Happy Friday, everyone!
I know I’ve been extremely absent from the blogosphere these past few weeks, but I’m still alive! I’m just still very busy with all the coding for my thesis. If you by any chance happen to know how to externally search an online database such as LMFDB within a MAGMA-program, please tell me! You would probably become my new best friend, at least until the next problem crops up 😅
But anyway, since I’ve been very preoccupied with university work, I thought now would be the perfect time to have some fun and do a tag! Why not spill some tea on all of my bad bookish habits by doing the Never Have I Ever Book Tag? I’ve had a ton of fun reading everyone else’s answers to this one, so thanks so much for tagging me and giving me the chance to expose myself as well, Ahaana! If you guys haven’t checked out her wonderful blog Windows to Worlds yet, I highly recommend you do! And a huge thanks also goes to Anne with a Book, who created this tag in the first place!
The Never Have I Ever Book Tag
- Link back to the original creator and the person who tagged you.
- Answer all the prompts.
- Add one more prompt of your own.
- Tag at least 5 people.
- Don’t lie.
- Have fun!
Never have I ever… read a later book in a series before reading the first book.
I’ve done this loads of times! Not with books I own myself – I usually do my research there! – but with library books, I’m as guilty as it gets 😂
Often, it happens unintentionally, because there’s nothing about a book that hints at it being part of a series at all. And then I’ll start reading, think “Hmm, this is a little weird,” keep reading, and eventually be so confused by constant hints at more backstory that I’m apparently supposed to understand that I’ll google the book and, voilà, find out it’s actually the third one in a series or something 😅 But of course, I’ll finish it anyway, and if I liked it, I’ll eventually check out the previous books, too!
Sometimes, though, I even read series out of order intentionally… Because if the library only has one of the books, or if the first one in the series is currently checked out, why should I wait? 🤷♀️
Never have I ever… burned a book.
Ummm, nooooo 😱 I mean, not unless you count old telephone books – Do you younger people even know what those are? 😜 – because I’ve definitely used those to start campfires.
Never have I ever… read a book I knew I would hate.
I totally have 😁 For example, I read the entire Wattpad version of the first After book, just because I was curious whether it was really as terrible as people said it was. (It was.) And I was also fairly certain I wouldn’t like Morning Star because I’d hated Golden Son so much, but read it anyway because I couldn’t stand leaving the series unfinished when I was so close to the end and already owned it. I’m weird like that.
Never have I ever… written a fanfiction about my favorite books.
I have not. I love writing, but I don’t see the point in using someone else’s characters and worlds when I can just invent my own. That would cut into my precious creative writing time and keep me from telling the stories I want to tell!
I do like reading fanfiction every once in a while, though 😉
Never have I ever… loved a book when I was young, yet hated it when I got older.
This rarely happens, because I tend to have a ton of nostalgic attachment to books I loved as a child and refuse to see that they might be flawed 🥰
But I did manage to come up with something! When I was about four, I absolutely loved this German children’s book called Latte Igel, which was about a hedgehog going on a bunch of adventures with his friends. My parents absolutely hated having to read it to me, and now that I’m older, I understand why. The book is so infuriatingly moralistic and dumbed-down that I’m seriously judging toddler-me’s reading tastes 🙄
Never have I ever… dressed up as one of my favorite literary characters.
A lot of my childhood costumes were inspired by books, although I usually didn’t dress up as a specific character, but as someone who belonged in that world. Like a Hogwarts student. Or someone belonging to the Nez Perce tribe, so that I could pretend to be friends with Kaya, whom I was absolutely obsessed with in third grade. Or a pioneer. Or a squirrel from one of my favorite children’s books… I’ve shown you pictures before, but in case you missed them, here’s a quick reminder 😉
Never have I ever… hated a book by an author I love.
Hate is a strong word. But I definitely wasn’t a huge fan of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy. Couldn’t you at least have added a few nice moments to all the depressiveness? I also didn’t particularly love Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, or Agatha Christie’s The Big Four. I guess the more books you read by an author, the bigger the chances are that one of them just isn’t going to be your cup of tea… 😅
Never have I ever… gone into a bookstore to buy one book and come out with many more.
I actually haven’t! If I go into the bookstore with the intention of only buying one book, I will stick to that 😇 Or, very rarely, I might buy a second one if I happen to come across something I know I would buy at some point anyway.
If I never intended to only leave with one book though, it’s a very different story! I am perfectly capable of splurging on books if I feel like it! Still, I usually don’t buy that many books at once, because I don’t like having too many unread things sitting around. I finally got my physical TBR-pile back down to zero, and I don’t plan on drastically changing that any time soon!
Never have I ever… read the ending of a book before reading the beginning.
I have not. Why would I take the excitement of a book by spoiling myself for the ending before I’ve even started reading? 🤨
However, what I have done, though very rarely, is flip ahead to the ending of a book I hadn’t been enjoying at all, just to see whether all the boringness would eventually lead anywhere… Which usually only made things even more boring, so I wouldn’t necessarily say this tactic works 🤣
Never have I ever… read a book without the dust cover.
I never take dust covers off while I’m reading, but I have read books without dust covers before. Usually when they were lent to me by friends without the cover on in the first place, or if they were some library book where the dust jacket had already been lost a long time ago.
Never have I ever… skim read nearly half a book.
Fiction, never. I need to know all those details to properly immerse myself between those pages!
Non-fiction, however, is a different story. Do you know how many textbooks I’ve had to read for university?! In like the span of a week? I’d be lying if I said I didn’t skim parts of those. But I did always make sure to thoroughly go over the important sections, so I don’t think I should be condemned for this. In fact, you had better commend me for my marvelous skimming skills! 😎
Never have I ever… pretended to have read a book that I haven’t actually read.
I still feel like a total idiot for having to say this, but I actually have. Once.
I think I was about 17 or so at the time and attending this classical concert together with some other members of our school orchestra and a friend of our conductor’s, who was also roughly our age and sitting next to me. This friend considered himself to be somewhat of a prodigy – and I’m not gonna deny that he was pretty smart! He’d composed a bunch of symphonies and was very well-read as far as German classics where concerned. But boy, he was so arrogant!! He basically had to mention some piece he’d composed or prestigious book he’d read in every second sentence, and he had this way of phrasing things that made you feel really stupid in comparison.
So anyway, the two of us were talking before the concert started, and I already felt really dumb because he had lorded a bunch of musical knowledge that I didn’t know over my head. Then, he mentioned that our conductor had told him that I also liked to read, and didn’t I think Thomas Mann was a brilliant author? I cautiously mentioned that I had just read Death in Venice and thought it was okay enough, but not absolutely wonderful.
“But what about The Buddenbrooks?” he asked. “Surely you agree that it is one of the most brilliant books ever written?”
His tone pretty much already insinuated that he assumed every true reader to have intimate knowledge of The Buddenbrooks.
And this, guys, is where I chickened out 🙈 I was already fuming about his condescending manner, and I didn’t want to sink even further in his estimation by admitting to not having read The Buddenbrooks. So I gave some completely fabricated answer using the few bits of information I did know, about me thinking Thomas Mann’s sentences tended to be overly long and all the family drama being a bit to drawn out for my tastes, yadi-yadi-yada…
And although I did think he was a little bit impressed that I had at least “actually read” the book, I felt like such a fake afterwards. I think I should have just been confident in telling him I hadn’t read the book and called him out on his snobbery directly if he had used it against me. What was the point in lying? It just made me feel bad and gave him the upper hand anyway.
So yeah, I’ve been truthful about what I’ve read ever since. And no, I still haven’t read The Buddenbrooks.
Never have I ever… seen the movie before reading the book.
I usually always try to read the book before I watch an adaptation – at least if it’s a book I’m interested in eventually reading! Because once I’ve seen the movie, I won’t be able to picture things independently anymore, and usually, what my imagination comes up with is just so much better!
However, there are a handful of movies and TV shows I’ve seen before reading the book, such as The Martian, Jurassic Park, or The 100.
Never have I ever… read a book someone else is reading by peeking in their copy.
Not an entire book… But what am I supposed to do when someone sitting on the bus in front of me has a book open? How can I not peek and try to see what they’re reading? Inconspicuously, of course 😈😂
My additional prompt: Never have I ever… had to pay library fees for returning a book late.
Up until 2020, I could proudly say that I had never done this. And then the pandemic hit, our university library closed, and deadlines for returning books were extended “until further notice”.
Only I never received that notice! I had huge pile of books sitting around at home ready to be returned, thinking I had all the time in the world to do it… But around the same time, our university changed its emailing system, which meant that all the reminders the library sent out to students about it opening back up and us having to return the books never reached me. I got a tremendous shock when I opened my account and saw that I suddenly had to pay over 7€ in late fees. Hopefully, that was enough to last me a lifetime! 😂
And finally … who am I tagging?
I think just about everyone has done this tag by now, so I’m going to tag a few people who I think haven’t. If I’m mistaken about that, please tell me so I can check out your posts! And, as always, don’t feel pressured into doing this if you don’t want to! I’m so terrible about getting to tags myself that I certainly won’t blame you if you have a ton on your plate right now or just aren’t the biggest tag fan in general 😉
- Corrie @ Perplexinglexi’s Blog
- Meena @ Strawberry’s Corner
- Pauline @ Pow’s Book Nook
- Pilar @ The Bookworm Shelf
- Sam @ Dear Bookshelves
And that was it for today! I hope you had fun reading, and do tell me how you would have answered some of these down in the comments! Did any of my answers shock you? I would love to know!