** GIVEAWAY ** RULES FOR BORROWING BOOKS ** GIVEAWAY **

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Whether you’re a reader or a writer, books have a special place in our hearts. For some of us, they’re like our little children. We collect them, place them in special locations in our home, carry them around in bags designed just for them, the list goes on.

Book lovers love to share books and the stories within the pages. That’s a major reason why we read. One has an instant bond with another book lover.

But what about lending and/or borrowing books? Well that’s when the leather meets the road for a lot of us. For example, I rarely lend a book. But if I do, I keep the jacket cover and write a post-it with the name of the borrower. Yes, that’s a bit obnoxious, but I’m coming clean here. What’s your idiosyncrasy?

So here are, with some help from http://www.bustle.com , some tips on borrowing books. They may save your friendship.

  1. Return book in a timely manner.
  2. Ask the lender when they need the book back.
  3. If you’re taking a long time to read the book, check in with the lender.
  4. Don’t eat while reading the book … that means m&ms, too!
  5. Don’t fold over the pages. duh!
  6. Don’t write, underline or highlight anything. Buy you’re own book if you’re inclined.
  7. Don’t put the book face down and crack the binding.
  8. Don’t read it while bathing or at the pool.
  9. Wipe down the surface, before you put the book down.
  10. Ask permission before passing it on to someone else.
  11. Don’t lose the book jacket. (I’d recommend not lending the book jacket.)
  12. Don’t borrow until ready to read.
  13. Tell your friend how much you’re enjoying their book.
  14. When in doubt, treat it like a library book.
  15. If something does happen, offer to but another one.

These suggestions may seem obvious, but sometimes it’s good to revisit the obvious, so you don’t end up in trouble.

So, how are you about lending or borrowing books? Tell us. We’ll be giving away a package of books to the winner.  

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Good luck!

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

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33 thoughts on “** GIVEAWAY ** RULES FOR BORROWING BOOKS ** GIVEAWAY **

  1. I have begun to lend out books. Typically, I had noticed that they tend to not come back in even close to the same condition I had lent them out in, but now I have limited the people I lend my books to: the people I know that care about them as I do.

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  2. Hmmm. This is tough for me. I don’t know many readers and the ones I do understand but still my sister won’t even borrow a book from me because she’s scared to mess it up the entire time it’s in her possession. *paranoid* So she’d rather just buy a used copy. I only borrow from the library or buy.

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  3. I love lending out my books! It makes me happy and my friends happy! I ask that all my books be returned. I put a sticky note inside with the names of friends that want to read a particular book. When my book is returned I check the name off and lend to the next friend. If I win a book from Cindy I always read and review first before lending! All my books are usually returned in great condition.

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  4. The list is so detailed and specific, but I agree with it all! Sadly, though, some of the books I get from the library have not been treated very well. I don’t live near enough to any friends with my reading tastes to lend or borrow but even with family they know it’s A BOOK so be careful :-).

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  5. I don’t really mind lending my books but I only lend to close friends now. I have to feel comfortable enough to be able to ask “Hey, are you done with my book yet?”. Or a straight forward “I want my book back now”. I once lent a favorite book (Roots) to a co-worker who never returned it. I was not comfortable asking for it back so I dropped little hints like “did you like Roots?” and “Roots was a long book, wasn’t it?”. Nothing happened and I never got my book back. Now, all these years later I still regret not getting it back.

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  6. If I give a book to a friend that I’ve already read, I tell them that when they are done with it to pass it on to someone else who might enjoy it. It frees up space on my bookshelf….

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  7. I usually don’t ask for anyone to return books. However, I had a series that I dearly loved. I loaned the series to a school librarian. I explained that the series was special to me. I kept asking if she finished reading it. A year later I sent her a text and told her to please bring the books to the school library so I could pick them up. I pass books on to my parents. If someone loans me a book I return to as soon as possible. I also request that they please take time to rate and review the book.

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  8. Too many times books not returned. Sometimes part of series books. So now I make sure I can live without the book before I lend it. Which is sad, but so is losing a favorite book.

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  9. I give books to friends, my sister, my s-in-l, my sons and love to have them experience new adventures and I never request the books back. I want them to give them to others to enjoy. When my sister visited she took home 10 new books and will read them all through the fall.

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  10. I’ve lent books to my parents and a friend knowing that they’ll return the books to me; otherwise, I’m really not inclined to loan out books. I’ve given books to people; so, I don’t feel bad if I say that I don’t want a particular book leaving my house.

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  11. In the past I used to lend books to my older sister but now she reads books on an ereader while I still prefer hard copies. I don’t borrow books because nobody else I know personally reads romance novels so I usually buy my books, whether new copies or used books.

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  12. I have an extremely hard time lending my books. They are so precious to me. I will however give away any multiple copies I may have of a book. I love borrowing library books.

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  13. I am more than happy to loan out some of my books and I don’t care if I get them back. However, I have a couple of shelves of books that I won’t loan to anyone and my friends know not to even ask. Those are my favorite books that are not going to leave my possession for anyone anytime.

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  14. Great article! I don’t have many friends that are readers, but I pass my books on to my sister after I’ve finished reading them and she shares them with her friend. Her friend always returns them in the same condition and takes good care of them. I’ve lost too many books by lending them out that I just recommend books, but I don’t offer to lend them out.

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  15. I really enjoyed your tips about lending books! I reckon that everyone should care about things borrowed from others (of course, mainly books!). I am giving some of my books to my friends and if I have to lend, I would pick a few people that I know they will care. I love sharing books and I just keep those I appreciate =)

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  16. The books I lend out are out are ones that will end up being donated. I prefer borrowing books from the library as it is easier to keep track of returns.

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  17. If it’s a book I truly treasure, I won’t lend it. Have learned the hard way books are not always returned or sometimes they are returned in horrible condition.

    Someone I know keeps asking for a book I have–she still has books of mine. I’m ignoring her request. lol I don’t want to confront her. It’s been so long. Passive-aggressive, yes. But I’m afraid I might really get angry in an answer and am not sure it’s worth losing a friendship over books.

    denise

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  18. Once I have read a book, I set it free to find new book lovers…if anyone expresses a desire to read it, then I give it to them and tell them to pass it on when finished!

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  19. I love lending my books. I usually don’t get them back in very good condition, and I have stopped lending to those people. Some friends have called and said they lost the book and I never saw it again. With that being said, I have sent books to online friends and didn’t hear from them for months, and then did receive the book back. I now choose carefully who I lend my books to

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  20. I have lost so many books over the years by loaning them out. I now have books I keep and won’t loan but also have many books that I’m not keeping that I will loan but also that I will give or donate. I am an avid reader. 100 to 150 a year and can’t begin to keep them all

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  21. I don’t loan out my favorites. If I loan a book it gets put on my spreadsheet and I check with tge person when I think they have had plenty of time to read it and get it back to me. Thank you for the chance.

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  22. I am wary of lending my books. I won’t lend any volume before I’ve read it in its new or at least original condition, and I don’t think I will lend particularly treasured favorites or classics regardless of condition anymore. The last time I shared a very treasured hardcover biography with a dear friend, it came back to me after a long time (not a problem, in my view) and without its jacket (a problem indeed). Moreover, I had to ask him to about its status after I hadn’t heard from him in a while in order for him to mail it back to me, and disturbingly, there was no explanation or apology regarding the missing jacket. He didn’t acknowledge its absence at all. Harumph!

    I currently lend boks I’ve already read to my boyfriend, but he reads them slowly or not at all. I am not only a reader but a collector (or hoarder, perhaps) of books, and I like to keep them in their appointed place(s) under my control. That’s not a real problem though. What gets to me is he will express great enthusiasm about some new acquisition of mine, so I move the book to the top of my to-read list such that he can read it ASAP. But as aforementioned, he oftenly doesn’t finish the books at all. In sum, I am annoyed by going out of my way to read a title with lower personal priority without the gratification of him enjoying, or at least exploring, the book in which he said he was so interested. I am going to keep giving him books one at a time though…I like to talk about shared reading experiences!

    Thank you so much for this original as well as generous giveaway — and for the opportunity to vent! Please be advised that if chosen I would be happy to share my prize with another entrant. That is, since I already have a copy of both The Winter Soldier and She Would Be King, you may keep or give these titles away as you see fit if I am the lucky reader. Cheers, Kara S

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  23. i do not lend out any of my favorite books. had a few that were never returned.
    i only keep books from my very favorite authors. any other book, i read it, review it & pass it along to family/friends/thrift store.

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  24. If they are books that I’ve bought brand new, I don’t like to lend them out. People can be such slobs and I like to keep my new books all nice and pristine. If they are books that I’ve bought from the local thrift stores then I don’t mind lending them out or even giving them away for other people to read and enjoy.

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  25. AHHH!!! This post had me talking to myself. I loaned a stack of books to a bunch of different people and so far I haven’t gotten any of them back except for one person. It’s been many months. One of them actually loaned a few of my books to other people. Told me about it after-the-fact. No no no that’s a definite no no! Ughhh I will be more careful about loaning my books from here on out. Now I have to ask for them. I give many books away, but if I am loaning it I expect it to be treated respectfully and given back in a timely manner, they are important to me! And I feel guilty saying all of this because it’s just a book right?

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