Never Have I Ever Book Tag

I wasn’t planning to post another book tag this week. I’m in high reading spirit, but I’m not in the mood to draft reviews or anything else, so… a book tag it is! 😀

And this is another tag that I was actually tagged for! Yeahie!! 😀

I was tagged by Lisa at Way Too Fantasy for this tag that I’ve never done before. 🤣🤣 (Yep, cracking myself up here.) It was created by Madame Writer/Anne With a Book.

Apparently, there are rules:
  1. Link back to the original creator! (Madame Writer)
  2. Link back to the person who tagged you!
  3. Answer all prompts.
  4. Add one more prompt of your own.
  5. Tag at least five people.
  6. Don’t lie.
  7. Have fun!

Never Have I Ever… read a later book in a series before reading the first book.

Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid

I prefer to read books in their series order, but I don’t think I realized that Grin and Beard It was part of a series when I started it… or maybe it was that the first one wasn’t available at the time at my libraries. Either way, I read this one first but it’s actually the second novel in the Winston Brothers series.

It’s a romance series about a family that lives in Tennessee. In this book, the eldest Winston brother falls for a Latina movie star, who’s in town to film a show. It was such a fun read!

Never Have I Ever… burned a book.

Nope, can’t say I have. Although, we used to sometimes burn our trash when I was a kid in Jamaica, and I would poke the fire. I doubt there were books in those fires, but it’s possible that I may have naively helped with some book burning.

Never Have I Ever… read a book I knew I would hate.

Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour

Ha! I did that recently with Black Buck! I’m in a little book club and my friends were really interested in reading this. I didn’t want to because I’m tired of anything that mentions Wall Street and I had a feeling that I wouldn’t like it. I was both right and wrong, lol! The story pissed me off as I read, but it was so good, I could hardly put it down. It was a really good read.

It’s a dark contemporary satire about a young Black man from Brooklyn who gets an opportunity to work at a new tech startup and endures a whole heap of racial microaggression while there. The story also looks at how the experience changes him.

Never Have I Ever… wrote a fanfiction about my favorite books.

Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce

Oh yes I did! 😀 But I didn’t realize it was called fanfic. As a preteen (I guess? I was in middle school, I think), I’d write fanfic based on the Song of Lioness series because I LOVED the books and wanted Alanna’s story to continue, but it was done and I’d read all the books and I couldn’t think of what else to do but write my own. I finished none of them, lol. And, now that I know what fanfic is, I’ve realized that I often wrote Cinderella fanfic as child.

Btw, the Song of the Lioness series begins with Alanna, the first book. It’s about a girl who disguises herself as a boy so she can become a knight.

Never Have I Ever… loved a book when I was young and hated it when I got older.

Redwall by Brian Jacques

I enjoyed reading this book when I was in middle school. I didn’t finished the series, but I think I may have read the second book back then. However, I reread it shortly after finishing college and HATED it. Oh my gosh! I was bored, I thought it was all silly, and I think I DNF’d it too and that was back when I wasn’t DNF’ing stuff. I hated the book and now I don’t remember anything about it except that there are mice monks.

Never Have I Ever…dressed up as one of my favorite literary characters.

Nope, I’ve never done cosplay, unfortunately; but I hope to one of these days. The closest I’ve gotten is styling my outfit to resemble a certain time period which actually made some folks think I was cosplaying. I was very flattered and proud of myself.

Never Have I Ever… hated a book by an author I love.

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

It’s not that I hated Tess of the Road, I just didn’t like the protagonist, Tess. I enjoyed Hartman’s Seraphina books, YA fantasy duology that features dragons that can take on human shape. The protagonist of those books, Seraphina, is half-dragon and has a human and a dragon as a parent. I liked those books and thought I’d like Tess too, but no such lucky.

I kind of forgot what Tess of the Road is about except that it too is YA fantasy and is basically a roadtrip book.

Never Have I Ever… gone into a bookstore to buy one book and come out with many more.

Ah hahaha!! Oh, such a funny category. I won’t even bother answering. Lol!

Never Have I Ever… read the end of a book before reading the beginning.

I do this all the time, especially when reading thrillers and mysteries. I just can’t stand the build up of anticipation. I NEED to know how it’s all going to be resolved NOW! The only time I hold myself back from doing this is when I buddy-read something because I don’t want to accidently spoil the story for my buddy-reader.

Never Have I Ever… read a book without the dust cover.

I sometimes do this either because the dust cover gets in the way or because I like it too much and don’t want to accidentally mess it up.

Never Have I Ever… skim-read nearly half the book.

I have skimmed parts of books before but never half of it. If I’m skimming that much, then I’ll just give up on it because obviously what I’m reading isn’t interesting. I only skim boring parts, like love interests having a stupid fight. I mostly skim parts of romance novels.

Never Have I Ever… pretended to have read a book I haven’t read.

I think I’ve only done this for high school/college classes, and it’s almost always a classic novel or play or poem that was an assigned reading.

Never Have I Ever… saw the movie before reading the book.

The Duke & I by Julia Quinn

I do this all the time! 😊 It’s my preferred way to go about these things: see the film adaptation first and then read the book; otherwise, I’ll be disappointed, I’m sure. The book is always better.

Most recently, I did this with The Duke & I, which is the first novel in the Bridgertons historic romance series. The series was adapted for a TV show of the same name on Netflix. I enjoyed both the show and the book and, of course, that’s because I saw the show first. I’m now reading the second in the series.

Never Have I Ever… had a book boyfriend.

Nah. There have been some I admire, but nope. No book boyfriends.

Never Have I Ever… read a history book or anthropology book for fun.

When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain: History’s Unknown Chapters by Giles Milton
World History for Dummies by Peter Haugen
A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich
The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution by C.L.R. James

I’ve read a few. Milton’s book was fun, and I highly recommend it. The chapters are short and snappy and each one focuses on a different person. It’s a quick read. I got so many weird looks when I read World History for Dummies, lol! But I love that book. I consider it a favorite because I like how it’s written, lol. I recall really liking Gombrich’s book, but I read it years ago and now don’t remember much of it. I think I thought parts of it was boring. And I HIGHLY recommend The Black Jacobins. I think it’s an important book that should be on all syllabi.

Never Have I Ever… picked up a book based on the cover alone.

HAaaaa…!! Crack me up some more! Of course I have! That’s why I walk out the store with so many books when I only went in there for one. (I actually did so this past Sunday — and I’m supposed to be on a little buying ban, smh.)

Never Have I Ever… bought multiple books in a series without having started it.

The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski

I have, unfortunately, although I dislike doing so. If I end up disliking the first book, I’m less likely to read the others and that would be a total waste of money, so I hope I like the Witcher books as much as I did the TV show.

Never Have I Ever… kept reading a series even if I didn’t love the first book.

Umm… I don’t think I’ve done this. I hardly ever finish series I do like, so I’m less likely to continue with ones I don’t.

My question:

Never Have I Ever… read a book so quickly that I don’t remember what happened by the end.

I know I’ve done this a couple times and then have to skim through parts I highlighted to refresh my memory, or read the book all over again if it’s not too long, like a comic or a picture book.

Tagging these folks

Do it if you’re in the mood… or not if you’re not.

Book Forager

Re-Enchantment of the World

Kristin Kraves Books

A Rambling Reviewer

Life of a Female Bibliophile

Jessica Favor

35 thoughts on “Never Have I Ever Book Tag

        1. Oh it’s been such a long time since I read it that I can’t remember for sure. I remember liking her earlier in the book because I could relate to how she feels but didn’t care for her or the story later on.
          I have a review up, though, if you’re interested. 😊

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  1. I’m with you on the Witcher. I’ve never watched the show or played the games but I’ve liked the sound of it enough to buy a bunch of the books. I do that far too often with series. In this case, though, I’m feeling pretty good about it because I’m almost finished with The Last Wish and I’m absolutely loving it. It has a real classic fantasy feel to it, not trying too hard to be something so very different from everything that’s come before, nothing overly complicated, just good old-fashioned fantastic fantasy. Reminds me of when I used to get together with a group to play D&D. I can’t wait to dive into the other books. I hope you enjoy them, too!

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  2. Wow I can’t imagine anyone in the bookish community burning books!! Oh gosh writing a fanfic about Alanna is such a fun one! I’ve never heard anyone writing fanfic for Tamora Pierce before- which is odd, cos it’s such a great series for it! haha has any bookworm *not* accidentally-but-probably-on-purpose bought a bunch of books when they didn’t plan to? 😉

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    1. Sometimes rereading them can be positive to see how much you’ve grown and it’s always surprising to find that you like them still. But I understand not wanting to chance finding that you now can’t stand your childhood favs.

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  3. Thanks for the tag! 😀 I had to laugh at some of your answers, I’m the same when it comes to bookstores and shiny covers, sigh… 😉
    …what’s a book boyfriend?

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    1. A book boyfriend is like part book, part boyfriend. They came in response to girls by and large having their heads in books!
      This was before kindle, in the old days.
      It isn’t hard to imagine which part of the boy was book!
      Let’s just say that when the book boyfriend promised hours of pleasure,
      They literally meant it!

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  4. Thanks for tagging me! You broke my heart by disliking Redwall as an adult, btw, though I will agree that some of the books in that series (there are so many) are way sillier than others. I LOVE Song of the Lioness, though, so I’m glad you like it as well. Have you re-read that series as an adult? I hope you like the Witcher books when you get around to them! I’ve read the first two collections of short stories that precede Blood Of Elves and liked them, so fingers crossed that the rest of the series is just as good if not better.

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    1. You’re welcome! 🙂
      Lol! Aww, sorry about that. I have reread the Song of Lioness books as an adult many times and still love them. The nostalgia I have for those books is too strong for me not to still love them.
      I have my fingers crossed hoping I’ll get on well with those Witcher books.

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