Musing Mondays (Jan 26)

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about lending books...

A few weeks back we had a question about borrowing books, this week I was wondering what your policy was on lending books. Do you lend books to anyone? Just friends? Only big readers? How long are they allowed to have them?


PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your opinion in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks.





Okay, I'll come clean, I have an ulterior motive for asking this question. I lent my copy of Twilight to a friend... but cannot for the life of me remember who it was I lent it to. So if it's you can you PLEASE let me know? I don't need it back, I just need to know who has it so I can stop going crazy.
And on to the real answer.
I tend to be a little bit of a book pusher - I'm aware that I do it and I try to curb the impulse, but sometimes I just can't help myself. Occasionally someone will head home with a little pile of books and a face that clearly says 'I'm not quite sure what happened there, and hey look! how did I get these books?'
As for people who actually WANT to borrow the books, I'm pretty easy going. I don't really like lending out books to people I don't know (friend of a friend borrowing) but people I know can borrow whatever they want and (as my mini-rant above may show) as long as I know who has what they can have it as long as they want. I usually just write up the list on my whiteboard so I don't go looking for them - I spent many a week looking for a book that wasn't in the house before I started this system.

38 comments :

gautami tripathy said...

Great question!

Lending books

Bobbi said...
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Bobbi said...

Great prompt! Here's my link:
My Muse and Me

Ladytink_534 said...

Lol. I do that too. I lent my first couple of Undead books by MaryJanice Davidson to someone and now that I'd like to re-read the darn things I can't remember who I lent them to :(

Mine is scheduled to go up in the morning.

D Dubs said...

I need to make a list of all the books I have lent out to people because it's starting to get complicated!

http://www.ddubsreads.com/DDubsReads/Blog/Entries/2009/1/25_Musing_Mondays%3A_Lending_Books.html

Bluestocking said...

Here is mine

Musing Monday 25

debbiesworld said...

Here is my posting: http://debbiesworld.wordpress.com/2009/01/25/musing-mondays-january-26/

I know what you mean about forgetting that is why I usually only lend books out when asked. I pretty much have only 1-2 friends I actively offer books to so it's a pretty safe bet they are the ones who have my favorite books.

Matt said...

My answer is up. This is a thoughtful question, although I don't often lend out books.

Kim said...

Great question Rebecca! My answer is up.

http://pageafterpage-kim.blogspot.com/2009/01/book-lending.html

Happy Monday!
Kim

wendy said...

It's hard to let my books have sleepovers...I worry. See more here

Beth F said...

My post is up here.

Good question!

Jo said...

I would lend books to anyone that wanted them, as long as they came back eventually! My post is HERE

elizabethwillse said...

Mine is
here

MizB said...

Good question! Here's my answer:
http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/2009/01/26/musing-mondays-lending-books/

Steph said...

Mine's Here.

http://steph3891.blogspot.com/2009/01/musing-mondays_26.html

Jessica said...

Here's mine!

writemeg said...

I have a hard time lending out books... and I'll tell you why here! :)

Happy Monday!

splummer said...

Hi!
I have done that also. Loaned a quilt book out a few years ago, I still haven't gotten it back and can't for the life of me remember who has it. My Musing is posted here:

JUST BOOKS: MUSING MONDAYS
Have a great day!!

Sherrie

Sunny said...

My post is up here!

Lisa said...

Mine's up!

www.southerngal-lisa.blogspot.com

Ruthie said...

Happy Monday! My post is up at:
Musing on Lending Books

Have an incredible day!

Smash said...

Great question! I do the same thing, when loaning out books - I bombard people with all kinds of recs. I just can't help myself!

Anyway, my complete answer is here:
http://greatbooksandfreshcoffee.blogspot.com/2009/01/musing-mondays_26.html

Erika Lynn said...

Great question!

http://kissmybook.blogspot.com/2009/01/musing-mondays_26.html

Moo said...

Interesting question. My post is here .

Susan said...

I like this question!

http://susanlovesbooks.blogspot.com/

carolsnotebook said...

Mine's up, too.

http://carolsnotebook.wordpress.com/2009/01/26/musing-mondays-5/

BookPsmith said...

Great question. Here is my answer...

http://bookpsmith.blogspot.com/2009/01/here-is-this-weeks-question-from.html

Karen Montgomery said...

Here is mine: http://mybeetlebugs.blogspot.com/. I hope you enjoy it since I usually don't lend my books out!

Nise' said...

My Musing is here.

purplg8r said...

Here are my thoughts!

http://purplg8r-somanybooks.blogspot.com/2009/01/musing-mondays-january-26-2009.html

Yooperchick said...

Short and sweet...

http://ilovemybooks.blogspot.com/2009/01/musing-mondays_26.html

Nicole said...

I think that after years of lending and not getting books back or getting them back in terrible condition, I have just stopped lending. I give books away. I have about 450 books in my collection that I am trying to read through and decide whether or not they are keepers. There are some books that I really enjoy and want to keep, and there are some that I like but I don't care so much about keeping and those I will let go.

marineko said...

http://marineko.blogspot.com/2009/01/musing-mondays-lending-books.html

miaomiao said...

http://begitubegini.blogspot.com/2009/01/mm090126-lending-books.html

antipodeanowl said...

Here's mine! :D
http://antipodeanowl.wordpress.com/2009/01/28/monday-musings-loan-policy/

Melody said...

I'm late, but here's my answer.

sheerysplace said...

I just found your blog and I love it. I saw this musing and had to answer it! Here's the link to my answer:
http://sheerysplace.livejournal.com/7750.html

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