Thursday, February 03, 2022

Bookish Quotes: Flowers in the Attic

 Over the last 18 months or so I have read several Viola Shipman books and I think it is probably time to read my next one. 

The Clover Girls was full of references to the 80's. So full in fact, that I did a Top Ten Tuesday post all about it.

One of the things that was mentioned in the book is the series Flowers in the Attic. Those books were everywhere in my late teens, but it was a series that I was most definitely not allowed to read which is why this quote appealed to me. Oh, and the part about reading under the covers too.

Lost in thought, I suddenly look up to find myself standing in front of The Cottage Book shop, a bookstore I consider the cutest in the world. It's an antique log cabin that looks as if it should be sitting in the middle of the woods with smoke streaming out of its chimney. Instead, it's jammed with books. The Clover Girls always came here, led by Em, whenever we'd escape camp. Em was obsessed with books. I always told her she should be a writer instead of a librarian.

Did fear stop her, too?

I walk inside and feel as if I'm on a field trip in school, exploring an old homestead. I browse through the selection of new book's before I head into a corner of the old log cabin.

I wonder if they have a copy? Oh, Em, I think. Can  you imagine?

I head to the front of the shelf, my fingers moving across all the A authors.

There it is!

A paperback copy of Flowers in the Attic. I smile, grab the novel and hold it to my heart.

Em sneaked a copy into camp one summer because her mom didn't want her to read it. She'd tried to convince her mom it was a sweet little book about a girl who loved flowers but her mother didn't buy it: she'd already heard about it and didn't want Em to get nightmares. So, after all the other campers went to bed, Em crawled into my bunk and we read Flowers in the Attic  with a flashlight under the covers.

And you had nightmares, Em.


  1. I've never read a book by Viola Shipman before, but the blurb you shared was enticing! Hope you get to read another one soon :)

    claire @ clairefy

  2. I have really enjoyed all of them so far Claire!