I talk about books I like - all the freaking time.
"OMG have you read this ________ ???!!!" Fill in the blank with the best book I'm reading at the time.
Now, if I'm chatting about this in my regular reading group, the response would be something like "Awesome. I'll have to pick that book up."
But stray from my regular group, and I'll always get asked..."Great! I'll need to borrow that when you're done!"
Insert my happy, yet dreading face here.
I lent Blink out to a friend in college in 2003. It never came back. I lent Ten Faces of Innovation to a co-worker in 2008, with several "return me!" emails - and it was never to be seen again. Several girlfriends borrowed Go Ask Alice, and I got it back a year later in miserable condition.
Ok, so maybe I'm not good at sharing in the first place, but these situations just prove that lending books out - especially if you love them - is a bad freaking idea. I still think about those orphaned books, will they ever come home to me? Or do I have to re-buy them and pretend like the whole lending scenario never happened?
Still brooding over the loss.
[ Get your read on! ]