I just discovered this cool feature on Amazon, which allows you to see the most commonly highlighted parts of a Kindle book. Yeah, it’s a little NSA/Big Brother-ish, but as a writer, it’s incredibly interesting to see what resonates with readers. In the case of Cheer: A Novel, here’s a sampling:
“Parenthood doesn’t improve one’s character, it exposes it.” (That’s probably my favorite as well…)
“As you go through life, if you don’t like your cards – if you don’t like the way your life is going – remember that your life is in your hands. You can always, ‘Go fish.’ Just like in the game! And your life can change, just like your cards.”
“Whenever I thought about Riley and where he was, I became unnerved. Where is he? I wondered. Is he looking down on me? Is he waiting for me? Will he forgive my transgressions if we’re ever reunited? Worse than negative responses to these questions is the very real possibility that I might never, ever know.”
Speaking of highlighting books, I re-read Rules of Civility, this time in book (rather than audio) form. I kept pen in hand and highlighted the $*%! out of it — what a masterpiece!