Just Borrowed

I never pass up the opportunity to lend books I love to people I love. It feels good to share wonderful experiences such that a good book can create. While it is true that I don’t always get them back, I know I can always inexpensively buy another copy, and in some cases have needed to do so for the same title a few times. I now sometimes keep multiple copies of the same title just so I can give some away.

With Love,

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Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folk have lent me.
  —  Anatole France
[Well, mostly purchased myself.  —  KMAB]
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About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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5 Responses to Just Borrowed

  1. JanBeek says:

    Yes, one of the nicest things one of my friends did during my recent bout with pneumonia was to loan me a bag of her favorite books. Kept me quiet and entertained during my recuperation – and gives us common ground for deep conversation. No worry. I’ll return each as I complete them… or as I decide “No, this one’s not my cup o’ tea.” That’s okay, too.

    • russtowne says:

      “and gives us common ground for deep conversation.” Excellent point! It does the same for my friends and me. I also quickly learn which friends and I have very similar taste in books and when one of them highly recommends a book I’m more likely to move it to near the top of a long list of books I plan to read.

  2. Annika Perry says:

    What a great idea about keeping a stack of books to lend out! My only regret with kindle books is the inability to share great reads…luckily bookshelves are stacked full though for any visitors.

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Annika. I love being able to discuss mutually experienced books with friends. I’ll bet your friends love your large selection.

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