Is the Lunar New Year holidays over already? Traditionally, it is not yet over until the fifteenth day, but since we are only given two working days off, so it seems like it is to me.

My family and I had enjoyed ourselves, especially my eldest daughter who gets to eat all the new year goodies and receive Ang Pows (red packets consist of money) from the elderly, but most of all she does not have to attend school (which is actually a childcare centre). However, My 4-month-old baby also gets some attention for herself as all of my relatives were delighted to see her and all seemed so excited carrying her around and cuddling her that we forgot to wish one another and exchange mandarin oranges. Taking pictures are out of the question because we were too busy playing catch-up with one another, after all it is not often we get to see one another given everyone have their own busy schedules to attend to. I did manage to take one or two pictures though before I was 'ushered' back to our conversations again.

So how is everyone doing? I hope you all had a wonderful time reading! I did not read for the past few days, so I am hoping to catch up on my reading soon (and not to mention that I need to catch-up on reading your blogs too).

I hope everyone has a great week!

Wordless Wednesday

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 [The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder (Pg 1)]:

My dad died eleven years ago. I was only four then. I never thought I'd hear from him again, but now we're writing a book together.

These are the very first lines of this book, and I'm the one doing the writing, but my dad will get his chance a bit later. He is the one with most to tell.

Musing Mondays

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about lending books...

A few weeks back we had a question about borrowing books, this week I was wondering what your policy was on lending books. Do you lend books to anyone? Just friends? Only big readers? How long are they allowed to have them?

Most of my friends are non-readers, so no matter how much I gush about a book or tell them that they are more than welcome to borrow my books, they will only smile politely and decline my offer. Thus, I know what not to discuss whenever I am with them. (And that explains why I am so happy to start this blog because I am free to rave or rant about without anyone rolling their eyes on me, haha. Well, except my fellow bookbloggers friends of course!)

So, that answers the above question. No, I do not lend books to anyone. And I could never lend a book to someone whom I barely know and trust he/she will take good care of my book(s) and return them on time. I treat my books with care, so I would expect anyone who borrow my books would do the same.

How about you? Do you lend books to anyone?

24 Responses
  1. Kim L Says:

    I just need to say that that is a beautiful picture of the tree and the city in the background. Love it!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Glad you had such a great time, it's fun catching upwith family after some time.

    Like the name of the book.

    The pic is cool, it's kind of contrasting which i love most about it.

  3. Melody Says:

    Kim - Thank you! I took it last year during a vacation trip to Taipei.

    Violet - It sure is fun catching up with family and relatives.

    I like the name of the book I'm reading too. It sounds intriguing, isn't it?

    I'm glad you enjoyed the pic. :)

  4. Ladytink_534 Says:

    Sounds like you had a fun time!!!

    Love that tree and what an interesting teaser! Only a few selected family members are the ones who get to read my books lol :o)

  5. Stephanie Says:

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time!! Good for you.

    The picture is just gorgeous!

  6. Beth F Says:

    Lovely photo! Great composition.

    And good teaser, too.

  7. Ana S. Says:

    I'm glad you and your family had such a great time, Melody :)

    That teaser certainly is intriguing! I've read two books by Gaardner and enjoyed both a lot.

  8. Iliana Says:

    Sounds like a wonderful time spent with family!

    Love the teaser you posted! I've read one of his books before which I just loved. Hadn't heard of this one but I'm very intrigued!

  9. Your holidays sound so nice! It's great to be able to spend that time with family and friends.

    In terms of your Monday Musings, one of the reasons why I started this blog was so that I could chat about books with others--especially since I have very few friends who are readers. I made the mistake of lending books out to non-readers in the past and haven't gotten most of the books back (as I've fallen out of touch with some and others are in complete denial of borrowing the book!!!). Now I only lend to readers--and mostly people I work with so that I can harass them if needed. ;)

    Hope you're having a great day!

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Before I scraped friendship with the people at my coffee shop, I had this "don't ask, don't tell" policy with lending books. I never initiated the business fearing I might never get my books back! Not that people are ill-intended but sometimes people, especially not big readers, aren't as careful with books as I am.

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  12. Shana Says:

    Melody, welcome back. It sounds like a wonderful holiday for you and your family.

    I lend books to my friends, my sister and occasionally my mom.


  13. Melody Says:

    Jen - We did have a fun time!

    The hubs don't read my books so hopefully these books will be read by my two daughters in the near future! LOL.

    Stephanie - Thank you! :)

    Beth - Thanks! :)

    Nymeth - I've never read anything by Gaarder before but I'm enjoying reading The Orange Girl so far. :)

    Iliana - It's very intriguing! And I love the cover too!

    Trish - I know what you mean about lending books to non-readers. I've a few bad experiences as well, thus I'm quite selective of who to lend nowadays... not that I have many friends who love to read, hehe.

    Matt - Yes, I hear you, Matt! One reason why I avoid reading while eating/drinking. I fear my books will get stained. ;)

    Sandy - Thanks! Will have to check your blog in a moment. :D

    Shana - Thank you! :)

    Alas, I wish my family and friends are readers! But I've hope for my two young daughters, LOL.

  14. The Bookworm Says:

    glad to hear you enjoyed the holiday...I knew you had young ones, but I had no idea you had a 4month old baby...awwww :) they are so cute at that age.

    nice photo, that tree looks ancient.

    great teaser, The Orange Girl sounds good.

    I never understand when someone declines an offer to borrow a good book.

  15. Melody Says:

    Naida - Now that I'm back to work, I really miss seeing my baby! I return to the office last week after a long maternity leave! And you're right that they're so cute at that stage! :)

    I've no idea how old is that tree. It does look ancient to me.

  16. It sounds like you had a wonderful New Year celebration, Melody. I am sorry though you had to go back to work so soon.

    I love the photo of the tree with the cityscape in the background. That's the kind of picture I'd want to post in my office.

    That's quite a teaser! I look forward to hearing what you think of the book, Melody.

    I do sometimes lend my books out, most often to family, but sometimes to friends and coworkers I think I can trust. I have been burned before, but even then I knew going into the situation that I might not get my book back or in the condition I lent it in. I think a person has to be prepared for those possibilities if he or she does decide to loan out a book.

  17. Melody Says:

    Wendy - I did have a wonderful time, Wendy!

    I'm glad to hear you love the pic. That's pic happens to be one of my favourite vacation pics! And you're free to post it in your office. :)

    I'm enjoying the book so far. It's so intriguing!

    I agree with you about a person has to be prepared if he/she decides to loan a book to someone... that's why I'm so selective when it comes to this, hehe. Anyway, it's not like I've a lot of friends who love reading so they spare me this problem, hehe.

  18. Alice Says:

    Glad you had a wonderful time with your family during CNY. :D

    That's a nice photo! I like how the tree sort of 'frames' the city in the background.

  19. Debi Says:

    Glad to hear you had such a nice holiday!!!

    Your teaser is quite intriguing!

  20. Melody Says:

    Alice - I hope you've a wonderful time during CNY too! :) Bet you've eaten lots of goodies and took lots of pics!! :D

    Debi - Thanks! :)

  21. Julia Says:

    Why do I get the feeling that the "rolling eyes" part is referred to me? LOL !

    Of course it wonderful to have online friends around the world who have the same love as you do --- reading. And I feel the same way you do too :) However, I do lent books to my friends but always give them the rules before lenting it to them. I even write their names down and the books they borrowed so that I know where my books are LOL ! But those who I lent it to, I trust them :)

  22. Melody Says:

    Julia - Believe me, the "rolling eyes" part isn't referring to you, LOL.

    I think it's good to list down the name of the persons who borrow books from us, especially if we belong to those forgetful types, LOL.

  23. Julia Says:

    Good to know that the "rolling eyes" part isn't me, although I am sure that I'm known to do that LOL

    Well for someone who is forgetful types can surely write a good book's reviews :)

  24. Melody Says:

    Why, thank you, Julia! :D

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