Naughty or Nice Tag (bookish edition!)

I wrote my answers to this tag a few days ago, however only just realised now that I have not posted it – and as this is a Christmas-related tag, I figured this would be my last chance to do so before next year. Thank you so much to Emily, blogger at Always Opinionated Girl, for tagging me to do this – you can read her own post here! In this tag, I will be confessing whether I have committed any of these ‘bookish sins’ to determine whether I have been naughty or nice this year!

Received an ARC and not reviewed it ✓

I have a couple of ARCs that I was sent and have yet to read, but once I have read them, I will definitely review them. Additionally, I have my wonderful ARC haul from YALC that I will take me a while to get through, but I do intend to review all of them eventually as well!

Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley ✓

I made my Netgalley account over the summer, and I haven’t used it at all –  I requested a number of books when I joined, but none of them were accepted, and I have plenty of physical books to read, so unfortunately by Netgalley account has been quite neglected. However, I was approved to read and review Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls, which I have not read yet, and so I suspect my feedback rating is very low!

Rated a book on GoodReads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) ✗

When filling out the ‘review’ section for a book I have read on GoodReads, I usually do one of three things: I give my actual rating, and mini review highlighting what I did and didn’t like, which generally means I won’t be reviewing it on my blog; I give my rating out of five, and leave it at that, or I give my rating and simply put ‘review to come’. If I have done the last one, an full review on my blog follows after, and I then paste a preview of that review into GoodReads. Whichever option I choose much depends on the genre of the book, when it was published, and how strong my feelings about it were.

Folded down the page of a book ✗

Nope, nope, nope. I hate ‘damaging’ the books I own in this way. Even my set texts for school, I use post-it notes to mark specific pages rather than fold the corners. I take the same attitude with broken spines – obviously people have very different views on this, but I am so careful to keep the books I read unbroken (and as a result of this, most of the books I own look brand new)!

Accidentally spilled on a book ✗

Again, I am arguably overly careful with my books – when I was younger, I used to read whilst eating breakfast or dinner, but a) that tends to bend the spine a bit, and b) there was waaay too much risk of spillage.

DNF a book this year ✓

Once I have properly started a book, I usually try to finish it, however there have been a couple of books that I gave up on quite soon after I started reading!

Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it ✗

I am extremely picky about the books I buy – I have never been one to compulsively buy books. Unless I already have a book in mind, a trip to a bookshop usually involves twenty minutes browsing the shelves, searching up the synopsis and GoodReads reviews for a book I have picked out, a phonecall with my sister Jess to check what she thinks of said book and whether she already has a copy. Then another ten minutes or so umm-ing and ahh-ing, after which I may or may not buy the book. All in all, I am more likely to want to buy a book if it is pretty, but I really wouldn’t buy a book solely because of the cover.

Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework

All the time! Even putting aside the fact that I read every night when I really should be getting more sleep, I often let myself get sidetracked by a good book when I should be working. Over the summer, for example, I went to the library to study for my Physics GCSE, and every half an hour would stop to pull out the book I was reading at the time!

Skim read a book ✓

I will occasionally skim read a book, if I am not particularly invested in the story but feel like I ‘have’ to read it. This is something that I am hoping to stop doing in 2018 by lowering my GoodReads goal!

Completely missed your GoodReads goal ✗

On that note, my GoodReads goal is perhaps set a tad too high at 100 books, but I have five left to go and I am determined to reach it before the end of 2017!

Borrowed a book and not returned it ✗

I always end up returning the library books I borrow, even if it takes me a while, and I am often the one lending friends books, rather than borrowing them, so I am never in this situation!

Broke a book buying ban ✗

Like I said before, I am quite choosy with the books I buy (plus, I am lucky enough to have a school library that is very well stocked), so I have never felt the need to impose a book buying ban on myself.

Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about ✓

Unfortunately, I do this quite a lot! I try to write down a few key points about the book I’m reviewing when I have finished reading it, but on occasion I am not thorough enough and then I have to go back over the book when I actually get around to writing my review.

Wrote in a book you were reading ✓

have done this, however I would like to stress that I would only do this in the books I am studying, and if I didn’t it would be near-impossible to get by in my English Literature class. Personally,

Finished a book and not added it to your GoodReads ✗

I am struggling to meet my GoodReads goal as it is – I can’t afford to not add every single book I have read this year!


Once again, thank you Emily for tagging me in this, I really loved writing my answers for these. I scored eight crosses and seven ticks, which I guess means I am on the naughty side this year! As Christmas is over in one hour, I have decided not to tag anybody to do this, but I hope you enjoyed reading my answers, and that you all had a wonderful Christmas!

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