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Subject: So, a friend asks may I borrow a book for vacation .
Date Posted: 3/28/2011 10:36 AM ET
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What book would you hand them from your personal collection? 

Date Posted: 3/28/2011 12:11 PM ET
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One that I don't expect back...lol. 

I think I would probably have to give a lighthearted memoir or travel memoir or an engrossing mystery.  I would assume that people on vacation are trying to relax and don't want anything too deep.  But, that might just be my thinking.

Date Posted: 3/28/2011 12:23 PM ET
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A quick, easy read; something they could pick-up, read a few pages, put down and then comeback later without really missing much or having to mentally catch up to what's going on in the book.

-RD

Date Posted: 3/28/2011 12:43 PM ET
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I would give them two of my new finds:   Wrecker by Summer Wood or World War Z by Max Brooks.   Both books are not what I thought they would be and really terrific reads.

If they were romance readers I would give them some of Jodi Thomas' Wife Lottery or Maggie Osborne's  I do I do I do or the Best man or the Promise of Jenny Jones.  

Or if she or he has never read it, Laura Kinsale's Flowers from the Storm.

Edited to add:  I took a wopper of a 1,000 pager on my last vacation and finished it before the flight home.  it was Wally Lamb's I Know this much is true.  It is a good page turner and I really loved that it is easy to put down chapter by chapter.  The two stories written together also make it so you can skip one and read it later.



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Date Posted: 3/28/2011 1:22 PM ET
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I have two books still on loan to a friend who went on vacation last fall. So this is an easy question. I loaned her

Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire

Eternal on the Water

 

I have not heard back if she read them , liked them , will return them , hahaha

Date Posted: 3/28/2011 3:49 PM ET
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Okay - I almost said in my original post that you should assume they will return them, not drop them in the sea, etc.  And I know it depends on the person and what they like to read.  I was thinking - what if you had to quickly grab something that you know most everyone would enjoy.  Water for Elephants is one I have loaned out many times, as is Year of Wonders.  I think if someone asked me for one right now I would go with The Forgotten Garden.

@BIll - my MIL has 3 of my favorites right now, guess I wil lhave to go visit to ever get them back!  And a neighbor has two books that I want back, my daughter baby sat over there the other day and I asked her to look for them!

Date Posted: 3/28/2011 5:30 PM ET
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I'd loan them any book they choose.   Friends are way more important to me than books.

Right now, I'd probably suggest either Sing You Home or Left Neglected.

Date Posted: 3/28/2011 7:09 PM ET
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Definitely Chic Lit! 

Sophie Kinsella or Meg Cabot. Something you can breeze through and enjoy. NOTHING that would make you cry or think too much. It IS vacation, after all!

Date Posted: 3/28/2011 9:00 PM ET
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Either Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks or Phantoms by Dean Koontz.

I'm sort of on the fence about loaning books out, after I found out my XH was "loaning my books to friends" but neither telling me nor getting the books back.     no

Date Posted: 3/28/2011 9:05 PM ET
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@Melva S.  - I agree about the chick lit for vacations.  But I so clearly remember being on a cruise reading such a good book that I was

trying to find places to hide so I could read, I guess that could be a bad thing...........

Date Posted: 3/29/2011 2:08 PM ET
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LOL Margaret! I have had similar experiences before. That's a good point :-)  i guess I've read and re-read my favorite book  so much that I can just pick them up casually anytime because I already know what happens. Someone reading it for the first time might get TOO absorbed. Still, what's a vacation without a good book to keep you company?

Date Posted: 3/31/2011 4:56 PM ET
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I'm not sure if I'll get the books back or if it even matters. I just want to know if she read them and liked them. For whatever the reason I have not spoke to her since her vacation.

I work pt at a library and I like it when the books I shelve face out on the shelve , display style get picked for borrowing. Or when I recommend a book and somebody comes back and says it was a great book.

ahh the little pleasures in life !!

Date Posted: 4/1/2011 10:02 PM ET
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I loaned Hidden by Cathy Glass to my former foster daughter and guess what she did.  She read the book while waiting for the bus, IN THE DAMN RAIN.  Goodbye book.  Brand new, too.  I hadn't even read it.  What a putz.  I should know better.  The last time I gave her a book to read, one I hadn't read yet, A Beautiful Boy, she let her 2 year-old draw in it.  I need my head examined. 



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Date Posted: 4/2/2011 8:51 AM ET
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Well on the vacation/damage note, last summer we spent 4 weeks at the beach and I took a whole box of books.  But I was so concerned about damage and "repost-ability" that I took only stuff like Nicholas Sparks, Dean Koonz, & sappy romances that I knew I would never trade here.  It was a good way to get them off my TBR, but I don’t feel like I read anything really great that whole trip.  I ended up leaving all of them at the beach house for the next vacationer.  It wasn't a bad idea, but I wouldn’t do it again.

Date Posted: 4/4/2011 4:31 PM ET
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If they were an animal lover I'd go with A Dog's Purpose, if not then The Forgotten Garden.

Date Posted: 4/4/2011 8:20 PM ET
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Donna-  Dogs Purpose is on my WL.  Have you read The Art of Racing in the Rain?

Date Posted: 4/5/2011 8:20 AM ET
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I would let them pick anything I had - except for a few autographed books that I have.  Otherwise they are free to pick and choose.  My aunt goes down to Florida for a few months in the winter.  She always comes by and fills up a grocery bag of my books and then returns them when she gets back.  And, she usually adds a few for me that she picked up while down there. 

Date Posted: 4/8/2011 10:25 AM ET
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A book I can't share (and damage be darned) is useless to me.



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Date Posted: 4/8/2011 10:48 AM ET
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@ Michael T - great attitude!  Most of  the books I keep are so I can share them, not really to re-read them.

Date Posted: 5/7/2011 10:16 PM ET
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I would lend out The Unsung Hero, or if she is into Historical romance I would lend For the Roses

Date Posted: 5/8/2011 10:31 AM ET
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The Hunger Games trilogy

anything by Diane Chamberlain - I find her books to be thought-provoking but light enough for a vacation

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Date Posted: 5/8/2011 11:07 AM ET
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If it's something from my personal collection, it would have to be narrowed down to science fiction/fantasy, Stephen King, or secularist literature.  In those respective categories, I would recommend:

1) Neuromancer by William Gibson

2) Duma Key by Stephen King

3) The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

Date Posted: 5/8/2011 11:40 AM ET
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Matt - I haven't read SK in a few years but I did pick up Duma Key recently, an I do need to move that up my TBR pile.  It sounds good.

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Date Posted: 5/8/2011 5:04 PM ET
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I came to Stephen King a little late.  I started with the Gunslinger series, but it was reading Lisey's Story and Duma Key back to back that really mde me into a fan of his style.  

Date Posted: 5/10/2011 5:53 PM ET
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I don't...have had too many books never returned to loan out my books!

Cheryl

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