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?
As a librarian wanna-be, lending books is second nature to me. Even as a child, I loved trading books with friends, and went so far as to paste library pockets and cards inside the covers of my books, making my friends sign them out just as we did in our visits to the school library! I get excited about reading, so I love to share that excitment with my friends who love to read, too.
I’ve had very few bad experiences lending books ~ the most notable being the loss of a hardcover copy of The Namesake, which I lent to a co-worker who left the company without returning the book to me. I still lament that one, for I’ve wanted to re-read it several times and simply couldn’t make myself buy it again. (Yes, I have a BookMooch request pending, as do several dozen other readers, I’m afraid.) But this experience has made me a bit more wary of lending my most treasured books to anyone but my closest, most trusted reader friends!
I currently regularly lend (and borrow!) books among at least three people. It occasionally gets difficult to recall just who has which book – perhaps I should go back to pasting library cards inside!
Sadly, I’ve recently lost one of my regular book trading buddies, who was actually my mother’s friend and neighbor, but shared similar reading tastes with me. My mother acted as our go-between, and each month passed a canvas sack full of our latest reading from one to the other of us. Last week, this lovely lady quite suddenly passed away, and now the canvas bag sits chock full of books in my basement, probably some of the last things she ever read.
Now tell me, are you a borrower or lender, or both? Have you ever borrowed a book and forgotten to return it? I promise I won’t tell!
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