Thoughts and other Miscellany

BTT – Abandoned

This week’s BTT is:

Have you ever read a random book left in a waiting room or on a park bench, etc., and did you like it?

OK I don’t know what lovely universe everybody else lives in, but I have never found an abandoned book in a waiting room or on a park bench. Or on the Tube (and I’ve never discarded any there myself, knowing that the cleaners will throw them away rather than recycle them, and I can’t bear for books to end up in landfill, it’s just too sad).

I have, however, found books in office book swaps – my own department at work used to run one back when we were in our old office with a fabulous view over all of London (now we have a view of a construction site) – I picked out the occasional book but mostly I dropped books off there. It doesn’t run any more, sadly (probably for risk management purposes!).

One of my clients has a book swap pile in their kitchen, but none of the books I saw there in December and January looked terribly appealing, so I didn’t pick them up.

I think because I am so terrible at instant gratification (want book, will have book now), I usually own or know about any books that I want, so browsing in unpromising piles (as opposed to in bookshops) is not hugely attractive for me.


In other news: why do I seem to get more viewers on the odd days when I don’t post, than on those when I do? The effect wears off after a few days (i.e. if I don’t post for 4 days, the “hits” take a hit). Any thoughts?



3 thoughts on “BTT – Abandoned”

  1. My sister gave me a copy of John Grisham’s The Associate that a lady on a plane gave to her. It was okay reading but not the best book. I reviewed it on my blog.

    Once I found a book that I don’t remember what it was called or who it was by. The book was sitting on a window sill of an old warehouse where I was working. This book looked like it may have been sitting there for many years or even decades. I took it and read it and it absolutely fascinated me. It was the story of a man’s struggle with alcoholism. I pretty sure I still have it somewhere in my house but I haven’t been able to find it.

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  2. As an afterthought, I looked up on Google what I remembered of that book I found and located the book for sale (used) on Amazon.

    JERRY GRAY (Author) (1949)

    It’s a cool book–I really need to find my copy.

    The sign up list is now open.
    Blogging from A to Z
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  3. I occasionally see books on trains/planes but never one I want to read. I have left my own books behind (deliberately) before now with a note on the inside cover saying Please read me! But book swaps are a better bet. A couple of local pubs and shops have them and my work does too. Not that I need any more sources of books!

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