Book-Hopping, Courtesy of Maili!

OK, I’m really, really late on this. I suck. But it’s such a cool little game; better late than never, no?

Anyway, the ever wondrously smart (and almost never bitchy) Maili instructs us to:

1. Take first five novels from your bookshelf.
2. Book 1—first sentence
3. Book 2—last sentence on page 50
4. Book 3—second sentence on page 100
5. Book 4—next to the last sentence on page 150
6. Book 5—final sentence of the book
7. Make the five sentences into a paragraph.
8. Feel free to “cheat” to make it a better paragraph.
9. Name your sources
10.Post to your blog.

Ho-kay! Here are my results:

Della Mitchell clutched the steering wheel of her silver SUV and closed her eyes. Instead, after wrangling with accelerated motion such as the spinning bucket, Newton saw no option but to invoke some invisible background stuff with respect to which motion could be unambiguously defined. “I’m saying we choose what’s familiar, for good or ill.” If they had a normal marriage, he would kiss the delicate curve of her throat and find a way not to crumple her gown while he made them late for dinner. “All we know is the ghost is most likely to show himself when the moon is full and the B & B is hosting handsome young tourists.”

Yowch! Do I win some kind of prize for Most Schizophrenic Paragraph? I didn’t actually bother to go to my bookshelves (I mean, which bookcase should I have chosen? The HC bookcase? The one holding the paperbacks? What about the ones holding nothing but TBR books?) so I just grabbed five of the eight books currently littering my computer desk.

These here are the books I used:

The Sistahood of Shopaholics by Leslie Esdaile, Monica Jackson, Reon Laudat and Niqui Stanhope
The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene
The Royal Treatment by MaryJanice Davidson
The Bartered Bride by Mary Jo Putney
Pirate’s Price by Darlene Marshall


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  1. 1
    Ankah says:

    Oh how fun! Here’s my take:

    The sun could have melted diamonds that day, and I spent the afternoon poolside, wasting away in Liptonville for the thirtieth time in a month. “So, what’s on your agenda at the meeting tonight?” Pouting at my reflection, I took a deep breath. He held me tenderly high up in our green-blue thicket of pine needles…his groin pressing against my buttocks. “Yes,” I say, “as ready as I’ll ever be.”

    Pick Your Poison—Leann Sweeney
    Ghost of a Chance—Yasmine Galenorn
    The Bad Mother’s Handbook—Kate Long
    Possession—Ann Rule
    Diving Through Clouds—Nicola Lindsay

    The first two books were on my work desk (I work at a library, I’m not really pressed for finding books here), and the other three I plucked off other librarians’ desk. I had to change the point of view in that fourth sentence, and omit a couple of wordsbut I consider myself lucky to find a juicy sentence like that!

  2. 2
    Maili says:

    I’m smart and not bitchy? That’s news to me ‘cos it’s usually the other way round. :D You do get to win the Most Schizophrenic Paragraph. My favourite is Unicorns/Beverly’s because it involves anus. I don’t think I’ll ever get it out of my mind. :D

  3. 3
    Sarah says:

    Anus is, as a rule, unforgettable.

    Unfortunately for me, I have only two books with me. No wait. I have 5. OOh OOh! my turn!

    Lieutenant Louis Broche arrived at the Musee d’Orsay angry.

    “Either you’ve been involved in some sort of secret scientific government-sponsored experiment and never mentioned it-”

    Minneapolis was pretty low-crime compared to most cities, but it didn’t do to tempt fate. His personal life, on the other hand, she thought herself eminently qualified to pronounce about.

    “Not Darius.”

    1. If You Dare by Adrianne Byrd
    2. Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson
    3. Undead and Enemployed by MaryJanice Davidson
    4. Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase

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