I’m not sure who made this. I found it on Ffffound!

Continuing with the Best of 2009 Blog Challenge… My best book of 2009 was The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. A couple of years ago, a man stopped me in the airport to tell me that I was what he imagined the woman in the book to look like. Hearing something like that really made me want to read the book! But then I forgot about it. The next time it crossed my radar was this past summer, shortly before P and my wedding. Our friend Felicia was marrying us, and she found the passage she read at our wedding in the book. The passage was actually quoted by Niffenegger; the original author was A.S. Byatt. And I just love it. Here it is:

“What is it? My dear?”

“Ah, how can we bear it?”

“Bear what?”

“This. For so short a time. How can we sleep the time away?”

“We can be quiet together, and pretend – since it is only the beginning – that we have all the time in the world.”

“And every day we shall have less. And then none.”

“Would you rather, therefore, have nothing at all?”

“No. This is where I have always been coming to. Since my time began. And when I go away from here, this will be the mid-point, to which everything ran, before, and from which everything will run. But now, my love, we are here, we are now, and those other times are running elsewhere.”

I finally had the chance to read the book on our honeymoon. It is romantic with a fascinating premise. And it made me cry so much. I like books that make me cry.

What’s your book of the year?