The Reader Confession Tag

Hi friends, happy Wednesday! How are you all doing? I hope you’re having a good week so far.

Today’s tags day, and I will be answering some reading questions with the Reader Confession Tag – thanks to the lovely Beth @ Reading Every Night ! If you don’t know her or her blog, please please check it out, it and she deserves all the award for being such a wonderful blogger, and a fantastic friend.

Have you ever damaged a book?

Depends on what you’re looking for when you say “damaged”. Have I ever dropped a book in the bath and let it down? NO NO NO NO. Have I ever accidentally sat on the latest travel guide I bought? Erm…Sorry. I won’t be commenting at this time.

Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

I don’t think so – not that I can remember of. I barely ever borrow books because my library doesn’t have books in English and I don’t have friends reading the same books as I do.

How long does it take you to read a book?

It depends on the length of the book, but usually I read a book per week.

Books that you haven’t finished?

I don’t really like to DNF books so I really can’t remember a book I started and haven’t finished, or at least lately. There are just soooo many books to read, I try and pick up books I know I’ll enjoy at least a little bit.

Hyped/ Popular books you didn’t like?

I could go with the obvious here and talk about Red Queen, which is a kind of controversial book here in the bookish community. Some people loved it, others just like me found it just okay / or really, really bad – the second book only reinforced that feeling. Though I heard good things about King’s Cage….

So I’m going to go with the less obvious here, and before I mention the title let me just say that did not like is a strong expression I will replace here with “did not enjoy as much as I could”, and it would beThe Knife of Never Letting Go. I had a bit of a hard time connecting with the story and the writing style, but I might still give the rest of the series a try because I feel like I am missing out on something.

Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

Hm, I don’t think I have a book I was ashamed of reading?

How many books do you own?

I don’t think I can count haha. I have two full bookshelves in my room plus about 50 books or more divided between my other shelves and furniture and the big TBR my sister has yet to get through. I don’t know how many, but I know I shouldn’t get more books. Or I should get a bigger room. Or a bed made out of books.

Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?

I think I’m an average reader? I don’t know, define, fast? I can’t read one book per day (unless I’m not at work and can allow myself to read all day which doesn’t ever happen) so I’m definitely not that fast haha.

Do you like to buddy read?

Buddy-reading is a lot of fun, even if I don’t do it often I always have a great time fangirling with others about the book we are currently reading.

Do you read better in your head or out loud?

Now that one’s obvious…In my head, since out loud I get this French accent I can’t get rid of haha.

If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?

What kind of CRUEL question is that?! I couldn’t ever choose just one book. I’d probably have to go with my favorite, Looking for Alaska (John Green), but, erm…NO. I can’t have just one book.

I’m not tagging anyone because I’m a tiny bit lazy, but if you want to do this, then I’m tagging YOU!

How long does it take you to read one book, usually? What’s one hyped book that you didn’t like? Let me know your answers in comments!

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73 thoughts on “The Reader Confession Tag

  1. Gasp- a bed made out of books! What a good idea! Someone please build that for me. Also, I’ve had Looking for Alaska sitting around my room for a long time, but I’ve never gotten to it. I will now move it up on my TBR because if you would choose it as the only book you could own, it must be amazing!

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  2. Great answers! I usually can read about one book every two days if I do it in my free time (once I start it’s hard to stop). And a couple hyped books I did not enjoy was the Selection Series and TFIOS. Although I think I would’ve like TFIOS if it wasn’t so hyped it just didn’t live up to my expectations.

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    1. Thank you so much πŸ™‚ Wow, you read very fast ahah, that’s great πŸ™‚
      Oh no, I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy TFIOS too much – I hate when a book was so hyped up and it ends up feeling like a disappointment once you get to it :/


  3. Awesome answers! Pretty sure I did this tag ages ago, I can read one book a week usually, but I only really read a few hours at night before I go to bed.

    As for hyped books I didn’t like: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin & Heartless by Marissa Meyer..
    Game of Thrones I couldn’t even finished, Heartless was just anti-climatic & Me Before You just was not good and I didn’t agree with basically anything that happened in that book.

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    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚ Oh, I haven’t read Heartless but I loved The Lunar Chronicles series. I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy Heartless so much, I have heard similar things from other bloggers and I don’t know if I’ll end up reading it or not :/
      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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      1. My main issue is that because we know what characters end up in Alice in Wonderland the fighting scenes and stuff just aren’t interesting because there isn’t that ‘who is going to get killed, who’s going to survive’ mystery. Because you know who’s going to be left in the end. So the book was just kind of bland for me.

        And you’re welcome!

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  4. My reading speed varies wildly, print books take me probably a week on average though a good one can easily go faster. Audiobooks usually take me about 2 weeks. I also am not a fan of Red Queen, I thought the first was fine but couldn’t make it more than 30 pages into the second. My old roommate hated Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, so I am obligated by friendship to also hate it (even though I haven’t actually read it, but I did like Eleanor and Park). πŸ˜›

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    1. I had a hard time with Glass Sword just as well, but I heard that the book after that, King’s Cage I think, gets better so…I just don’t know where to stand with that series haha.
      Hahahaha really? I haven’t read Fangirl yet but enjoyed Eleanor and Park just as well πŸ™‚
      Thank you, Hannah! πŸ™‚

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  5. A hyped book I didn’t like? Six of Crows unfortunately. It just wasn’t my type of book – I am not into heist stories XD I did like the second one a little better! I wasn’t a huge fan of The Knife of Never Letting Go either – I didn’t like the ending. This was a fun tag – learned some interesting things about you! (:

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    1. Ohhh really? Well…I’m actually glad to find someone who didn’t fall in love with Six of Crows, everyone is fangirling about this and I haven’t even read it yet haha.
      Thank you so, so much Ali! πŸ™‚


  6. Reading out loud is actually one of my things to get rid of the French accent, hahahaha! Loved your answers Sweechie!! I can’t say I’m a fast reader, especially when I see how many books some bloggers squeeze in a week!

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      1. xD It does! I used the first HP, I have the audio and I listen and repeat, and then, I take the same chapter every time and practice πŸ˜€ But hey, I’m a crazy language learner, so I do plenty of those stuff daily xD
        I know, I’m jealous, I can’t find time to read and shave xD

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  7. Oh great answers for this tag Marie, I really loved reading them all! It’s great you never damaged a book, I wish I could say the same but then again I’ve never drowned a book in the bath either so that’s something at least. πŸ™‚
    Also I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy The Knife of Never Letting Go as much as you hoped, then again that was quite hyped up wasn’t it? I guess it could have gone either way. Do you plan on picking up the other two at some point, or soon?
    If you’re running out of room for books I’d recommend getting a bigger room, it’s what I’d love to do because I’m going to be running out of room on my bookshelves soon as well! πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you so much, Beth! Yes I guess that book was quite hyped up unfortunately. I am hoping to get to the other books someday, yes, and hoping I will enjoy them more πŸ™‚
      Hahahaha, well…I need an entire room for all my books alone :p

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      1. That’s all right, and I guess everyone has those books, the ones that are so hyped up they can never meet expectations. Just a shame it has to happen at all I guess. I’ll keep my fingers crossed you enjoy the second two a little more then. πŸ™‚
        My dream house would be one that had its own room for all my books. My own mini-library! πŸ˜€

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  8. I thought that Red Queen was okay. Yeah, Glass Sword was BAD. I read King’s Cage and it was okayish??? XD And haha, yeah, I am an average reader too. πŸ˜› OH A FRENCH ACCENT THAT’S SO COOOOOL.

    By the way, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger award. Here’s the link so you can check it out: Have fun!

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    1. OH I’m glad King’s Cage was okay, so maybe I should give it a try? πŸ™‚ I guess the French accent can be cool, to me it’s just a bit too present? Haha.
      Thank you so much May, you’re so sweet!! ❀ ❀

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  9. Great answers, Marie! Red Queen would totally have been my pick for that hyped book questions – I was part of the group that thought it was pretty bad, and I didn’t even continue until Glass Sword/King’s Cage to really form an opinion about the series as a whole. Are you going to read King’s Cage, though?

    I’m sad that you didn’t like Knife, however! That’s one of my next reads since I have an actual copy, and I think it’s quite polarising as well. I suppose I’ll have to make up my own mind about it.

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    1. Thank you so much, Reg! I don’t know yet, I have been hearing that it’s better than Glass Sword so…I’m not sure if I want to give it a try, part of me is curious and another part of me just bothered hahaha.
      I hope you’ll enjoy it, Reg! ❀


  10. “I don’t know how many, but I know I shouldn’t get more books. Or I should get a bigger room. Or a bed made out of books.” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ That is my life too Marie! I have two full shelves of books in my room and then a small one with no room for another bookshelf. Rooms should have more wall space! Or maybe us bookworms need rooms where the walls are bookshelves? lol Anyway! Aside from Red Queen (because I’m with you on that) I wasn’t a big fan of All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I remember how much everyone loved that book and then there was me who didn’t click with it at all for some reason πŸ˜–. And I’m pretty much the same as you with reading, it takes me about a week to finish a book sometimes longer. Great answers for this! 😊

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    1. Haha yes that’s it, we need to have rooms with bookshelves all around and just…well bigger rooms I guess haha.
      Oh no – I’m sorry you couldn’t connect too much with this book. Did you read Holding Up The Universe, the other Jennifer Niven book? I thought it was quite good πŸ™‚ Thank you! ❀

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    1. Haha I would, but…I’m scared, what if they all end up ruined because I move too much in my sleep? Haha.
      3 book overnight?! Wow, that’s a lot of books – it’s quite awesome you can read so much in such a short time πŸ™‚

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  11. I also need to finish The Knife of Never Letting Go series. I actually liked it (although it was creepy) but I can see why you’d have trouble connection to the series. I normally read about 2-3 books a week, depending on how much time I have. I could read a book in a day if I didn’t have other stuff to do (like school and homework) *cries*. Also, I just reread Illumiane and I’m reading Gemina, and while I liked it I really didn’t feel like there was so much character development. Because it’s all in ‘files’ then it’s harder to get a sense of what the characters are actually like XD

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    1. Ugh yes, I would love to be able to read a whole book in one day ahah, if only we didn’t have all of these boring stuff to do ahah.
      Oh yes I agree, I guess that’s one of the drawbacks of having a book written that way :/

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  12. It usually takes me about a week to finish a book too but it also depends on the amount of classwork I have. I didn’t like Red Queen either! It just seemed too much of a cliche YA Fantasy to me. I’m also not a big fan of Sarah J Maas books but most people love her.

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    1. Oh really? I feel like so many people love Sarah J Maas’ books and I haven’t even given these books a try yet ahah πŸ™‚ Glad to hear not everyone’s in love with these πŸ™‚ Thank you so much!


  13. Ah I felt the exact same way about the writing for Knife of Never Letting Go- I couldn’t connect with it at all because of it :/ hahaha a bed made out of books would be in equal measure wonderful (cos you can just pick up whatever you want to read next) and awful (ouch!) Great post!

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  14. I love this tag! It seems so fun!
    I can’t remember a time I’ve damaged a book, but recently, I’ve had a terrible episode. My sister accidentally left my windows open and it started raining pretty heavily. My nightstand ended up soaked! My book was there; it was Heart of Betrayal, one of the most beautiful covers I have on my shelves. When I got home and saw it all wet (the hardcover was even floppy!), I really wanted to cry. Thankfully, none of the pages were damaged and I was able to save the cover! Although I’m not a super careful person, I really treasure this particular copy.
    Thanks for sharing your answers!

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    1. Oh thank you Lais, glad you liked it πŸ™‚ I hope you’ll want to do it, I tag you if you do πŸ˜€
      Ohhh no, I can’t imagine how I would have felt if that had happened to me. I’m so happy to hear you were able to save it!! Also, definitely looking up this book because you made me curious about it now. Thank you ❀


  15. Great post!
    My boyfriend says I read fast but I think I’m probably average, usually 1-2 books a week. For the very unpopular opinion, I didn’t like the writing in The Underground Railroad. Seems I’m the only one, really like the idea for the plot, just couldn’t get into the writing style.

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  16. A bed made of books! Haha, my shelves are also already stuffed to the max, so I may need to start thinking about alternatives like that as well πŸ˜‰
    My reading speed really depends on the size and type of book (and of course also how much reading time I have). I guess on average I read about one book a week as well. But there are times I can read 2-3 books a week. And then there are times where I read 1-2 books a month only. I guess that’s still some kind of balance πŸ™‚
    A hyped book I didn’t really like was Caraval. I still enjoyed certain aspects of it, but overall I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Maybe it’s because it was so hyped and my expectations were just too high…

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    1. Yes that’s still good! And I guess it’s hard to say, really, it depends on the book as you said, and on the time life allows us to read ahah πŸ™‚
      OH I get it, that happens to me as well when a book is too hyped up :/


  17. Ah, Red Queen. Such conflicting emotions. I really liked the first one when I read it, but I wasn’t a fan of the second at all! Which is sad. But I’ve also heard good things about King’s Cage, so here’s hoping?? And oh my gosh, choosing just one book is SO STRESSFUL. And kind of impossible to answer??? Like, nope. No thank you, not doing that… I don’t DNF books either, or at least I try not to! The only one I remember DNF-ing is Illuminae, and that’s just because I was in a slump–I am most definitely picking it up again, ahah, there’s been so much hype! Great tag! ❀

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    1. Yes, same – I don’t know if I want to read King’s Cage, I am just nervous about it all knowing how little I loved Glass Sword, I don’t want to lose my time but I am also very curious?! I don’t know what to doooo haha.
      Oh I hope you’ll enjoy Illuminae someday. It’s such a different book, I get it, it’s so hard to get into it. But it’s a crazy ride for sure!
      Thank you so much!! ❀ ❀

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