DID I JUST GET TAGGED!?
What an exciting event! Thanks, Jenna! (Congrats on making the Nice list.)
I have residual religious anxiety that I’ll overlook a past sin…and get dinged for lying. (My anxiety believes sin works this way.)
I’m going to be as honest as possible…but I will cut myself a break when needed, because I haven’t been nice to myself since the season started.
(To see the original tag, check out Jenniely’s post.)
The question stands: what terrible bookish deeds did I commit this year?
RECEIVED AN ARC AND NOT REVIEWED IT
I received one ARC earlier this year. I almost missed the review deadline, but I binged the book during a ferry ride and wrote a review soon after.
HAVE LESS THAN 60% FEEDBACK RATING ON NETGALLEY
HA. I’m not ON NetGalley!
I’d never even heard of NetGalley before this year!
(This makes me think of our process server stats at work. I;m watching you, Alice.)
RATED A BOOK ON GOODREADS AND PROMISED A FULL REVIEW WAS TO COME ON YOUR BLOG (AND NEVER DID)
I don’t believe so. I don’t spend much time on Goodreads.
I prefer blogs.
FOLDED DOWN THE PAGE OF A BOOK
I have a very clear memory of myself doing this but I can’t recall WHEN or WHY.
I HOPE IT NEVER HAPPENED.
ACCIDENTALLY SPILLED ON A BOOK ✔
I do this ALL the TIME.
My pages are spotted with lasagna and bath water.
DNF A BOOK THIS YEAR ✔
What book DIDN’T I DNF this year?
The award this year goes to Edward De Bono’s awful hack of a manuscript! YOU DA BEST!
BOUGHT A BOOK PURELY BECAUSE IT WAS PRETTY WITH NO INTENTION OF READING IT ✔
I always intend to read things.
…okay, I completed my Jane Austen set (I was missing Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey) with no plans to read either one.
You caught me.
READ WHILST YOU WERE MEANT TO BE DOING SOMETHING ELSE (LIKE HOMEWORK) ✔
This is my entire life.
“I couldn’t POSSIBLY do laundry. I’m too engrossed in this fabulous story!”
A friend invited me to an improv open mic. I planned to go…but then I put on sweats and started a new book.
He performed alone. I only felt a little guilty.
SKIM READ A BOOK ✔
And it was one I initially liked, too!
I HATED Janelle Brown’s Watch Me Disappear.
I abandoned a compelling mystery (complete with a COMING-OUT STORY) because I hated the missing mom SO MUCH.
I hated how the characters treated this woman as a whimsical wonder as she completely ruined their lives.
Bipolar disorder isn’t cute! NEITHER IS LYING!! NEITHER IS FINANCIAL COLLAPSE!!!!
I skimmed the rest of the book, searching for the promised “twists.”
Not REMOTELY worth it.
COMPLETELY MISSED YOUR GOODREADS GOAL
I don’t use Goodreads and I don’t set goals, so…I’m in the clear!
BORROWED A BOOK AND NOT RETURNED IT TO THE LIBRARY
I return my books the day AFTER they’re due and still manage to avoid fines. The Chinatown library doesn’t check their book drop after a certain time of day, so the librarians have no way of knowing which books were returned on time.
It’s my favorite loophole.
Sadly, a confluence of events led to me skipping my regular library stop.
I now owe the Seattle Public Library 25 cents.
But I DID give the book back, sooooo…?
BROKE A BOOK BUYING BAN ✔
I did this LAST NIGHT.
My bus broke down on the way to knitting circle (this really happened), so I decided to spend my evening “Christmas Shopping” at Target.
I came home with two books and zero gifts.
Those $8 paperbacks get me every time.
STARTED A REVIEW, LEFT IT FOR AGES THEN FORGOT WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT ✔
I did this TWICE.
I drafted a review of “Audrey, Wait!” OVER A YEAR AGO and, upon finding it in my drafts, made the mistake of saying I’d post it.
This summer, I read Morgan Matson’s awful “Save the Date” and started a whole post on why the comedy doesn’t work. I got bored midway through. Objectively examining literature doesn’t excite me anymore. I let it sit and now all the fight in me has gone.
WROTE IN A BOOK YOU WERE READING
I don’t like to do this. I take pictures of memorable quotes instead.
FINISHED A BOOK AND NOT ADDED IT TO YOUR GOODREAD ✔
I do this all the time.
According to my Goodreads account, I’ve only read about 20 books in my twenty-six years.
That’s a book a year!
A BOOK A YEAR.
BORROWED A BOOK AND NOT RETURNED IT TO A FRIEND ✔
Shout out to Claire Hanberg. I haven’t started a SINGLE ONE of the books you lent me.
I did finish Chicks with Sticks, though! That was cute!
DODGED SOMEONE ASKING IF THEY CAN BORROW A BOOK ✔
Again, Claire, I’m really sorry. I know for a fact I promised you a book that I “forgot” to bring to Book Swap.
Would You Rather? is my Horcrux.
BROKE THE SPINE OF SOMEONE ELSE’S BOOK
I don’t think?
TOOK THE JACKET OFF A BOOK TO PROTECT IT AND ENDED UP MAKING IT MORE DAMAGED ✔
Is it one point per damaged book jacket? If so, I’ve racked up quite a few.
SAT ON A BOOK ACCIDENTALLY ✔
Listen…I own one piece of furniture that is usually covered in wool blankets and laundry. Sometimes a book slips in there and I forget about it.
Final Score: 12/20
Looks like I’m on the Naughty List this year.
A perfect cap to a terrible year. 2018, you’ve been the WORST.
How did you stack up?
Did you transgress as many times as I did?
Do you deserve to own books?
Complete the tag and let me know below