Time for another reading tag! While I was being all nice in the previous tag [SEE: THE CHRISTMAS STOCKING TAG] where I recommend some amazing books, I might not be able to hold the nice facade for long in this one. Read ahead to find out all the weird and common revelations of me as a reader and book blogger! Before that, a huge thank you to Jenn at BoundToWriting for tagging me. Check out her blog, you wouldn’t regret it!
RECEIVED AN ARC AND NOT REVIEWED IT
Guilty, very guilty! I still have ARCs from December 2017 that I haven’t yet reviewed. I will get to them one day, trust me. In fact, I read From Twinkle With Love in June 2019 (after its release) while I had the eARC from November 2017. So I will get to them all, I just need 48 hours in a day. And a lot of anti-procrastination videos.
If you want to know more books I hauled in 2018 but never read them, including ARCs, you might want to check out: FIVE BOOKS I HAULED IN 2018 BUT NEVER READ AND NOW I’M DROWNING IN GUILT.
HAVE LESS THAN 60% FEEDBACK ON NETGALLEY
I have always been very keen about my Netgalley ratio so much to your surprise (I know you were expecting me to be super guilty in this, HA HA) I have a very consistent 80% on there.
A little trick I use that can be helpful to other book bloggers is: review three books for every one book you request. And don’t go on requesting spree. Unless of course, you’re too excited for some titles and cannot help yourself. But mostly, try to be a little strict with what you request and if you have the time to read that particular book or will it be sitting on your list forever, keeping you ratio low.
YES, MY NAME IS FAGUNI SHARMA. THAT DOESN’T CHANGE OUR RELATIONSHIP, GUYS! YOU CAN CALL ME FANNA, OF COURSE.
RATED A BOOK ON GOODREADS AND PROMISED A FULL REVIEW WAS TO COME ON YOUR BLOG BUT NEVER DID
Honestly, I can’t remember doing this. Yes, I do write RTC for the reviews I want some time to draft but for books I only want to say a paragraph or two, I immediately post a review on Goodreads. So this is hard to happen.
Though, there is a possibility that I’m forgetting doing this–which is the whole reason behind doing something like this where you just forget there’s a book you haven’t written a review for. So I might be guilty. Let me tick Naughty, just in case.
FOLDED DOWN THE PAGE
Come on, tough times call for tough actions. Like I’ve already mentioned in THE CURRENTLY READING TAG that I walk and read most of the time, and rarely use bookmarks, so when I want to just shut the book suddenly, I can’t rely on my memory and so instinctively, I just dog-ear the page. Very lightly…don’t worry. I can literally sense some readers widening their eyes.
ACCIDENTALLY SPILLED ON A BOOK
Let’s focus on the word ‘accidentally’. It’s no one’s fault. Stop giving me the stink eye. I remember drinking plain water–the most essential thing for life–and BY MISTAKE, it spilled a little. Maybe a lot. I had to dry off the book in the sun…in the scorching sun of Dubai.
Well, at least I learned how to revive a book that’s over-hydrated.
DNF A BOOK THIS YEAR
I don’t usually DNF a book but it does happen. And when it does happen, it’s really difficult to write a review because I can either go too overboard about how I absolutely didn’t like the book or drown in the disappointment of not finishing the book.
BOUGHT A BOOK PURELY BECAUSE IT WAS PRETTY WITH NO INTENTION OF READING IT
Look at me being nice in things everyone is guilty of. Well, I’m too much of a broke college student to just buy pretty covers. I don’t judge those who do because I know in a few years I’ll be doing the same.
READING WHILE YOU WERE MEANT TO BE DOING SOMETHING ELSE
All the time! In fact, I’m always doing something when I’m supposed to be doing something completely else. Will try changing that but who am I kidding? In fact, I’m always reading at times when I should not be reading and when I’ll tuck myself in a blanket and get all cozy, I just don’t feel like reading. Why?! Maybe it’s the rebellious feeling of choosing reading over other commitments.
SKIM READ A BOOK
All the time! I mean, there’s always a lot of things that’ll make sense later on. Don’t worry, don’t waste time and just turn the page. I find that I feel really bored in every book’s first few chapters so I definitely skim those because at some point I’ll be so invested, I’ll read line by line so I kind of save the time for the latter bits but cutting time in reading the start.
COMPLETELY MISSED YOUR GOODREADS GOAL
Ahem, I have a confession to make. I did miss my Goodreads goal of this year–which was to read a 100 books–but then I changed my goal to 70 books because I could only read 70 books. Am I guilty? Umm, no.
Okay, here me out. I think goals are subjective and act simply as a motivation to propel you toward that goal. Basically, setting up an amount of books to read makes one feel accomplished after reading a book or two because they’re nearing that goal. But that goal shouldn’t become the only reason why you’re reading a book or two. So for me, I had my own reasons as to why I couldn’t read 100 books–I recently shifted countries and joined a university and went on a hiatus from this world for three months–so I didn’t mind dropping down my goal to 70.
Also, that little white banner on the GR page looks cool.
BORROWED A BOOK AND NOT RETURNED IT
Nope. I don’t usually borrow books and if I do, I be really careful with it and try to read it asap so I can return it asap. Mainly because I would hate if someone borrowed a book from me and never gave it back.
BROKE A BOOK BUYING BAN
Like I already said, I’m a broke college student so a book buying ban is set on default. In fact, breaking a book buying ban is a great feeling for me! Like recently I broke it for celebrating the Holiday season.
STARTED A REVIEW, LEFT IT FOR AGES AND THEN FORGOT WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT
I anyway have a really bad memory. I hardly remember character names–unless they were super memorable–and sometimes even forget the story lines or titles. So whether I started a review or not, I’ve definitely forgotten quite a few books and what they were about, even though I’ve ranked them with 3+ stars.
WROTE IN A BOOK YOU WERE READING
No! Nope. Not at all. I absolutely despise that and I won’t shy away from judging those who do. Like, guys, writing in course textbooks is more than enough. Let’s not scribble thoughts in novels, novellas, novelettes. I can give a little leisure to poetry collections because they might need some elaboration and you might be regularly invited to poetry readings and discussions so fine, go ahead.
FINISHED A BOOK AND NOT ADDED IT TO YOUR GOODREADS
There’s easily over 100 books that I’ve read but not yet added to my Goodreads. I just joined GR in 2017 so in the eighteen years of my life before that, I have definitely read books that I don’t even remember anymore.
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