Let's Discuss...is a new feature here on Lunar Rainbows Reviews, inspired by many of my fellow bloggers and their discussion posts. For my posts, I'll be discussing random bookish and fandom topics.
Happy Friday all! I realized recently that it's been awhile since I did a discussion post so instead of a review for you today, I thought we'd have a chat. Today I'm wondering:
Do you lend out books?
I used to lend out books all the time back when I was in school - I wanted to pass along the love I had for beloved books and at that age, some of my friends couldn't always afford to buy the books I raved about so lending seemed like an automatic to my younger, innocent self.
*take your pick of my glorious collection friends*
There's something you should know about me before we go on though. See, even as a kid I was very careful of my books. I wasn't careful with much - in fact, my room frequently looked like a tornado had hit it - but my books were always sorted properly and well taken care of. Even then, they were little treasures to me and anything that I value that much gets proper treatment.
As you've all probably guessed, eventually some issues arose with me lending out books. At that age, you don't realize that other people aren't all careful with their belongings - let alone other people's belongings. You would think that someone would take greater care when they have something that isn't theirs...but, you'd be wrong. Oh so wrong. I got books back that with bent covers, stains and other signs of abuse marking them. *shudders*
A few friends even went so far as to never returned my beloved babies (the HORROR!) They then proceeded to make things worse by claiming that they had returned them...but where were the books then? WHERE?! Not on my meticulously organized shelves, that's for sure!
It was at that point that I made a new ruling to never, ever lend out my books again. Period. (With the exception of my mom who totally gets my obsessive attitude - and would also totally replace any book she'd damage by accident. Bless her.) I don't care if you're a bookish friend, I don't care if you really, REALLY want to read one of my books, I don't even care if you promise to guard it with your life: YOU AIN'T GETTING THE PRECIOUS.
It might sound drastic, but us book lovers must sometimes go to extreme lengths to protect the precious. I make up for it in other ways though, because I can't resist passing on bookish love Like, say I end up with multiple copies of a book, I will donate to friends or to good will. I'll even gift out books I love to friends but I refuse to lend out my books anymore.
And that's that! So I want to know: do you lend out books? Are your friends careful with them or do you also have some horror stories to share? Do you have rules in place for lending them out or are you just a generally nice (though possibly misguided) person? Also: were you nodding your head throughout my post or were you shocked at my drastic measures? I want to know!
*This post is linked up to the 2016 Book Blog Discussion Challenge.*