Does the thought of lending a book fill you with dread or are you happy to share the joy of a book?
What has your experience been with lending books? I have suffered the lost of books but also the happy return of some too. It has enlightened me to whom I should lend to and who not! So what are the ‘rules’ for borrowing?
There are a few rules to lending a book. Please add any you can think of too.
Don’t eat messy foods while reading a book – yours or anyone else’s for that matter.
Don’t fold over the pages, use a bookmark.
Don’t write in, underline, or highlight anything.
Don’t put the book face-down or break the spine.
Don’t take the book in the bath or to the pool.
Keep the book in a safe zones – away from children and pets.
Ensure all surfaces are clean before setting the book down on them.
If something does happen to the book, offer to replace it.
Ask permission before passing it on to another friend.
Don’t lose the dust jacket.
Don’t borrow the book until you’re ready to read it. Don’t just put it on your TBR pile.
When in doubt, treat the book like a library book and give the book back in a timely manner. Set a date on your calendar to return it.
Ask the lender when they need the book back adhere to that date. If it’s taking a long time to read the book, check in with your friend and ask if you can have an extension.
Return the book in the same condition you received it.
It is a privilege to borrow a book so don’t abuse that favour.
Tell me your book lending and borrowing tales in the comments.