Posts Tagged: Lending Books

Monday, January 13, 2014

Book Girls Don’t Cry – Lending Books

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Book Girls Don’t Cry is a feature where we will discuss/vent/advise on a bookish topic. This feature is co-hosted with the lovely Amy at Book Loving Mom.

This week on for BGDC I am talking about lending books.  What my policies are when I do and my pet peeves about the habit.  Since my New Year’s resolution was to get back into vlogging this year I have recorded a vlog for the topic.  That being said, I realize that this post is going up on a Monday and that some readers will be at work and unable to watch the vlog so I will also be typing out a quick recap of the video at the bottom.  This quick recap is also for the people who just don’t want to see/hear me, I get that.  So here we go:

*Bear with me on that break in the middle there, hubs came home with lunch and was knocking on the door and just ruined everything! That’s what men are here for though, right?*

So for the non video watchers here is a recap of my thoughts on book lending:

  1. I am much more hesitant to lend out paperback books than I am hardcover because of SPINES.  Since you can’t actually put a visible bend in a hardcover book I always try to convince anyone eyeing a paperback of mine to get a book I have in HC instead.
  2. When I do lend out paperback books I worry the entire time about the state in which my baby will return to me.  I’ll text after what I think is a good amount of time to ask how the person is liking the book and this is usually my subtle hint of letting them know it’s about time for the book to return home.
  3. When I lend out hardcover books I never let the dust jacket go with it.  I have a special spot on my bookshelf where I keep the jackets of books I have lent out or ones that I am currently reading.
  4. My biggest pet peeve about book lending are people who borrow books and then don’t return them for a long amount of time.  I’ve actually lent out books before to people who, when I asked for said book back, had had it for so long that they thought it was a book that they had bought *gasp*  I have been guilty of this once in the past so I am very conscious of the issue now.

So what about you?  Do you lend books out? If so, what are some policies/pet peeves you have when you do?

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