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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Guilty Reader Book Tag

It's time again for another tag time! This week around we have the 'guilty reader' book tag. I know that I am most definitely not alone here as someone who who is guilty of doing a few things on this list, as you will see. I feel like this is an interesting topic to talk about since some of the questions are very divisive.

I discovered this tag from the lovely PeruseProject, but it was originally created by Chami, whose video is on private, so all credit goes to them.

Here we go!


1. Have you ever re-gifted a book you have been given.

Have I ever re-gifted something, yes, but never a book I don't think. I still own every book I have been given.

2. Have you ever said you read a book when you never have.

I probably have done this before when I was younger. Maybe I can also say I do that now as well. Would count books you DNFed as having technically read them? I would say yes, especially if you got through a good chunk of the book (and then skipped to the last chapter to see how it ends...)

3. Have you ever borrowed a book and never returned it.

This one would be a no. I was guilty of keeping a borrowed book for way too long and didn't even end up reading it. It was shoved in my high school locked so it got damaged a bit as well...I am very sorry about that.

4. Have you ever read a book series out of order.

I prefer to read books in order, even when the books in the series could all be considered standalones. My exception to this case would be novellas in a series, the .5 books. Once I finished the main series I will go back and read those if they are not extremely pertinent to the main story.

The one series though that I might technically be reading out of order would be The Chronicles of Narnia. I am reading them in publication order and not chronological order.

5. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone.

I think the only time I spoil a book is when I rant to my mom or my friend about the books I read, but I consider that okay because they are never going to read them anyway.

I also agree with what Regan says in her video that spoilers would also depend on how old or how popular a book is. If it is something that most people have read, but someone you know happens to have not read it, then can you really be blamed there?

6. Have you ever dog-eared a book.

I don't read physical books so this one is a no for me. I know that I did used to do that and did it to one of my dads books and he still hasn't forgotten about it. Would I still do it now if I read physical books, maybe? Or I would use tabs if needed.

7. Have you ever told anyone you don't own a book when you do.

As I said, I don't really own much physical books as I read mainly ebooks or listen to audiobooks. I also don't really see the point in lying about the books you have unless you think that that person is going to want to borrow it and is known for damaging their books or not giving the back.

The only other reason I can think of for lying about the books you own would be a guilty pleasure that you might be embarrassed to say you own, although you shouldn't ever really feel guilty about reading books you enjoy.

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

100% yes. I have definitely skipped over sex scenes in a book for one, mainly when I don't like the couple or if the scene is bland. I also skip over parts that rant on about something that doesn't seem very relevant to the plot. If I am really not enjoying a book but need to finish it for some reason, I will glaze over the descriptions and read the dialogue only.

9. Have you ever bad-mouthed a book that you actually liked.

Not really? Regan of course dives straight for the classic book that is Twilight. I loved Twilight as a pre-teen, so much so that I read it several times and ever went to the pre-screening of Eclipse that included showing the previous 2 movies as well. That's some dedication on my part.

Nowadays, I haven't re-read the books since then so my hype for the series definitely died down, and I am pretty sure I have bashed it a couple of time. Maybe I just need to give it another shot and see where I stand now.

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