Today's question asks:
I've asked before how you feel about lending your books. I’ve asked how you feel about libraries. But—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?
and my answer is:
I don't borrow books from friends (unless I HAVE to read it right away for a book-club), and I HATE IT when someone just gives me a book and says 'read it', because they are so many in my own TBR pile, I feel imposed upon to read the one they gave me.
Let me clarify that...a gift of a book is WONDERFUL, but shoving a book at me and saying "you've got to read this" is not.
I need to learn to graciously say, "oh, sorry, but I won't be able to get to that for a month or so, so you might want to hang on to it for now."
If they make me take it anyway, then I feel very pressured to get to it, even if I didn't want to. And I might even not like it, even if it were good because I would be feeling passive-aggressive. ~sigh~
I am weird.
Booking Through Thursday is a weekly bookish meme that I participate in sometimes. I wish I did it more often as it is fun just to think about these questions sometimes.
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