A good friend of mine (Hi Wesley!) and I were talking recently about our love of books. He can always be found with a book, or two, under his arm and a new book recommendation on his heels. As I looked over one of his most recent objects of affection, I noticed a certain possessiveness in his eyes lol
Dramatized version of what took place lol
Me: What's up Wesley?
Him: Nothing. Just looking.
Me: *book in hand* This looks like a good read.
Let me know when you're done so I can borrow it.
Him: Let you what!?!
HAHA! Just kidding....what really happened...
Him: Ummm...No, but you should definitely get a copy.
(and politely took it back lol)
The thing is...I completely understood his sentiments! I love recommending good books to friends! I want them to experience the greatness of a good read but the books that I love... the ones that have changed me irrevocably...the ones that gave me all the feels... they become a part of me. Don't judge me lol I can't be the only one.
And it is one of the most disappointing feelings to lend a book to a friend only for it to:
a. Get "lost" under a stack of mail, in between books on a shelf or
in some kid's toy chest
b. To have it returned in a remixed condition
of how it was when you lent it out.
|This was just too funny not to post. LOL!|
This is not to say that I don't allow friends to borrow books. I do! Especially friends/family who I know are genuinely interested in reading it and will take care of it. However, I go through a series of thoughts before I actually part ways with my beloved page turner.
|Courtesy of Epic Reads|
A good book should be enjoyed by everyone and I'm all about spreading the wealth! But this made me wonder. Is this a common struggle for other book lovers? Or am I just being overly protective of my paperback friends? It's ok. I'm a big girl lol
Do you lend out your books?
Why or why not? Do you have a system? Or do
you lend it with no expectations?