1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it?
All the time. This has become more of a thing since starting to work in a bookshop: previously, proofs sent to me for review on the blog were my only source of free advance copies. They now come from the shop as well. Consequently, the books that are actually sent to my house by publishers constitute only a fraction of the proofs that come my way, and many of them aren’t ones I would choose to read or review, so I often don’t.
2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on NetGalley?
Ahaha. Yes, probably. I keep forgetting that NetGalley demands reviews from you, and then having to hastily copy/paste whatever I put on Goodreads or the blog.
3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)?
I do this pretty regularly, or at least I did before instating the Reading Diary format on the blog; that keeps me a little more honest.
4. Folded down the page of a book?
Yeah, obviously. I use bookmarks as much as I can, but if there are multiple pages or passages I want to flag, folding down the page is a lot easier than hunting down some mini Post-its.
5. Skim read a book?
Very, very rarely. For the Young Writer of the Year Award shadow panel, I skimmed Outlandish Knight, because it was six hundred pages long and there was a time crunch. I used a technique that my colleague Zoe, who studied history, told me about: read the first and last two pages of every chapter, going into more depth only if you’re really interested.
6. DNF a book this year?
This probably depends on how you qualify a DNF. I read the first two or three pages of The Optickal Illusion yesterday and decided not to commit to reading it; does that count?
7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it?
I’m skint. I can’t afford to buy books just because I think they’re pwetty.
8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else?
I think you mean “read whilst actually doing something else”. I have stirred a sauce, cleaned a shower, shopped for groceries, walked to work, watched TV, and sat in the back of my tenth-grade chemistry class whilst reading. I’ve not yet managed to combine reading with sex, but it’s probably only a matter of time.
9. Accidentally spilled on a book
No, but I spill things on myself all the time as a result of book-related multi-tasking. Dropping things is a close second: I often overestimate my ability to simultaneously hold a laptop, an open paperback, my phone, and a glass of water.
10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal?
No, but this is probably because I a) set my Goodreads goals realistically, and b) read like the wind until the point in the year when I know I’m going to make it.
11. Borrowed a book and not returned it?
Very few people lend me books, so the issue rarely arises. I did steal a not-insignificant number of books from various primary school classrooms, though.
12. Broke a book buying ban?
Can’t break a ban you never instated.
13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about?
This used to happen all the time when my primary blogging strategy was to do full-length reviews. It’s one of the reasons I started doing monthly Superlative roundups, and has influenced the development of the Reading Diary format.
14. Wrote in a book you were reading?
Yeah. Good luck doing an English degree if you don’t annotate your texts.
15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads?
The documentary impulse is strong in me: I get very antsy if I finish a book and can’t add it to Goodreads before midnight that night (so that my Reading Challenge stats stay accurate, obvs).
Feel free to join in, if you want absolution from your bookish sins…