i just saw your post about books being ruined - i had this amazing copy of jane eyre which i lent to my friend, with strict instructions about only her reading it, and then giving it right back...of course she ignores that, lends it to her sister, who then leaves it lying around the house, and the puppy they had just gotten ate most of it. I was so mad! And when I asked her to replace it, she was all pissed with me. I hate when people hurt books!
ugh!!! that’s terrible, and it reminds me of the time when i left my first copy of twilight on the kitchen table overnight when my male cat was younger and very rambunctious, and he chewed up the dust jacket and the spine of the book, forcing me to buy another.
i think it’s terrible when people borrow books and ruin them. i have absolutely no quips about telling someone that if they ruin anything of mine, they’re obligated to replace it; if i’m nice enough to lend something out, then it should come back in the same condition. whenever my aunt borrows a book, she actually puts it in a plastic bag and places it in the highest spot in the house so that nothing bad happens to it (like, say, her 11 grandchildren). that’s how you treat something with care and consideration.