The Guilty Reader Tag!

Ahh reader guilt- we’ve all been there! I have to admit, I’m the kind of person that is almost self indulgent with guilt (I’m sorry for the number of times I apologise, but when I’m not apologising, I’m probably just thinking about saying sorry) which is why this tag is perfect for me! The original tag was made by Chami @ Read Like Wildfire and I was tagged by the lovely Laura @The Corner of Laura! Really recommend checking out, cos she does lots of fun tags and I love her unique style of reviewing! Let’s find out just how guilty I should be feeling…

One. Have You Ever Re-Gifted A Book You’ve Been Given?

No- I don’t think that’s the best way to get rid of a book you don’t like. What if you have friends in common? Best to just give it to charity.

Two. Have You Ever Said You’ve Read A Book When You Haven’t?

Haha nope! What would be the point? I get embarrassed easily and am a horrible liar- so that sounds like a lot more trouble than it’s worth!

Three. Have You Ever Borrowed A Book And Not Returned It?

Kinda… I borrowed a copy of Little Women from my school library and then a bottle of water leaked in my bag and destroyed it! Rather than tell them (see above about getting embarrassed easily) I just paid to replace it (which doesn’t make the most sense cos it was an honest accident).

Four. Have You Ever Read A Series Out Of Order?

Hard one! I read the Anna and the French Kiss series out of order. I quite like the first one, so tried a sample of the second, but wasn’t feeling it. I then skipped to the Isla and the Happily Ever After, which I LOVED, and decided to go back to Lola and the Boy Next Door (it was okay in the end, though still not really my cup of tea).

Five. Have You Ever Spoiled A Book For Someone?

Oh yeah- I spoiled Game of Thrones for my sister a couple of times. One, because she said she’d read the third book (when what she meant was she’d read Part 1). Two, because I thought she said she was never going to finish it (apparently she changed her mind). She spoiled the last line of Harry Potter for me though (which my brother spoiled for her) so I guess we’re even. (Ahh this kind of squabbling is what siblinghood is for, amiright?! 😉)

Six. Have You Ever Dogeared A Book?

Oh yeah! Loads of times! Especially if it’s non-fiction and I don’t want to take notes there and then. I just fold back the pages and come back to it (I’m an animal! 😉)

Seven. Have You Ever Told Someone You Don’t Own A Book When You Do?

Haha no! I’ve been tempted when people ask to borrow something I don’t want to lend- I just choose between a) standing there in awkward silence until they forget they asked, b) laughing while still not answering until I glow red in the face or c) saying “I’m sorry I don’t lend books…” carefully *avoiding all eye contact*…

(just kidding, I usually do all three)

Eight. Have You Ever Skipped A Chapter Or A Section Of A Book?

I’ve skim read before, especially if it was something (mind-numbingly boring) that I was set for uni. I’m learning to just give up on books now if I feel that urge!

Nine. Have You Ever Bad Mouthed A Book You Actually Liked?

I had to really think about this, because bad-mouthing makes it sound, well, bad. That said, even if I like a book, I can sometimes still see its flaws. There have been times when I’ve enjoyed a book that I’ve ended up being hyper-critical of, because it did one or two things I didn’t like. I still don’t like certain reviews I’ve done for books I truly enjoyed (like Song of Achilles) because I got really pedantic about my issues with it and didn’t talk enough about why I loved it.

Okay I guess the verdict is…

I probably enjoyed that more than I should have! Let me tag a few of you wonderful people: Kat, Bookstooge, Zezee, Jennifer @Out of Babel, Rivermoose Reads, Journey into Books, Ola and Piotrek @Reenchantment of the World and anyone else that wants to do it!

Are you a guilty reader (just like me)? Do you feel any other reading guilt? Let me know in the comments!

42 thoughts on “The Guilty Reader Tag!

  1. I could relate to a few of them. I read series out of order all the time (mostly because I buy the books out of order XD), and I tend to skim over a lot of description or exposition in some books. And I have definitely bad-mouthed a few books that I liked because everyone else hated them. (Some of them do deserve to be bad-mouthed because they are actually bad, but they resonated and that’s all I needed to like them. :P)

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  2. I skipped honestly….quite a few chapters when reading Les Mis (but does anyone except anyone to read the whole chapter about the sewers?? Or Waterloo? Or French slang??) I also have dog-eared PLENTY of books and even….ripped a page accidentally (I know, I know, horrific)

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  3. I was like that with the Anna and the French Kiss series too. I really liked the first book (even though I can now see its problems), didn’t much care for Lola and the Boy Next Door, and loved Isla and the Happily Ever After. I’ve also dog-eared books in the past and have no qualms about it.

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  4. Great answers and thanks for your kind comments about my reviews and tags! The spoiler war between you and your siblings was particularly funny and it made me glad that I (mostly) don’t read the same books as my family!

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  5. I still can’t bring myself to dogear books, though I don’t mind when others do it to their own books! I admire people who are able to highlight, underline, basically annotate books however they like. It’s not a big thing, but it’s still something I think would need a lot of courage to do, especially after having believed for so long that it’s “vandalism” although it clearly isn’t! There was once my teacher asked me if I had read Jane Eyre twice, and I didn’t hear it clearly so I smiled and nodded just to end up having everyone going “woah, she read it twice” and I felt super guilty but I was too ashamed to correct it so I went along with it XD

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