In most aspects of my life, I like to think of myself as a pretty generous person. I frequently donate to good causes. I try to be as helpful as possible to my friends and family. And if anyone I cared about needed it, I’d lend them the shirt off my back.
What I wouldn’t lend them, however, is any of my books. That’s right. None of them, lol. When it comes to my books, I become downright Scrooge-like.
In my defense, I don’t do it to be mean. It’s just that my books are one of my most cherished possessions and I’ve been burned in the past by lending them out to people I thought I could trust to take care of them. What I got in return was either books that were never returned or books that were so severely damaged that they needed to be replaced. That said, my trust in others has become pretty much nonexistent when it comes to my books. In many cases, it was because I thought I could convert a non-reader into a reader and I have long since learned my lesson.
There are, of course, exceptions to my no-lending rule. My mother and sister are probably at the top of the list. They’re both avid readers who treasure books the same way I do so I will happily lend them any books from my collection and feel secure that they will come back to me in the same condition I lent them.
I also have a couple of close friends that I would be comfortable lending books to. Those friends have earned my utmost trust and I know they’ll take care of and return my babies intact, lol.
And then there are my blogger friends. Thus far, I’ve never actually loaned a book to a fellow book blogger but I could see myself being comfortable doing that if the opportunity ever arose because I know full well that book bloggers feel the same way about their books that I feel about mine.
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So, what about you? Are you comfortable lending your books out to others or are you a Book Scrooge like me?