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May 17, 2012 by Dropped Ink

I have found myself in this position as a giver and a receiver. As a giver you want so much for the person to love your suggestion and report back accordingly. However, if you have friends as honest as mine that so often is not the case.

The Bookshelf of Emily J.

What do you do when somebody loans you a book that you don’t want to read? Has this ever happened to you? It has happened to me a few times, and each time is awkward.

It usually goes like this: the person hands me a book and gushes over it. They mention that there are thirty more books in the series that they want me to borrow as soon as I am done with the first one.

In one particular instance, I took the highly recommended book home. I kept that book for a few weeks, allowing it to stab guilt and anxiety into my heart each time I saw it laying on the bookshelf, untouched. I knew from the dust jacket that I didn’t want to read it. Should I give it back the next time I see the person and pretend to have read it? Should I bring…

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