Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Bookish Naughty Or Nice Tag!

I was tagged by شيماء at Runaway with Dream Thieves. I was kinda shocked, to be honest. Inviting me to take part in a hashtag-related event is like inviting your weird aunt to a party. You feel like you kind of have to, because everyone knows her, but she's weird as fuck and kind of morbid. C'est moi.

Original creator of the hashtag holiday party can be found here. Thanks for letting me crash.

➽ 1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it.

Yes. Usually because I've read a few pages of it and NOPE'd right out of there. I don't generally rate + review my DNFs unless 1) I read enough of it to review my impressions of the story, 2) it's an over-hyped book and I know its GR-rating will be able to take my I-don't-know-her Mariah Careyesque shade. My review ratio on Netgalley is abysmal, but whatevskis. I read what I read. (Or, um, don't.)

➽ 2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley.

If Netgalley was a class, I wouldn't just be failing. They'd be piling up summer school forms on my desk and threatening me with remediation.

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

I have never done this, mostly because of the way I review. I always write my review on my blog as soon as I've finished the book (while it's still fresh) and then cross-post to Goodreads the next day.

➽ 4. Folded down the page of a book

Yes, because I'm a goddamn monster. Don't @ me.

5. Accidentally spilled on a book

OK, I'm probably going to lose friends over this one, but yes. Mostly because I use my books as coasters. I don't have any coasters, but I have a lot of books.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

➽ 6. DNF a book this year

I do it so much, I should call it DNFriday. Life is too short to fritter away on bad books.

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

Uh-huh. Conversely, I've also bought books with ugly covers because they made me laugh.

➽ 8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)

I did some of the most efficient reading I've done when I was supposed to be packing for Japan.

➽ 9. Skim read a book

And then my eyes kind of glaze over and I realize I've been "reading" the same paragraph several times and have to go back like I've turned in a shitty paper and been instructed to do it over.

➽ 10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal

One time I missed it by, like, five books. I was so pissed off. That was the worst year.

➽ 11. Borrowed a book and not returned it

It's a self-help book about how come nice girls don't get dates. I still have no idea how this female-incel propaganda wound up in my possession, or what discussion precipitated its delivery, but it's floating around here somewhere like that spider you knocked off the wall and now can't find. Eek.

➽ 12. Broke a book buying ban

It's called "Tuesday." Also Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

➽ 13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about

OK, this is the worst. It's like, "New book, who this?" That's why I always try to review right away.

➽ 14. Wrote in a book you were reading

Usually only to underline a passage that I want to quote, and after I've already dog-earred the page.

➽ 15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

One does not simply finish a book without adding it to Goodreads.

➽ 16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend

See #11.

➽ 17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book

Usually I'm only too happy to lend my books out. In fact, I tend to tell people they can just keep them afterwards. The only time I refused was with a first edition to someone I felt wouldn't take care of it.

➽ 18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book

I may treat my own books like dumpsters, but with other people's? I get out the yellow hazmat suit + delicate tweezers and only read that shit in a climate-controlled room.

➽ 19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged

That's like putting your cake in Tupperware to protect it and then dropping the Tupperware off a cliff. So yes, I've done that. It sucks.

20. Sat on a book accidentally

Um, basically.


  1. So, what are the results? Are you naughty or nice?

    For me (briefly):
    1. Yes, because I don't seem to be programmed to remember to read eBooks, I forget I have them and go find new paperbacks to read.

    2. From what I remember (haven't been on there in at least a year) my Netgalley rating is at least 90% because when I was requesting books I didn't have an actual Kindle, just the PC software and so when I was approved for a book I only had until the book was archived to finish it and I rarely managed that. In an attempt to raise my dismal rating I gave all the books I'd never be able to rate due to them being archived and me no longer having access to them a stock review that said something like "Due to this book being archived and me only having the Kindle for PC software I can no longer review this book."

    3. No permanent blog, so doesn't really apply.

    4. Almost every book I read, especially the ones with those thin pages and library books.

    5. That's one thing I haven't done. I have dropped at least two in the bath, though.

    6. I'm reading a dreadful romance right now that I decided from about 5 pages in was going to have to do something special to make me read past page 50.

    7. No, even so-called coffee table books (like 1001 Books to Read Before You Die) and recipe books I read them cover to cover.

    8. I read when I'm meant to be sleeping pretty much every night.

    9. Not an entire book, but the end of many.

    10. No, I don't allow that to happen, at least not on paper. If my goal is looking like it's going to be out of reach (like it is this year) I just bring it down to what I think I can manage (probably need to think about lowering this year's goal in the next day or so).

    11. I've never borrowed a book from a friend and I always return my library books.

    12. Mum's threatening to move out because she can't bear to live with the clutter of books piled everywhere (they aren't actually piled 'everywhere', there's just about 30 books that don't fit on the shelves piled up near the shelves), but I keep coming across new books that I've always wanted to own plus Dad keeps instructing me to buy him new books from his Patrick O'Brian series.

    13. Once I start a review I finish it, but there are a number books that I've had to write a placeholder review saying that I read it but didn't manage to review it fast enough and now I've forgotten what it was about and will have to (one day) reread it in order to write a decent review for it (I even have a shelf for that situation).

    14. Before my library's catalogue became advanced enough to allow us to take note of what books we've read and before I joined GR I would put a jumble of my initials (I'm SJF and to hopefully avoid detection by the librarians I would put JFS) in the top corner of the last page of the book so that I would know if I'd read it or not if I ever happened to borrow it again.

    15. Occasionally, when I'm in the reading zone (or the Simming zone) and by the time I remember to add it I've forgotten what it's about as well as exactly when I read it so I can't review it and it seems pointless to add it without being able to rate/review it so I just don't bother.

    16. See #11.

    17. No one's ever asked to borrow a book. I've offered and they've said "Yes, I'll ask you when I want to read it, but then they never ask."

    18. See #11.

    19. Only once and that's because it was a huge book and it took me ages to read and someone put something on top of the jacket, squashing it, and since I had ages to go in the book I didn't notice for ages and by the time I did the jacket had a new permanent crease in it.

    20. Sat on them, tripped over them, dropped them, dog's slept on them - all numerous times.

  2. I was living for these answers, Nenia! Also, I too, am horribly failing the Netgalley class alongside you.


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