Melody

Teaser Tuesdays


TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
  • Please avoid spoilers!

My teaser sentences for today [Two Caravans (aka Strawberry Fields) by Marina Lewycka (Pg 10)]:


The first thing I noticed was the light - the dazzling salty light dancing on the sunny field, the ripening strawberries, the little rounded caravan perched up on the hill and the oblong boxy caravan down in the corner, the woods beyond, and the long curving horizon, and I smiled to myself. So this is England.






Musing Mondays

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS is about the giving & keeping of books!

If you keep your books, where do you keep them? And, if you give them away, who do you give them to? Do you participate in Bookcrossing, BookMooch, PaperbackSwap, or the like? Do you give your old books to family & friends, or donate them? Are any of your books in storage due to not having enough space for them all? Or, are you one of the lucky ones who has their own “library”? Feel free to share pictures, if you have them!

I keep most of my books because I love them too much! I keep my TBR books in the bookshelves in our study room, but as they are currently filled to the brim, I stack the others (together with my current ones) at a corner of our storage room (I also put some of my read books on a built-in shelf here). Since our storage room is not that big, you can imagine how much this pile of books took up the space. As for most of my read books, I pack them into boxes and stack them above my bookshelves (some on the shelf in the storage room as mentioned).

As much as I love my books, I do weed them once in a while if I do not have the interest of reading them anymore (it is a little tricky here because there are times I regretted my choice due to my ever changing reading moods and reading preferences). Also, sometimes I will buy the same book due to my short memory and I will keep them with the books to be given away. It is a great thing I participated in BookMooch because I can always exchange these with other BookMoochers for the books I want.

So where do you keep and give away your books?

10 Responses
  1. I tend to keep most of the books I read. I love being surrounded by books and many I like to think I might someday read again,

    I do give away books now and then, ones that I do not plan to read again or ones I didn't care for. I recently went through my unread books and weeded out ones I was no longer interested in reading. That was a very difficult task. I'm sure I'll regret some of my choices later.


  2. Alice Teh Says:

    That sounds like a quaint London, Melody! :)

    I keep all my books and space is definitely running out and books stacked everywhere. I think I'm (happily) drowning in my books... hehe...

    So far, I've been dormant on BookCrossing.


  3. Shana Says:

    Great teaser Melody - I can taste and smell and see and feel that place!

    Most of my books are on shelves in the living room. I only keep books I really, really love and think I'd want to loan to friends or have my kids read someday. Others I pass along to blogging friends, give away on my blog, or donate to the library or Goodwill.


  4. Melody Says:

    Wendy - I share the same sentiments. :)

    Alice - The story is really interesting! I'm liking it so far. :) I'm still debating whether or not I should join BookCrossing though.

    Shana - Those're two great sentences, aren't they? I'd love it if my daughters read my books in future! Those Nancy Drew series will be a good start since I read them during my childhood days! ;)


  5. naida Says:

    I like that teaser, its so descriptive.

    I do keep most of my books, the ones I like most on the bookshelves, and I have the rest in storage in boxes. I do give away some to friends and family, and donate to the library or raffle them at my blog as well.
    http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/


  6. Melody Says:

    Naida - It's very descriptive, isn't it? I feel like I'm in that place. ;)

    I agree another great option for giving away books is to raffle them at our blogs. :)


  7. Matt Says:

    This is really a big tease---I'm all antsy! I enjoyed A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian. Now I'll have to check this one out!


  8. Julia Says:

    The CARAVANS teaser sound interesting. I always love to visit England, someday.

    I keep my keeper books in my bookshelves, of course. There are already two shelves in my bedroom, but I do want to buy more shelves. My TBR books pile are stacked in a tote bag and split in two for each 5 tote bag. The books that I don't keep, I either donate it to the libaries or give it to someone who need it/want it. Or give it to charity. Sometime I even exchange it with friends from my reading group too. I never ever throw away my books. That no no! :)


  9. Trish Says:

    I keep my books as well but I'm getting to the point where I don't have any more room! But you mentioned regretting some of your weeding out decisions and this is why I keep them. I know I need to get rid of some but...can't...let...go!


  10. Melody Says:

    Matt - I love that sentences! And I really enjoying the story! I haven't read her other book but I'll definitely check it out after reading this book! :)

    Julia - I'd love to visit England one day too (as well as US and Europe!) :) I'm desperately in need of another shelf, but then I've no idea where to put them either, haha.

    Trish - I'm definitely with you about the space! ;P