Fiction / In which Mitchii blabbers about her (irrational) fears of book lending.

There are no public libraries here in PH like the ones in US have. Ok, that’s a misleading statement, I mean we do have public libraries, we’re still not that deprive of such facilities *coughs* that said, it’s more academic than leisure. So if we want book, we provide—or some other people afford it for us. *bless the good hearts of these people* And even though I’m not reading books lately my stance on taking good care of books remains the same. The books in the shelves at homes are still in their pristine condition. I dusted them once in a while (because air pollution here in Manila is just too darn scary! forced-temper), although I have yet done rearranging which feels like eons ago. But books are fine & dandy!

Now, am I the only person who is actually scared of showcasing her book collection to acquaintances? Am hoping not! See, I can stop fidgeting when they start eyeing the books. Then they took one, read the summary, shows interest on their faces. And then the most nail-biting spoken words will leave their mouths: “Can you lend it to me?” *runs*

Ok, I’m selfish I know! But I’m not too keen on lending books. I’m very meticulous when it comes my books. Although thankfully no one has massacred any of my books so far (and let’s keep the record that way). The worst has ever been is that they didn’t return it on time (took one year for it to return).  But I’m somewhat of a pushover…cutewhen a question deemed an immediate response, I panic and give in. So when a person who’s close to me then asks me to borrow my books, I will still stagger for an answer.

However I haven’t lent a book to a bookworm who does treasure books. Because I did borrow a book before (rare cases though). I always make it sure to return it on the promise time & see to it than no harm has happened with the book while on my care.  It is because I know how important books are to us, bibliophiles. So I want to return the gesture. Occasional readers seem to be different though (I think… <- clear disclaimer there). Like my sisters lent their books to friends: one has never returned (like 5 years & counting…pretty sure it’s in junk shop already…or recycled into something else *sighs*) and the other smelled like a rotten sandwich (why the mayonnaise stain on the spine & some pages??!! sweatdrops) *fist in the air* Still, I’m pretty lucky that mine was returned though I’ve waited for some time, the bottom-line is it came back.

So in case you’re not a hardcore bibliophile, and you like to loan, I hope that you’ll make sure to take care of it. To me they’re priceless collection. It’s not about the money but the memories I had while reading the book is more than monetary investment. So if the person lends it to you in great condition, kindly return it the same way. Think of it as a simple form of gratitude to this generous person. Yes? wink

So how about you, do you have an irrational fear of lending books like me? Have you had a bad experience about it? Share your thoughts with me!