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?