Is lending your books considered book blasphemy? No. Is mistreating a borrowed book book blasphemy? Yes.
We’ve all been there – we’ve all had someone borrow a book from us. Now in my case, I had to stop lending my books out because when I lend my books to people I pretty much worry the entire time they have it. I worry that they’ll lose, ruin it, spill something on it, steal it, etc. It got so bad that I was officially banned (by my mom) from letting people borrow my books.
I think the incident that really set that rule in motion was when I lent my cousin my copies of Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines. When she gave me LFA back the cover was slightly torn and abused. That’s not how I gave it to her; and as if that wasn’t bad enough she gave me that back but didn’t give me back AAOK. When I asked her where my other book was she said, “Oh I let my friend borrow it.” Now, in the face of my cousin I was calm. But to my mom I carried on about how incredibly rude it was that my cousin willingly loaned my book to her friend without even asking me first. I just found that to be very rude! And when I finally got the book back some of the pages were bent.
So in short, I don’t lend out my books because I’m neurotic 🙂
As far as the reversed, I very rarely borrow books from people. I don’t like it because I feel compelled to read the book ASAP and I don’t always have the time to do that. I also feel that since I no longer let people borrow books I don’t really have a place to ask to borrow someone else’s.
How about you guys? Do you lend out books? Do you borrow books?