Booking Through Thursday (36) Borrowing Books

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly bookish meme where participants are asked a series of questions about their reading habits. To join this or future Booking Through Thursdays Click Here.

This Week BTT Asks:
How do you feel about borrowing books from friends? Is this something you like to do?
Does it make you feel uncomfortable or rushed while reading?
Does it affect how you feel about the book you’re reading, pressured into liking it?

When I was younger I didn't really mind borrowing books from people but as I've gotten older I've stopped doing it nearly altogether. I like taking my time reading and when I borrow I feel like I have to rush through it in order to return it in what I consider a  proper amount of time. Also I don't like being responsible for other people's stuff. I always fret about possibility I'll crinkle the pages to much or heaven forbid I spill something on the book someone graciously loaned me. Lastly, I mostly don't borrow books because I've read those recommended to me. Every once in awhile I'll come across a book that I don't know but for the most part people are reading books I've already had the chance to read.

As for the last question, No I never feel pressured into liking a book just because someone else liked it. I'm a very blunt person. If I don't like something I'll say it and no doubt give you a spreadsheet of answers why. OK well the spreadsheet is a lie but I will tell you in detail why exactly I didn't love it. Do I hope I enjoy it? Sure but if I don't then I'm not going to beat myself up about it.


Now for my questions:
Do you borrow books?
 If not, Why?
If so, Do you ever feel rushed into finishing them?

 Leave me your answers in the comments below. I love reading your responses!


  1. I also don't like to borrow books from people. usually it's the other way around - though I don't lend my books out often, I'd rather buy someone a book then lend them my copy. I've been burned too many times with someone destroying or never returning a book that I loved or planned to read again. Though there are a few people I trust haha. So if they ask to borrow what I'm reading I'll either give them the book to keep or buy them their own copy if they seem serious about wanting to read it.

    I don't know about you but have you ever had like coworkers or friends act like they are interested in reading what you are reading but you know they really aren't - maybe they're just trying to make conversation? I always find that odd.

    Anywhoooo - yeah I don't ever feel pressure to like what someone else likes because I know what I like.

    And agreed, most of the books people tell me about are A) ones I have absolutely no freaking interest in reading B) "best sellers' that EVERY one is reading just because it has all the hype *read Twilight or Cuckoo's Calling* - which I still have no interest in reading or C) I've already read it. Now book bloggers are a different story - I have that group of friends that I know are always good at coming up with books I haven't yet found either.

    1. Oh I've definitely had those people pretend to be interested and I agree bloggers are different I can usually count on someone finding a book I haven't read. Great response!

  2. I don't borrow books to much either, because my reading is really scheduled, and I generally can't promise to fit the book in. I've had someone's book for like three years. To be fair, I haven't seen him since I got it, but I also still haven't read it. I should fix that. It's downright shameful.

    If I don't like something, I'll tell them too. But my friends tell me too, so it's all good.

  3. I do borrow books from friends, and yes, I try to finish them faster than if they were my books, yet I don't feel rushed in a bad way (as in I don't feel stressed about it). I just want to return the books to their owners in a decent amount of time because I simply feel that's the polite way to go about it.

  4. I don't mind borrowing books from friends but I don't really like lending mine out-I like them kept pristine and my friends don't tend to do that!


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