BTT asked: 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
My answer: Okay, I’ll break this down by the various questions.
Do you lend your books? Yes, absolutely! I don’t have a lot but I’ve definitely lent them in the past to friends and family.
Are any out on loan right now? I can’t think of any. Again, I have very few books so it’s not like I lend out a lot.
Do you have any that have been loaned to you? No, I don’t. Most of my friends in real life aren’t readers so they don’t loan books to me. And my one friend who loans books to me sometimes lives far away, so I haven’t had books from her in ages.
Do you put a time limit on these? Any time I’ve loaned or been loaned a book there hasn’t been a time limit, so no.
Do you think people should make an effort to read the loaned book quickly? No, not necessarily, unless the person asks to have it back by a certain time. When someone loans me a book I do try to read it quickly just so I can return it as a courtesy.
My thoughts overall are that book loaning is fine for me. I love loaning books and if I had more then I’m sure I’d be loaning them out like crazy. I don’t keep books so if I loaned a book and never got it back I wouldn’t be upset. I love giving books away anyway so it wouldn’t matter. If a book was super special to me, then I probably wouldn’t loan it, but I don’t have any like that.
If someone loans a book to me then I’m very respectful of the book because I feel grateful that the person gave me the chance to read it. I try to read it quickly and not tear it, dog-ear pages, or spill anything on it. And I make sure I return books to their owner to be polite and respectful of the person’s kindness in loaning the book in the first place.
What about you? Have your loaning experiences been overall positive or negative?