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  • Before that, your effort was sporadic at best.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • His figure is illuminated by the headlights of the car as he walks away from the vehicle, sporadically kicking at the ground and cursing obscenities.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • It’s another ten minutes before I see the faint twinkle of lights flashing sporadically beyond the trees—thank God, since I was beginning to think I was walking in circles—and another five before the woods thin out and I can see the house, a big pile of ice-cream cake sitting on that lawn, shimmering in and out as the rain bends and splits the lights from the porch.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • Amy and I had sex sporadically enough it was possible.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • The screams didn’t stop, just became more hitched and sporadic as he sucked in breaths and struggled to break free.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Only this time it’s not the sporadic pop-pop of some desperate refugee firing at shadows, but big guns that go off with an eardrum-thumping pub-DOOM.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Sporadic pops, not continuous fire, which meant that Grace was being methodical.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • One contained nothing but a boiling grey smoke that flickered sporadically.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Even the thought of this makes my heart leap and hurdle, and I can say once and for all that if a guarantor came forward and promised their lives would be good and full and only sporadically miserable in exchange for mine, I’d tie a twenty-five-pound bag of driveway salt onto each of my wrists and ankles and fall one last time into the pool.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • For the most part the woods are dense aside from sporadic clearings we continually stumble upon.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four

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  • The rain continued sporadically, so that by Wednesday the creek had swollen to the trunk of the crab apple and they were running through ankle-deep water to make their flight into Terabithia.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Bridge to Terabithia
  • "Traveling sporadic myositis," he pronounced quickly and glanced at Angela.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • What other middle-class American teenager lived the way he did—flitting around the country like a vagrant, completely out of his parents’ control, getting in touch just sporadically and neglecting whenever possible to give them any means of getting in touch with him?
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • He tries to imagine their descent, sporadic and muted lights passing and receding, cables rattling, everyone quiet, sinking down to that permanent darkness where men claw at the earth with a half mile of rock hunched on top of them.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • He’s kissing me, sporadically muttering into my mouth.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • Only sporadic cases of detachment—but every medical procedure carries a certain risk.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • They left reluctantly, but left permanently and returned only on sporadic visits to pay homage to the relatives too old or too stubborn to leave.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The spring weather was still sporadic—cold and dismal one day, perfectly warm the next.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • He watched the Sports Family house only sporadically now.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Among the Hidden
  • Jamie bowed gracefully to the latest toaster, and sat down amid the increasingly sporadic applause.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Sporadic brown circles — widely spaced, big as dimes—began to pop up on the pavement.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Pari knows this because Thierry is in sporadic touch with Isabelle.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • That month, the Bird’s presence at Naoetsu became sporadic.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Fines on businesses and raids by immigration enforcement agents have gone from sporadic to virtually nil.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Even if the actual enforcement of these laws was sporadic at best.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • For the next few years, they saw each other sporadically at best.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Wind blew through the desolate town, and dust devils swirled sporadically.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Wes’s attendance became sporadic, and once his first child was born, he just stopped going.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Fighting was sporadic, at least initially.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • Eventually, in the year 1869, the movement rather suddenly collapsed, although there have been sporadic outbreaks of the same sort since that date.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Both gentlemen started violently, looked round, and were relieved to see a sporadically rosy face beneath a furry silk hat.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • The war in Israel continued sporadically, especially in the Negev.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • A lovely toy — you’ll love it’; and then she had gone out in the rain, to a little general shop which was still sporadically open nearby, and came back with a cardboard box containing an outfit of Snakes and Ladders.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Only Arya, and then sporadically because she traveled so often.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Although I admit in my first week in Iraq we were subject to… well… a minor lapse in judgment after we found an Iraqi insurgent ammunition dump during a patrol along a river as sporadic shots were fired at us from the other side.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • The distant boom of artillery switched from its sporadic night rhythm to the purposeful daylight pounding.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • The rain sounded even louder at the top of the house, accompanied by loud whistlings and moans from the wind, not to mention sporadic howls from the ghoul who lived in the attic.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Over and over I tried to force the nebulous shield outside of myself, with only faint, sporadic success.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The date book also had a large section for a diary, but Harriet used the diary only sporadically.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • These lizard bites were sporadically reported in coastal villages from Ismaloya to Puntarenas.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • They had lingered at the edges of the parking lot while the cars arrived sporadically during the half hour before the wedding was scheduled to begin.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • He was balancing himself on the dashboard of his car with that resourcefulness of movement that is so peculiarly American — that comes, I suppose, with the absence of lifting work or rigid sitting in youth and, even more, 76 with the formless grace of our nervous, sporadic games.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Although the castle was property of the Vatican, it was used only sporadically, and Bernini had made numerous renovations to it over the years.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • So I suppose you could say that I’ve known him for nearly five hundred years though our encounters have been somewhat sporadic over the past few decades.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • A few wind-whipped and decrepit Victorian mansions, remnants of a lost era of seagoing optimism, loomed out of the snowfall on the town’s sporadic hills.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The walk to the beach was no inconsiderable one, consisting as it did of a long, sandy path, upon which a sporadic and tangled growth that bordered it on either side made frequent and unexpected inroads.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • Hence it was not unreasonable to apprehend some return of trouble, sporadic or general.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • As they approached the outskirts of the town they heard a few sporadic shots.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Thus on the morning of our summit bid, the only ropes strung along the precipitous serrations of the upper Southeast Ridge were a few ancient, tattered remnants from past expeditions that emerged sporadically from the ice.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • As the day progressed, sporadic firefights broke out around the volcano’s base on the west side.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
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