Tag | Bookish Naughty or Nice


Welcome one, welcome all, to another Tag Thursday! Since we are deep in the midst of Blogmas, I thought I would bring you a festive themed tag this week. This week’s tag comes courtesy of Jenn who created the tag and Jenna and Luna who were kind enough to tag me and it’s called the Bookish Naughty of Nice tag. Let’s make that list and check it twice…


If you’ve not been tagged, go ahead and do it anyway!

Received an ARC and not reviewed it ✓

An eARC, yes – I’m bad. A physical ARC, no, by virtue of the fact that the only physical ARC I’ve ever received has been a freebie in a Fairyloot box!

Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley ✓

Yeah, uh, it me. I got really bad about this in the middle of the year and I still haven’t managed to claw my ratio back up to an acceptable number. Something to work on for 2019!

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

No? I don’t tend to pre-review books much on Goodreads, nowadays I only use it to track the date I read a book, quick status updates, and give them a star rating. I nearly always forget to put full reviews on Goodreads and then go back and do them in batches when I do remember!

Folded down the page of a book ✓

Yep! If it’s a much-loved book of mine, and I own it, I dog-ear the fuck out of that book. Case in point is Six of Crows which is so dog-eared that I’m sure it must have took my friend Liz (who read the book after me) twice as long to read because she kept wondering why I’d dog-eared a certain page.

Accidentally spilled on a book ✓

Yikes, yes. Mostly coffee. But never a big enough stain to actually consider it proper damage.

DNF a book this year ✓

Absolutely, I’ve ‘put aside for now’ many a book and also DNFed a few. My twon latest and probably most controversial were Ace of Shades and Spinning Silver, I just couldn’t get into either of them, despite the positive reviews of others.

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

Oh absolutely! It tends to happen in charity book shops a lot. If I’ve vaguely heard of the book or the author and the cover’s pretty, I buy it. I’d like to think of it less as wasting money or being fickle and more giving money to charity, haha.

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

Of course! Who hasn’t?

Skim read a book ✓

Yep! I had a lot of assigned reading at university and only some of it was interesting to me – I have no shame in saying I skimmed some books because I knew I wouldn’t want to research them further for an essay or revise them for an exam.

Completely missed your Goodreads goal

Nope, by virtue of the fact that I purposely set my Goodreads goal at 52 books i.e. a book a week. Even when I’m having a slow reading year I can manage that comfortably.

Borrowed a book and not returned it

Like from the library? Nope, can’t say that I have.

Broke a book buying ban

Nope – mainly because I’ve never tried a book buying ban. I wouldn’t last very long, but I think it’s useful to know your weaknesses, haha.

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

Surprisingly, no… because instead I tend to read a book and then just not even start writing the review for weeks and then by the time I sit down and decide enough is enough and I need to review it, I’ve forgotten the finer points of why I liked/disliked it. Case in point: I bloody love Matt Haig’s How to Stop Time. Did I review it straight away? No. Did I leave it too long so that I don’t remember any detail besides ‘I loved it’? Yep.

Wrote in a book you were reading ✓

Of course – when I was a literature student that was pretty much an occupational hazard.

Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

Nope, I am obsessive about updating Goodreads. You know when people joke that a relationship isn’t official until it’s Facebook official? That’s like me and books and Goodreads.

Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend ✓

Yep, I still have my friend Rosalynne’s copy of The Screwtape Letters, which I also haven’t read yet either. She’s one of my friends from secondary school and now that neither of us live close to home we barely see each other (sad times!) so I haven’t had chance to remember to give it back!

Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book

I was about to say yes… and then I realised, I’ve actually never done this. Mainly because I’m not completely precious about my books anymore. And with the copies I am precious about, I don’t lend them out, I purposely keep them as display copies and buy a more disposable/readable edition that I can lend out.

Broke the spine of someone else’s book

Nope! Even though I can be somewhat cavalier with my own books, I’d never presume to crack the spine of someone else’s!

Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged

No. If I take the jacket off, it’s because I want to protect it, so I always put it somewhere safe (usually on my bookshelf) until I’m finished with the book.

Sat on a book accidentally

Not that I can think of? My books aren’t usually set aside on chairs/beds under things that I’d then sit on. And I don’t think I’ve ever fallen asleep reading (I know, I’m a fake reader haha) so that’s never got me into hot water with my book.


I’ve tallied up the results and omg I’m exactly half and half naughty and nice. Who would’ve thought it? Well, actually, it’s probably about right… I’m so indecisive I can’t even settle on whether to be nice or naughty! 

Amanda from Metal Phantasm Reads
Ashleigh from A Frolic Through Fiction
Emma from A Dreamer’s Library
Jess from Jessticulates
Jessie from Dwell in Possibility
Liz from Travel in Retrospect
Richard from The Humpo Show
Roxanne from An Average Life
Sarah Ames-Foley
Stephanie from Adventures of a Bibliophile

If you haven’t done the tag, I’d absolutely recommend you do because it’s a fun one! Please consider yourself tagged by me if so and be sure to link me to your tag answers below because I’d love to read them!


7 responses to “Tag | Bookish Naughty or Nice”

  1. Thanks for tagging me, Emma! I love that the books you love have loads of folded down corners – I love seeing books that are a bit battered and well-loved, and I think the reading community can sometimes be a bit precious about keeping books perfect. Especially books that aren’t our own! I don’t think we have any business telling other readers how they should treat their own books.

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    • Haha I agree! I used to keep my books really neat but one day I was reading a book I loved and I wanted to dog-ear the page on a particularly funny quote… so I just did it, and then the floodgates opened. My copy of Six of Crows looks an absolute mess because of it but every dog-ear is a sign of something I loved, and I don’t see anything wrong with that! It helps that if it’s a much-loved book I tend to own a pretty edition too, so I just do whatever I want with the other paperback!


  2. I totally didn’t realize Luna tagged you too 😂 Major fail on my part. I’m the same way with reviews. If I don’t review it within a week of finishing it’s not getting reviewed t all. Then people ask me my thoughts months later and I give them a vague answer and immediately they assume it’s not a good book since I don’t remember it all. 🙄

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    • It’s ok, the more tagging the merrier! Yeah I’m the same; I tend to just… forget the finer points and, unfortunately, the finer points are what bulks out a review of mine from “OMG I LOVED IT” to an actual review!


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