I saw this tag around — I found it on Adventures of a Bookish Girl‘s blog, though if you follow through her links she credits the original questions from a vlogger here. I read two books in the past few days but neither are really worth reviewing, so I thought this tag would be a better post to make.
Have you ever re-gifted a book you’ve been given?
Probably! I can’t think of anything off the top of my head, but I know that if I didn’t love a book and think it’d be suited better for someone else, I have probably given it away. I wouldn’t wrap it up and give it to them as a birthday present, or anything, but I’m happy to disperse books to others if I’m not going to enjoy having it on my shelf anymore.
Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?
One summer I said I was going to read Homer’s The Odyssey and failed miserably. But pretended that I had when people asked me how that was going.
Sometimes people will mention a well-known book as part of a conversation and instead of getting pulled off-topic with them trying to tell me to read it, I just say I’m familiar with it and then they get to the point they were trying to make, which often doesn’t connect with an important part of the book anyway. I think I’ve done this with The Road the most. I am capable of talking about something without having read McCarthy.
Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?
Yes…. I have it all catalogued in my head, though! I can totally return them any time they ask for their books back!! I borrowed a copy of a John Grisham from a friend’s dad… a decade ago. I still have it! (I haven’t read it yet…) I have my dad’s copy of Prairyerth I will probably never get to… my mother-in-law has lent me Wolf Hall that I’ve had for probably the past three years. I return things pretty quickly after I read them, but those books are kind of on indefinite loan at the moment…
Have you ever read a series out of order?
Yesssss. Ummm. My husband hates me for this, but I read Harry Potter backwards. I got Deathly Hallows the day it came out and read it, then thought “Hmm, I should read the rest,” and ordered them off Amazon Marketplace. But the way that the separate sellers shipped them, I got Half-Blood Prince next (so I read it), then Order of the Phoenix, and so on… and so I finished the series by reading Sorcerer’s Stone.
I’ve since read them in order, multiple times, but it was really weird reading them backwards. It really made me appreciate Jo’s foresight — a lot of the little details that made up an important plot point in DH were sprinkled in pretty early in the books.
Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?
I hate spoilers. I’m one of those people who won’t talk about a movie that’s been out for ten years because I’m afraid I’ll spoil it. So I hope I haven’t. Though having a book blog does mean probably spoiling something for someone if they don’t stop reading at a certain point.
Have you ever dog eared a book?
Mhm. I try not to, but sometimes if there’s a quote I like — I never do it to hold my place, I do this specifically to come back to a paragraph of writing I want to revisit — I make the tiniest little dent in the page, so it looks like it just got scuffed a millimeter on the corner. It can be straightened back out with a fingernail.
Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?
Listen, I can’t keep track of what I own anymore. Maybe I gave it away or maybe it’s fallen behind the bookshelf. I can’t be sure!
Have you ever told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?
Huh, what, never…
Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book?
Yes. Not typically novels, where skipping would make me lose sense of the plot, but nonfiction/history stuff.
Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?
I’m pretty critical and bring up a lot of the weak spots of a book before amending that I really did like it. I liked it, buuuuut: there wasn’t enough diversity. I liked it, buuuuut it was pretty fluffy and the characters are sort of one-dimensional but it’s still cute. I liked it, buuuuut it’s definitely a product of its time and the racism is not a good look. etc.
Anyway, I’m not tagging anyone but if you’re into it, feel free to share and tag me back so I know you did it!