This week, BTT asks: "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?"
I rarely lend my books. Mostly because few people in real life have the same reading tastes that I do. Occasionally I find a book that I think someone I know might really enjoy and I do loan it out. Currently, I have Helen Reilly's Compartment K out on loan to someone who was taking a train trip in Canada (just like in the book). We were talking about her trip and I mentioned how I had just finished the Reilly book. She thought it would be really cool to read the book with her partner while they were on the train. [And that reminds me....I need to see if they were able to finish it yet.]
And, foolishly, I don't put a time limit on my loans. Maybe I should.....I really do think that people should make the effort to read loaned books quickly. I do whenever I borrow a book. Again, that's rare....I have so many books on my own TBR mountain range that I really don't need to borrow books from anybody--not even the library. But, again, occasionally one will be mentioned in conversation and I'll think, I'd like to read that....and so I borrow. My most frequent lending librarian is my good friend Richard. For the most part, he has saved me when I've managed to leave the house without a book in my purse (gasp!)...he's a professor in the English Department where I work, so I've raided his bookshelves a couple of times when I needed something to read on my lunch hour--'cuz the girl has to read whenever she has a chance. Fortunately his mother was a reader of vintage mysteries (which he inherited) and he has a lovely shelf or two in his office from which I can choose.
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