Piotrek: Back in October we’ve been nominated for this tag by the illustrious Orangutan Librarian herself! A set of dangerous, exhibitionist questions designed to reveal our bookish sins. Lets see how sinful we are, then, within the limits of our honesty 😉
Ola: Mea culpa, mea culpa… I’m getting in the mood 😀
Have you ever re-gifted a book you’ve been given?
Piotrek: I wanted to start this survey with a resolute “NO”, but I think I actually did commit this sin, years ago. There was a book I had two copies of, as I first bought it myself and then received as a gift. I got invited to a birthday party on a very short notice, and did not arrange to buy a joint gift together with other friends, as we used to usually do those days. I gave this book, which was actually much more suited to my taste than the giftee… not a very proud moment. After that, I always either sold such books on Polish equivalent of eBay, or gave them away to strangers.
Ola: I remember I entertained that thought but ultimately didn’t. Said book, which I hate with a passion and know it would’ve been better received by someone else (Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind, for those interested) still burdens my shelves.
Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?
Piotrek: Do high school lit classes count ;)? Because I’ve been an avid reader since the age of seven, but some of the stuff we’ve been told to read just failed to resonate with me. In one case I admit I was probably wrong and should go back to the book. In a few others – I’m unrepentant.
I don’t remember doing so in recent years. What would be the point?
Ola: Yes, you should revisit this book!!! It’s great, and shame on you! 😀
I don’t think I did… though I might’ve mixed up a comic or two and said I read one meaning the other, and realize that only after the fact.
Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?
Piotrek: Actually yes, I did. From an institution, long time ago (I was… perhaps 15 then? not sure). I still have it, an interesting nonfiction of negligible monetary value, and the institution doesn’t even exist any more. I’m a bit horrified and quite certain I was only capable of doing something like this because I really needed to read that book… vacations were coming to an end and I had to take it home!
Ola: Ummm… I still have one book of Piotrek’s 😀 Not telling which one, though! He’ll have to guess 😉
Piotrek: The one GoodReads shows you’re reading from the moment you joined that service?
Ola: You’ve got me! 😀
Have you ever read a series out of order?
Piotrek: I don’t think so, not to my knowledge. I’m actually pretty careful about such things.
Ola: Not intentionally, but I did. I read the first and then the third book of a trilogy, thinking the third is the second one – and I was so freaking impressed with the author for not spoon-feeding me the details and letting me puzzle out what happened in between. I really thought he improved that much over the first book…. Until I started reading what I thought was the conclusion 😀 It was The Millennium Series by Stieg Larsson.
Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?
Piotrek: Have I… probably? I try not to, and I don’t remember any drastic cases, but it’s possible someone has been nursing a grudge for years 😉
Ola: Oh my goodness, YES! A few very memorable times… One was the sixth Harry Potter; I was absolutely convinced our friends read it, and I asked them what they thought of Dumbledore’s death! And another time it was Martin’s Game of Thrones – though it wasn’t really me, we’ve been talking about book vs series differences and generally about wickedness of Martin with our friend and he blurted out that Jamie Lannister lost his hand without realizing my husband hadn’t read that part yet… The bad luck was that it happened right before we watched the next GoT episode with that scene in it, so my husband had never forgiven us for spoiling what would’ve been a memorable moment 😉
Have you ever dog-eared a book?
Piotrek: Never. That’s a grievous sin that should be punished ruthlessly. I have a lot of bookmarks, I use post-it notes, but I don’t mutilate books. I did some notes, in pencil, on some non-fiction tomes. Even that was in the past though.
Ola: No. Absolutely not. And I don’t write in books either, I shudder when I see that. When I take notes, I just open another file on my laptop, and write down quotes and notes in a file.
Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?
Piotrek: Definitely not. But many people are afraid to ask if they can borrow a book for me, anyway, as I’m known to take good care of them – and expecting the same from others. My sister is one person who count on my leniency and sometimes return books with (gasp!) visible marks. Heh… oh, and one of my nieces once jumped on a copy of Harry Potter I was reading to her older sister. I managed not to scream!
Ola: No. It never occured to me to do it. But I have a few books that were never returned to me, one of them with Pratchett’s signature. Now I kind of wish I had thought about that excuse then…
Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book?
Piotrek: Oh yes. In non-fiction – quite often and I’m not ashamed, sometimes you’re just not interested in everything the books contains. In fiction… well, there are books with boooring, never-ending descriptions of nature (or overly long dialogues) you just have to skip to get to the real action… or so I thought as a young reader 😉
Recently, when listening to an audiobook, I sometimes speed the Audible up, my record being a 1.75 speed. When I’m bored but still want to know what happened. Or hope it will get better again. It usually doesn’t 😉
Ola: In non fiction, yes. Rarely, though, as I mostly read humanities and there usually an argument is being built throughout the whole book, so skipping parts is not helpful. I did DNF a few books, though, and don’t regret it 😀
Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?
Piotrek: I don’t recall, as politicians say in public hearings… I’m more likely to do the opposite. There are reviews I’d write differently now, and in much harsher tone. There are books I pretended to like to get a better grade (I cared about grades way too much at school). And sometimes I just don’t want to harm the feelings of someone I know liked a certain book very much.
Ola: Are you serious? Me? I bad-mouth only those books that deserve bad mouthing, and when that happens I do it proudly! But I praise great books with equal lavishness, so it all evens out 😀
Piotrek: Ok then. I don’t think we’re terrible human beings, or even sinful readers. Interesting TAG though, made me dig around in my conscience a bit 😉 I hesitate to nominate anyone, but if you read that and feel, well, tempted, to join, please do!
Ola: Tell us all about your little reading vices and sins… Your secrets are safe with us (or not!) 😉