Musing Monday (Jan 25)

Musing Mondays2 Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about borrowed books.

Where do you keep any books borrowed from friends or the library? Do they live with your own collection, or do you keep them separate? Do you monitor them in anyway.

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.

 

Before I start my response, I’d like to apologise (especially to the early birds amongst you) for today’s MM being up so late. Had some good old fashioned family dramas today that got in the way – this will teach me for not scheduling like usual won’t it! ;)

I have two narrow shelves, about waist high, that sit in the corner of my bedroom, inbetween my dresser and the wall. They don’t hold a lot of books, which is good because it acts as a check for my book borrowing – shelves won’t hold any more = gotta read some borrowed book.

For the most part any borrowed books I may have in the house are library books, as there aren’t a lot of people I trade with. If I do borrow from friends however, they sit on one side of the shelf so they don’t fall in with my own books. Not that I don’t trust myself to give them back (or my friends to remind me about them) but I have a tendency to get distracted by other shiny books if the borrowed ones aren’t in plain sight.

As for monitoring them, all books in the house that I don’t own get written up on a whiteboard so I know who/where I borrowed them from and, in the case of library books, when they’re due back.

What about you? How do you handle borrowed books?

34 comments :

Kim said...

Great question! I don't get many books from other friends. I read more than any of them!
http://pageafterpage-kim.blogspot.com/2010/01/book-mingling.html

*smiles and happy new week to you*

crestina said...

here's mine....

http://addlife21.blogspot.com/2010/01/please-return-promptly.html

BooksPlease said...

Here's

mine.

Ambrosia Jefferson said...

Musing Monday

Susan B. Evans said...

Mine's up:

http://wellmanneredfrivolity.blogspot.com/2010/01/musing-mondays_25.html

vampira2468 said...

mine this week http://vampira2468.wordpress.com/2010/01/25/mondays-at-the-library/

Lisa said...

Here's mine

Nise' said...

Today's Musing Monday

Mash1195 said...

Good ??..I really need to get to those TBRs and try to stop my addiction of buying more books

My answer is here

Erin said...

Like Kim, I don't tend to borrow too many, but it does happen once in a while.

Here's my answer: Monday Musings @ The Wobbly Bookstack

MizB @ Should Be Reading said...

My musing: http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/2010/01/25/musing-mondays-jan-25/

Ooo, a whiteboard -- that's a good idea! I should do that for library books, as it'd be a lot faster than logging into my library account to check, all the time. ;)

~MizB

gautami tripathy said...

Here is mine:

Mondays: Musings/Mailbox/Whereabouts

CeeCee said...

Using a whiteboard is a good idea.

CeeCee said...

OH, Here's MINE

Ladytink_534 said...

Friends and family tend to give me books but I don't really trade with them. Library books are the way I go lol.

http://ladytinksblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/musing-monday-borrowed-books.html ♥

atla said...

Hooray! My first Musings Monday :)

http://wave-of-atla.blogspot.com/2010/01/first-musings-monday.html

Alison said...

I definitely do not let my borrowed books mingle with the regular crowd.

fredamans said...

Good question this week.

http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/2010/01/musing-monday_25.html

Chèli said...

Here's mine.

http://chelisshelves.blogspot.com/2010/01/musing-mondays_25.html
Chèli
Cheli's Shelves

caite said...

I don't borrow many books....can't take the responsibility... but the library is a bit of An Issue!

Carin said...

Here's mine! Good topic.

http://carolinebookbinder.blogspot.com/2010/01/musing-mondays.html

Kari said...

I separate my books on my "TBR" shelf. Read how, here: http://kariannalysis.com/2010/01/musing-monday-125/

Sheery said...

Great question. here's my response: http://sheeryhall.blogspot.com/2010/01/musing-mondays-1-25-10.html

Sherrie said...

Hi Rebecca,
My library books and TBR books are separated. You can see how at my place, Just Books. Have a great day!

Sherrie
Just Books

Mark A. Swallow said...

When someone loans me a book I do have a system! Read about it here:

http://mswallow.typepad.com/the_swallows_nest/2010/01/book-mark-1.html

Dawn said...

I usually have a system, but this semester, I seem to have gotten lazier! My answer is here.

Carina said...

I should really start borrowing more books from the library. I just can never seem to get them back on time, because I get distracted or forget about them in favour of other books. The whiteboard thing sounds like a good idea.

My post is here.

emeraldfire said...

http://emeraldfiresbookmark.blogspot.com/2010/01/musing-mondays_25.html My postishere

zetor said...

Here's mine http://zetor-mogsblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/musing-mondays_25.html

Matt said...

I keep loaned books on a separate pile.

Shannansbooks said...

Nice discussion question. I tend to keep mine separate too.

http://shannanlovesbooks.blogspot.com/2010/01/musing-mondays-12510.html

Jenn said...

Great question!

Here's my answer:

http://quitethehuman.blogspot.com/2010/01/musing-mondays_25.html

Lori @ Escape Between The Pages said...

Here's mine

Norah said...

I don't borrow books either from the library or from friends. I have, in the past loaned books to people from church and have been amazed when they weren't returned even though they had my name on the outside front cover! "I'm sure I returned it" or "I loaned it to xxx!" To keep the friendship I usually let it go but I don't loan out books anymore unfortunately - I can't afford to replace them.

Does this ever happen to you and if so, how do you handle it?