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Never Have I Ever Book Tag

Today I’m participating in the Never Have I Ever Book Tag. I found this tag over on Nehal Jain’s blog @Books and Words. I just had to try it out. What can I say? I’m a sucker for tags that remind me of games.

The Rules:

  • Link back to original creator:  Madame Writer.
  • Link back to the person who tagged you or the blog where you first saw this tag.
  • Answer all prompts.
  • Add one more prompt of your own.
  • Tag at least 5 people.
  • Don’t lie.
  • Have fun!

Never Have I Ever…read a later book in a series before reading the first book.

Oh, I’ve definitely done this. I’m pretty sure I mentioned it earlier this week when discussing by top ten.

See the picture above of the Prydain Chronicles? Yes, I read all of those books completely out of order because I was getting them from the school library whenever they were available. It’s not a great idea with those books because the character backgrounds are pretty important, but I didn’t care. I was invested in Taran’s story no matter what the adventure.

Never Have I Ever…burned a book.

Whaaaat? This game just got super dark. No, I’ve not burned any books.

Never Have I Ever…read a book I knew I would hate

I have a bachelor’s degree in English Language Arts. Of course I’ve read books I just knew I would hate, but most of the time I was wrong. Crime and Punishment is a great example of this. I thought I would hate it, but I actually loved it.

Never Have I Ever…wrote a fanfiction about my favorite books.

Never Have I Ever…loved a book when I was young and hated it when I got older.

Hate is a strong word, and I honestly don’t hate any of the books above. First of all, all of these books were too hyped, and the movies did not make me love them more. Now that I’m an older reader I recognize the flaws in these books, but I enjoyed them as a young adult when I read them.

Never Have I Ever…hated a book by an author I love

Hate is a strong word, but for this I think it is accurate. I really do not like A Streetcar Named Desire. Blanche is annoying and hard to connect to as a woman.

She is brutally raped by Stanley, but the rape is never really addressed, she’s just sent to an asylum. Even in the script, what happens is never called what it is—rape. I understand that it was a different time, but I feel that if an author is not willing to address the wrongness of the issue, that he or she shouldn’t write about it.

It doesn’t help that when I was first introduced to this play it was by a teacher who glossed over that scene. It was the climax of the show, yet the teacher was clearly not comfortable talking about it. Furthermore, some serious victim-shaming went on in that class about Blanche’s actions leading up to that scene, and part of me blames the vagueness of the script for allowing that.

Finally, William’s other plays are superior. This one is over-rated.

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

I can’t pull up Amazon without buying multiple books.

Never Have I Ever…read the end of a book before reading the beginning

I am always tempted to do this when a thriller is at its most thrilling. One thing I prefer about ebooks is that it takes a lot more effort to pull this off.

Never Have I Ever…skim read nearly half a book

Tis how I passed graduate school.

Never Have I Ever…spoiled a book for someone.

I spoiled this book for myself and everyone else who would listen. When I saw that Sean Bean had been cast, I told everyone, “So, we know Ned Stark is marked for death.”

My Question: Never Have I Ever…written a review for a book I could not finish.

I have never published a review for a book I did not finish. I did have one book that I had to turn in on NetGalley, and I simply couldn’t finished it. I wrote a NetGalley review, but made it clear that I had not been able to finish the book and would not be posting the review.

My tags:

Ashmita @TheFictionalJournal

Breanna @PawsandPaperbacks

The Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

Elaine Howlin

One Book More

And anyone who is reading this and wants to participate. Please tag me so I can see your answers.


4 thoughts on “Never Have I Ever Book Tag”

  1. Oooh I loved this post 😍. Glad you did the tag 😄, and just call me Nehal when you refer to me 😅😂
    Also, bro, the graduation part had me 😂😂😂.
    Loved all ur answers, I’m so glad I found someone who reads the end before the beginning AND ALSO spoils books 😆😆😆

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  2. Oh dear, now that I’m re-reading that, I see what you mean. That’s not what I meant, and I’ll edit it for clarification.

    My issue is that the rape scene was never truly addressed. The character is annoying, and I think Williams used the fact that she was annoying to keep from having to address what happened to her, they just ship her off to an institution. Furthermore, the way it is written has allowed for years of victim-blaming. I’ve known many people who’ve read the play and didn’t realize what had happened in the scene—they literally assumed that the two of them hooked up consensually.


  3. Just to clarify, I never wrote that I didn’t have sympathy for Blanche. What I actually wrote was that I had trouble connecting to her until she was raped.

    Nevertheless, I apologize for any apparent insensitivity on my part, and I believe I have fixed the issue in the initial post. Thank you for bringing this to my attention, and I hope you have a blessed day. ❤️🐝


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