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  • Kristina Elyse Butke

The Guilty Reader Book Tag


Judge's gavel on white background - the guilty reader book tag
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This post topic comes from Youtuber A Clockwork Reader. It's all about reading behaviors we may or may not partake in that are not exactly the best. Have you done these before? What do you feel guilty about? For my take, read on!


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Have you ever re-gifted a book that you've been given?

Not that I know of. I have had a gift regifted to me. It was super awkward. I had purchased the book for a friend and then she wrapped it up and gave the same book back to me as a present. Whoops.


Have you ever said you've read a book when you haven't?

With books assigned at school. I've done it way more than I care to admit.


Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

One time, when I was in 5th grade. It was a book that featured scarier fairy tales, with beautiful illustrations...and I just never gave it back. I think the teacher forgot about it. I felt guilty about having it over the years, but by then I'd already moved on to middle school and didn't have a chance to return it. I don't have the book anymore--it must have been donated at some point.


Have you ever read a series out of order?

No! How can I do that? I would get so confused, especially if the story builds on each book. I'd completely scramble my brain if I tried to do it that way.


Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

Probably on accident. I don't like to do it, but sometimes I get really excited and may blurt something out. I don't remember doing this at all, but I'm not discounting that it may have happened.


Have you ever dog-eared a book?

When I was a little kid I used to dog-ear. I've since overcome this horrific habit. I love books too much to damage them anymore.


Have you ever told someone you don't own a book when you do?

No. I'm not sure when something like this would come up in a conversation or why this would be a thing. I have, I guess, omitted the fact that I owned a book in conversation. I remember people bad-mouthing Twilight when I indeed owned the book and had read it. I kept my mouth shut. As full disclosure, I read the first book the series, ate it up (it reminded me of what it felt like to crush on someone in high school, so I had nostalgic feelings when I read it), but I never made it through the rest of the series. I got tired of it, and also, the criticisms sort of persuaded me that the book was more problematic than I originally thought it to be, so I lost the will to continue reading it.


Have you ever told someone you haven't read a book when you have?

Probably similar to the previous question, where I don't say anything but gently pretend I haven't read the book. I guess this is lying by omission?


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

I've skimmed, but never fully skipped before. If I want to skip, that really means that I probably want to DNF, so I do.


Have you ever bad-mouthed a book you actually like?

Nope. Why would I bad-mouth something that brings me joy?


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Hey, this was short and sweet. That means with me tagging you, it should be easy for you to complete. You can answer the questions in the comments or link back to your blog. I'd like to see what you have to say! As always, thank you for reading!


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