On Random Passages from My Bookshelf

 I just finished the A-Z blogging challenge— the second time in two years. I wrote 26 stories, more or less in 26 days, well about 26 hours, if I’m to be honest. Being me, I winged through all of it, without any pre-planning.

Time to relax a bit, (and put up the I survived! badge–please pick it up from here if you survived too) I think, and to do that, I have to hit my bookshelf. I have a few books by my bedside and in various nooks of my home, reading-in-progress, so hitting the bookshelf is more or less to play a game– I hit a random book, eyes closed, and read out a passage (and if I’m in the mood, write a story based on it).

I’ll share with you the one I hit today:

The only completely stationary object in the room was an enormous couch on which two young women were buoyed up as though upon an anchored balloon. They were both in white and their dresses were rippling and fluttering as if they had just been blown back in after a short flight around the house. I must have stood for a few moments listening to the whip and snap of the curtains and the groan of a picture on the wall. Then there was a boom as Tom Buchanan shut the rear windows and the caught wind died out about the room and the curtains and the rugs and the two young women ballooned slowly to the floor.

Do you ever do random things like this with your books? Can you guess what (classic) book this passage is from?

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  1. Tina

    That's one of my favorite books, ever. Can't count how many times I've read it. There's just something about the way that he makes you understand a character that keeps me coming back. I can actually SEE Daisy Buchanan – and she ain't Mia Farrow. I actually did a post where I recast the entire film. Didn't know they were making another version! They should contact me about casting 😉
    Tina @ Life is Good

  2. Southpaw

    Actually I do. I like to pick up a random book and read a passage and see how that little tidbit makes me feel. Then I analyze it.

  3. Melissa

    Neat idea! I enjoyed this post. 🙂 And if you're that easily inspired, you should come back and post some random flash fiction. I bet you'd be good at it. 😀 Thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. Damyanti

    Susan, you're absolutely right 🙂

    Anna, I do it pretty often, and then if it turns out well, I go back and delete the beginning and try and re-write a new one!

    Donna, I mostly do this with books I have already read. 🙂

  5. Donna Hole

    I've never done that for story prompts, I'd probably get lost in reading the book and forget to write something 🙂


  6. Susan Roebuck

    That's a great thing to do – and well done on finishing the A-Z and thank you for organizing it! I was planning to finish but ended up on "S" 🙁

    I know the book! Won't say the name…but it's being (has been?) made into a film and the author's initials are S.F.!!!