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Outrageous Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books
Um. Well. I’ve never done anything really outrageous. Or that many things, really.
I did go along with my librarian friend a couple years ago to Book People when Ernest Cline was there for the release of Armada. It was so packed and I had to stand over an hour with my heavy ass purse. There wasn’t even enough room for me to turn around or shift. That’s how packed it was. I was so miserable and in pain I just wanted to leave. I wasn’t even into Ernest Cline or Ready Player One.
When I first started teaching, when the first book fair came to our school, I spent over $500 on books for my classroom. Books that have since been destroyed or stolen. I don’t buy anything for my class anymore.
One of my best teacher friends I met when I started teaching – who lives around the corner from me now…I can see her house through the backyards of my neighbors – wanted to borrow one of the books in the Outlander series from me. It was one I hadn’t gotten to yet; I was still on the book before that one. After my horrible experience with my annotated copy of Hunger Games being “given away” by a so-called friend, I had decided not to lend books to anyone. That was a trustworthy person, and my entire set of notes for my final were GONE. I was steadfast in my decision to not let her borrow my book. Except there was another person present when she did the asking and she made me out to be an asshole about not lending her my book.
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Oh that’s a crummy thing that happened to you when you loaned out your copy of the Hunger Games. I feel like I’ve trained the people I know well not to ask to borrow my books because they know how particular I am about them. Though if it was a casual acquaintance they might now know. I think I would say someone else was borrowing it at the time and I was still waiting to get it back. Sucky that she turned it around to make you look like the bad guy.
I feel you for the classroom books going missing. The same thing happened to my sister and I helped her build her library. It was so much fun because she wanted mostly “banned books.” And I took it as a challenge to find banned books for a 5th grade reading level. Sadly at least 2 Harry Potter books have gone missing and that’s the one that really fried my gourd. It’s also why I didn’t want to loan her what has become my original set. The kicker is that she works at a Catholic school. So families pay for their kids to go there and it’s not cheap. So you can’t tell me these kids don’t have copies of this series at home or can get it. It was sooo annoying and devastating to hear that she was missing books.
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500 is outrageous though 😅
Yeah. Our librarian and library aide always crack a joke about me being a big spender every book fair. We’ve had like 15 since then. LOL
😀 that’s great though… need to attend more of them
That story about your classroom books being stolen/destroyed is so sad. 😦
That sucks about your Hunger Games copy. i’ve had friends give away copies of my books too, as if they somehow completely blanked that it didn’t belong to them.
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I don’t like to lend out book either. Don’t feel bad about that at all!
I’ve have to be prepared to lose the book if I loan!
I loaned a couple of books to my cousin when I was a teenager, nearly 10 years later I found them on our older cousin’s (not their sibling) daughter’s bookshelf and I wasn’t going to take from her.
Luckily I wasn’t that bothered about them but it was funny as she said she had got the book from my other aunt (ie not the original cousins or the final cousins mum!) and turns out they’d basically done a full circuit of the women in my family without coming back to me!!!
I don’t like to lend books out either any more. I used to lend them out all the time, but the people I leant to took so long to read them I just found an excuse for needing them back before they’d even read them. I was like ‘two weeks are up I um… need that book for class now’ so it’s safely back in my possession again 😛 https://racheleanne.wordpress.com/2019/04/09/first-ten-books-i-reviewed-top-ten-tuesday-april-2019/
[…] Um. All of them. I don’t let people borrow my books anymore after such a bad experience. If you come to my house, I *might* let you touch my books. But I am not going to let you leave with any. You can read more about my first experience since then here. […]