Borrowing Books: THE RulesTuesday, March 22, 2011
I think that we've known each other long enough that I can tell you a bit of my obsession with collecting books. A lot of people collect books, a lot of people who have book blogs probably collect books. All I'm saying is that it is not unusual for people to collect books. I have over 300 books, which is very little considering some of you out there, but I started in 2008 (that's my excuse, at least). Thinking about it now, I've probably spent more than a semester's-worth at the college I'm thinking to apply to. That's a lot of money.
These rules I am about to tell you will probably make you laugh or something like that. I am not being mean or offensive, I do not intend these rules to be that. These rules are to ensure a better reading experience to the borrower and the next borrower of the book. They may sound a bit ridiculous, but many book collectors will know exactly what I'm talking about, if you gave a friend a book to borrow, pay attention because these rules may come in handy one day:
- Do NOT write in the book. Actually, keep away from all writing utensils, while reading. And if you do write, on accident, in the book (please, be pencil) NEVER try to erase, because the problem will only become worse.
- Do NOT eat while reading the book. If you must eat, please, carefully put down the book (bookmark your spot) and eat your food. Do NOT have food in at least a two-foot radius from the book. Food might splatter and no one likes reading a stained-covered book (I hope not). Make sure, after eating, that you wash and dry your hands thoroughly before going back to the book.
- Do NOT read aloud. No matter the circumstance, this rule must be obeyed. You know you spit when you talk. (And if you don't, I still wouldn't try this rule with the book.) No one wants a spit-stain taking up space on the page.
- Do NOT break the spine. Obviously, you may need to break it a little to get the book open, but do NOT break it all the way. Especially if it is a paperback (hardcovers can withstand being beaten once in a while), no one wants a cover that does not cover anything (if you understand what I mean).
- Do NOT give this book to anyone else. You have no right to give this book to anyone else except its owner.
- Do NOT lose it. If you're just going to borrow the book, so it can be an addition to the clutter on your bedroom floor, then please return the book as soon as possible. If you read books slowly, please notify the owner of the book. The owner would probably be quick to go to the "losing it" option if not notified of this condition.
- Remember, every book is a baby. It does have feelings. If you disobey one of the rules, the baby does make a noise (whether it's a cry, rip, crunch, or whimper). Example: Baby Jace does not like it when you eat that Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich around him, you just got sticky jelly on his bare chest (the jelly goes plop and Jace goes whimper).