Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

It’s been a while since I’ve done a bookish tag, but I always love doing them around the holidays! This tag was created by Jenn, and I was tagged by Emma at The Terror of Knowing and Jamieson at Jamisshelves. I actually haven’t done this tag before, and it looks really fun, so let’s see how many bad bookish habits I have:

Received an ARC and not reviewed it ✓

Yes. I have a few books I’ve put off reviewing, but still plan on getting to eventually. However, there have been a few times I’ve received ARCs that were so bad, I just passed on reviewing because I feel bad giving terrible reviews, but I also don’t want to lie. 

Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley

Nope! My current feedback ratio is 89%. I try not to borrow so many books that it gets terribly low. Especially since I’ve reviewed so many books at this point, I don’t think I could manage having so many left to review that my ratio gets below 60%. 

Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)

No, but only because I don’t really post reviews on Goodreads. I just post them on my blog. Or don’t. 

Folded down the page of a book 

I don’t think so. I’ll use literally anything as a bookmark, but I won’t dogear. 

Accidentally spilled on a book ✓

Definitely water. Probably also coffee or tea. 

DNF a book this year

I don’t think I’ve DNFed anything this year. I’ve put down a few books I wasn’t into at the moment with the intention of picking them up at a later date. But I rarely completely DNF books. I’m a mood reader, so there’s always a chance I’ll feel like reading it eventually. 

Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it

I was going to say yes, because I am definitely guilty of cover buys, but I don’t think I’ve bought a book with no intention of reading it. Sure, I’ll buy a book because it’s pretty – just ask my bookshelves – but I am a huge literature nerd, and I do want to read all the books I own. Even though that’s probably impossible at this point. 

Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) ✓

That’s basically my entire life. In high school, I was notorious for rereading Harry Potter every time I should have been studying for finals. I might not have been a straight-A student (until college), but I am a very good test taker, so I always did well. (But please don’t do what I did, it was not a good idea.)

Skim read a book ✓

I would not have gotten a masters in English without skimming books. Partly because I decided to make my life difficult and took the most difficult literature classes I could find. There is only so much Romantic literature you can read in a day before your eyes stop focusing. Also, if I’m not loving a book, I’m far more likely to skim than DNF. 

Completely missed your Goodreads goal

Nope. I am overly ambitious and competitive with myself, so I always make sure I hit it. 

Borrowed a book and not returned it ✓

Fun story: the copy of Little House on the Prairie currently sitting on my shelf is one I borrowed from my school library. In third grade. So twenty years ago. That school has since closed, so I don’t feel bad at all. 

Broke a book buying ban

I know better than to try imposing a book buying ban on myself. It is never going to happen. I love books too much, and I finally have enough disposable income that if I want a book, I can (almost always) buy it for myself. I do have to be a bit selective about which books I buy, or try to buy on sale, but I still buy a lot of books. 

Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about ✓

Guilty. To be fair, I somehow thought I had written and published it, but that never actually happened. It was only once, and I felt bad about it. 

Wrote in a book you were reading ✓

I’m pretty paranoid about my books. So if I must write in them, I use post-its. I have highlighted in books for school, but I will literally buy a cheap spare copy to do so. Most classics I read in college, I have two copies of. 

Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

Like Emma, I am pretty obsessive about keeping up with Goodreads. I’m on Goodreads more often than I’m on Facebook. 

Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend

I don’t think so. Though, to be fair, I don’t know that many readers in real life, so there aren’t that many people to borrow books from. 

Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book ✓

Yup. I’ve lost a lot of books by lending them out. I actually don’t think I’ve ever gotten one back. So I usually dodge. Or only lend out a book if I’m okay with basically giving it away. 

Broke the spine of someone else’s book

Definitely not. Though I don’t really borrow books, so I don’t think I’ve had the chance. 

Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged ✓

Yeah. I put the jacket on my bookshelf, and didn’t notice my ceiling fan had blown it off and stepped on it. Oops. 

Sat on a book accidentally

I’ve done a lot of bad things to books, but I don’t think I’ve sat on one before. I have stepped on one, though. Which is probably worse. But I always feel bad. Once, without thinking, I apologized to a book for dropping it.

5 thoughts on “Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

    1. Yes! I hate marking up books, but I also need to study them. Two copies are necessary. I used to buy the cheapest editions I could find for that purpose. I have one copy of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman that is underlined and notated, and a nice, special edition that is not.


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