic subjects make for great children’s literature — and great adult literature too.  Wrinkle in Time is a good example.  On that topic, I read an interesting post recently about why it’s OKAY that YA books are so dark, and why we don’t need to worry about children reading dark fiction (although there’s a big difference between tough themes, paranormal “darkness”, and the kind of serious violence described in the original article).  Food for thought.

And with that, happy Saturday, and



  1 comment for “Weekly Geeks: Favorite Bookish Quotes

  1. June 13, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I really enjoy Madeline L’Engle’s books. I liked how she managed to allow science and religion to exist simultaneously in her novels. I also really enjoyed that her protagonists (at least in the Time Quartet) were total nerds, and were odd and unique and awesome. I remember thinking that I wanted to be like Mrs. Murray when I grew up, and have multiple PHDs.

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