The Naughty or Nice Tag

Yo nerds! It’s been a short while since I’ve done a tag. The supercalifragilisticexpialidocious the Matilda tagged me for this! Thank you, the Matilda, you are better than a gingerbread latte. Be sure to go and check out the Matilda’s post with her answers here.

As a fella that doesn’t celebrate Christmas, I’m not sure if it matters whether I am on the naughty or nice list. I’m not on Santa’s delivery schedule regardless. But that should not stop us from finding out my good or bad bookish habits, right?!

Hey ho ho ho! Let’s go!

Received an ARC and not reviewed it

Maybe. Don’t look at me like that. You ain’t all purity yourself. I have 3 ARC reviews overdue. Chances are, I won’t get around to them.

Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley

I’m not looking smug. This is just how my face looks. I have resting smug face. My current Netgalley feedback is 81%. *punchable smug face*

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

Someone is going to correct me on this. But I don’t think I ever have. I tend to either leave the book at 99% or just leave it with a rating until I am ready to write a review.

Folded down the page of a book

Sure, like when I was six! But I am not responsible for the actions of NotStark so I’m not ticking this and there’s nothing you can do about it. I hardly ever read a physical book these days. And it’s hard to fold the corner of a kindle.

Accidentally spilled on a book

I don’t think I ever have. I’m a little bit of a neat freak, and so I don’t have drinks lying around that could be knocked over very often.

DNF a book this year

For reals. I DNF’d five books this year. If I’m not enjoying a book by 20% in, I drop it like it’s hot and move on.

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

Sure. I have a shelf right next to me with about 50 books on it. About 45 of those were bought based on the cover and then have never been read.

Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else

I often read because I literally have nothing else to do. *plays the world’s tiniest violin* If I am reading, it is because I am filling empty time.

Skim read a book

I have tried, but it just don’t work for me and my tiny brain. It’s why it takes me so long to read anything. I have to read every word of every sentence. In addition, if a story is really good, I will often sit back from the book, and get lost in my own thoughts wondering what will happen next and then I’m like, ‘oh yeah, I could just read on and find out!’ What a derp I am!

Completely missed your Goodreads goal

Nein! I smash it every year. This year I set it at something like 63 and then had to keep upping it because I kept hitting it. I’ve left it at 103 but I’m well past that. I’ll probably hit somewhere in the 130ish mark by the end of the year. A lot of those books are very short ones though, so it’s not as impressive as it looks.

Borrowed a book and not returned it to the library

I had a bad experience when I went to the library to sign up. I did sign up, but didn’t take any books out. My local has about 562,358 murder mystery books (which I’m not really in to) and 3 YA books. I asked if they could get some more YA, horror, SFF, and graphic novels in and was told they wouldn’t because they don’t have a need for them. The frosty librarian told me they don’t get those sort of readers in much. I explained that it may be a case of build it and they will come, but my suggestions were instantly dismissed. So, fuck ‘em! It’s fine. I’m fine. Everything is fine. The library has recently reduced its opening hours to just two afternoons a week because it isn’t used much. It’s easy to see why.

Broke a book buying ban

Nope. Never. Not once. I never break a book buying ban, I simply prematurely end a book buying ban when I want to buy books again. Ugh, fine, it can have a tick.

Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about

Well, not really. You see, I know that my tiny brain will forget details very quickly, it’s why I don’t read books longer than 350 pages (I prefer books of 200-250 pages). So I have a google doc template that I create for each new read and I take notes as I go along. Sometimes I have a review complete by the time I’ve read about 80% of the book. Then after finishing the book, I just have to compile the notes into something more coherent.

Wrote in a book you were reading

To be fair, not for a long time! Only because I don’t read physical books anymore. XD

Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

Nope. It would drive me mad(der) to do such a thing. Reading and Goodreads are so strongly connected with me now that I MUST log all my reads on the site.

I do read a lot of short stories in literary magazines, publications, and online sites though and I don’t log them. My books read total would double if I included all of them.

Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend

Yeah. I’m sorry. I’m only human! Forgive me! I put myself on a lifelong book borrowing ban for this very reason. Remember how I have a tiny brain? Well, I simply forget that I have someone else’s book and then I accidentally keep it forever. So I had to stop borrowing.

Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book

I don’t think so. If I lend a book to someone, I kinda let go of it forever. Probably based on my own stealth stealing experiences. If someone wanted to read a book that I didn’t want to lend to them, I would most likely just buy them their own copy. I’m such a gem like that.

Broke the spine of someone else’s book

Not possible. As we have established, once a book is on my shelf, it is mine.

I’ve broken the spine of some people IRL. Because I’m such a badass. You think you are dark? Ha! You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but blinding!

Give me a high five if you get the reference!

Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ending up making it even more damaged

*puts on pedantic glasses* So, NotStark had a habit of throwing out dust jackets. NotStark hated dust jackets. So I’ve never took one off to protect it – WHICH IS WHAT THE QUESTION IS ASKING! Ha, I win. *Drops mic.

Sat on a book accidentally

Again, I am a neat freak. I know where everything of mine is at any given moment. I don’t put things down where I sit. Everything, including a book, is given a place when I acquire it, and it is immediately put in its place when it enters the house. It is only taken out of its place as it is being used, and then gets put back in its place when I’m done with it until the next time it will be used. No, YOU’RE A SQUARE!

FINAL SCORE – Naughty=6. Nice=20.

Look how fucking pure I am! You can call me Saint Stark from now on. I am not entirely happy with that though. I have a reputation for being a total badass. People are going to read this and know that I am not. This will never do!

I Tag the Usual Crew
The Alexandra
The IgnitedMoth
The Liz
The Nicki
The Norrie
The Sarah

Anyway, I’m off to fold some pages of some books and write in them and spill coffee on them mwahahahahahah! I’M SUCH A BADASS!! Until next time, Peace and Love!

Random Melon Reads


  1. I’m devastated that your local librarian is mean. Tell the council that I’d be happy to move to the area and take her job 😛 I’d be amazing and request ALL the YA books you could possibly want!

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    1. Haha! I still signed up and was able to get out a couple of audio/ebooks so it wasn’t a completely wasted sign up. I pass the library regularly and the only people I see using it are OAPs (it’s a little village library), so I think they’re just not used to having a diverse demographic. But I still think they should be trying harder to engage the community.
      When I get around to amassing my millions and build my communal village, I will have the best library ever! You can are more than welcome to be the village librarian. XD

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  2. Hey! Sorry I’m late. I have some problems every time I want to leave a comment on blogs from my phone. Thank you very much for the tag! I think it’s an interesting one. And I liked the way you decorated, so to say, your answers with X and V :)) I don’t think I will be doing the tag because I have a few followers who are not familiar with the blogosphere life, so they will not understand things about NetGalley or Goodreads goals (and I didn’t have any, which now I’m sad about. I’m still semi-ignoring my Goodreads account).
    Anyway, thanks again for mentioning me! I liked how I’m THE Alexandra. It sounds so cool! 😎

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  3. omg, this tag sounded so lame at first- becase naughty and nice and xmas (ble!) but your answers totally rocked it and I had such a hoot… now I am sad I didn’t read this before actual xmas but I was off the grid… darn it! you are a Badass Saint Stark!

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