It is every bookworm’s dream that all their friends and family read the millions of books they love so that they can
rant hold long discussions on how the book ended on a cliffhanger yet again!
But when they come up to us to borrow that book… we actually get a mini heart-attack. I’ve had plenty of long discussions with fellow booknerds who desperately do not want to give their
soul books to other people.
Because lending books is a life-changing decision and there should be proper one-on-one interviews before we even think of giving away our precious books.
People don’t realize the amount of trust we’re placing in them- it’s as good as handing over an age-old family heirloom. We expect you to take good care of it, okay?
But here’s what happens instead…
WOULD IT KILL YOU TO USE A BOOKMARK OR A PIECE OF PAPER? USE ME AS A BOOKMARK BUT DON’T YOU DARE FOLD THOSE PRECIOUS PAGES!
It will take you a single second or less to reach out your arm and grab anything to use as a bookmark, so please don’t dog-ear my book.
Food between pages
Are you kidding me?
Why do people even think it’s a good idea to bring a morsel of food near our gorgeous books? Do they know of all the terrible accidents that can take place- the situation screams disaster! And getting food between the pages is the worst. There is no way those cookie crumbs are going to come out of there- thank you very much.
After this horrendous event of spilling any kind of liquid on a book, your bookworm lender will be screaming their soul out and you might need to call for police protection because honestly, HOW COULD YOU?
See when a book comes in contact with water it no longer remains a book. It mutates into a totally different species and we hold them close to our chest and sob our hearts out at what they used to be. NO WATER AROUND MY BOOKS, I DON’T CARE IF YOU DIE OF DEHYDRATION.
Honestly, this doesn’t matter much to me but there are other book fanatics who are dying because you broke their book’s spine and you don’t even know what that is. A broken spine is when a book looks like this-
And it usually happens when you’re too lazy to use a bookmark and keep your open book face down on a surface. If you have a hardcover book then you’re good to go but if not, I suggest you ask the person whom you are borrowing the book from whether he/she is okay with broken or cracked spines.
Scribbles and Doodles
You borrow my book, I give it t you with trust and also fear. You return it in seemingly pristine condition. But the next time I sit down to read it I find scribbled notes and doodles in it. AND YOU DID NOT EVEN USE A PENCIL!
Congratulations! You have been officially classified as a monster and your bookworm friend is now going to come and hunt you down!
Not all of us follow the don’t judge a book by its cover rule, okay? We get hypnotized by the glossy and shiny illustrations and hog all the editions if the covers are gorgeous. Book covers matter a lot.
When you borrow my book NOTHING should happen to the cover.
I cry whenever I get back a book whose cover page has now been been folded, stained with ink or ripped. How can you be so careless?!
Imagine if somebody took a knife and marked a huge scar across your face and now you have to carry that with you forever. It’s the same way with books! BOOKS HAVE FEELINGS TOO!*
* even if books don’t have feelings, we do. SO RESPECT THEM
Honestly, I could go on….
This list could be never ending.
I still haven’t talked about torn pages, missing pages and NOT RETURNING THE BOOKS EVER.
The point is that people need to learn how to take care of books, especially books they borrow. Because all this stresses us out and in the end we’re not going to lend you that book you want. I mean all we want is somebody else to share our feelings about a book we just read why do we have to pay this price???
So if you’ve learnt nothing from this post then yaay!
Nobody is ever going to lend you their books.
But if you’ve now realized why your booknerd friend runs away whenever you try to confront them then good for you. Don’t worry! All you need to do is assure them that you’ll protect that book with everything piece of your soul and would rather die than let anything happen to it. And then we might let you borrow it.
What? It’s hard to trust people, you’ve got to take your chances.
DON’T GO AWAY YET!
I also have some absolutely lovely and promising book recommendations for you, especially if you find reading slightly hard or are trying to develop a habit of reading. (If it’s the latter you might want to check out my post on how to develop a reading habit here)
You can click on the cover pictures to go to Goodreads and read up their reviews.
1. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Nobody has said a single word against this book, it is so fluffy and adorable and easy to read! Also, totally quotable and relatable! And be prepared for loads of OREOS!
2. Little Women
I know what you’re thinking- it’s a classic, which means it has incredibly pretentious language and will take days to read!
But Little Women is so much different! It’s an easy read with simple language and a beautiful portrayal of friendship, sibling relationships and how you should never give up. You’re gonna fall in love with this one.
This book is absolutely stunning with a totally fresh and different plot and covers a wide variety of interesting topics. You basically need to read it- end of story.
4. The Alchemist
I’ve had non-readers come up to me and say that this book blew their mind so you have no excuse for not grabbing a copy of this bestseller, now!
5. Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief
This book has the simplest language, the most interesting plot, a humorous young narrator and also educates you about Greek mythology. What else do you need?
6. The Maze Runner
This YA Dystopian novel is EVERYTHING. Packed with mystery, action and dry humor, this is a book I would actually kill for. Everybody needs to read it!
Good luck borrowing these books from your bookworm friends though!
So do you think you can convince the booknerds to let you borrow pieces of their soul? Can you swear you won’t damage any book like this- that would be really nice. Or are you the book lender who suffers with anxiety and despair whenever they have to part with their books? Let me know in the comments below!