Guilty Reader Book Tag

Woah, my first book tag. I normally don’t do that, but I really wanted to do this one, because it was actually fun and got lots of interesting questions

1. Have You Ever Regifted A Book That You’ve Been Given?

Sure, I did and proudly so. I always got tons of books as a kid from my mom as Christmas and birthday presents. But then I grew up, had to move and wanted to have even more books, but didn’t have any more space left. So, I gifted my old ones to a child from a friend, because where else would all these adventures better go to than to another kid. She will read them all, or give them away to other kids. Books are meant to wander from hand to hand. After all, Books that are not read and accumulate dust are pretty sad.

Now, if you want to know if I regifted a book I didn’t want to read just to get rid of it. I didn’t. I got books that weren’t awesome, but I would at least let the books sit on my shelf for an appropriate time (a.k.a. several years).

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

Not exactly. I said I finished it, although I never did. Like the 5th book of ‚The Hitchhikers Guide through the Galaxy‘. I’m still telling everyone I read it, although I never got through. But that’s like the exception. Normally I just mention I only got halfway through.

Aside from that I think it’s pretty useless to do this, because books are not a challenge and you don’t get a prize or seem smarter because you have read book XY.

3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

I grew up in a family of book worms (it’s bad really). My brother and I have the most similar taste in books. So, when he read a book he liked, he lent it to me, so I could like it, too, which I normally did. And then I wouldn’t give his book back, because, you see, I build an emotional bond with it. You cannot just break that. Much to the annoyance of my brother, I may say.

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

No, can’t. Unless you count reading book 1 before the later published 0.5 companion side story (because I normally never read that anyway).

5. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

Yes, myself. Back as a kid, I sometimes read the last page to know the end. I needed to know if the characters stayed alive…. Okay, I just was impatient. At some point as a teenager that behavior pissed me off so much, that I never did it again.

6. Have you ever doggy eared a book?

Yes, I did. If I was short on time as a child and didn’t have anything else to stick in it, I made a doggy ear. But I don’t think it’s a major crime. I mean, I only did it with my books, and only if I didn’t have another option and the book is still readable. It’s not the paper I love, but the story, and the story didn’t get hurt, you know.

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

No, why should I. I don’t mind lending. That’s what a book is made for. And if a book vanishes in the Nirvana of loss and memory, you buy the book again and support the author. Books don’t get lost, maybe they just know who needs to read them, maybe they choose their owner…

8. Have you ever told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?

Again, no, why should I? Okay, no one knows the books I’m reading. But if people knew I still wouldn’t be ashamed. Why would you be ashamed anyway? There were millions who read fifty shades of grey. It could be everyone. If millions are reading stupid books, I can, too.

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

This must be a magical ability which you can acquire through means that are not accessible to me. I WANT to skip parts in bad books, I just can’t. I couldn’t forgive myself,

The internal dialogue goes something like this:

Me: „oh my gaaaawed, this book is so booooring, can’t I just skip it?“

Me: „but that is not the way to do it. You have to read book from one end to the other, otherwise you have not read the book.“

Me: „No one would know it, it’s boring and bad. I suffer. Why do I need to suffer through bad book?“

Me: „you choose this book out of a reason, so stick to it. It’s just a stupid book. Sit down on your ass and stop whining. Maybe it gets better in the next moment and if you skip, you probably won’t get the story or the intention of the author anymore. You cannot skip!“

And then I repeat this inner dialogue every 20 pages until the book gets better or I get through. I sometimes dnf it, when I get too angry at the book.

10. Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?

No, but I did it the other way around. There is nothing worse, then your best friend telling you, they didn’t like your new favourite book. So, I try not to tell people when I don’t like books they do like. If possible, I don’t comment on them, if they ask for my opinion, i try to mention all the things I like.  And if I can’t even do this, I try at least not to rage about it. Our friends don’t want our opinion, they want our support. They love something, and because you are friends, and there is a reason you are friends, you need to like the same things. If you don’t like the same book, your friend will be disappointed. And it’s just not disappointment, let’s not lie, it hurts on a physical basis. If our best friend doesn’t like the same book, we go into a corner and start crying, why else would we always apologize if we don’t like a book that others like. Therefore, let’s not be honest to our friends and tell them we like the book, even if we didn’t. I swear the world will be a better place.


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