About Casper McFadden

en-ghost in books

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  • Casper shared from The Land of Laughs: A Novel by Jonathan Carroll
    “Reading a book, for me at least, is like traveling in someone else’s world. If it’s a good book, then you feel comfortable and yet anxious to see what’s going to happen to you there, what’ll be around the next corner. But if it’s a lousy book, then it’s like going through Secaucus, New Jersey—it smells and you wish you weren’t there, but since you’ve started the trip, you roll up the windows and breathe through your mouth until you’re done.” She laughed and bent down to pet Petals, who was resting her chunky head on Anna’s foot. “You mean that you finish every book...
  • Casper shared from The Land of Laughs: A Novel by Jonathan Carroll
    “The plates hated the silver, who in turn hated the glasses. They sang cruel songs at each other. Ping. Clank. Tink. This kind of meanness three times a day.”
    Note: not everything stirs deiseal, nod @Caspurtle
  • Casper shared from The Land of Laughs: A Novel by Jonathan Carroll
    “The Land of Laughs was lit by eyes that saw the lights that no one’s seen.”
  • Casper shared from Where We Belong by Catherine Ryan Hyde
    I just don’t understand you at all.” “I know you don’t. Believe me. I know. But some of my favorite parts of me are the parts you don’t understand. I don’t mean to be hurtful. I’m not saying it in an angry way. I wish we fit together better, too. But I’m not going to change the best of me just because you don’t get it.”
    Note: a few of my favorite things
  • Casper shared from Where We Belong by Catherine Ryan Hyde
    Some people never do anything, because they’re so afraid it’ll get undone again. They get overwhelmed by the fact that nothing lasts. Then there are the brave people who do all kinds of stuff, anyway. Even though none of it is forever. I want to be one of those people.
  • Casper shared from Where We Belong by Catherine Ryan Hyde
    “What draws you to the Himalayan countries?” Her voice made me jump. “Well. I saw this picture when I was little. It was a lot like the one on the cover of this book. It was just so different from any place I’d ever been. And everything that was different about it seemed better. I’ve never been in the mountains or seen snow. I don’t know. Everything was just right about it. Or maybe I just liked it because it’s on the other side of the world from here.”
    Note: in the mountains everything is just right, even the air you breathe
  • Casper shared from Where We Belong by Catherine Ryan Hyde
    The woman behind the counter looked up at me and smiled. For some reason, that smile was almost like what I’d been looking for in Norway, except that didn’t make sense, because I could never travel to somebody’s smile.
    Note: you'd be surprise what a smile can do :)
  • Casper shared from Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
    “Art without emotion is like chocolate cake without sugar. It makes you gag.” He sticks his finger down his throat. “The next time you work on your trees, don’t think about trees. Think about love, or hate, or joy, or rage—whatever makes you feel something, makes your palms sweat or your toes curl. Focus on that feeling. When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time. You’d be shocked at how many adults are really dead inside—walking through their days with no idea who they are, just waiting for a heart attack or cancer or a Mack truck to come along and finish the job.
    Note: the saddest thing I know
  • Casper shared from Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
    Cooking Thanksgiving dinner means something to her. It’s like a holy obligation, part of what makes her a wife and mother. My family doesn’t talk much and we have nothing in common, but if my mother cooks a proper Thanksgiving dinner, it says we’ll be a family for one more year. Kodak logic. Only in film commercials does stuff like that work.
    Note: kodak logic:
  • Casper shared from Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
    “We must make plans,” she says solemnly. She draws four boxes, one for each marking period, then writes “GOALS” in each box. “We won’t get anywhere without knowing our goals. Everyone always says that and it is so true.”
    Note: Happy New Year!!
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Casper McFadden