Merry Christmas, I’m terrible: The Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

Well isn’t this just classic.

No way to wrap up a year quite like a reminder of what an awful reader you are!!

Just kidding. This tag is adorable and I remain overwhelmingly (and ill-advisedly) confident and we are thriving and having a good time always. ALWAYS, I SAID.

Literally everyone on Earth has done this tag (which is truly the cutest thing ever), so I hardly need to explain it and yet I will anyway, both because I’m self-obsessed and I need to lengthen this intro a little.

Basically this is a list of “naughty” reading habits and you say whether you did them or not and then calculate your numbers and boom. You know whether you’re on the naughty or nice list. It’s like a magazine quiz except it lowers your self-esteem.

So a magazine quiz.

I was tagged to do this by Melanie @ Mel to the Any and Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads and Bakes!! What a couple of cuties. The original is by Jenniely, and also why is her blog so pretty?? I’m freaking.

Let’s get into it!!

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1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it

Uh…yes. Literally all the time. I usually don’t even try to read an ARC by the release date, unless it’s a HUUUGE release (like Archenemies) or I’m on the blog tour. And sometimes not even then.

Maybe I’ll try to fix this in 2019?? But realistically probably not.

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

Okay, so. Up until about a month ago I had only used Netgalley twice, for e-ARCs I had been directly contacted about by publishers. But then a month ago I was like “I should use Netgalley!!” And I requested books and got approved for two of them.

And then I remembered I don’t know where my Kindle charger is (for my six-year-old Kindle). And also my Digital Editions account broke.

Basically my rating is sitting pretty at 50%.

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

Uhhh. I have, currently, 16 books on my to-review shelf. Which is not technically me saying I will review them on my blog. But it is saying there is a review to come. In spite of the fact that there isn’t one.

Oh boy.

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4. Folded down the page of a book

NEVER!!!! I would never do this. I have used receipts, (clean) tissues, and myriad inanimate objects ranging from pairs of scissors to corners of blankets to uneaten granola bars. I have left books propped open for hours on end. I have even, on occasion, used a bookmark.

But I have NEVER folded down the page of a book.

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5. Accidentally spilled on a book

I am not one of those “””good””” or “””smart””” people who doesn’t eat or drink while they read. I do everything while I read. I eat lunch and chug coffee and even, often, brush my teeth.

And yes sirree I have DEFINITELY spilled on a book. Little spills! You know. Thumbprints of melted chocolate or drips of coffee or whatever.

But spills all the same.

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6. DNF a book this year

Ugh I almost got away with it! I have only DNFed nine books in my entire lifetime, and one of them was at the beginning of this year. Curse you, past me!!

It was The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher, and I could just tell if I kept reading it it was going to change the way I thought of Carrie Fisher. Which, never.

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

I have dozens of copies of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I own the collected works of Oscar Wilde, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson. I have multiple copies of at least 12 different books.

Suffice it to say: Yeah, I’ve done this.

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8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)

This is how I LIIIIIIVE. Binge-rereading during finals, getting to ARCs in the middle of midterms, sneak-reading books during conversations and meals and family time.

I mentioned earlier that I have been known to read while I brush my teeth. Are you really surprised by this?

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9. Skim read a book

I almost never DNF books, but I doooo HAVE to do this from time to time. How the hell else am I supposed to get through a book like The Girl King, which is like 900 pages long and sososo boring?

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

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10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal?

Not even once!!! I am always reasonable, and I change my goal to reflect reason if necessary.

(Have to keep this answer in mind when I’m tempted to set my 2019 goal to 200…WHAT IF I COULD PULL IT OFF THOUGH.)

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11. Borrowed a book and not returned it

No!!! I don’t borrow books from people often (if ever) (because I don’t know many people who like to read) (which is tragic in many ways, including this one, but also includes the upside of I Rarely Have To Lend People My Books). And also tragically, I don’t really have a local library at the moment.

People have not returned my books in the past, though. GRACE, IF YOU’RE SOMEHOW READING THIS: YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID.

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12. Broke a book-buying ban

I’ve been on a book-buying ban called “being a college student with $11 in her bank account” for most of this year, and I’ve only broken it with gift cards/deals/etc. Which is why this hurts. Because I was so good this year.

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13. Started a review, left it for ages, and forgotten what the book was about

Honestly almost every review I’ve ever written. Just trying to write them three months later and never taking notes and reading synopses and summaries and desperately trying to remember.

That’s my style, baby!!

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14. Wrote in a book you were reading

Okay…sometimes if I’m reading a book that is really terrible, and there is a particular line that is really, really, soso bad, I will underline that line. Or sometimes even write an angry little message in the margin.

I’m not proud. Except that I kind of am, because I’m like a book vigilante.

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

ARE YOU KIDDING. How would you even do this?? I would die of stress. I would simultaneously combust. I am obsessed with Goodreads and can’t even go 15 minutes after finishing a book before updating.

How would anyone do this??? And why????

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16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend

Oh. Kind of answered this already. So again, no.


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17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book

How does one do this??? I wish I knew. If someone asks me to borrow a book it is usually a) one of my siblings doing it over text message (which is completely unavoidable. I could pretend I dropped my phone in lava or a toilet or some other non-electronic-friendly substance, but then I’d send them a meme like two days later and completely reveal myself) or b) my roommate or someone I sit next to in class or a close friend.

Basically always impossible to avoid.

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18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book

What??? Like some nightmare-creature? Of course not. Even when I read my own paperbacks, I practically do it with gloves and tongs and complicated equipment and only open the book fifteen degrees and have to stick my nose in it to have any idea of what any word is.

And that’s with my own books.

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19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged

How do you really damage a hardcover with no dust jacket?? They’re powerful. They’re like bricks. There is no harming them for they are utilitarian and strong.

Dust jackets, on the other hand, are flimsy fairy wings that will tear if you breathe on them too hard.

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20. Sat on a book accidentally

I’m not sure when this happened, but I’m sure it has. I read in bed and take Instagram pictures on my bed and sit in my bed, and I read on my couch and empty my backpack on my couch and sit on my couch.

So statistically speaking it’s near-certain.

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The Verdict

Naughty: 12

Nice: 8

Well, we all saw this coming. I’m not even mad. Feel like the bad girl of book blogging.

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Are you on the nice list or the naughty list? Do you agree with any of my answers? Disagree? Want to burn me at the stake for my bookish sacrilege?

32 thoughts on “Merry Christmas, I’m terrible: The Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

  1. Mike says:

    Even before reading your hilarious answers I knew you were naughty. After all, you have an image to maintain. But, I think its just a mask of yours. You are too good to be naughty. Think of all the Christmas’s you’ve just brightened with that post! Merry Christmas and happy reading in 2019, Girl. 200 books? IF you go for it, I’ll go for 100! (I did something like 67 this year) The challenge is down. I might even be talked into a buddy read with you. You can even pick the book!

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      you’re too nice! but careful, you’re going to disrupt the Bad Girl of Book Blogging image i’ve just decided upon. ooh three cheers for pushing ourselves on 2019 challenges!!


  2. Isabelle says:

    omg I relate so hard to reading nonstop, especially during exams, and constantly updating Goodreads! I say go for 200 next year, like you said you can always change it later (that’s what I do every year lol) 😉

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      omg thanks for the inspo!! think i might actually do it 😮 and shoutout to the constant readers, even when it’s inadvisable or involves multitasking!!

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  3. thebookcorps says:

    Ooh I got 13!! I’m definitely on the Naughty list haha but oh well, these bookish things aren’t too bad. Also, imagine not immediately adding a book to your Goodreads list as soon as you finish a book? Can’t relate, I need to update my Goodreads every time I read

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  4. Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink says:

    Firstly, i’d like to say, THE PENGUIN DIVIDER GRAPHIC THINGS. are everything and i love them they’re so cute. and honestly, i AM a penguin so this is just you showing all your appreciation to me!! obviously.

    SECONDLY, ” Feel like the bad girl of book blogging.” MADE ME LAUGH. thank you for being the #1 comedian in the book blogging community.

    THIRDLY, you’re SO passionate about how you’ve never dog-eared your books and then in the next paragraph talk about how you’re too irresponsible to not spill stuff on your books? and honestly cracking spines and dog earing? THE BOOK IS LOVED. how do you even have time to care about what condition your book is in??? I AM CONFUSED.

    i’d love to be one of those people that has cute handwriting and writes little notes and doodles in books so when i re-read them, all the memories come back and i can remember what past-me thought but alas, no. i am too scared.

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      THANK YOU I LOVE PENGUINS and tbh i don’t know why i associate them w christmas but they’re perfect so. also so are you so that tracks

      THANK YOU i’m really tryna rebrand to be the bad girl of book blogging now. living on the edge etc

      lmao thank you for pointing out this logical fallacy. the idea of cracking a spine or dog earing makes me want to die and yet…….the occasional small spill bugs me not at all. i have no explanation

      i haven’t legitimately annotated a book since i was in classes that required me to and at this point i’m too frightened to try

      also ily and happy holidays ❤ ❤

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  5. Norrie says:

    Oh, you lil’ naughty, you 😀
    Loved this post. Almost snorted my tomato soup all over my screen. Good thing no books were in sight. *whew* 😀
    #18 made me laugh so hard. I can relate to that! I barely open my books cuz i want them to look nice.

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  6. Meeghan reads says:

    Oh my gosh!! Welcome to team naughty!! As the captain (self-appointed as I’m yet to see a worse score than my own), I’d like to thank you for joining us, and here’s some chocolate and coffee for you to create more smudges in future. Sending love and hope you had a great Christmas xxx

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      team naughty is the best!!!! niceness is for dweebs. come to the dark side we have chocolate, etc. thank you thank you!! hope your christmas was sheer perfection. all the love ❤

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  7. Tucker Almengor says:

    This just in! I’m 100% Naughty… Seriously, I answered naughty to EVERY. SINGLE ONE!
    Especially, saying “review to come’. I’ve lost track of the books I need to review. Also, my digital ARCs have sat on my kindle since summer and I still haven’t and probably won’t read them 😂

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  8. hannah @ peanutbutterandbooks says:

    i love how most of your verdicts were naughty (because same LOL). and yay i’m so glad to have met a fellow reader + teeth brusher multi-tasker! this is probably bad but i multi-task SO HARD when i brush my teeth… like, i go on my phone, watch stuff, do my homework, and then obviously end up brushing for way longer than i need to. :’)

    happy upcoming new year! ❤

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      OMG GIRL SAME!!! i get…so bored when i’m brushing my teeth? insurmountably. must do other activities in order to maintain my sanity.

      happy almost-new year gf!! ❤ ❤


  9. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    Hahaha I have to say I’m not surprised… At all xD Though you did behave very nicely in certain bookish situations I wouldn’t have expected – I’m impressed!
    To be honest, I think I’ve procrastinated on doing this tag BECAUSE I’ll fail so hard at mostly every question, it’ll be a massacre and I’m not emotionally ready to accept it. Like, please, just allow me to keep my delusional self-image.
    Great post, though, and best of luck with 2019! ❤

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      thank you!!! luckily naughty fits with my delusional self-image so this didn’t bring on too much of an existential crisis. hope your 2019 is excellenttt ❤

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