Since I’m currently working my way through War and Peace, and have decided to DNF American War (my first DNF of the year!), I thought I’d spend some time doing a book tag. My friend Rachel @ pace, amore, libri did this and I thought it looked like fun!
1. Have You Ever Regifted A Book That You’ve Been Given?
Well, I don’t know if this counts, but I’ve donated a book that I was gifted. Someone got me The Da Vinci Code back when I was obsessed with it, but as my tastes changed I wanted to clear up some space on my bookshelf, so it went off to the library. (Also, why is this the only question that has all the words capitalized?)
2. Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?
Not really? Like, I’ll be specific about what I mean. If I DNFed a book, I’ll say I DNFed it. If I read thorough reviews with screenshots (a la The Continent or The Black Witch), I’ll also say that. If I’m familiar with the story through cultural osmosis or SparkNotes, I’ll also say that.
3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?
I’ve actually never borrowed a book from another person. My childhood friends were not big on reading, so usually they were the ones borrowing from me, if reading at all. My best friend definitely still has some of my books at her house.
4. Have you ever read a series out of order?
Actually, yes! Harry Potter! So, here’s the story: after a lot of convincing, my mom basically forced me read The Sorcerer’s Stone. I liked it waaaaay more than I thought I would, so I headed over to the library to borrow Chamber of Secrets. Unfortunately, the copies were all checked out. I loved the series so much, though, that I just couldn’t wait, and so I checked out the next available book in the series: Prisoner of Azkaban. Then, once I was done, Chamber of Secrets was back, so I read it, and then I continued in order. Back then, we didn’t have much money, so buying books when the library was right there was out of the question, and so all I could do was wait!
5. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?
I loathe spoilers, so I’m very careful about only spoiling if someone explicitly asks me to spoil it for them.
6. Have you ever doggy eared a book?
I used to do this often, because, believe it or not, I didn’t realize bookmarks were a thing.
7. Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?
No? Why would I do that? /Rachel
8. Have you ever told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?
I repeat: why would I do that? I guess this means for books that it’s ’embarrassing’ to have read like Twilight or something? I read Twilight when I was 15 and I hated it so I didn’t read the rest of the series. I don’t mind admitting to that. /Rachel
9. Have you every skipped a chapter or a section of a book?
Not skipped, but I will sometimes skim portions if a book is particularly dull and I’m close to finishing it. Or with something like War and Peace, where I’m currently slogging through the Battle of Austerlitz and skimming various paragraphs that are all about flanks and cavalry and vanguards. Like, if I wanted to read about battles in excruciating detail, I’d pick up a textbook on military history.
10. Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?
Nope! I’m actually really particular about this, as nothing annoys me so much as literary snobbery. This happens a lot to YA readers, as we’re often told YA books are not “real” books or they’re automatically worse in quality or something.
Like Rachel I won’t tag anyone since I wasn’t tagged, but do pingback to me if you do this so I can read your answers!