GUESS WHO VOWED TO JOIN BLOGMAS AND FAILED SPECTACULARLY???
It’s not me it’s not me it’s not me it’s not me it’s—FINE IT’S ME. If you’re a bloggers who’s joining blogmas, I admire you so much. Being able write, schedule, and publish posts everyday can take a huge amount of dark magic and patience. I actually have no idea how some can schedule lots of posts in a day. It takes me about 18 hours to finish one blog post. I’M THE WORLD’S GREATEST SLOTH. Spill the dark sorcery tips to writing posts at a faster pace please.
Anyway, just let me pretend that I’m taking part in blogmas today. I saw this tag at Jenniely’s blog (she created the tag what an icon) and I decided to write my own post even though nobody tagged me. In this tag, you shall know if I’ve been naughty or nice this year. I’m pretty sure I’ve been nice. Or nice-ish at least. Shoutout to @PaperFury for inspiring me to write this post as well. Check her own version of the tag here.
Let’s get started!
THE BOOKISH NAUGHTY OR NICE TAG
1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it
We’re just starting and I’m already being attacked. I had about 3 unreviewed ARCs this year and I have already hoarded 13 2019 ARCs. I’m really guilty about not reading and reviewing ARCs on time (Don’t get me started on author requests. Thinking about them makes me want to cry) and I hope to correct it this next year. Look at me taking strides to be a better book blogger. I’LL BE BETTER AT REVIEWING ARCS JUST YOU WAIT AND SEE.
2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley
I HAVE A 64% FEEDBACK RATIO ON NETGALLEY AT THE MOMENT. THIS CALLS FOR A CELEBRATION!
This feedback ratio thing stresses me out. It’s a huge factor why I don’t use Netgalley so much now. There’s just a lot of pressure in trying to maintain a decent ratio and there’s the matter of trying to “wish” for books in NG that frustrates me the most. WHAT IS EVEN THE POINT OF PUTTING THE BOOK THERE IF YOU’RE NOT GOING TO LET US REQUEST FOR IT??? Oops. I really need to calm down before I set fire to everything in my path.
I can’t believe I’m saying this but I favor Edelwiess to NG now. They’re actually approving me for ARCs I’m sobbing. I don’t know how I did it. Maybe they admired my persistence. Or maybe the rituals under the full moon worked.
3. Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)
Saying “Review to Come” on Goodreads is adding one nail to your coffin and y’all know it. Even though I know I will forget everything a day after reading a book, I’m still brave enough to say those damning words. Though I’m proud to say that I only have one book left unreviewed on goodreads. I’m determined to post all my unfinished GR reviews by the end of the year. I CAN DO THIS.
4. Folded down the page of a book
No. Just no. I don’t have anything against bookdragons who fold the pages of their books but I’m not that kind of reader. I use bookmarks or paper boats (and a lot of other things when I’m too lazy to pick up a bookmark) to take note of my reading progress.
5. Accidentially spilled on a book
I have this “no eating and drinking” policy when I’m reading a physical book. I’m too paranoid to drink while the risk of getting the book wet is too high. Overthinking has it’s advantages.
6. DNF a book this year
This makes me sad because I don’t DNF a book if I can help it. I always think that a book deserves a lot of chances but there are instances when I can’t help but stop reading something when I’m no longer enjoying it.
REMEMBER THIS BOOKDRAGONS: Life is too short and your TBR pile too high to read books you don’t enjoy. It’s okay to stop reading something if you’re no longer happy with it.
7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it
Guilty as charged. What can I say? I have a soft spot for aesthetics
8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)
I try to avoid reading too much during school days because I fear that if I start reading, I can never stop. The weekends are different though. I put off answering my homework for as long as I can just to spend time reading. Having quality time with my books is a form of self-care. I read to survive.
9. Skim read a book
Skimming is dangerous because it can give you spoilers. Spoilers are at the top of my “BANES OF EXISTENCE” list and I will never do something that can spoil a book for myself.
10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal
I WON THIS TIME, YOU EVIL BEINGS THAT DWELL THE EARTH.
My original goal was to read 50 books but I extended it to 75 when I finished it too early in the year. Now I have read 82 books (and counting) and I feel like I’ve won the lottery. This is the first year that I’m taking my reading challenge seriously and I can hardly believe that I read so many books. I hope my reading progress will thrive next year although I highly doubt it because I’ll be starting college soon. I’M SO NERVOUS SEND HELP.
11. Borrowed a book and not returned it
This year was not a “borrowing” year for me. I already checked out most of the books I was interested in on our school library when I was in 10th grade so I didn’t borrow anything this year. My town also doesn’t have a public library and my friends don’t have many books so I’ve always resorted to buying instead of borrowing.
12. Broke a book buying ban
I decided to torture myself a month ago and put a book buying ban on myself. It lasted about two weeks. KINDLE SALES HAPPENED FOLKS. You don’t expect me to turn away from that, do you?
13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about
This is me right here. You should put these words on my tombstone someday:
“Here lies Rain who started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about.”
It’s not exactly pretty but my soul can live with it. I think.
14. Wrote in a book you were reading
I’m not the kind of reader who annotates books. I’m fascinated by bookdragons who do so but I can’t bring myself to write something on the book I’m reading. I’d rather read other bookdragon’s annotations.
15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads
Look, I’m a bookdragon who has a lazy streak and has the patience of a ticking bomb. I badly want to keep track of my books on GR but THE INTERNET IS SO SLOW HERE and I just don’t have the patience to wait for my app to load just to add a book. It may sound ridiculous but you won’t know it until you experience it. Having a slow internet connection will not extend your life span. That I can say.
16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend
As I have said before, I only have a few real life friends who are interested in books so there was no borrowing for me this year.
17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book
I’m the best and the worst bookdragon when it comes to this.
Some of my most intelligent responses when someone tells me they want to borrow my book:
“My sister is currently reading that book sorry”
“My books are ugly. You won’t like any of them.”
“Um…what? I can’t hear you. What? Oh. Oh yeah… sure.”
“You want to borrow—OH HEY THAT BIRD OVER THERE LOOKS SO PRETTY.”
“A book? I don’t know any book. What is a book???”
Most of the time, I just cross my fingers and wish that they will forget that they wanted to borrow my book. I’m the world’s worst friend, I know.
18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book
Why does “break the spine” sound so painful?
No I haven’t broken any book spines thank you very much.
19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged
I rarely take off my books’ jackets when I’m reading. I always fear that I’ll lose them when I do. I really can’t trust my memory with anything now.
20. Sat on a book accidentially
Does my chemistry workbook count??
I actually can’t remember if I sat on a book this year but I think I did. Maybe I did. See? My memory cannot be trusted.
YAY MY FEELING-BLOGMAS POST IS DONE! Feel free to do the tag if you want to. It’s a fun one to write. Now, for the final judgment:
WHOO I’M HALF NAUGHTY HALF NICE. I didn’t cheat here. I’m just fated to be in the middle of everything. I’m not too naughty and I’m not too nice either. I think this is the final sign that I’m a morally gray character in my own story. I LOVE GRAY CHARACTERS. I LOVE MYSELF.
So, have you been naughty or nice this year? What are some of your bookish plans in 2019? Tell me your thoughts!