Recently, a coworker of mine gave me a book.  She simply said, “Here you go.  I’ve read this and I think you’d like it.  I don’t want it back – just pass it on when you’re finished.”

Now, while I recognize this was a generous and friendly offer, I have a few problems with this.

First, we don’t read within the same genres.  From the back cover copy and first page, it isn’t something I would pick for myself.

Second, I don’t understand giving books away.  If I have a book, that’s my book, and you can borrow it, but I want it back! C’mon!

Third, books are great gifts – but “just because”?  It doesn’t make sense!  And I’m supposed to “pass it on” – but it’s MINE now….

And lastly, if I take this book, then what’s to say she won’t pass all her castoff books to me in the future?  I don’t want to make this a normal think in our relationship.


Ok, I’m off my soap box.   I’m gonna go read and calm down.


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