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.
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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?