Guilty Reader Tag

I’m currently only vacation and I wanted to make sure I still had regular content, so I decided to do this tag that I meant to do about a million years ago. I noticed it on my friend Chelsea’s channel.

+ Have you ever re-gifted a book?

If I’ve read a book and don’t enjoy it or know I’ll never read it again, but I think someone else will, I’ll give it to them. But not as like, a gift as though I purchased it. I’ll tell them I read it. But it’s possible there are books I’ve given away that I never read that were initially given to me as gifts, I just can’t think of any.  And again, I’ll let the person know I’ve had the book and I’m not going to read it.

+ Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?

No. Actually, that’s not quite true. I had to read the Grapes of Wrath in high school and I’m not sure how far I got before I quit, but I was bored as fuck. I didn’t even bother to read the SparkNotes, I hated it so much. Then I had to take a test on it and part of it was an essay and I totally bullshitted (bullshat?) my way through it and when my teacher called me out on my poor grade and asked if I read the book, I lied and said I did.

But, outside of school, I’ve never done that. I don’t see the point. I would assume that the follow-up question to whether you’ve read a book would be related to the content or your thoughts on it. Why lie?

+ Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

Yessss. This is, in part, one of the reasons I don’t lend my own books – if I, as a lover and hoarder can commit cardinal sin against other readers by keeping their books, couldn’t others do the same to me?! This has only happened once though (at least, that I recall)! And had my friend (who I no longer talk to) remembered that I had her book and asked for it back, I would have returned it.

+ Have you ever read a series out of order?

Not intentionally. I’m really bad at giving actual examples here – but I’m sure there’s been a case where I’ve bought book two of a series, not knowing its book two and started reading it. But I would have stopped reading once I figured that out because I don’t see the point in reading out of order.

I do plan to read Discworld “out of order” depending on how you define its order. Instead of reading in publishing order, I’m going to read it by character group. But I’m only two books in, soooooo….

+ Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

I’ve definitely spoiled some of the plot of A Song of Ice and Fire for Mum, but that’s because she asked me to, back when she used to watch the show.  Typically I do my best to avoid spoiling people – unless someone is hypersensitive and considers basic plot points to be spoilers. In that case, they should avoid my blog. You gotta be able to talk about some things!

+ Have you ever doggy eared a book?

No! It’s ok (it’s not) if you want to do that to your own books, but I don’t fold the pages of mine. Bookmarks please.

+ Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?

I don’t think so. I’m not embarrassed about the books I own and I’m also not shy about telling people I don’t lend books if their next question is “Can I borrow it?”

+ Have you ever told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?

For a second I thought, didn’t I already answer this damn question? But no – I see, it’s reversed. My answer is still no. I’m not embarrassed or ashamed of what I read. I openly admit to reading the garbage fire Five Nights at Freddy’s books. Can’t get much worse than that, can it?!

+ Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book?

I’ve definitely skimmed large amounts at a time. Tender Morsels comes to mind. I’m sure there’s something more recent than that, but I can’t think of anything. Now I try to just DNF a book if I’m not enjoying it enough to actually read it. But I’ve never just skipped a huge chunk.

+ Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?

No! People, there’s no need to lie about what books you like or dislike and what books you have and haven’t read. Why would you do this? Don’t read to fit in – read what you like. And remember that it’s ok if other people don’t like books you like. I wouldn’t talk shit about a book I enjoyed simply because other people dislike it any more than I would praise a book I hated to be part of the hype-train.

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Well, this was interesting. Based on my answers, I’m going to go ahead and say that I’m not a guilty reader. I don’t even feel guilty about keeping that friend’s book! Feel free to do the tag and hit me up if you do so I can see your answers.

*cover images from Goodreads

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