As book lovers we enjoy the company of good books, right. Sometimes book prices run up to $20 for just one book. But, the fun times spent with books is priceless, agree? So, as good friends that we might be, should we let friends borrow our books, share the fun?
Do I have library written on my forehead?, I told my friend after persuading me to let her borrow one of my most precious books? I admit that I'm easy to be convinced. But, this left me with an annoyed look on my face. Upon a moment of weakness and as the nice friend that I am, I said yes. While, this left me quite upset that I had to.... (I didn't know what else to say)
- Joy of sharing the love of books.
- The friend has the opportunity to read something they otherwise wouldn't be able to read. (for money reasons etc.)
- Risk of losing the book.
- Risk of damage on the book.
- Risk of unsatisfied friends. (they didn't like the book!, now they are complaining)
- Risk of friend's letting other people borrow them.
- Risk of friend not wanting to pay for the book in case of damage on book.
Definition of the word borrow: "to take or obtain with the promise to return the same or an equivalent"The definition says to return same or equivalent. In other words it's like permitting the other person to do what they will with it! Luckily, I got my book back. But, it made me almost have a heart attack had I not gotten it back. I'm extremely OCD about how my books are treated. For instance, I don't write in them, dog-hear pages, or eat around them. I sure don't want other people mistreating my books!
Where's the etiquette in people who borrow books and don't give them back? That just make me burst in anger. It is very impolite, rude, and disrespectful. I am irritated of this happening to innocent people. With all this said, is it worth it?
- There are some exceptions to this, if the person is an avid reader with your same feelings towards books, you can make an exception.
- If the person is practically hesitated to read the book.
- If its a trustworthy friend.
- If you don't want the book back =)
My verdict: It isn't worth letting unmannerly people borrow your beloved books. On the other hand, not everyone is the same. It's hard to know what your in for! The risks outweigh the pros.
- Suggest they get it from the library.
- Offer to gift the person the book they book they want. For a special occasion like their birthday or Christmas?
- Strongly express your true feelings for books, and say you simply can't. They should understand! Then they know not to ask.
at all. If you cannot live with that thought,don't
make the loan. If you borrow something, treat it as
the most precious and valuable item on the planet. Return the item
promptly and heaven forbid, if you lose it or damage it,
tell the truth. Then move heaven and earth to repair or
replace it while apologizing profusely.