In my opinion, borrowing and lending books is one of the greatest joys in life. I adore handing my favorite books to friends and then getting the chance to talk about it. Plus, of course, it's always a treat when a friend lends me a really good book. But lending a book to a friend can be an incredible leap of faith. There's always that nagging question of if they're going to treat it well, or even give it back at all. If you're borrowing a book, you want to make sure you're being a good book citizen in every way possible.
In my opinion, books are meant to be shared, loved on, and enjoyed. I'm not one of those people who keeps their books on the shelf and insists that they stay in perfect, mint condition. But, it's okay if you are! Everyone has different feelings and boundaries when it comes to their books. When you're borrowing a book, you especially want to do everything you can to treat your friend's copy with care and respect.
So, it's time to get everyone on the same page when it comes to book-borrowing. Here are some ground rules that every reader should follow when borrowing books.