Thursday Quotables: The Rosie Effect


Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
(US publication date December 30, 2014)

Don and Rosie are back!

Orange juice was not scheduled for Fridays. Although Rosie and I had abandoned the Standardized Meal System, resulting in an improvement in “spontaneity” at the expense of shopping time, food inventory, and wastage, we had agreed that each week should include three alcohol-free days. Without formal scheduling, this target proved difficult to achieve, as I had predicted.

In this sequel to The Rosie Project, the quirky love story keeps rolling along:

“To the world’s most perfect woman.” It was lucky my father was not present. Perfect is an absolute that cannot be modified, like unique or pregnant. My love for Rosie was so powerful that it had caused my brain to make a grammatical error.

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

If you’d like to participate in Thursday Quotables, it’s really simple:

  • Write a Thursday Quotables post on your blog. Try to pick something from whatever you’re reading now. And please be sure to include a link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your post (, if you’d be so kind!
  • Leave your link in the comments — or, if you have a quote to share but not a blog post, you can leave your quote in the comments too!
  • Visit other linked blogs to view their Thursday Quotables, and have fun!

8 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: The Rosie Effect

  1. Lovely 🙂 This sounds like such a funny story. Writing humour is such a difficult art, I’m always in awe when someone pulls it off. And there’s a story going on too. I think being funny and still having a story going on is a lot more difficult than people normally think. You know, as in, it’s easy to read, it must be easy to write.

    I’m quoting one of the most popular dieselpunk anthologies this week

    • I think you’re right — it’s so hard to get the tone right and convey humor in writing! I really recommend the first book, The Rosie Project, if you’re looking for something fun and light.

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