“Never Have I Ever” Book Tag

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all doing well! Today I’m back with a book tag, which I haven’t done in a while, and that I’m actually a bit late in doing (oops, sorry!). I was tagged by the lovely Jessica @Jessica Favor and I highly recommend checking their blog out, at least for their wonderful reviews! Without any further ado, here’s the tag!


This tag was created by Madame Writer/Anne with a Book. The rules are pretty straightforward:

  1. Link back to the original creator (Madame Writer)
  2. Link back to the person who tagged you (Zeezee)
  3. Answer all prompts
  4. Add one more prompt of your own.
  5. Tag at least 5 people
  6. Don’t lie.
  7. Have fun!

Never have I ever… read a later book in the series before reading the first book.

Not on purpose, no! When I first got into reading when I was really young I seemed to have no concept of series! I read the whole Georgia Nicholson series out of order (I started with the eighth book in the series…) and to this day I have still not read the H*rry P*tter series in order. Oops! But one of my favourite books when I was younger was the second book of a trilogy (that I actually managed to understand without reading book one) that I still haven’t read the rest of…it was The Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan. These days if I’m gonna read the second book in a series without reading the first it’s only if they’re companion novels that can be read that way!

Never have I ever… burned a book.

Ummm…no I haven’t and I don’t know anyone who has!!

Never have I ever… read a book I knew I would hate.

Not that I’m aware of. Nowadays I kinda know what kind of books I enjoy and I DNF a lot of books, because I really don’t have the time or the energy to waste on something I don’t enjoy!

Never have I ever… wrote fanfiction about my favorite books.

Does it count if I literally had to do it for a school project? In my first three years of high school English class we had to do a whole project based around a book we had read, both a crafty kinda one and a written one where you had to write a short story that could be a sequel, a prequel or just from another character’s perspective kinda thing. One of the less embarrassing ones I remember (I really pity my English teachers for having to read my awful writing combined with cringey self-insert stories) is a prequel to I Am Number Four (aka one of my special interests back then) written in the perspective of Six because I had a huge crush on her – unbeknownst to wee closeted me at the time!

Never have I ever… loved a book when I was young and hated it when I got older.

This is literally one of my biggest fears! As I got older, combined with a certain TERF’s views, I realised how racist, and honestly how full of plot holes, one of my favourite series is – I’m sure you can guess which one – but otherwise, I can’t think of any. I was terrified last year when I re-read one of my all time favourites, The Night Circus, for the first time in literally around seven years that I wouldn’t like it, but thankfully that wasn’t the case! I also feel the same about Cloud Atlas – another of my favourites growing up – that I’ve only read once because I’m so scared I’m going to hate it!!

Never have I ever… dressed up as one of my favorite literary characters.

When I was in primary school, yes! For world book day I remember dressing up as Alice from Alice in Wonderland except I still haven’t read the book! Regardless, I was adorable in my wee blue dress and pinny that my mum made for me!

Never have I ever… hated a book by an author I loved.

Not as far as I’m aware – I’ve been reading a lot of new to me authors over the past few years and for many of them I haven’t had the chance to go through their backlist yet!

Never have I ever… gone into a bookstore to buy one book and come out with many more.

Every single time! I went into a bookshop a couple of weeks ago for the first time in six months and I went in only looking for a book my dad wanted and any of Alice Oseman’s books. I did get those two (I got Loveless if you’re wondering!) but I also picked up Sistersong by Lucy Holland (historical fantasy with a trans mc) and Pages for You by Silvia Brownrigg (sapphic literary fiction)! I don’t know what it is about bookshops that make me like this but it happens every time!! Especially if they’re a queer or radical bookshop because then I want to buy absolutely everything in there!

Never have I ever… read the end of a book before I read the beginning.

I used to always read the last page of the book before I started it, but after I spoiled myself far too many times I stopped for good!

Never have I ever… read a book without the dust cover.

I always do this! I am not the biggest fan of reading hardbacks in general, but I hate how slippery the dustjackets are – they’re just not practical for reading!!

Never have I ever… skim-read nearly half of a book.

Oop! Yes, I do it quite a lot actually, particularly with ARCs. I feel bad DNF-ing ARCs unless they’re so bad that I can’t force myself to continue, or if their problematic, and I still retain quite a lot of the information while skim-reading as I’m a quick reader in general!

Never have I ever… pretended to have read a book I haven’t read.

Absolutely!! In primary school we had to read War Horse by Michael Morpurgo – and I hate Michael Morpurgo’s books so much! I don’t know what it is about them but they’re just so bland and dreary and boring! In all fairness, I did try and read this book, but I was not enjoying it, so I gave up and asked my best friend at the time (who had read the whole thing) to tell me what happens in it so that when it came to the time for discussing the book I could answer any questions I was asked. I think that was like my biggest rebellion in primary school (though I do remember on one occasion being sent out of class but I can’t for the life of me remember why!) which was a big deal at the time!

Never have I ever… saw the movie before I read the book.

On plenty of occasions, yes! I grew up with the Lord of the Rings movies (who didn’t have a comphet crush on Legolas??) and I’ve still only read the Hobbit. Nowadays, though, I just don’t tend to watch movies all that often – my attention span is very low when it comes to movies and tv shows, much to the despair of my girlfriend! But more recently I have watched The Handmaiden a few times – and I love it – but despite owning the book for a few years now, I still haven’t picked up Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, which it’s based on, though I’m very sure that I’ll end up enjoying it!

Never have I ever… had a book boyfriend.

If you meant comphet crushes I had growing up then yes – one I particularly remember is George Weasley…no I will not be discussing it any further!

Never have I ever… read a history or anthropology book for fun.

Ooop yes I have! I love love love learning about history, and I almost went to university to study history! But when I was in fifth year of high school (around 16/17) I studied the Russian revolutions and the civil war and was so intrigued by it that I picked up Revolutionary Russia, 1891 – 1991: A History by Orlando Figes with the intention of learning what happened after we stopped at the end of the civil war!

Never have I ever… picked up a book based on the cover alone.

I don’t think so – I’ve looked at a cover and thought it was pretty but I would only pick it up if the blurb intrigued me too.

Never have I ever… bought multiple books in a series without starting it.

I’m better at not doing this now but I definitely have done in the past! Last year after loving The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski I picked up the whole Winner’s Trilogy so that I could get more insight into the world. I’m yet to start the trilogy, though I’ll hopefully be picking the first book up this month. Though in this case, I do know that I enjoy the author’s writing style so it’s not as bad as picking up a whole series by an author I’ve never read before!

Never have I ever… kept reading a series even if I didn’t love the first book.

Though I can’t think of any off the top of my head, I’m sure I have, particularly if I didn’t love the plot but did love the characters. Actually no, I have thought of one – I didn’t love The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco, I felt that it did fall a little flat though I really did enjoy some of the main characters, though I am currently reading its sequel, The Ever Cruel Kingdom.

Never have I ever… read a book so quickly that I don’t remember what happened by the end.

Look, I have a memory like a sieve! I forget characters’ names as soon as I put the book down, even if I absolutely adored the book!

My question: never have I ever… eaten/drank while reading and gotten some sort of food or beverage onto the book.

This happened recently and the pain I felt…indescribable!! I was eating shin ramen for lunch while trying to read Before. After. Always. by Morgan Lee Miller and, you guessed it, splattered it all over the book! I also frequently end up splattering things all over my Kindle, though that’s much easier to wipe clean!


I hope you enjoyed this tag and learning about my childhood embarrassments! I tag, though you are under absolutely no obligation to do this tag!:

Hsinju @Hsinju’s Lit Log

Birdie @Birdie’s Booktopia

Saniya @SunnySideReviews

Bertie @Luminosity Library

Gauri @A Book and Chai

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