I like to let people borrow my books to spread the joy of reading. However, 90% of the time, my books are returned in a much worse state than they were when I first lent them out.
Now, I hate it when I damage a book in any sort of way. That means cover/page tears, spilling food, folding pages, etc. I try to keep my books in the condition I got them in for a couple reasons. For one, it looks better on the shelf (I know, I know. It’s a pretty vain reason). A couple of exceptions are your favorite books that you reread all the time. Those books can be acceptably worn down and still look great. Second, I spent my own hard-earned money on them, so it makes sense that I want them to last as long as possible.
That being said, there are some rules when borrowing books from me.
1. When you are borrowing a book from me, you’re basically signing a contract that says you will cover the cost of any damage that happens to it.
Some people might be nicer than I am, but if the book is significantly damaged, I let the person who inflicted the damage know that I expect another copy.
2. Do not purposefully damage the book.
That means no dog-earring the pages, writing, etc.
3. Honesty is the best policy.
If you happen to damage the book, please let me know. I’d rather you tell me what you did rather than I find out later on my own.
4. Ask to borrow the book when you actually plan to read it.
Please do not ask for the book if you don’t plan on reading it right away. I am not going to wait five months before you actually start reading it.
5. If you don’t agree with my rules, just borrow the book from the library or buy yourself a copy.
Don’t get angry at me because of my rules. They’re my books, and if you don’t agree with me, you don’t have to borrow from me.
I’m not sure if everyone is the same way I am with my books, but I’m very protective over them (as you can obviously tell). I’m like a mother bear.
Do you guys feel as protective as I do with your books?
Do you let people borrow your books?
Until next time….