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Book meme day 12

"Book borrowing – do you use the library? Do you prefer to try before you buy? What about lending your books to friends? Are you a good borrower, do you remember to return books?"

I don't use the library any more. I keep books for far too long - it usually takes me a month or so to read a good book - and I was being hit by a lot of fines for, in essence, not racing through books. Then for the books that I'm really eager to read, well, having to wait a year to get a book just isn't my choice. I buy it. It's good for authors and bookstores.

I've also become very enthused about giving my books away. Any paperback fiction novel that I finish will usually quickly make its way to a new person either in person or via Bookmooch. I just don't have the space anymore, and I am less in love with books as physical objects than I used to be before I moved over here. I also feel that paperbacks have a limited lifespan and are best "used up" rather than being allowed to fall to pieces over the course of the years. A paperback that gets four reads has done pretty well in my book. So I don't lend much anymore; I give. It makes doing the accounting a lot easier.

I am a very good borrower, I think; I segregate borrowed books and always return them. Well, unless we stop talking and I move across the world, in which case I may still have that book about Benjamin Franklin and farting even though it still gives me a twinge of guilt when I see it on the bookshelf

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blueskitten
May. 8th, 2011 12:51 am (UTC)
I am a fan of your book philosophy. Maybe because it closely mirrors my own, but it is what it is. I would much rather savor a good read than rush to finish it before it's late.
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