At any given moment I have no less than 20 books "checked out" of my house. My friends know that when they come over (which is a lot), they're leaving with a book in their hands. Sometimes people come over just for the purpose of picking up a book, or dropping them off.
My house is a library, AND I LOVE IT!!
I love that people know me as the book girl. I love that they know that I'm ready with an endless list of recommendations, for every type of reader. I love that moment when they've read a book I gave them and we get to talk about it. I just love it!
It's like a challenge. Matching up a person with the perfect book.
One of the biggest reasons that I actually buy books that I've already read, is so that I can loan them out to people. I mean, I do want to have books that I've loved on my shelves, but half the time I know I'm not going to read them again, but I buy them anyway just so that I can share them with all my friends.
Oh, and if I have a matching bookmark? That's just icing on the cake!
The only problem I have with this system, is that I'm horrible at keeping track of who has my books. Like, who has my copy of The Forest of Hands and Teeth? It's been gone a long, long time, and I have no idea who has it. I tried keeping track, writing down who checked out what and when, but I just failed miserably.
How about you?
Do you loan out your books? Do you have a system for keeping track of who has what books? Do you care about what condition they're in when they're returned? And most importantly, DO YOU KNOW WHERE MY COPY OF THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH IS?