Happy holiday season, friends!
I want to preface this by noting that I mostly read on digital devices, so that automatically disqualifies me for or reduces the chances that I’d commit some of these, but oh well.
This year, have you …
Received an ARC and not reviewed it? ✓
Um … yes, more than I care to admit to. I have a couple from Goodreads giveaways and a bunch from Netgalley and Edelweiss. That said, I do plan to eventually review them so … it’s just temporary.
Had less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley? ✓
My current ratio is 35%, so definitely yes 😅 Though, in my defense, I’m brand new to the site and have only had time to review 9 Netgalley books.
Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)? ✘
Nope! I actually write my reviews on Goodreads first, because that’s where I’ve been posting them for years, then I copy/paste them to a blog post and anywhere else they need to go.
Folded down the page of a book? ✘
This is kind of hard to do with a digital reader. But even when I was reading print books for class, I used a LOT of page flags to avoid this. (Plus, you can color code page flags: e.g., pink for plot developments, blue for good quotes.)
Accidentally spilled on a book? ✓
I don’t actually have a concrete example, but it’s probably safe to say yes. I like to read while I’m eating, and I also like to have a hot drink while I’m reading, and I’m kind of clumsy.
DNF’d a book this year? ✓
Like a lot of other people, I don’t consider this “naughty” — but yes, I’ve done this. Remorselessly.
Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it? ✘
Well, not technically. I very rarely buy books, but I have been suckered into checking out certain library books or entering giveaways for some titles just because they were pretty. Always with the intention of (eventually) reading them, though.
Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)? ✓
If you’ve never done this, you’re lying. Or you somehow don’t like reading — in which case I’m not sure why you’re on this blog, but thanks for stopping by?
Skim read a book? ✓
I do try not to do this, but yeah. Guilty. Sometimes you don’t feel like sitting through a solid page of worldbuilding, y’know?
Completely missed your Goodreads goal? ✘
Nope! I actually increased it (from 150 to 200) and it’s looking like I’ll make it to 250 before the end of the year.
Borrowed a book and not returned it to the library? ✘
I’m gonna be completely honest here in the interest of staying on Santa’s nice list: I can’t get school wifi on my Kindle, so I’ve been downloading books over USB and forgetting to manually delete them. (They automatically delete if you connect to wifi, but again, mine won’t do that.) But I have been returning them in my library app — if only so I can check out more books — so I’m going to consider this a no.
Broken a book buying ban? ✘
Didn’t have one in the first place and I don’t really buy books, so nope. But looking at my book haul for the year [above], I can definitely see why it’s so tempting.
Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about? ✘
I try to write my reviews as soon as I’ve finished the book, and I’ve started making notes of my thoughts and reactions throughout to avoid this exact problem.
Written in a book you were reading? ✓
Normally I don’t do this — I barely even leave Kindle notes, though I highlight a lot — but during spring semester I took a seminar where we read The Handmaid’s Tale and I took notes not only while reading, but during class discussion too. (It was surprisingly fun, so I may do it more if I start building a book collection!)
Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads? ✘
Sometimes I even mark books as “Currently Reading” before I’ve actually started reading them. So no.
Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend? ✘
I don’t borrow books, but if I did I think the guilt would get to me within a few days.
Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book? ✘
Thankfully I haven’t had to — most of my friends don’t take time to read for leisure anymore, and the ones that do have access to libraries and their own collections.
Broken the spine of someone else’s book? ✘
See above, re: not borrowing books and theoretical guilt.
Taken the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged? ✘
See above, re: not reading print books. Also, of the very few print books I have handled this year, only a handful even had jackets. (Possibly a literal handful, and I have really small hands.)
Sat on a book accidentally? ✘
My boyfriend’s accidentally sat on my Kindle a couple of times, but that’s not my fault.
Final Score: 7/20 – (Mostly) Nice 😇
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