Why I won’t lend any of my books?

7 Feb

A room without books is like a body without a soul. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero.

 

I like reading and I am an avid reader. However do not mistake my reading with reading for class work or in order to be examined by a teacher. I love reading as a hobby and as a way of extracting knowledge. I am a deep learner and I always want to have new knowledge and to remind myself of what I learnt long time ago. In fact, if it were possible I would have my own large personal library with all manner of books. When I can afford it I ensure that I purchase several books.

I have nevertheless noted that there are folks who do not purchase books. All they want is to borrow my personal copy and read it. ‘I cannot afford it.’ They say. Or other say, ‘I am a fast reader I will have finished it in week and given it back to you.’ I have been kind enough to them for some time until I realised that I do not have any books in my library. The folks I lend my books to do not bother to return and when I enquire about it they say they have not finished or are not in a position to return it. Those who are faithful enough to return it return it in a poor condition that I am ashamed to to consider it my own. For this reason I have decided that I will not be lending books. If I really want to share the knowledge in that book with a friend all I will do is to purchase it for them.

What folks who borrow books do not realise is that I bought the books because I wanted to posses that knowledge and to use the books as a point of reference when I wanted to remind myself about something I learnt from it. If all I wanted was to read it once, all I would have gone to the library and borrowed it like I do on many instances. I purchase a book because I want to reward the author for his great work. I also purchase a book because I want to refer to it severally not once or twice. I purchase a book because it contains treasure that I want to posses for a long time. Hey folk do not feel bad when I keep you out of my library.

See others who also discovered what I have discovered and I agree with their sentiments.  

For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them; they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. ~ John Milton.


Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. They are engines of change, windows on the world, lighthouses erected in the sea of time. ~ Barbara W. Tuchman.

Unless their use by readers brings them to life, books are indeed dead things. ~ Lawrence Clark Powell.

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting. ~ Henry David Thoreau.

 

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6 Responses to “Why I won’t lend any of my books?”

  1. thomasnwafor February 7, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

    You should rent them, with a deposit but down. Great post

  2. MissUnderstood Genius February 7, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    How I wish to have a library of my own, but with space-crunch, I relish the small library-cabinet which I have created in the corner of my living room. And once a while I visit my city library to breathe in the magic of stacked books around me. As much as I agree you purchasing a book for folks, I would rather help them find a local library where they can read or borrow books to-read as much as they want. Libraries are there for a reason and I believe that every age-group should relish it.

    • Samuel Ng'ang'a Mwangi February 7, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

      MissUnderstood Genious The folks who usually want to borrow personal copies do not frequent libraries or they do not have membership to any library so its either you deny them the book or purchase it for them. If the folks can agree to be frequenting libraries the better.

  3. MothoWaMaNnete February 7, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    I totally agree. Lovely blog. It amazes me that people want to read but aren’t willing to spend their own money on buying books

  4. Wason samson February 7, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

    True man withov books history is silence,bio is unproductive therefore they should b cared maximamity they r seals of future knowledge.

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