I really like making lists and checking them several times and then being judgemental.
So in other news, I would make a GREAT Father Christmas! Although I am much shorter and also crankier and have a dog, so possibly I would make a better Grinch? But ok fine whatever…we’re going to talk about naughty vs nice lists and leave the Grinch out of it because he was actually far too decent to have lists. He went ahead and hated everyone without discrimination. An icon.
I saw this tag on Jenniely’s blog and it looks far too fun AND also Christmassy (which, I suck at being Christmassy so look at me go here).
I feel like I’m going to confess all the things here ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ RIP THE OUTCOME OF THIS.
RECEIVED AN ARC AND NOT REVIEWED IT → NAUGHTY
At this point, I’m afraid to LOOK AT MY KINDLE. You know the “deer in the headlights” look? That would be me every time someone talks about ARCs and I remember the ones from 2016 I still need to review… I SWEAR I’ll get to these. Soon. I’m actually 15% sure I’ll gift myself a kindle for Christmas so I can finally read on a screen bigger than my iPod. That would help.
Yeah now I feel quite bad. Some are early 2018 but still…how the heck did this happen. And these aren’t all because I’m too ashamed.
HAVE LESS THAN 60% FEEDBACK RATING ON NETGALLEY → NICE!
May I present to you…
BOOM. I am a slack undercooked lettuce broth, but despite that — I am at 93%. Although HA don’t you worry! Everyone still hates me there and everything is still freaking “TO WISH”. What? wHy. If it’s not available to request, why is it on there. Netgalley frustrates me so much I could screeeeeeeeam.
RATED BOOK ON GOODREADS AND PROMISED FULL REVIEW…BUT NEVER DID IT → NAUGHTY
Um, I do say this. Not often! But while I was deciding whether to keep doing negative reviews as an author (ps I decided no…unless it’s heckin’ problematic and I feel the need to call it out), I was leaving some “I’ll come back later!” like the perky liar I am!
I don’t even know if this is a completely shameful or slightly-famous thing to admit, but this is actually THE Hafsah Laziaf who’s coming out with We Hunt The Flame next year which…wasn’t it a 6-figure deal??? FAME. Anyhow, I’m 99% sure We Hunt The Flame will be a bestseller and it’s being mega hyped. So I actually beta-read for her back in 2013 wooo. My tiny claim to fame. But then I’d forgotten too much before she (self?) published Unbreathable so like lmao bury me. (I will review We Hunt The Flame as soon as it comes out though. I AM EXCITED. And I’m not getting any privileges. I’m sure she doesn’t remember me haha.)
FOLDED THE PAGE OF A BOOK → NICE!
I WOULD NEVER.
ACCIDENTALLY SPILLED FOOD ON BOOK → NAUGHTY
Alright this was an ACCIDENT. But I was once reading a library book (I do not remember which…but I was young…) and also eating lasagna. I mean, the story can end there, right? You know how this ends. I intended to fork lasagna into my mouth, it fell back onto my plate, sauce went everywhere, the book looked rather like a crime scene had hit it.
I LEARNED. I’M A BETTER PERSON NOW.
DNF’D A BOOK THIS YEAR → NICE!
I don’t DNF because it really bugs me and I end up obsessing about the book. But. I don’t think it’s bad to DNF?! You don’t have to finish books you don’t like! Life is short and you could be eating cheesecake.
BOUGHT A BOOK PURELY BECAUSE IT WAS PRETTY WITH NO INTENTION TO READ IT → NAUGHTY
Ohhhhh I was actually typing up: “No way! I wouldn’t do that!” when I remembered…I’VE LITERALLY ORDERED THE SIX OF CROWS COLLECTOR’S EDITION UGHGHG. There is 0% chance I’ll ever read that copy. I own the paperback and I actually prefer it on audio. (The voices are great. 10/10 recommend listening to Kaz be disappointed in you.) So yeah.
Super naughty and not even sad. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It’s gorgeous. I’d do pictures by my copy isn’t here yet.
READ INSTEAD OF DOING SOMETHING IMPORTANT → NAUGHTY
I want to say…who hasn’t. And also give you a fun little list of times I’ve read when I should’ve been doing something else, including:
- I’ve read instead of doing copy-edits…aCTuaLLy I’m doing that right now (don’t tell my editor)
- My entire highschool life was reading > doing actual school work.
- I remember being about 8 and reading instead of joining in Christmas festivities lmao. (It was Tintin! Tintin is everything.)
- I’m currently rereading Lady Midnight (for the 3rd time!) instead of facing my life problems! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
SKIM READ A BOOK → NAUGHTY
I do this all the time and I’m not even ashamed. This is my deal with myself instead of DNF’ing. I finish the book but I skim the boring parts. And OH look at me and say you haven’t skimmed prose sometimes to get to the good dialogue. I SEE YOU. I KNOW.
(Or else I’m a super shady little smidge and alone in this…oops.)
FAILED YOUR GOODREADS GOAL → NICE!
NEVER. Although this is the part where I confess I give myself a lower goodreads goal than I know I can achieve — so I can overachieve and be very self-satisfied.
Although not this year. I’ve struggled to keep up my 200 books goal, mostly because I’ve alternated between edits and depression sitting on my head. Both are uncomfortable. I read through A Thousand Perfect Notes SO MANY TIMES THIS YEAR, it got to the point where I wanted to fling myself 60000ft into space.
In other news! ATPN is very well edited! You should read it!
BROKE A BOOK BUYING BAN → NICE!
I’ve never broken a ban! Because I’ve never been on one.
I just accept myself for who I am: a hoarder.
FINISHED A BOOK BUT DIDN’T ADD IT TO GOODREADS → NICE!
Here’s the true confession: I update Goodreads
obsessively religiously. It’s the first thing I do! I love my stats, my updates, shelving things, arranging books in pretty categories and rows. It makes me so gleefully happy, I can’t even.
I know people like to say “it’s not about the numbers” but…THE NUMBERS BRING ME SUCH JOY. I find it just as satisfying to write down reading stats as I do to read. Let me live my happy happy life.
LEFT A REVIEW TOO LONG AND FORGOT THE BOOK→ NAUGHTY
OH YES. In fact, I did that just this year with What If It’s Us! I read an eARC like 3 months early and did the, “Oh I’ll review this later haha,” and…did not. But I needed to blog it, so I had to reread. That book actually makes me so — arGHSgh tWISTY — because (A) I love it, and it makes me laugh, and it’s funny and cute and relatable…but also (B) WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT CONCLUSION. I’m pretending the prologue didn’t exist.
I have feelings about What If It’s Us, can we tell. And I have read it twice this year. Win? Fail? We’re not sure.
SO AM I NAUGHTY OR NICE?
7 = Naughty
6 = Nice
Ok guess it’s life with the Grinch after all, wow, I missed out on going to The Good Place by like 1. This is so typical of me.