Monday, March 10, 2014

Making Up For Monday: Book Lending

Each week, I will have a book-related theme or game, or something fun to do that week. And you can play along! All you have to do is find the question for that week, go to your own blog, write a post that day based on that question, and link your post to this one using the link up tool at the bottom of the post.

This Week's Question

Do you lend books out and, if so, what are your rules to lending?

My Answer:

My stance on lending anything is that I only give out what I don't expect back  money, books, whatever. So, would I lend anyone one of my favorite books in paperback or hardback form? Not a chance! I'm not flexible on this. I don't care who you are  acquaintance, friend or family. I've got the same answer for anyone; I just smile real pretty and point toward the nearest library.

Might sound harsh, but like I said the library is a free resource everyone can take advantage of. Plus, you never get things back in the same condition you left them in. Finger smudges, weakened spines, dog-eared corners, etc etc. No reason to get mad at your friends for that.

Another reason I'm so stingy is that I've already lost a chunk of my personal library to a freak accident in a storage space I once had when a pipe burst. All my Harry Potter hardbacks, gone. My 10-book Pendragon series, gone. There were many others that went with them but those hurt the most. Now anything I really love doesn't leave my shelves unless I'm reading them.

The only physical books I'd ever lend are the ones I didn't like or lost interest in. When it comes to ebooks or audio books, however, I could careless. It's not like I'm actually giving out my copy.

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  1. That makes total sense! I love it!

    1. Glad someone understands. I've gotten some looks for saying no. But then, again, who cares! My favorite treasures are in perfect condition!

  2. That is a good policy. I gave a book I loved to a guy I was kinda dating. (stupid I know) and then I never say him again. EVER! And my book! *sigh*

    1. How dare he steal a book! Maybe he was hoping that would lure you back, lol.

  3. I used to lend books out, but I hated nagging people to get them back. I don't lend them out anymore, and just tell people to get them from the library. :)