Monday, March 12, 2012

Parting Ways With Your Favorite Book

You know when you give away a book, sometimes it's like having to give away a piece of yourself?  But you know its new owner will love it just as much as you, so it doesn't hurt so much....

Little Monster and I organized her bookshelves this weekend, and I mentioned to her that she could give any of her books to Mini Monster if she wanted, but she didn't have to.  I wanted to make it clear I wasn't making her give anything away to her little sister.  I honestly didn't think she'd really pick any to give to her because she loves all her books- even her old baby ones she still makes me read to her at night before bed.

But guess what?  She picked out some of her favorite books for Mini Monster!  How sweet was that?  She did it without hesitation.  I was so proud of her especially since it would be super hard for ME to give up my favorite books!  When I loan out a book I always hesitate for a second, wondering if I'll ever see my precious friend back in my hands.  But Little Monster was happy to give them to her sister, hopeful that she'll love them just as much as she did.

Do you loan out or give away your books?  If so, is it hard to give up that part of you, or do you do it without hesitation?


April Plummer said...

Aw, that's great! What a beautiful gesture! My own little monster doesn't like to give away anything. She shares. She's not selfish at all. Or materialistic. But for some reason, she hordes everything from books to scraps of paper.

I hate loaning books and only do so to people I know will respect them. I do give them away, to the used book store, if I don't like it or won't read it again, but it took me years to get to that point.

Though, recently, I've been writing in my books. A lot. Underlining. Jotting down notes and ideas and thoughts. I don't think anyone would want to borrow my books anymore!

(That was NOT why I started writing in them!)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That was really nice of your daughter! I hesitate when loaning out books sometimes, because I know there's a good chance I'll never see it again.

Meredith said...

Aw, that's so sweet! How generous of her! I do loan out my fave books, but I do try to keep track of them and get them back. But, you know, nicely. :)

Colene Murphy said...

What a sweet girl! That was very kind of her! You're raising a wonderful, giving young lady, me thinks.

I used to lend books no problem, because I loved to show someone something new and awesome they may have never read before, but after losing a couple favs I had to replace just recently, as well as getting one back that was...not in the best condition ever...I think I may be done lending...I am not such a giving, selfless young lady I guess! ;)

Lydia Kang said...

I do loan out my books, but not very often. That was so sweet of your Little Monster!

mom said...

Little Monster has had an excellent example in generosity from her parents.

Arlee Bird said...

I think of by book collection as my personal library and find it hard to let loose of any of them. My lending record has probably been 50% or more never coming back to me. I could never do that if someone lent me a book, but I guess some people don't have the same sense of responsibility. Sometimes if I have really liked a book that I thought someone else would appreciate I will buy that person a copy.

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Madeleine Maddocks said...

It is such a wrench I agree. I rarely loan out books unless I know I'll get them back & they'll be looked after. Those I give away I don't want. I love my books, though I can see merit in letting your sibling have those you've grown out of, so well done to both little Monsters ;O)

The Golden Eagle said...

That was so nice of her! :)

I hesitate as well; I'm protective of my books, and if I'm loaning something there's the risk I won't get it back or it will be damaged.

Talli Roland said...

Dare I admit I try not to loan my favourites? People never give them back! :)

I hang onto the books that I love for sure.

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, how sweet of her! My kids seem to give their books up when they feel like they have matured past them, but some I still can't give up so they are in a drawer in the basement waiting for grandkids.

If I don't love a book, I sometimes bring them to work for any old person, but if I do love them, I only want to pass them to people I know. And some VERY SPECIAL ones I want to keep forever.

alexia said...

Super sweet! My son is usually pretty good about giving stuff up (we do an annual before-Christmas charity cleanup).

Also, I tagged you on my blog!

Jennie Bailey said...

I'm not the least bit surprised by Kylie. She's just the neatest kid. How could she not be, though, with you and Jason parenting her? Mini is going to be very lucky to have a big sister like Kylie! As for me, I loan out without hesitation. But I buy people copies rather than giving up my own copy. Is that really bad?