I originally saw this post on Alexa’s blog, Writing the Universe, and I thought it had some really fun questions. Be sure to check out Alexa’s post and tag me if you decide to do this tag, I’d love to see your answers!
HAVE YOU EVER REGIFTED A BOOK YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?
I don’t think so. Usually if I get a book I’m not interested in, it comes with a gift receipt and I can exchange it for something I would like. And if I have regifted a book I’ve been given, it was a mistake and I probably didn’t realize anyone gave it to me.
HAVE YOU EVER SAID YOU’VE READ A BOOK WHEN YOU HAVEN’T?
If you count school books, all the time. SparkNotes was my best friend in AP English! But for books outside of school, I think I’ve said I read a series thinking it was about another book, then realizing I got them mixed up. I tend to do that a lot.
HAVE YOU EVER BORROWED A BOOK AND NOT RETURNED IT?
Technically no, but also technically yes. My friend gave me her copy of An Ember in the Ashes to read when it first came out because I didn’t own it and she basically threw it in my hands and said “READ IT!” I remember returning it to her and giving it back, but she wasn’t able to find the book and thought I didn’t return, even though I definitely remember giving it back to her. Somehow the book completely disappeared and we couldn’t find it anywhere. Still don’t know what happened to it.
HAVE YOU EVER READ A SERIES OUT OF ORDER?
Twilight. I didn’t know the order of the books so I started reading Eclipse and realized very quickly that this was the third book and not the first. I had read enough to know what was going on (about 1/4 to 1/2) and decided to put it down to read the first two books before continuing.
HAVE YOU EVER SPOILED A BOOK FOR SOMEONE?
Not the whole book, but a scene, and it was completely on accident. I’m usually really careful when talking to my friends about the books they’re reading, but back when I was younger I was talking to a friend about some book she was reading and asked if she’d gotten to this one part and very quickly realized I spoiled a huge moment in the book and felt awful! So now I just ask where they’re at first before I open my big mouth.
HAVE YOU EVER DOG EARED A BOOK?
Definitely. When I was younger I either dog eared or just threw something random to hold the page. Now, with my extensive bookmark collection, I don’t need to do that anymore. Though if its a book I don’t really care about, I might still dog ear it.
HAVE YOU EVER TOLD SOMEONE YOU DON’T OWN A BOOK WHEN YOU DO?
By accident, especially during my birthday and holidays. So many times I think I own a book and then don’t or I don’t own a book and actually do. I have received way too many duplicates because of this mistake.
HAVE YOU EVER TOLD SOMEONE YOU HAVEN’T READ A BOOK WHEN YOU HAVE?
I’m definitely stealing Alexa’s answer for this one, but Twilight. After the craze died down and people were basically shitting on the book and its fans, I definitely went along with it and told people I never read it. Lies, all lies. I was a total twihard in middle school and lying about it was just embarrassing. But I don’t think I’ve lied about other books, I’m pretty proud of what I read and if I end up reading something harmful then I can admit I read it, understand why it’s bad, and move on.
HAVE YOU EVER SKIPPED A CHAPTER OR A SECTION OF A BOOK?
Maybe for school, but not for a book I’m actively reading to enjoy. Unless it’s a re-read, then I absolutely will skip certain sections or chapters.
HAVE YOU EVER BAD MOUTHED A BOOK YOU ACTUALLY LIKED?
No, again if I read a book and like it and later find out its harmful or embarrassing or whatever, I can admit I read and liked it and add the “but, I’m not going to promote it” or “but, it’s harmful…” – if I talk about it. I loved Woven in Moonlight and when I was reading it I didn’t initially catch and understand the anti-indigenous pretenses of the book. I had a weird feeling about it, but couldn’t articulate why I was getting a bad feeling while reading it. But once it was pointed out to me and it clicked for me, I promptly stopped reading the sequel and wrote a review on the issue. Not to bad mouth the book, but to explain why I won’t be supporting it.
I am guilty of a lot of things and most of the times, it’s a total accident lol But I can admit my mistakes and own them – how about you?