Hey it’s me! It’s been a long time, but now that I’m nearly halfway through my Christmas vacation (somehow, already) I figure it’s time to get back in the game and pay some attention to my neglected blog. First of all, a huge shout-out to all of you lovely followers who still read and keep up with my occasional post, and hope everyone is getting into the holiday spirit!
Hard to believe that it’s the 21st already. With only four days to Christmas, it seems like a great time to get into the mood with the Naughty or Nice book tag. I saw this tag over on The Bibliophagist–as usual, Sara is (unlike me) ON IT with her blogging game and can always be counted on to curate the best tags around.
- Tag & link the person who tagged you
- Tag and link me/this post
- Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done
- Tag another 10 people!
1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it ✅
Yeah, I’m definitely guilty of this one. Before I started uni a few months ago I made sure to read and review every single ARC, but now that I have much more work and many more excuses to not do said work it’s been a struggle. Titles I’ve offended with include Daisy’s Run, Odd One Out and OtherEarth.
2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley ❌
Thankfully I’ve not gone quite that far yet! Despite recent slacking, I’m currently sitting at a decent 87% and hope to push it up with a couple quick reviews in the next week.
3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) ❌
I avoid this by never promising a full review–if I don’t feel like reviewing a book for whatever reason, I leave my rating as it is.
4. Folded down the page of a book ❌
Nooooooooo! Not this cardinal sin.
5. Accidentally spilled on a book ✅
I can’t remember any specific instances, but I’m sure I must have done this at some point during my childhood, when I carried a book around with me at basically all times.
6. DNF a book this year ✅
I don’t DNF books frequently, but it still happens sometimes. The most recent book I gave up on was Strange Grace–a fifth of the way through I realised nothing was happening and read a review that called it, paraphrasing, a boring novel with lots of kissing. Pass. Which was a shame, because I quite liked Tessa Gratton’s The Queens of Innis Lear, although it was similarly slow-paced.
7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it ❌
I have bought pretty books intending to read them and ended up unable to get into them, but never have I bought a book with zero intention of putting it to its proper use.
8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) ✅
I got in trouble in elementary school for reading during class. My teacher snatched the book out of my hand. Since then I’ve not improved much.
9. Skim read a book ✅
There are two kinds of readers in this world: Those who have skim read a book, and liars.
10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal ❌
I am guilty, however, of setting my Goodreads goal to a low and easily achievable number at the start of the year, then raising it as it becomes apparent that I’ll surpass the target. Thanks to the GR overlords for letting me do this!
11. Borrowed a book and not returned it ✅
There are probably still, lying somewhere in the depths of my family’s bookshelves, books I borrowed from my elementary school classroom and forgot to return. Though I’ve never not returned a library book, overdue as it might be, so…half marks?
12. Broke a book buying ban ❌
I’ve never gotten to the point of having to impose a long-term book buying ban on myself, but there are times when, having already bought books recently, I visit the bookshop with the intention to browse only. I don’t generally have any issue sticking to browsing.
13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about ❌
I don’t like to start reviews unless I can finish them in one or two sittings, because any more and my attention is likely to wander. However, sometimes I do wait a long time to start a review after I’ve finished the book, but not long enough that a quick skim doesn’t jog my memory.
14. Wrote in a book you were reading ✅
Books I was reading for school which were meant to be annotated, sure.
15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads ✅
I don’t add school/uni books to Goodreads.
16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend ✅
There is, again somewhere in the depths of my family’s bookshelves, a (translated) copy of Les Misérables I borrowed from a friend years ago and forgot to return.
17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book ❌
Cheating, because I’ve never really been asked to borrow a book? I’ve offered and been turned down though!
18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book ❌
Ahhhhhhhh this pains me just to read. Even bending the spines of paperbacks annoys me 😥
19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged ❌
I try my best to take good care of books!
20. Sat on a book accidentally ✅
Operative word above: try. Unfortunately, I have accidentally sat on paperbacks before and completely warped their shape. I’m not proud of it.
Final Score: 10/20
Since I wasn’t tagged for this, I’m going to go ahead and tag anyone who wants to do it! If this catches your eye, be sure to link back to this post so I can see your answers. I hope you enjoyed my take, and have a very merry Christmas!