9.22.2010

Lender...


Ugh...this pile of books makes me nervous. PRH is taking them to school to show his students. I have a strict no-lending policy, but PRH is too kind. I hate to stifle his generosity, but I will seriously cry if these don't come home again. Keep your fingers crossed, will you? Do you lend books?

19 comments:

edu ALBO said...

i can read between the lines_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

TV said...

Only to people who I know, trust, and live right next door so I can barge into their house guns a blazing if they don't give it back.
But otherwise, I'm on your side. I love books too much...

Νικόλαος Βασιλικιώτης said...

I myself find lending books a very warm gesture of friendship but i must agree that i wouldn't want to lend a six year old child or have my book lost/torn apart/burned or even thrown out of the window(yes it has happened to me...)

Kelly said...

I reeeally try not to, which is easy in that none of my friends are interested in my stack of design and poster books. This realization about myself however has changed how I borrow books. I'm really careful now and have a dedicated shelf where I keep library books and lenders. That way I always know where they are when my friend nervously asks, "Hey, do you still have that book I lent you?"

Fingers crosses!

Belle said...

Yes, I lend books, and then expect to never see them again.

Crystal Jeffers said...

Book lending is one thing I do not partake in unless it is someone I know very very well. My neighbor that lives 2 doors down and 2 other friends I have known for 5+ years. Otherwise I tell them of this fantastic public place that has thousands of books for free!

Abby said...

I do not lend books because they either don't come back or they are returned in bad shape. I do, however, give books away. If I know I'm not going to read a fictional book again and I don't consider it a classic, I usually pass it on to my nieces.

Non-fiction is a different story. It moves into our home and never leaves. The same goes for Jane Austen or anything Bronte. I'd rather buy someone their own copy than lend my own.

The Stapelia Company said...

I too am weird about my books because I have old ones, and I prefer hardbacks with slipcovers. Both are prone to damage. I lend the ones I can afford to lose... and keep the cover. Hahaha.

Expats Again said...

How kind of you to lend your books. Crossing my fingers they return to you unharmed.

susan heggestad said...

We lend books all the time, and usually never expect to get them back. Often, we've got so many loaned out (along with CDs, DVDs, etc) that we've forgotten who has what. But in general, I suppose that they are books we don't feel too precious about, and ones that are easily enough replaced, if we really find that we're missing them... and the thing I've discovered about things is, I don't usually miss it!

Lynn said...

Nope. I have learned my lesson.
I lent my treasured original "James and the Giant Peach" - with the stunningest illustrations ever - in the early 70's, to my drama teacher. When I asked for it back, he blinked and blanked. HUH?
Never again.

Lori said...

noooo, not since i gave a beloved copy of a favorite book to a friend and got it back helpfully 'rebound' with packing tape. :^/

i do recommend books, and i will pick up copies of favorite books at thrift and give them to friends. but if i love it, i don't send it out!

apaperbear said...

I am a collector NOT a lender...

katemakes said...

i feel a little sick...i can barely let my husband take a novel out of the house. however, the art and sewing and knitting books are safe on the shelves.

Rachael, Pistachio Press said...

I did until I realized I never got back my copy of the birdfeeder from a student. And now it's out of print! Now I supervise student book reading (for art books, anyway).

marcia said...

I don't lend books anymore...not even to my friends 'cos the sure way to loose a friend is lending them something...

marcia said...

I don't do it anymore, not even to friends 'cos the sure way to loose a friend is lending them something.

Laura said...

I only "lend" a book if I don't care if it comes back. Otherwise, my response is, "Sorry, I don't lend my books. But I'd be glad to buy you a copy!" Usually my gift offer is declined anyway... :)

Judy Schwartz Haley | CoffeeJitters.Net said...

Ah,yes. I generally assume the book is gone forever if I lend it out. Here's hoping you get your babies back. I know the feeling though - Some books I'm much more attached to than others.

You know where he lives, right? ;)

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