Saturday afternoon, the DFW Tea readers celebrated Valentine’s Day with a special tea. A lot of people were in attendance, we maxed out the tea house’s largest meeting area, and books were traded amongst the members.
One very important book trade rule is don’t bring a book that you want to get back. It might or might not come back to you. So it’s better to solve future problems by just having a simple rule.
This rule really doesn’t apply to me, as I don’t keep anything but the books that have been personalized to me from various signings I have attended. Naturally, those books don’t go to tea, and rarely get lent to anyone, even my closest, nearest, and dearest friends. You just never know when there could be a book accident.
I am continually amazed at how amazed people are that I don’t keep books. Since I don’t keep them you would think I would be a more regular library user, but I really don’t use the library as much as I should. I like the idea of buying a book and being able to share it with my friends, should I want to, or should they want to read it.
So, are you a keeper? If you are do you have a keeper copy, and a loaner copy? That is something I also find fascinating…the idea that people will have two copies of a book just so they can share.
Hope you had a happy Valentine’s Day, and I’m off to rejoice in the new books I picked up at the tea.
Until next week…