How many reading sins are you guilty of?

The Guilty Reader Book Tag – as seen on Amy’s blog (GoldenBooksGirl)

I’m not sure where it originated from so please tell me if you know so I can link back to the tag creator.

How many reading sins are you guilty of?

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1. Have you ever re-gifted a book that you’ve been gifted?

Yes and no. I have never regifted a book that I have received as a gift as I love remembering the people who gave them to me when I see them on my bookshelf or when reading it. Plus, I’m a book hoarder and struggle to get rid of books anyway!

However, my sister is also a massive reader and she quite often passes on doubles of books she has or books she has read and doesn’t intend to read again. If I already have a copy I donate them to my local library or charity shop. I also tend to pass on any horror books she sends my way because it’s not my genre at all.

(Note – this is the person who had nightmares for TWO MONTHS after borrowing a book of ghost stories from my library when I was younger.)

2. Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?

Nope. I have always been an avid bookworm so I generally have read more books than the people around me (not boasting, just fact!). There are definitely lots of books out there which I should have read and have not yet got to though so I do not pretend to have read all the classics, for example.

3. Have you ever borrowed a book & not returned it?
No, never! I have had so many people borrow books and not return them over the years and I am determined to never be that person. I still remember buying myself a series of 8 books using book vouchers from my birthday. I had already read the books from my library but I wanted my own copies. I then (stupidly!) lent the entire, brand-new series to someone…who never returned them!

I am happy to recommend books but would rather just buy someone their own copy than lend books now. I wouldn’t want to risk a friendship with someone who damaged or lost one of my books (I’m am only half-joking here…)


. Have you ever read a series out of order?

Yes, but usually accidentally. I have picked up a few books from the library or secondhand bookshops where the fact that it is part of a series is not clearly marked.

(Publishers, please make it clear the order of books in series! It is really not fun reading out of order. And please, PLEASE, don’t include the covers of all the other books in the series without specifying where the book I’m holding comes in that series.)

In some cases, if I like the book enough, I will go back and read the whole series in order. Ideally, would like to read in order the first time though.

5. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

I don’t think so. If I ever have I didn’t mean to, sorry!

6. Have you ever doggy eared a book?

Nope, never. My parents always encouraged us to read but also insisted that we treated books with respect. We even had a bookcase of particularly special books (old family heirlooms and folio editions, etc) that we were only allowed to read from after washing our hands, wiping down the table and getting permission. Reading those books was super-special!

I do, sometimes, put an open book face down, which my Mum hates because it can break the spine. In my defense, I set them over a cushion or teddy so they are never pushed any further open than they would be by my reading it. My teddy is quite a common bookmark too as I can never find a paper one when I need it!

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7. Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?

I don’t think so. I may own a lot of books, spread across the flat where I live now and my family home, but I have a pretty good memory of my shelves. My parents find it funny that I can often describe exactly where a book is on the shelves when phoning to ask them to send it to me!

8. . Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book?

No, although I do have to admit that I tend to skim over lyrics in books. As I can’t hear the music I don’t usually find them very engaging to read.

9. Have you ever badmouthed a book you actually liked?

No. In fact, I generally try not to badmouth books at all. If I love it I will tell everyone and anyone, whether they want to hear it or not. If I didn’t particularly like it I tend to stay quiet. The only case where I would speak up is if a book has particularly problematic content or representation, in which case I would speak up to let people know this before they read it.

I scored 2/9. Not too shabby!

I gave myself half a point for passing on books from my sister, half a point for sometimes putting books face down and a full point for reading out of order.

How did you score?

Thank you for reading!

Are you guilty of any of these book sins?

Let me know in the comments!

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lovely to read your answers too! I’m also not sure who the creator is x

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