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Saturday, June 21, 2008

25 precious pages.

I am not sure if I can read these last 25 pages of These is my Words. For a few reasons..
  1. I don't want the book to end.
  2. I don't want to go to bed not reading about Sarah and her life, thinking that I would have enjoyed a life like that (I have often said I was born 100 years too late)
  3. I read the sequel first so I know what what is coming and I don't want to read about it.
  4. I keep finding the right time to get ready for a good cry which I know is inevitable. I think I may have to finish the book in public so I don't have a total breakdown.
I have loved this book more than I ever thought possible. These are my favorite kind of books. About homesteading women which make me appreciate my life, but also remind me of the responsibility I have to do so much good with so many advantages (running water) I have in my life.
I fear for the length of the upcoming post on how this book as touched me.
As for now I am just baby stepping my emotions to the end of the book.

Grab tissue and just read!

29 comments:

stacy{s} said...

It's probably the most I ever have cried from a book. But it is worth it. Nothing worse than when a book you love comes to an end...

Liz said...

Kristi, did you know there is a 3rd book in the series? It is called Star Garden, and it is really quite good as well. So when you finish up "These is my Words", give that one a try. I really loved all three books, but they sure do tug at your heart and make you cry.

Sharon C. said...

I loved that book as well -- perhaps you might enjoy the third book in the series!! I love the books from that period of time as well. Maybe you would like A Lantern in Her Hand, Nothing to do but Stay, and The Wedding Dress. They were also really good books.

Dana said...

This is one of my all-time favorite books. I read this last summer and bawled like a baby through the whole blasted thing.

Holly said...

Oh Kristi, I felt the same way! I became so sad when I got close to the end because I had been COMPLETELY swept up with Sarah and didn't want to leave her. And then there was Jack. Sob!!

I read Sarah's Quilt, but not Star Garden--yet. These Is My Words was the best, in my opinion.

Autumn said...

It's a great book! I've read all 3and the first was by far the best but I completely understand what you are talking about~I felt the same way when I was reading it. Our book club just finished The Star Garden & I was kind of sad to see the series be over!

Hannah said...

Oh this book! I have yet to read something that touched me so personally. Sarah is by far my most favorite heroine and I could relate to her in so many ways. You will bawl your head off- even in public. It was such a great, wonderful, life changing book for me. I hope you DO post about how it touched you.

Quelly said...

I am SO glad you enjoyed this book! I just loved it and I have to admit I was a little sad when you said you didn't love the 2nd book so much - I am glad it is just because you hadn't had a chance to get as connected with Sarah as you do in the first book.
I can't wait for your long post about this book!

love.boxes said...

This was a great book.. You might also like Dearest Friend by Lynn Withey about the life of Abigail Adams .. if you haven't read it already ..:)

lindsey said...

oh i loved this book...i think i cried through the whole thing. that couple pages are hard. i have sarah's quilt and star garden but i am afraid to read them cause i don't want to ruin what i feel for the first book.

Kim said...

I vowed I would never read a sad book again after I finished. Great book!

Laurie said...

I'm glad you decided to read it. It is so good. I enjoy these types too.

Missy :o) said...

Oh, I love that book!! You just need to find a time to be alone and have a good cry! It makes me feel good to 'get to know' a character and then be all emotional about 'the end'. It's good to have something to cry about once in a while!

Tales of an Alaskan Housewife said...

I received this book from a book club buddy as my family and I were about to "forge ahead" and move to remote Alaska. I have recommended this book to so many people and while I usually pass books on, as we are a military family and move too much to hoard things, I have kept this book on my shelf and let friends borrow it regularly. We have just returned from two years in Alaska and I will always have this book as a reminder that when you think you cannot stand one more moment of a hard situation....surely you CAN endure!

Amie said...

I loved loved loved this book. I have a post about it in my archives too... I am waiting for the perfect time to reread it.

michelle said...

YAY!!! I am so happy that you are reading it! One of my all-time favorites. Captain Jack Elliott -- one of my favorite characters in all of literature. Let's read Star Garden and see if we love it -- Jessie thinks it's almost as good as the first!

michelle said...

YAY!!! I am so happy that you are reading it! One of my all-time favorites. Captain Jack Elliott -- one of my favorite characters in all of literature. Let's read Star Garden and see if we love it -- Jessie thinks it's almost as good as the first!

patsy said...

I have a policy- no sad movies- no sad books.
I just can't take it. They stay with me for weeks... no, no, I don't do sad.
I kind of, read two sad books for my book club last year- skipped a lot that I couldn't take.
Denial is the world I live in.
I do hate it when a good book comes to an end. I just finished Barbara Walters- Audition.
(see, I'm shallow, down deep) because I LOVED IT. In fact it was the longest book I've ever read.
It was great- tons of history- it really was good, not all smutty like the media made it out to be.

Staffieri Family said...

I'm so glad you like this book, because it is my all-time favorite. I get it out every couple of years to have a good cry! I haven't even read the sequel yet!

melanie said...

Oh this book is so good. I knew what was coming from accidentally reading spoilers on a couple blogs and I thought I would be 'tough'. No way, I totally cried through the end. And even through all the tears, I didn't want it to end. Love this type of book as well but unlike you I'm not sure I would have been strong like Sarah. I'm excited to read that Star Garden might be as good as this. I have to go get it!

JENNIFRO said...

I DID finish it in public (beach) and did have a total breakdown. I was under my hat and sunglasses for an hour bawling with all my sisters saying, "I'm definitely not reading that now!"

Shawna B. said...

Kristi! I know just what you mean. Sarah became my friend, and finishing "These Is My Words" made me sob. Seriously, I cried and cried and cried. Get your Kleenex and a quiet place. After I was done, I called my friend, who finished the book the day before and all I said was, "I'm done" and then she and cried AGAIN on the phone!

Thank goodness for beautiful books.

Mindy said...

I ugly-faced cried with this book. I LOVED it and it will definitely be ranked in my favorite top 5. They should have a disclaimer on it to not read it if you are 9 months pregnant. What's funny is that I finished it in the hospital when I had Henry. I could not put it down. When he was asleep or in the nursery I read (instead of slept). I got my private good cry out behind closed doors in my hospital room. A+ book!

Aaron and Rachelle said...

Loved loved loved that book. Her passion for education, her compassion mixed with plain old toughness...she is a true heroine and I love a book that makes me cry. And your right... it put my life into better perspective when I consider how many modern conveniences I take for granted.... and how much more I should be able to accomplish. Wonderful book.

Price Cream Parlor said...

This is my all time favorite book. I just re read it this past month! If you enjoyed this one - I have several other books that you might enjoy. I'll email you...
Oh Captain! My Captain!

Jill said...

Are you wishing you would have read this back when your ward book club read it? I love, love, love this book!

thetramfam said...

I knew you'd love this book!

elshmobelsh said...

Kristi,
This is one of my favorite books! I read it for book club and went out and bought it and then I made Jay read it so I could talk to him about it! I ball like a baby every time I read it. Did you finish it?

charlotte said...

This is seriously one of my most favorite books--ever. I read it a few years ago and was so incredibly touched. This book definitely creates the water works. I'll have to check out the third one (I wasn't too impressed by the second.)