Sunday, April 24, 2011

Random Books from the Bookshelf

Random Books from the Bookshelf

Random Books from the Bookshelf is weekly feature hosted by Cookies, Books and Bikes.  This weekly feature was created to showcase the first few paragraphs from books that have been sitting on the bookshelf patiently waiting for their turn to be read.  I’d like to send a big THANK YOU to WonderBunny for letting me use her awesome feature on my site.  Please stop by and visit her blog.  Aside from this cool feature, she also posts great book reviews and shares AMAZING cookie recipes!

I’m dubbing this week ‘Library Edition’ week.  Here are some books I recently picked up…



Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

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The Amazon Basin, September 1987

At noon, the clouds clinging to the top of Cerro Gordo broke free and scattered.  Far above, in the upper reaches of the forest canopy, Whittlesey could see golden tints of sunlight.  Animals—probably spider monkeys—thrashed and hooted above his head and a macaw swooped low, squawking obscenely.

Whittlesey stopped next to a fallen jacaranda tree and watched Carlos, his sweating camp assistant, catch up.

“We will stop here,” he said in Spanish.  “Baja la caja.  Put down the box.”

Whittlesey sat down on a fallen tree and pulled off his right boot and sock.  Lighting a cigarette, he applied its tip to the forest of ticks on his shin and ankle.

*Note:  A big thanks going to Jen over at My Book Addiction for bringing this series to my attention.  Looking forward to giving it a shot.

*Note:  I’d like to blame, er, I mean thank Ash over at Smash Attack Reads! for the next two book recommendations.  It was hard to resist her enthusiasm!

 City of Bones

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare



“You’ve got to be kidding me,” the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest.  He stared down at the boy in the red zip-up jacket and shook his shaved head.  “You can’t bring that thing in here.”

The fifty or so teenagers in line outside the Pandemonium Club leaned forward to eavesdrop.  It was a long wait to get into the all-ages club, especially on a Sunday, and not much generally happened in line.  The bouncers were fierce and would come down instantly on anyone who looked like they were going to start trouble.  Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray, standing in line with her best friend, Simon, leaned forward along with everyone else, hoping for some excitement.

The Marbury Lens

The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith

I guess in the old days, in other places, boys like me usually ended up twisting and kicking in the empty air beneath gallows.

It’s no wonder I became a monster, too.

I mean, what would you expect, anyway?

And all the guys I know – all the guys I ever knew – can look at their lives and point to the one defining moment that made them who they were, no question about it.  Usually those moments involved things like hitting baseballs, or their dads showing them how to gap spark plugs or bait a hook.  Stuff like that.

My defining moment came last summer, when I was sixteen.

That’s when I got kidnapped.


  1. I am so stoked that you are reading City of Bones and The Marbury Lens! WOOT!

  2. OMG City of Bones!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE! You HAVE to read it as soon as you can. That is one amazing series! AMAZING!!!

  3. @Smash - Thanks for waving the fan girl flag in my face to get my attention. The Marbury Lens is totally kicking my a good way.

    @Julie - LOL! I can almost see you doing a happy dance. As soon as I'm done with The Marbury Lens I'm going to jump all over City of Bones.

  4. Yay!!! I'm so happy you got Relic! It's such a great story that I can't figure out how they made it into such a lousy movie :)

    Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series rocks too!

  5. Hi Jen! I'm looking forward to giving it a shot. How could I not with the way you gushed about it. It was made into a movie? And it sucked? Why am I not surprised?

    Thanks for stopping by my friend!

  6. Nice! I'm very curious about the last one.

  7. Hi Juju! I'm trying to have a review up by next week. I'll keep ya posted.

  8. Yayyyy, you're going to be a member of "The Mortal Instruments/If-Only-Jace-Were-Real" fan club :) I am convinced of this!

    When you're done with Marbury Lens (which I still need to read so tell me how it is), you're gonna start City of Bones and you will want to jump on Jace...and it's cool if it makes you a pedophile cuz we ALL are =P


  9. LMAO! That may qualify as counting your chickens before they hatch home fry. ;-)

    LOL...SIR YES SIR!! I think I'll have a review up next week for TML. And then I'm apparently becoming a pedophile and jumping on the Jace bandwagon. Talk about an action packed week.