Do you lend your books? Are any out on loan right now? Do you have any that have been loaned to you? Do you put a time limit on these? Do you think people should make an effort to read the loaned book quickly?
I will own up to being that “mean” friend who won’t loan books out. Not even family members (except just my mother—even with her I write down on a post-it that she has it, with the date, and I put the post-it on the shelf in the book’s place). I’ve had too many experiences of never getting books back. And in fact, I’m extremely hesitant to loan anything in general. Part of it is that I have the spirit of a collector so I like to have/see all my books lined up on my shelves and I do like to revisit beloved books after a while.
Mostly though, I don’t like to loan books because I know how I am with loaned books. I rarely, rarely will accept a book on loan. Instead, I will write down the title and save it in my TBR list. As I’ve said in previous posts, it can take me a good long while (sometimes years) to get around to reading a book, so I don’t like to borrow books because I’m afraid of holding onto it too long and being the person who doesn’t return a book soon enough. I love the library, but I hesitate to borrow from there too (at least, I haven’t in a long time). I do all right with checking out audiobooks, but this year I’d like to make myself get back into it and borrow at least one book.
What is your answer? How do you feel about loaning books?