we all know lending books is a risk. in fact, the smart ones among us won’t even partake in the activity. because we all know what happens when the wrong person ends up with some of your book children.
this post is to pay homage to the books I have lost to ex *clears throat* friends. a moment of silence, please.
and now, let us begin.
the first mistake
when i was fourteen years old and still thought everyone loved books as much as i did, a friend mentioned in passing how cool my book collection was.
“omg!” i said, “let me lend you something.”
she was making conversation, Young Sha. she didn’t really care. but too late, i lent her Night World #1 (one of my faves at the time) and then my mother broke up with her best friend’s dad and i never saw her or the book again.
about two years later i bought the book again because i wanted to re-read the series and it’s not great fiction, it’s hardly even GOOD fiction, but it’s nostalgia and heck if i’m going to own the last two books in a series and not the first.
❓ have you ever over-eagerly lent someone a book?
a second time, she errs
the title of this book is appropriate for the tale of how i lost it forever. my sister was looking for a new read and, since her passions lean towards big books with tense action scenes, i though The Knife of Never Letting Go was perfect.
whether or not my recommendation was gold, we shall never know. she lost the book in-between moves and didn’t even read a single page beforehand. it hurts if we don’t spread the love of literature, but when do let go of our books, we risk losing them. (me, going full drama.)
she still gets much love because a year later, her christmas gift to me was a $50 Indigo gift card. but still. no more of my books for you!
❓ has someone ever told you they lost the book you lent them? how did you react?
third time’s a charm?
i’m a bit to blame for this one, but i will share my tale regardless because i know you can accept me flaws and all. last year, i wanted to introduce a new feature on the blog where one of my sisters (not the same as above) shared her views on popular lit as both a teen and a non-frequent reader.
except guess what. it flopped because she’s a not frequent reader. getting her to actually commit to anything was the biggest hassle.
at the time, i had lent her five books and she has yet to return them. one of those is my absolute favourite, Out of the Easy. she assures me they are healthy and unblemished (and unread) but a minor issue *clears throat* i forgot some of them. like, i can’t remember all the titles of the books i lent her?
❓ do you keep track of all the books you lend out?
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!