Guilty Reader Tag

If you’re one of those people who can quickly type up a review of a book shortly after completing it, then I applaud you because your girl is struggling. STRUGGLING! I don’t know what’s going on with me but when I sit down to type up what I thought of books I’ve read since May, the words escape me.

It’s not the first time this has happened, so I know the weird block will pass and I’ll dump a bunch of reviews on my blog. But for now, here’s a book tag.

I was tagged by the Orangutan Librarian for this tag last year… (🙃 yep, major procrastinator here!). But, hey! Better late than never, eh?! The tag was created by booktuber Chami at ReadLikeWildfire, but the original video was taken down.

Have you ever regifted a book that you’ve been given?

I haven’t. I don’t believe in regifting. I know some people don’t mind doing it, but I hate it when I realize that a someone has done that to me. I don’t know why I’m so against regifting, but I really dislike it. I don’t mind giving away a gift I received that I don’t like, but I wouldn’t pass it on as a gift.

Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?

Paradise Lost by John Milton

I know I’ve done so a few times because I mistake a title for something I’ve read before. Of course, now I can’t think of any examples, but it’s highly likely that I’ve done this with a few classics, like Paradise Lost or Dante’s Inferno, both of which I’ve read parts of and sometimes forget and think I read the whole thing.

Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg (illus.)

Indeed, I have. I’ve done so with Isabel Greenberg’s The Encyclopedia of Early Earth. The librarian didn’t scan it when I checked it out with other books years ago (back in 2017). I blame the lack of a due date for why it’s still sitting on my shelf half-read. I still intend to complete it and return it to the library.

Have you ever read a series out of order?

Grin & Beard It by Penny Reid

I try not to, but I did so with the Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid. It’s a romance series. I read the second book, Grin & Beard It, before going back to read the first. I think I did so because the second one was available on the library’s app and I was too curious to wait until the first book was available to start there.

Have you ever spoiled a book for anyone?

I know I’ve done so a few times by accident. I’ve certainly done so in my early book reviews on here because I didn’t post spoiler warnings back then. Of course, I can’t remember a specific book for which I’ve done that.

Have you ever doggy eared a book?

I would never! Well… only if I have no other choice, like this past weekend when I found myself on the train needing to highlight a passage in my current read that really stuck out to me but unable to find a highlighter or pencil or pen in my bag. THE HORROR!! I couldn’t believe I left out my house without a writing utensil. I’ve been off my game these past couple weeks. Can’t write book reviews… hardly posting book tags… leaving the house without some sort of writing implement… smh. Next thing I’ll be walking around without a book in hand! 😱

But back to my original thought — I was on the train without anything to mark the passage, so I was sorely tempted to dog-ear the book. Luckily, my stop arrived and saved me from committing such a crime.

Have you ever told someone you do not own a book when you do?

Oh yes, I have. I don’t like to lend my books to others, especially if I’m not sure how the person will treat my book. So there have been times when I’ve lied about not owning a book to avoid loaning it out.

Have you ever told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?

I don’t think so but if I did, it’s because I thought I didn’t and later realize that I did.

Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book?

I don’t think I’ve done so. I’m too worried about missing pertinent information to understand what’s happening later on in the book. However, I have skimmed books that have lost my interest but that I want/need to complete for whatever reason.

Have you ever bad-mouthed a book you actually like?

I think so. I’m horrible at thinking of examples at the moment, but I believe I’ve done this. There are books I like that aren’t the best, so I’ll mention their faults, which can come off as bad-mouthing. But if I’m recommending something to someone, especially if I know it’s not the best written thing, then I’ll mention both what’s good and what’s bad about it.

That’s it for this tag!

Consider yourself tagged, if you want to do it too.

14 thoughts on “Guilty Reader Tag

  1. I’m having the same issue with reviews at the moment (don’t know why, cos I’m excited by the books themselves, just a bit blocked when it comes to writing about them) I don’t like the idea of regifting either. I don’t like lending books either- so saying you don’t own it is easier (people get weird when you say you can’t lend a book you own)


    1. Same here. I’ve been reading some good stuff and I do want to talk about them, but when I sit down to type it’s like “Umm…” mind goes blank.
      Yea, peeps do get weird when I say I don’t lend out my books.


  2. This was a fun one! I do regift books but in my book gifting and reading circle we all do it, so it’s OK. Sometimes we give a book to a friend then ask to have it back to read when they’ve finished!! I am reading more than I’m reviewing and have a backlog staring at me from my desk. Such good books that deserve to be shared, too, so I’m going to do it! (honest). Hope you come out of your reviewing slump soon – I’m enjoying exploring your reviews.

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  3. Did you remember your sword , I’m guessing you forgot this too!

    Reminds me of a moment lately,
    Wanted to light a fire,
    On account of the Cold,
    I’d forgotten to take any rubbing stick’s,
    “So I says to My personal assistant”,
    OK assistant
    Remind me to take fire sticks
    Writing implements , For
    Twas Cold as I mention,
    AND s
    AND s
    AND s
    and sea sparked with phosphorus
    Each step each Wave
    Waiting for
    Dark eyes to imprint it’s light upon.

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    1. I knew I forgot something when I rode out into battle today. No wonder I got battered.

      Well hopefully the personal assistant had brought along a blanket for the cold, lol.
      Poetry vibe hitting

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      1. It’s got a protective case that keeps it a little warm?
        If it’s really Cold ,
        I put it in one of my pockets ,


    2. That should have been phosphorescence ,
      But now I’m not sure,
      Magic definitely.
      Could be luminescent phytoplankton called dinoflagellates which produces light when moved.
      Little dino lowers it’s pH allowing oxygen, Luciferin, luciferase to
      Mash up the place
      With light.
      Phosphorescent Sand and a dinoflagellated Ocean maybe ?


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