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Bibliophile’s Collective Tuesday – Book Borrowing Etiquette

July 7, 2020
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

Post Meal Habits…

June 21, 2013
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Postprandial – definition: happening or done after a meal

-post-prandial-The etiquette of meal times has changed drastically in modern times. Many households have meals balanced on laps while watching TV or plates are taken to separate rooms. The latter mostly for teenagers, I believe. Obviously, some families still enjoy meals at the dining table but unfortunately it is not common practice. I think we miss out on real connections with other family members when the dining table is abandoned.

When our story is set in a particular era, details such as meal etiquette enable us to create the right atmosphere. Let’s take the 18th century as an example.

It was customary for gentlemen and ladies to dress formally for dinner, primarily because it was an opportunity to meet a partner. The host and hostess were first to be seated and the closer you sat to them the more honored a guest you were perceived as. Meals were usually two courses plus a dessert although upper class diners could see up to 25 dishes from which they chose two or three.

Once the meal was finished, the gentlemen would stand and wait for the ladies to exit the dining room. Leaving them to smoke cigars and drink such beverages as brandy and cognac. At this time the dishes and  tablecloth would be removed. The ladies gathered in the drawing room to exchange conversation and wait for the men to rejoin them for the evenings entertainment.

This sort of evening meal is not really practical now-a-days, with children’s activities, working parents and our frantic lifestyles but once in a while wouldn’t it be fun?

Have you discovered a ‘lost’ etiquette while researching an era?

Not Taking Umbrage Today…

March 2, 2013
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versatile_blog_award   Today’s word – Umbrage – definition: resentment, offence.

Well I certainly do not take umbrage today after being nominated by my blogger pal, Vikki Thompson –

http://the-view-outside.com/

Before I plunge into the award’s rules, just a quick note to say how much I love the sound of this word. It is such a shame it is not used very much anymore – unfortunately there are other words used that are not so polite.  Well onto the award – here are the rules :

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.   Thank you dear Vikki.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it. Done!
  •  Next, select 7 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)  Took sometime but here they are.
  •  Nominate those 7 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.  Done.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Now for my 7 things:

My favorite wine is Gallo ZinfandelWhite Zinfandel Ernest & Julio Gallo California

I have a money tree – hasn’t sprouted any money yet though 😦

I’m presently addicted to my wordpress blog rather than any other social mediaWordPress

I love the seaside (ocean)

My star sign is Gemini (explains a lot!)

I’m a multi genre author

Re-incarnation fascinates me

And my nominations are…drum roll please:

http://newenglandmuse.wordpress.com/

http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/

http://diannegray.wordpress.com/

http://stephsscribe.com/

http://leahkonen.wordpress.com/

http://onewildword.com/

http://countrylifediscipleship.wordpress.com/

Some of these bloggers are new to me as well, so go and discover them. Share your journey.

Have fun.

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