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The Bookish Naughty List Tag


The Bookish Naughty List Tag
Time to confess all of my bookish sins!
The tag was originally created by A Page of Jenniely and I was tagged by Minmac Reviews to do it. So, let’s go…


1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it?

Yes most usually those that come unsolicited through the post but I will admit to having a very few old NetGalley books unread and unreviewed. The most common reason is I didn’t read the synopsis properly before requesting.

2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on NetGalley?

No! I’ve got a rating of 92% at the moment and to my knowledge haven’t been below 80% ever!! I’m hoping that now I’ve read and reviewed so many books (318) that it would take a spectacular lack of control to push my rating down that low!

3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)? 

I do have books read before I started reviewing that just have a rating but since I have a strict order for review posting – I read, review on my blog, then NG if necessary, Amazon and then Goodreads this doesn’t happen to me.

4. Folded down the page of a book?

No!!! I’m super careful reading my books, so much so when I took a selection into work for other people to take (my bookshelf was too full) everyone said but these books have never been read!! Someone I work closely said, they’ll be from Cleo all her books look like that!!

5. Skim read a book?

Ooh the questions are tough! Not an entire book but if a book gets particularly technical about something I’m not interested in I will be tempted to skim read parts, but not an entire book!

6. DNF a book this year?

I have had one DNF already this year, it was one of my own books and we just didn’t gel… I used to finish every book I started but no more. If a book doesn’t work I put it aside. Sometimes I will try again as it may have been wrong timing but others get passed onto to someone who will appreciate them more.

7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it?

No, I am tempted to collect other books in a series so that I have a set of the same but I always intend to read them. I think this may be to do with the fact I don’t read the ‘prettier’ genres of books so I’m not so easily swayed – I’m sure if I did this could easily become another bookish obsession.

8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else?

All the time but reading is so fun and the jobs I am not doing are so boring – housework/reading? There is just no contest! I have frequent cooking disasters where I try and squeeze a few pages in when the recipe says stir constantly – I not only don’t follow instructions very well, I forget what I’m supposed to be doing when I have a book in my hand.

9. Accidentally spilled on a book

I have… and it always makes me so sad! This usually happens when I can’t bear to put a book down to read and then the inevitable (for me) happens and spills occur.

10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal?

No but probably because I set my goal slightly lower than I expect to read anyway! At the moment I am on target for my 2018 reading goal!

11. Borrowed a book and not returned it?

I do have some books that have taken up long-term residence in my house often because I can’t remember who lent them to me! I do say when people hand over a book, that there are lots in my house and if they want it back just to remind me!

12. Broke a book buying ban?

All the time although I would like to stand up and say that the last book I bought was 29 December and therefore I calculate that this book buying ban has lasted a massive 42 days! That definitely deserves a Tigger bounce!


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

Part of my 2018 resolutions for blogging which I’ve kept is to write my reviews when finishing a book. It’s not so much I forget what has happened but character names, well names of anyone and everyone, are not something I ever remember so I’ve been spending a lot of time backtracking to writer reviews.

14. Wrote in a book you were reading?

Are you crazy?? No I never write in books, never!!

15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads?

Possibly because Goodreads is the last bit of book admin I usually do! While we are on the subject of Goodreads; is it just me that spends about an hour to get it to populate the dates read these days? It upsets me to have my book challenge displaying my reads in the wrong order!


I won’t TAG any specific bloggers/blogs but feel free to join in if you want to confess your bookish sins!!


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

18 thoughts on “The Bookish Naughty List Tag

  1. Ha, the reaction of a true book lover about the page corner and writing in books! My books also look unread, but I leant someone some books recently and can’t believe how worn they looked when she returned them! What do people DO with them?


  2. Oh you would HATE me. I love books which look feverishly read. I’m VERY careful with borrowed books, but my own get annotated. I never turn down corners though. I do miss the vanishing of bus tickets, now we all go carded and electronic though. Many of my older books are still replete with whatever was handy as a bookmark at the time. Often a bus ticket, so when, years later, I re-read, I’m puzzled by a bus ticket from a place I swear I’ve never visited in my life.

    Very impressed by your lack of bookie sinfulness, Cleopatra


  3. What a great meme, Cleo! I’m completely with you about folding back the corner of a book or writing on it. That’s sacrilege. And well-done on the TBR-control and not buying books I am impressed.


  4. I don’t read a lot of physical books these days, but once I took a physical book to a restaurant, and just as I was clearing off my things afterwards, the wine glass (which still had some wine) spilled on the book! Since the glass wasn’t full, I was able to dry out the book and finish reading it. What I learned: always finish the wine before leaving!

    But afterwards, I was horrified at the possibility of spilling on my Kindle…so now I’m very careful.


  5. I think I may have a go at his one too.I never turn down corners and I’ve never written in a book, except for text books and then only in faint pencil so I could rub it out. And I’m the same about the order of my books read in Goodreads – they have to be shown in the order I read them. I can’t read a book without it being obvious that I’ve opened it, despite being very careful – so I decided unless I’m reading a borrowed book I’m not going to worry about creasing the spine. They’re my books after all. 🙂


  6. Apart from 10, 11 and 15, I’m a sinner! My NetGalley rating is a measly 62%, I always write in books and sometimes I fold corners… (of course, not if I borrow a book!).


  7. I love your answer on writing on books lol. And reading is such a great distraction. I never try doing it while cooking though because that would be a disaster.

    I enjoyed reading your answers Cleo. Great post!


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