I’m back to blogging with my first Booking Through Thursday in a long, long time! This week’s question is:
Do you lend your books? Are any out on loan right now? Do you have any that have been loaned to you? Do you put a time limit on these? Do you think people should make an effort to read the loaned book quickly?
Ahh, book lending. As a matter of fact I do lend out books, but generally only to people I know and trust… and know will actually read the book! That’s all just personal preference though. I do have a few books lent out right now. One to a friend for an English class she’s taking and others to friends who just wanted to read a book or try out an author. When I lend out books I definitely don’t put a time limit on them, but that’s mainly because of trust. Ideally, I think we would all like to read books we borrow quickly and have others do the same when we’re lending, but honestly, everyone reads at their own pace and that’s also something that should be respected. In light of that, I believe reading it soon and not putting a lent book at the bottom of the TBR pile is important, but there’s no reason to demand return of a book two days later.
As for having books lent to me, I do have a few right now. I have a few books that a friend lent to me a while ago actually, and will return them when we manage to get together for our return and exchange the next batch of books meeting. I also have a friends box set of the Chronicles of Narnia as well. I received a pretty thorough beating from her when I told her I hadn’t read the entire set yet so she’s on me to get those read.
What’re your lending habits? Similar, totally different? Feel free to share.
Basic rule: Only one item is out at any one time. I’ve lost far too many books and DVD’s to lend any more – oh, and it’s only to people I trust.
I totally hear that, although my lending DVDs these days almost never happens with the popularity of Netflix, lol.
I leanred the hard way if I lend a book, not to expect it back at all or to expect it back in bad condition 😦 That being said, I can’t say no to close friends and family who want to borrow books 🙂
It’s unfortunate that so many of us see books ruined or just never again. A friend of mine had a couple of First Print Editions that she loved disappear on her. I’m the same way though, I don’t lend to many people, but my closest friends and family always get a book if they ask.