10 Commandments of Book Borrowing
It's no secret. Those of us who are passionate about
reading are passionate about our reading-related belongings,
more specifically, our books. I like to share good books with
my friends, but occasionally these books have been returned
to me in less than satisfactory condition. This has prompted
me to put together a short list of rules, commandments if you
will. I now tuck a copy of the list inside any books I loan
out. A tad obsessive? Or a good precaution? You decide.
1. Thou shalt not mash the book into a backpack, book bag,
purse, or other storage area where it is likely to be crumpled,
crushed, maimed, or otherwise mutilated in any way.
2. Thou shalt not loan the book to anyone else, especially
those with dirty hands.
3. Thou shalt not eat while reading the book (the chocolate
smooshed in the crack gave you away last time).
4. Thou shalt not stuff the book under a wobbly table leg
to fix the table.
5. Thou shalt not use the book as a coaster.
6. Thou shalt not keep the book for more than a month lest
I start charging late fees (and I'm not talking about the
library's $0.05 a day late fee--we're talking Blockbuster
7. Thou shalt not leave anything between the pages of the
book besides money.
8. Thou shalt not write in the book.
9. Thou shalt not leave the book where it can be rained on,
snowed on, or sunned on (the latter being identifiable by the
pages falling out of the melty glue faster than leaves from
an autumm tree).
10. Thou shalt not let your pet chew, nibble, or shed on
Feel free to print this list to include with the books you
loan out, too. We're not obsessive. Well, we're not.
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