Here’s a really fun tag game created by Pam from pamwhocriedbooks. You guys ready to hear some of my deep dark secrets? Let’s see how guilty I am.
Thank you so much to Siobhan for tagging me!
Have you re-gifted a book you’ve been given?
Re-gifted, no, but I have given away books that were gifted to me if after a while I realized I wasn’t going to read them or I did read them and didn’t like them. Physical books just take up so much space that I’d rather donate the ones I know I won’t read again. It’s nothing personal, of course.
Have you said you read a book when you haven’t?
Hmm, this one’s tough. I’ve definitely said I’ve read books that I actually skimmed. This was mostly during school if we had required reading that I couldn’t get into. I don’t know that I’ve ever straight up lied about reading a book. I’d be too worried that someone would ask me questions about it that I wouldn’t be able to answer.
This isn’t something I can see myself doing now that I’m in my (hopefully) last year of college though. I don’t feel ashamed of having not read certain books. Not everyone has read all of the same books and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.
Have you borrowed a book and not returned it?
Never on purpose. If I borrow a book and then don’t return it, it’s 100% because I either forgot I had it, or I lost the means of contacting the person I borrowed it from. I’ve had so many of my own books not come back to me after loaning them out and it sucks. So I’d never do that to someone intentionally.
Have you read a series out of order?
Again, never on purpose! I think I’ve done it once or twice as a kid when I couldn’t tell that a certain book was part of a series. I think I did that with one of Erin Hunter’s Warrior Cats books and I was so horribly confused that I couldn’t finish it.
Are there people that purposefully read series out of order…?
Have you spoiled a book for someone?
Yes, with their permission. I’ll always say something like, “Do you plan to read this?” or “Do you mind if I spoil it?” first.
I’m not someone who really minds spoilers all that much; knowing what happens doesn’t take away my own enjoyment. But I understand that most people feel differently and I try my best to be respectful of that and put out warnings or ask.
Have you dog-eared a book?
I dog ear my own books all the time. Don’t tell anyone, but I even write and highlight in them!
If it’s someone else’s book though, I’ll always use a bookmark of some kind. I’m not a monster.
Have you told someone you don’t own a book when you do?
I can think of one time in particular, yes. I went to school with someone that was talking to me about a book series that was really popular at the time. I had let this person borrow one of my books in the past and they never returned it. I would always get excuses that they kept forgetting to bring it back. So we were talking about this book series (that I owned) and I could tell they were hinting at wanting to borrow a copy but I lied and told them I didn’t have it because I was a weenie who couldn’t just say something like, “sure I’ll lend it to you, once I get that other book back from you.”
Have you told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?
No. I’m assuming this is for people who are embarrassed about books they’ve read? Like they don’t want to share that they read erotica or something equally revealing?
I dunno, I don’t really get embarrassed about the books I read. Granted, I don’t read much erotica so maybe if I did, and people were asking me about it, I’d feel differently.
Have you skipped a chapter or a section of a book?
I admit that I do this with nonfiction books sometimes. I don’t skip entirely, but I will go from fully engaged reading to skimming.
Have you bad mouthed a book you actually liked?
Sorry Stephanie Meyer. I was That Bitch who lived and breathed Twilight when I was 13 and then hopped on the Twilight hate wagon a few years later because that crowd seemed cool and mature.
I like to think I’ve become far more level-headed over all. I don’t think Twilight is amazing but it’s certainly not as horrible as some people will tell you it is. Maybe just go into it with the mindset that dating a 100+ year old vampire is just generally inadvisable.
Have you committed any of these reader sins? I’d love to hear about it!