I'm much more likely to give a book away than to lend it. I don't especially like hanging on to books, which is why I get most of mine from the library. I'd much rather pass a book on and have it be read and loved by someone else, than have it taking up space on my shelves. There is one book that I loaned to a book club friend, which I really hope to get back in good condition (and I'm sure I will). It's written by another book club member, and it's the history of Spindrift, a cottage that was built in 1912 by the then-director of Portland's library, and then bequeathed to library employees as a place of respite. The cottage is a special place to our family, because we've been going there for the occasional weekend since before my kids were born. I bought the book directly from the author, and it's definitely a limited edition item, so once I get it back from my friend at the February book club meeting, I won't be loaning it out again.
|Spindrift, on the Oregon Coast|
I really don't like borrowing books from friends, though. The pressure! It takes me ages to get around to reading them. I have a pile of books from a friend who went to BEA a few years ago and was so sweet to have a pile of ARCs shipped to my house. I thought they were a gift at first, but when she let me know she'd want them back eventually, I made sure to keep them in a special place all together with a note that they were hers. I've read a couple of them and returned them. The others sit on their special place on the shelf, and my friend says she has no immediate plans to read them, so no worries.
I have two books that were lent by another friend--again, years ago! I've checked in with her about this and she's always she'd rather I keep them at my house, as long as she knows where they are if she needs them. One is the Flylady book. My friend and I are similarly organizationally challenged, and when we were
Yeah. It's been . . . I mean, I think our oldest boys were around 11 then? And now Ben is 16. It's about 600 pages, I could have read half a page a day in that time and been finished with it a year ago.
So, what do you think? Should I give it another try, or give it back to my friend tomorrow?