1. Wild Enthusiasm
Oh my god, you're going to love this book! I need you to read it right away so we can have endless conversations about it!
2. Impulsive Generosity
Here, take my copy, I already finished it. No really, I don't mind at all! Sharing is the best! I'm so generous!
3. Sudden Paranoia
Wait a second, how do I know you have the right intentions for my book? Now that I think about it actually, I don't even see you read that often — do you even know how to? Why can't you get it from the library? Were you banned for poor treatment and late return of books?
4. Unshakable Fear
Are you going to put it in your bag, that bag, with your cosmetics case and water bottle? Oh God, I bet you're going to dog-ear all the pages, aren't you? Are you going to read it in the bath and wrinkle the crisp, white pages? Are you going to read it on the train? Because you might lose it. Oh no, what if I never see my book again?
5. Sheer Panic
WHAT DID I DO?!
6. Utter Regret
Every time I look at my bookshelf, all I can see is the empty space where my dear book's spine used to be. I should have never given up the book up to begin with. If only I pretended I couldn't find it, then maybe this never would have happened.
7. Separation Anxiety
What are the chances my book is at the beach right now, getting water damage, or worse, getting hijacked by a gang of literate seagulls? What am I going to do if I don't get the book back, read a different one? Ugh.
8. Reluctant Acceptance
Well, I did already read it, and I bought the e-book version of it too. Really, it's OK, I can't wait to talk about it. No seriously! I'm fine.
*Immediately goes to the bookstore and picks up another copy.*
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