On Lending Books

I’ve written pretty extensively on here about all things books. I know I’ve mentioned in numerous posts that I do NOT lend out books. At all. I believe I’ve let someone borrow one of my books just once. It was my senior year of high school and the book borrowed is still the fourth best book I’ve read according to my personal list. It now appears there will be a second time that I lend out a book.

A couple of days ago I wrote aboutΒ Lone Survivor being the best book I’ve read. Well yesterday afternoon I did something I don’t normally do. I recommended a book to someone. *gasp* That’s right. And she’s not a big reader. But for whatever reason, I’m sitting there in the break room at work and decide that I need to recommend this book. I know why it happened (it’s the best book I’ve ever read), but I don’t know why it happened the way it did. We weren’t talking about books. As a matter of fact, she was telling me how horrible I look just a few minutes before. (Still sick) But when I told her about it she asked if she could borrow my copy so she wouldn’t have to buy it. Let me sum up my initial reaction for you. “MY copy?!” *insert crazy stare* I even said something about people damaging books.

BUT I ultimately let her talk me into lending her my book. I sound like such a guy, letting a girl talk me into something I don’t want to do. HA! Guys, that’s sarcasm there. Don’t get upset.

Tell me what your policy is on lending books. I’m normally 100 percent against it, but I guess exceptions are made when the person asking is a girl I’ve known a few years. Eh.


On this day in 2014 I published Am I a Book Blogger?.

 

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63 thoughts on “On Lending Books

  1. Hmmm I’ve always been quite keen sharing my books – if I want someone to read something, I’ll shove the book down their throat if I have to :’)

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  3. I only lend books when I trust them completely. I HATE it when they get grease marks on the pages and horror or horrors – misplace the books. I should be more like you though. And never lend anyone any book I own.

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  4. The only books I loaned out never came back to me. Sad face. So I don’t lend them anymore. And I don’t borrow books from other people because my reading style is so wonky they may not get it back for a while.

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  5. I’ve stopped lending books to anyone a long time ago. I love my books and not getting them back is just not an option. But, just to be fair, I don’t borrow books from anyone either. πŸ™‚

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  6. I only lend my books out to my friends. And all my friends know how much I love my books and that they have to return it without any damages or damaged ears. – and they know if they don’t do it that way, they have to buy me a new undamaged version. haha those are my rules. Kind of OCD right?! Well at least I haven’t had one damaged book returned, so it kind of worked haha!

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  7. I lend books knowing that I may never see them again. I don’t have room for them all anyway and why put them in a box in the attic. I figure I’m sharing the joy.

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  8. I’m with Wallace. I only lend books with no intention of getting them back. If it’s a book I can’t do without, then I don’t loan it. I actually received a book one time–“Same Kind of Different as Me”–and the person who gave it to me said it was given on condition I give it to someone else when I was done with it. I loved that book. It was a real eye opener on the issue of homelessness in this country. But I did as I was instructed and I gave it away, with the same instructions that the person I gave it to had to pass it along.

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  9. The idea of lending books sends a jolt of anxiety through me. The only people I trust with my books are myself and provably my three best friends (I kind of trust them with my books). I dont have a policy, but I do expect the book to be returned in under a month. If not, I’m coming for it.

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  10. it depends on the person, I would only lend books to someone who is a) trustworthy and b) lives with me to eliminate the “I forgot it at home” excuse when they are supposed to give it back

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  11. I’d rather buy them a copy of their own- I know every book I ever lent out because of the gap that still remains in my bookshelf. No more lending!

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  12. I’ve lent out books to close friends and family a couple times. I don’t think I’ve ever lent out a book to someone I barely knew. But it’s such a hassle to lend out books (not getting them back, getting them back half-ruined, etc., etc.), so I’m more inclined to drop the “just buy your own copy, jeez” hint…

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