I was not tagged by anyone in particular but saw this tag on 150 Characters and more… and Book Roast and decided that I would like to do it as well! I am not sure where this tag originated from but if you all know let me know in the comments below so I can add credit.
1. Have you ever re-gifted a book that you’ve been given?
No I have not, I’m really bad about hoarding books and telling myself I’ll read them all even though I probably won’t. Plus it feels a little weird, like, if it’s a book I don’t think I’d like, why would I do that to someone else?
While most books I’ve received as a gift have been great, there have been a few odd ones. The husband and I were given cheesy marriage counseling self help books from the Navy when we got married and I honestly don’t even know why I still have them. I wouldn’t know who to give or donate them to because I’m pretty sure they’d be thrown out immediately.
2. Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?
Not that I recall, and this reminds me of an article I saw some time ago about the top 20 books people have lied about reading the most. Unsurprisingly they’re all classics, but it’s interesting because it makes me wonder why people even bother to lie about something like this. It just seems really silly to me.
3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?
UNINTENTIONALLY. This has only happened maybe twice and both times I thought I had returned all of the books. One was a 10-book manga series my best friend had loaned me called Kitchen Princess and I found later while packing that I still had I think 2 or 3 of the books. I’m fairly certain I eventually returned them all once I realized months later, if not they’re sitting in a box safe with the rest of my manga collection so I’m not too worried.
The other book I didn’t even realize I had until literally years after I lost contact with the owner. My best friend in high school and I used to borrow everything from each other: clothes, books, games, the list goes on. She was actually the one that got me to read The Darkangel trilogy which is now one of my all-time favorite fantasy series. She loaned me the first two books which I devoured, naturally, and I thought I had returned both books.
Eventually I moved out of my mother’s house without really taking anything with me but clothes. Years later when we were all packing up to move to another state I found the second book among my old possessions and I felt SO BAD. I still have the little mass market paperback sitting on my shelves to this day.
Ironically, a few years ago I went to purchase hardcover editions of all three books both to re-read and as collector’s items. Since the books are so old I had to rely on used book vendors online from three different vendors, they were that rare. The first and third books came in with their wonderful original covers, but the second book? I was sent the omnibus that contained all three books combined in one edition. It made me laugh but also cry a little bit.
4. Have you ever read a series out of order?
Yes. This is kind of a funny question and most people will probably go BUT WHY. Trust me, if it’s a chronological series meant to be read in a specific order then I agree that it is a very silly thing to do, why would you do it? I’ll tell you why: historical romance books.
Even though there are many historical romance series out there I’ve found that most can be read as standalones. I’ve read several out of order and while they are usually somewhat chronological it’s usually just an appearance by the happy couple from the book before. That’s not really a spoiler since, I mean, you already know that they’re going to get together at the end, it is a romance novel after all.
I did know a girl in middle school, though, that was reading the Harry Potter books out of order and I still scratch my head about that one.
5. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?
Unintentionally yes. It happens sometimes when I talk to my husband about the books I’m reading and will get carried away, but in general he doesn’t really read and even when he does he doesn’t read the same sorts of books that I do, so neither of us are terribly concerned about spoilers. As for others, well I suppose some might view the analysis of the plot in my reviews as containing very mild spoilers but in general I try to avoid them altogether.
6. Have you ever doggy eared a book?
Absolutely not and it’s one of those things that gets under my skin if if happens with a book that I own. When I spend money on an item I want to keep it in good condition, I work hard for what I have and have spent many years in poverty or just above that line, so it means a lot to me to take care of things that are mine. When folks doggy ear or otherwise bend or damage my books I really do get stressed out. It is because of doggy earring and general neglect that I also no longer loan books out to people unless I have an extremely high level of trust for them.
If it’s someone else’s book and they do it I don’t judge them at all for it, they can do whatever they want with their books. If it’s a book borrowed from someone though, or a public book (such as a library book) then I would look down on it a little.
7. Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?
…No. Again I have to ask why? It just seems so silly to me to boast about owning something that you don’t.
9. Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book?
Not that I can recall? I generally feel that all of the text is meant to add to the experience and will plow through if I want to finish the book. If a book is that boring to me where I feel the urge to skim then I’ll just DNF it.
10. Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?
Not that I ever recall, and honestly why would I? I guess I can understand folks trying to fit in and hop on the hate train for books that have been deemed trashy or problematic and it probably happens quite a bit, but to me I just have to wonder why this is even a thing.
Nothing makes me more sad as a reader to see my fellow bloggers apologizing for liking or writing a positive review for a book that is popularly hated. No person should have to apologize for liking a book. You can enjoy a book while still being critical of it’s flaws. Discussion is important for readers, authors, and publishers to better understand the books that we read. Blind hatred toward a book to fit in, however, will not get the desired change and will only bring about more negativity and more anger.
We should be raising up the books that we enjoy and highlighting the things about it that we liked rather than tearing them down because that’s the popular thing to do. The same can be said about people crowding in to praise a popular book, even if they actually didn’t really enjoy it that much, for the sake of joining in on the hype. Just be honest.
…And of course any of you that is reading this and you would like to do this tag for yourself then consider yourself tagged!