I cracked up laughing when I saw this YouTube video by Epic Reads about lending books to friends:
My book lending horror stories mostly consist of never getting my book back. After that happened a few times, I stopped lending out anything that I would be devastated about losing. It’s not even just a matter of trusting my friends – it’s also the post office. I sent a box of awesome books to my mother-in-law and just got the top of the box back saying sorry. *sobs*
I tend to stick to loaning books within the book blogging/reading community (I do background checks for new people – have they borrowed from someone else? Did it come back in a timely fashion? In good condition?) and it’s worked out well. I trust them more. They feel the same possessive drive to protect a book at all costs.
Slightly off topic from lending – more like parting with the precious. We’re lucky as bloggers. We get some really cool stuff! ARC’s, swag, and we know we don’t have room for it all but sometimes it’s hard to let it go.
I sent my friend Ana Lucia (waves hi!) a big box of books that I was excited for her to read but for some reason I kept waffling when it came to These Broken Stars by Aimee Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Now I love Ana and I REALLY wanted her to have this book but it took me almost a week to leave the book in there and tape up the damn box. I would put it in….take it out…start to tape the box…un-tape it…I have no idea why. I could easily buy another copy. I don’t even plan on reading it again but I wanted THAT book. Book lovers are weird!
How about you? Have you had any book lending horror stories?? Would you end a friendship over a mistreated/lost book?
* You can view more Epic Reads Book Nerd Problems videos here