The Bookshelf Game (and Giveaway)

Let’s play a little game, just for fun.

Since today is 9/22, take a book off your shelf, then go to page 22 and pick a random excerpt starting on that page. Then count nine books away from your first book, turn to page 22 there, and pick an excerpt to add to the starting half you picked from the first book. (You can determine where to start it and how much to use. Feel free to look for parts that would make the story more coherent or funnier!)

I tried this myself to give you some examples. A few of my favorites:

“While I don’t doubt my ability to complete the accounting portion of the business, I’ll need a jug full of grape juice.”

Taken from: The Artisan’s Wife by Judith Miller, Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell

Her relationship with her daughter had never been easy, particularly since she had died from some disease in a South American hospital.

Taken from: The Midwife’s Dilemma by Delia Parr and A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson

“Looks like you could have your first murder case as sheriff.”
“Let’s not go tossing around that word just yet—not until I’m good at Mario Cart and you’re not.”

Taken from: Silenced by Dani Pettrey and From the Start by Melissa Tagg

That meant the day was destined for disaster, since Harriet had the feeling neither of the two people arguing right in front of her was going to disgrace the family name by marrying a performer’s daughter.

Taken from: After a Fashion by Jen Turano and The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White

And, as a bonus, here’s a longer story made up of nine of these:

Agnes shot her a sympathetic look. “Yes, he’s been very…attentive toward you since he took over for his father two years ago.”

“Tea?” Florence asked, lifting the copper kettle. The scent of kind words and pretty flowers would not change that. Light was glaring around the edges of the window shade and ricocheting off a cold fireplace. And why wouldn’t the fire be out? It was July.

But she was soaking wet and quaking like decaf. Zane could have handled the real stuff, but his parents claimed it messed with their sleep. They seemed a little older than the napkin with the blood sample.

He looked up and blinked, trying to find an excuse for his wandering gaze as she walked closer and asked, “May I know the name or location of this property?”

“I trust you got the information you required. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to make some phone calls in my office.”

Taken from: The books below, in order.


Your turn! Share a two-book 9/22 story below, and I’ll choose a random winner on Monday to pick their choice of one of the books in the photo above.

56 thoughts on “The Bookshelf Game (and Giveaway)

  1. “He didn’t know how she did it, but the woman had a knack for soothing his soul more than any person alive, and Sean wished he could bottle it. ”

    A Heart Revealed by Julie Lessman of 22

  2. ‘The girls stared up at her like she’d grown two heads or perhaps suspecting the smoke from the chimney came from a simmering cauldron inside. A sense of triumph rose within her; her first goal as a married lady was all but attained.’

    p.22 Home on the Range – Ruth Logan Herne & p.22 The Lady’s Command, The Adventurers Quartet – Stephanie Laurens.

  3. My sister used to be afflicted by your same ailment….”Yes.” Sandy snuggled under the covers and hugged her hippo. Taken from p.22 Maid to Match- Deeanne Gist and p.22 Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by Donita K. Paul.

  4. Maya darted a few glances around the room, then hitched her purse strap over her shoulder. Why, oh why, had she ever started such a pointless conversation with an utter stranger?

    Pg 22 A Broken Kind of Beautiful – Katie Ganshert and pg 22 from Bookends – Liz Curtis Higgs

  5. For those victims, she wrote on, doing her part to make sure the killers paid. Allie choked on her sip of tea. “You gave her up for adoption?” -page 22 in Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock; page 22 in Lonestar Secerts by Colleen Coble

  6. Not to be outdone, Luke quit too. If the job was beneath Yardstick Yoder, he said, it was certainly beneath him. “You should meet the couples in person and have them come to the restaurant or even here to the house. I think meeting and spending time with them should help you to decide. I noticed that Ashley and Jason live in Cincinnati while Karen and Jeff live in Dayton.”
    Pg 22 of Amish Baby Snatched by Diane Craver
    Pg 22 of The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher

  7. “Most of the prisoners at Gratiot Street were transfered back east. Jeremiah only stayed because he could … have a water closet below stairs.”

    Pg 22 in A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings and pg 22 in Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen.

  8. Missing-Lisa Harris & A Worthy Heart-Susan Anna Mason

    They’d been friends for years, but now… Somehow she’d allowed everything to change.
    She fisted her hands on her hips. “What are you doing, spying on us like that?”

  9. “Trudi hunched over the picture. Yep, it was definitely Truck. And if fate was kind, he might succeed far better than she had”

    “Annabel Lee” by Mike Nappa
    “Hope Harbor” by Irene Hannon

  10. A Tapestry of Secrets – Sarah Loudin Thomas and In Perfect Time – Sarah Sundin

    Based on breakfast, Perla considered that lunch might not be worth earning, but she nodded her agreement just the same.
    That was better news than the DFC.

  11. The beetle returned and sullenly flung down some nectar.
    “An outrage,” he said. “You can’t escape those vermin anywhere. They don’t allow you a moment’s peace.”

    “Of course they do. Thou wilt not pass any basilica, bath, library, or book-shop without seeing a poet gesticulating like a monkey. Agrippa, on coming here from the East, mistook them for madmen.

    (First paragraph: The Adventures of Maya the Bee by Waldemar Bonsels
    Second paragrapy: Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero by Henryk Sienkiewicz)

    Ps: Hope it’s OK to use Project Gutenbery epubs! 😉

  12. Into this London stepped William Tyndale, unblemished in his Caotholic devotion and a monarchist who had argued that the King was outside the law and subject only to God’s law. For verification purposes,we shall download patches_342s_20091110.jar.MD5 and zkpatches_342s_20091110.jar.MD5 also.

    (First sentence from “The Book of Books” by Melvyn Bragg – examining the history and radical impact of the King James Bible.
    Second sentence from “ADempiere 3.4 ERP Solutions” by Bayu Cahya Pamungkas).

    I think this demonstrates two things. I’m not very good at this game and my bookshelves are very disorganised! 🙂

  13. Twenty minutes later, dressed in her best polonaise with her hair artfully arranged, Meredith stood by the window looking out over the steeet.

    The old elm tree was one of the few that hadn’t been slaughtered in the attempt to rid Chicago of an Asian beetle infestation.

    The Short-Straw Bride: Karen Whitemeyer p.22
    The Protector: Dee Henderson p.22

    This was so much fun!

  14. Rebekah waved her arms the way a mother hen flapped her wing a certain degree of stubbornness accompany those strengths.
    Guide Me Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer and Ashes and Ice by Tracie Peterson.

  15. “Now, remember what I said,” Breck whispers. “Try to look smart and sound like you got some brains in your head, or the ol’ crow’ll be done with you faster than her harem of menlfolk.” This from a woman who was sitting on top of the ice-cream cooler, a shotgun resting across her legs. {Storm Siren, by Mary Weber & Deep Shadows by Vannetta Chapman}

  16. Lonnie rose and plucked him up. She lifted her gaze to the distance. “Did you hear something?” Twice she’d tried to bring it up, but everyone’s head rang with wedding bells.
    Though My Heart is Torn by Joanne Bischof and Wedding Bell Blues by Linda Windsor.
    This was fun!

  17. In the dugout Laura and Mary too off all their clothes, for she could not remember having seen such a thing.

    On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

  18. Quick as a snake, without even dropping the bologna, he kissed her downy hair, the smell of dishwater and milk bringing a smile to his face.
    Levi’s Will by W. Dale Cramer and Deep In The Heart of Trouble by Deeanne Gist

  19. Madison saw the shadow of movement in her peripheral vision. She turned and got a glimpse of a man, an impression only of a bald scalp; “You will think about what I said?” Alienating a powerful man like Craven wouldn’t be wise.

    From Seek and Find by Dana Mentink and Hearts That Survive by Yvonne Lehman.
    This was really fun to do. Thank you for the opportunity

  20. Once she had a dial tone, she pressed 9-1, then stopped. I know it’s not terribly elegant riding around in the Jolly Janitor van.

  21. “He had personal difficulties, but he’s overcome them. Hadley reported he’s developed laudable character. The time has come for you to meet your father.”

    “Sweet Mercy, I sure hope we didn’t kill him.”

    Page 22 of:
    Letter Perfect by Cathy Marie Hake
    Opal by Lauraine Snelling

  22. “Your job is to make sure I am not disturbed unless something of vital importance occurs. You are not to show any ladies into this study. If it happens again, you shall be sent to feed the pigs.”
    “I’m never letting that dog lick me again.”

    Taken from “The Beautiful Pretender” by Melanie Dickerson and “The Bones Will Speak” by Carrie Stuart Parks.

  23. “Coming next week, the shocking story of the flawed genius considered by many to be the greatest wizard of his generation.”
    “He was a con man, Hope. Pretended to be something that he wasn’t.”

    (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, and Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer)

    • “Her body jerked as something large crashed inside the house.” “Fear gnawed Alexia’s gut as she smiled at her friend and headed up the winding stairs of the keep to Lady D’Clere’s chamber.”
      From “Unveiled” by Francine Rivers and “She Walks in Power” by Marylu Tyndall

  24. “Ain’t that what you do after you git out of school?”
    That didn’t seem to comfort her. She sat there, looking down at the folders and nervously biting her lower lip. Finally she asked, “So what are your plans?”

    “Home To Holly Springs” by Jan Karon and “The Oath” by Frank Peretti.

  25. “How about you figure out a way to change yesterday? You may be certain I will put it to good use.”

    “Blog This” by Cami Checketts & “Dear Mr. Darcy” by Amanda Grange

  26. He’d used at least 20 different names over the last nine years, but*either Mr. Grant had some sort of mental blockage when it came to names, or he didn’t deem hers worth remembering.

    From: A Noble Masquerade to Win Her Heart by Kristi Ann Hunter and Karen Witemeyer

  27. Rebekah blinked rapidly, fighting tears. “Oh.”/Quickly, they both had realized something was amiss, even without the midwife saying so.

    From Guide Me Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer and The Love Letters by Beverly Lewis

  28. My mother wasn’t at the door to greet us, and I was frightened when Peggotty took my hand and led me into the kitchen. ‘There you are!’ big brother Oyster said as he pulled it out from under the leaves and grass. ‘It’s a pity Shark isn’t here. He could have shared it with us.’

    (David Copperfield by Charles Dickens and Animal Stories by Dennis Pepper)

  29. [Ediva could no longer control the emotions roiling within her. There was hatred for her situation, yet no revulsion, certainly not like during her marriage to Ganute,] [“You’re still mad at me, huh?” he asked, surprising her into raising her eyes. “For sayin’ you were too old to be looking for a husband?”]

    From Bound to the Warrior by Barbara Phinney
    and Roping the Wrangler by Lacy Williams

  30. I think I picked the two most incompatible books on my shelf LOL –

    He didn’t need their gratitude. As a knight, he would do his duty in protecting Duke Wilhelm’s people, grateful or not. If the Indians would take him and his men prisoner instead, and assure them fair treatment, they could be ransomed to the British in the north for bounty.

    From THE GOLDEN BRAID by Melanie Dickerson & THE FRONTIERSMAN’S DAUGHTER by Laura Frantz

  31. “But…look, I’m sure I’m not the first person on death row to tell you that they’re innocent,” “I was at the coffee shop” he said, ” and I saw my jacket walking past.”
    JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson and The WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET by Natasha Pulley.

  32. Most folks don’t realize what a good sense of humor the Amish have. So you’re saying what I’m thinking.

    From An Amish Harvest and Without Warning by Lynette Eason

  33. She lay bleeding, one hand covering five adults, two of them holding babies.
    From Deep Trouble and In Too Deep, both by Mary Connealy.

  34. The king-sized bed was covered with gray silk pillows, dark and translucent as winter rain, and in the far corner, directly below a picture window that framed Seattle’s nightline, a man and a woman ate dinner.
    “No thank you, Sequoia,” the man said. “A man’s one claim on manhood is that he can call on God–not the God of any theology, right or wrong, but the God out of whose heart he came and in whose heart he is.”

    The River Runs Dry by Sibella Giorello and The Baron’s Apprenticeship by George MacDonald

  35. How fun! 😀
    Taken from A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M White and Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren.

    Just an appreciation of beauty and good humor – that was all. Of the way the light caught her hair and set it ablaze. The line of her shoulder … which he supposed he should care about saving instead of wishing the place would be swept away.

  36. “You’ve got a mean bump on your skull, miss. Best not to touch it.”
    Rachel grasped the doily-covered arm of the sofa to steady herself.

    Swept Away by Mary Connealy and A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings

  37. Ha!! I LOVE this game! 😀 Here’s mine:

    Brigitte regarded the books. So Colette noticed she had truly hopped back in time.

    Flame of Resistance by Tracy Groot and Dreamspell by Tamara Leigh.

  38. She sorted through the origami paper until she found a black square, then changed her mind now that the soldiers and tax collectors were gone.

    pg. 22 of Stolen Things by Stephen Parolini, pg. 22 of Iscariot by Tosca Lee

  39. “The words scrape the walls like sharpness against glass and she squeezes her eyes tight as…
    I waited for a customer to leave before taking my place at her table. Sitting before abandoned plates of half-eaten lasagna or risotto, I place the distressed bud in a sweating glass of water…”

    The Railwayman’s Wife by Ashley Hay
    The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

  40. “I almost asked him how he knew to do such a thing, but just as quickly realized that I probably didn’t want to know. *How much flight training had Norman completed?*”

    Pg 22 of “The Cautious Maiden” by Dawn Crandall and pg 22 of “A Memory Between Us” by Sarah Sundin


  41. His hand broke free and he tumbled back hard as the pot slid into the sea. He gulped icy breaths, hearing only the thunder of his heartbeat, the roar of the waves. The bitter edge of regret cut through him. He shouldn’t be here. Not anymore. Time to think about his life, his future……”Oh my gosh,” Chelsea said in her too-loud whisper. “You’re going to be a total drudge next semester.”

    Taken from pages twenty two from the books You’re the One That I Want by Susan May Warren and Married ’til Monday by Denise Hunter.

  42. The really big twist is that God himself becomes the man who is the prophesied Messiah, rather than just anointing one more joker to add to the long line of jokers he’s used throughout history. As she explained this to the young cadet, his eyes narrowed in concentration, and she was relieved that he seemed to be taking her seriously.

    The Storytelling God by Jared C Wilson (page ish 22 on my Kindle app) and Summer of Dreams by Elizabeth Camden (again, page ish 22, Kindle app).

  43. The shocker came today. He’d expected Kristy to be fragile and beaten down. But the confident woman he’d met certainly didn’t seem fragile.

    Taken from: Love is a battlefield – A walk in the park- book 1 by Annalisa Daugherty

    Bishop chose to to stick with pancakes and bacon, occasionally cinnamon rolls, rather than adapt to powdered milk and an egg substitute.
    Taken from: Undetected by DEE HENDERSON

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