Guilty Reader Book Tag

I saw this tag on Confessions of a YA Reader‘s blog – I’m not sure who started it, if anyone knows can you let me know so I can link back to them?  Anyway, this looked like a fun and quick tag, so here we go:

1. Have You Ever Regifted A Book That You’ve Been Given?

I’ve never given someone one of my books and pretended it was brand new, if that’s what this means?  Occasionally a friend will ask to borrow a book and if it’s one I’m not crazy about I tell them they can just keep it, so that may have happened with a book I’ve been gifted, I can’t remember.

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

I mean, sometimes I used to say I’ve read something that I didn’t get very far into?  Like, I read a couple of chapters of Pride and Prejudice when I was younger and I vaguely recall saying that I’ve read that…  I don’t do that anymore, though.  For me, if I DNF a book I’m not allowed to say that I’ve read it.  (I’m not saying that everyone has to think this way, especially if you’re more flexible with DNFing than I am – it’s just my own standard that I use.)

3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

My copy of Black Swan Green was technically lent to me by a friend about three or four years ago… I do intend to return it, but it’s tricky as she lives in Germany.  (I also have a different friend’s copy of Eliza and Her Monsters, but that’s going in the mail this week; I have a different friend’s copy of The Cuckoo’s Calling but he’s told me I’m allowed to hold that hostage until he reads my copy of A Little Life.  And I have two of Hadeer’s books, The Obelisk Gate and The New Jim Crow, but I haven’t had the chance to read them yet!  So it doesn’t count as not having returned them if I haven’t even read them, right?)

4. Have you ever read a series out of order?

Only things where the order doesn’t matter, like Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot novels.  With a more traditional series, no, of course not.

5. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

Only if they ask me to.  Otherwise I’m very tight-lipped when it comes to spoilers.  On a somewhat related note, I remember when I was reading Half-Blood Prince, my dad was watching the news loudly in the other room, and I read the chapter where Snape killed Dumbledore, and not even five minutes later I hear from the television, “fans are distraught that Snape killed Dumbledore,” and I still can’t believe my luck with that bullet that I dodged.  I mean, I don’t even care about spoilers for the most part usually, but Harry Potter was sacred.

6. Have you ever doggy eared a book?

I’d occasionally do this with my textbooks, but I don’t make a habit of it, no.

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

No?  Why would I do that?

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

I repeat: why would I do that?  I guess this means for books that it’s ’embarrassing’ to have read like Twilight or something?  I read Twilight when I was 15 and I hated it so I didn’t read the rest of the series.  I don’t mind admitting to that.

9. Have you every skipped a chapter or a section of a book?

No, but if I ever read Les Mis again I’ll probably skip the Waterloo section.  I understand the historical significance, but I’ve read it twice.  I’m good.

10. Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?

No.  It helps that I don’t really read many ‘guilty pleasure’ books?  Also I am generally very open and honest about my bookish opinions, both positive and negative.

I wasn’t technically tagged for this, so I won’t tag anyone.  Just pingback to me if you do it so I can read your answers!


11 thoughts on “Guilty Reader Book Tag

  1. Lol some of these questions made me laugh. I was thinking about why you might say you don’t own a book when you actually do….maybe if you don’t want them to borrow it for fear they’ll damage it? But still. Also WOW hearing that Harry Potter spoiler would have been AWFUL. If I was working in that news station I would have objected to having that said lol.

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    • Maybe that is indeed the sort of situation they were referring to?? Tbh I usually just take the direct approach and say “you’re too rough with your books, sorry.” I never used to let my high school best friend borrow any of my books, lol.

      RIGHT??? Why would they say that on the news THE SAME DAY THE BOOK IS PUBLISHED?? I would have been so pissed if that had been spoiled for me.

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      • Lol exactly, like I spend my good money on these books. Once I lent a friend a book when I was in high school and she gave it back to me DESTROYED, like she lent it to her brother as well and he spilled coffee all over it and there were teeth marks in the cover from her dog. It wasn’t a fantastic book or anything, but it still hurt my heart to look at it. It probably would have been better if she’d just thrown it away.

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        One time I borrowed my friend’s book and was carrying it around in my backpack and at one point I must have put another book on it or something, because when I took it out there was a giant tear across the cover? I still don’t know how it happened but I wanted to die, I was so filled with guilt.

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