The Bookish Naughty List

Who can resist such an alluring tag? I’ve seen Eleanor admit to it, Cleo tackle it but it was originally started before Christmas  by  Jenniely. I can sit on the sidelines no longer!

1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it?

Alas, far too frequently! Admittedly, this tends to happen more with the ones I haven’t requested. I do get around to reading them eventually… but sometimes it is long after the publication of the book, which makes the exercise slightly pointless. However, I always review ARCs that I’ve been sent to review for Crime Fiction Lover, Shiny New Books or other sites.

2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on NetGalley?

Does having exactly 60% feedback rating count? My eyes are often bigger than my tummy when it comes to requesting books, but I’ve also been having problems with my e-reader. Not one but two tablets which gave up the ghost, a Kindle I lost in a divorce and then a Kindle that disappeared – all within the last year and a half.

3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)?

Ha, of course! Actually, I’ve learnt not to promise anything on Goodreads. But I often promise things on my blog, to the point where I actually believe my own lies and search desperately for the full review of a book that I *know* I must have written somewhere…

4. Folded down the page of a book?

Are you mad? Why would you do that? I have millions of bookmarks and tiny highlighter post-its and, failing that, train tickets or envelopes to mark a certain spot.

5. Skim read a book?

Let’s just say that certain battle scenes from War and Peace or whaling lore from Moby Dick will forever remain a mystery for me…

6. DNF a book this year?

The year is young, so I think not, but I’ve become more willing to give up on a book rather than read it to the bitter end. I had about 5-6 of those last year. And the low number merely shows that I’ve become better at weeding out those books which are not likely to appeal.

7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it?

No. I always intend to read every book I buy – and I am more swayed by content than by beauty. Although if it is a favourite book in a gorgeous new edition, I might get it (Vintage Classics Jane Austen series, I’m looking at you!).

8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else?

Doesn’t everyone? Many, many times at the back of the class at school. Occasionally at work in my younger days, when I had less to do. So often while eating, cooking, babysitting, watching TV. I haven’t quite figured out how to do it while exercising (I’m not a big audiobook fan), but it would certainly make me exercise more if I could.

9. Accidentally spilled on a book?

Erm, I realised belatedly that cooking and eating while reading may lend itself to such excesses, yes…

10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal?

No, because I always underestimate my annual goals. 120 is one I feel comfortable with (I always tell myself I should read more slowly), but I invariably shoot well over it. Still, it should be quality over quantity.

11. Borrowed a book and not returned it?

No. And I hate people who have done that to me (usually because I moved countries or we lost touch or whatever).

12. Broke a book buying ban?

(All the time.) Next question, please.

13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about?

Sadly, yes. Particularly those books that I care most about, because I want to do them justice. I have to find a more efficient way of blogging.

14. Wrote in a book you were reading?

All the time in my earlier years, partly because my father always did (and still does). I quite like finding those underlined passages and comments now, but I tend to be a bit more careful with my books now. Hence the millions of post-its etc.

15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads?

I try not to, but there are some (particularly by foreign authors) that are not listed there. It makes me feel that I am not doing the counting properly – and not being justly rewarded for my effort!

I won’t tag anyone, but if you want to join in and confess to all your reading sins… Although I don’t think there are any sins that involve reading. Other than cherry-picking your sources to only match with your existing worldview.



13 thoughts on “The Bookish Naughty List”

  1. This is great, Marina Sofia! And fear not: we’ve all done things like breaking book buying bans, and reading when we were doing something else. I know I have. I agree with you about bending back the pages of a book, though. Really? Who does that?!

  2. Grinned a lot while reading your “confessions,” MS! Would that all our sins were so small.

    As for #15, I’ve a couple of times finished a book and discovered that it’s not listed on Goodreads. It is, I discovered, pretty easy to add titles to their catalogue in those instances.

  3. I have probably committed a greater sin (in the eyes of other readers) just lately. I read an old Penguin that came apart in multiple places, I then proceeded to pull it apart completely so I could scan it (I didn’t really need to do this as it is readily available but I was just seeing how easy it was to do and end up with a single pdf). It’s now destined for the bin but I haven’t been able to throw it away.

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