We all have pet peeves. Some are worse than others, but the pet peeves are there.
If you borrow my books, return them.
Over the years I have lost a lot of books because of people who borrowed them, but didn’t bother to return them. I’ve also spent a lot of money replacing the books. Why can’t people just return what they borrow?
This is just one reason why I like ebooks. It’s harder to loan them, especially when the borrower does not have an ereader, and I do not loan my Kindle to anyone.
Don’t destroy the books.
Yes, I can be rough on books. I have also been known to make notes in them especially when I can’t find a sticky note. But there have been times someone has borrowed a book and returned it in pieces, even pages falling out.
Don’t make excuses if you lost my book. Just replace it.
I can’t find it.
I don’t know what happened to it.
I loaned it to my sister who was visiting from _____ (insert name of town/state).
This is the “What the !*?#$!” moment, and then I hear, “It was just a book.”
Yes, it was a book, but it was my book. I bought that book with my hard earned money.
Don’t take books I haven’t read yet.
I still buy a few paperbacks, though a whole lot less than I used to buy. I buy more ebooks. It’s much easier and faster. With a few clicks, I’m reading the book.
I hate when friends and family come over and grab books off my shelf without asking, especially when it’s a book I haven’t read. I’m funny about that. I have to read the book before I will loan it, and it’s not just because of my track record with people borrowing my books. It’s a new book and its mine.
Don’t take my books without my permission.
Yelp! It ties in with the previous, but this goes for any book I own.
They belong to me!
Ask before you touch.
It’s funny. People don’t have problems taking my books, but the same people would be upset if I went to their homes and took stuff from them without asking.