Hello friends! I’m slowly working on the pile of tags I am nominated for, and today I’m bringing the ‘Never Have I Ever’ book tag, for which I was tagged by Hundreds and Thousands of Books. Many thanks for tagging me!

The rules

💛 Link back to the original creator: Madame Writer

💛 Link back to the person who tagged you

💛 Answer all prompts

💛 Add one more prompt of your own

💛 Tag at least five people

💛 Don’t lie!

💛 Have fun!

The questions

NEVER HAVE I EVER: read a later book in a series before the first

I read Anne of Ingleside first, way before I bought the rest of the Anne series. Since this is not a plot driven series I guess the order wouldn’t matter, but it did feel a bit strange to read Anne of Green Gables right after that (the difference!).

And I think I read Mark of Athena after I read the rest of the Heroes of Olympus series.

NEVER HAVE I EVER: burned a book

Why would anyone do this? Even if you do hate a book that much, then don’t burn it! At least use its pages for something useful.

NEVER HAVE I EVER: gone into a shop to buy one book and came out with many more

I don’t recall doing this, but my mom says that I have, so…

NEVER HAVE I EVER: loved a book when I was younger and hated it when I got older

Possibly the Dork Diaries and A Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. I believe I’ve read every book that existed 2013 – 2015 (these were all the rage at my school back then). Now I can’t pick these up without cringing. I don’t *hate* them but they’re incredibly shallow and sorta cringeworthy. And the main characters are incredibly privileged. Maybe its because I’m looking from my point of view because that’s what I grew up with, but seriously, you’re fourteen and you’re whining your phone is ugly? Back when I was that age I was lucky if I got to use the laptop and internet for two hours after my sis had finished using it.

NEVER HAVE I EVER: read a book I knew I’d hate

So many. Eleanor and Park. Twilight. New Moon. Why do readers do this?

NEVER HAVE I EVER: wrote a fan fiction of my favourite book

Nope. I tried it, but it feels really weird to write characters someone else has created.

NEVER HAVE I EVER: dressed up as my favourite literary character


NEVER HAVE I EVER: hated a book by an author I love

Not yet. Fingers crossed that this won’t happen in the future!

NEVER HAVE I EVER: skim read a book

100% of all the books I read while at school were just skimming. You can’t really read when you’ve got a teacher teaching in front of the class and the book on your lap (I was a pretty terrible student). By the end I had missed the lesson, spoiled the book for myself and I kept doing it over and over because that was the only way I came by new books.

And now I’m desperately trying to cure myself of the habit. One good thing that came out of it: I’m a pretty fast reader.

NEVER HAVE I EVER: pretended to read a book I haven’t

I definitely have, but I can’t remember what or why.

NEVER HAVE I EVER: read a book without the dust cover

The only hardcovers I own are 30-year-old Russian classics which belonged to my dad (most of which I lost after I took them to use as props in school plays) so, um, this problem has never occurred to me before. And even if I did read hardcover books then I’ll keep the dust jacket on.

NEVER HAVE I EVER: had a book boyfriend/girlfriend

I’ve come to the conclusion that I fall in love with people who are either snarky misfits or snarky idealists who also happen to be good mechanics (eyes Leo Valdez and Nikolai Lantsov) and I can’t choose one. See? This is the reason why love triangles exist.

NEVER HAVE I EVER: picked up a book based on the cover alone

No. I check the synopsis first. The cover does play a part but I mostly buy books I’ve already heard of, so…

NEVER HAVE I EVER: read the end of a book before the beginning

I’ve definitely done this, and more than once.

NEVER HAVE I EVER: read a history or anthropology book for fun

When I run out of books to read I read encyclopedias for fun. Over and over. What can I say? I am a nerd. Thankfully this paid off later when I won a quiz which won me the tab I’m using right now.

NEVER HAVE I EVER: participated in a readathon

I’d love to, but I seriously don’t have time😑

NEVER HAVE I EVER: bought multiple books in a series before starting it

The chances of this happening are nil.

NEVER HAVE I EVER: written in a book

I have a habit of writing the date I bought the book on the inside cover, but that’s pretty much it.

NEVER HAVE I EVER: filled up an entire bookshelf and had to have stacks of books balanced precariously throughout various rooms

Hahaha I don’t own that much books to begin with. But without the ‘filling up an entire bookshelf’ part, I’ve done this when I was moving house.

My prompt:

I’m actually feeling bad for the person who has to do tag about ten months after now because there’s going to be too many prompts to answer to, so I decided not to put a prompt of my own who am I kidding I’m just lazy to think up a question

I tag

Maya @ Pretty Little Scribbles

Lotus @ Pages of Starlight

Mesal @ Earthly abode

Jiyoon @ Insomniac Reviews

M @ Inking and Thinking

Maya @ Maya Joelle

And anyone else who’d like to do this tag!

Doing this tag made me realise I’m hungry for more books and that my TBR is overflowing, so let’s see what I decided to read this month!

I probably won’t stick with this list but it feels nice to make a list anyway.

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.

But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. 

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This is a world divided by blood—red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance—Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafzah Faisal

People lived because she killed. People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. Both Zafira and Nasir are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya–but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the sultan on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds–and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

I also have a small request to make. My sister and her partner entered a video competition, and here’s the video:

In this competition likes = votes, so please drop in a like if you enjoyed watching this video!

37 thoughts on “Never Have I Ever – bookish edition + May TBR + a small request

  1. Thank you for the nomination! I’ll definitely do this tag soon! The Hate U Give has been on my TBR for so long now; I hope to pick it up soon! It’s apparently a very beautiful eye-opener and speaks out on racial issues (or so I’ve heard) so I’m really looking forward to it because if there’s anything I love in YA, it’s diversity. Just liked the video you put there, too! Great post ♥♥

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  2. thank you for the tag ♥️ i’ll definitely try to do it soon. your sister’s video was also really good! it had me wishing to be a bird that can walk over lotus petals (and this is now my dream life). dropped a like 🌟

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  3. Hahaha, just thinking about skim-reading books during class time nearly gives me an anxiety attack – a) because I’d have been terrified of missing out on something said at school and b) because I need to know every detail that happens in a book in chronological order 🤣 But to each their own, I guess! Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your answers, Jan, and I’m looking forward to potentially seeing your thoughts on The Hate U Give soon! 🤗

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  4. I can’t believe anyone would burn a book, either! Make flowers out of its pages or something useful. XD
    Ughhhh Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I have no idea why kids think these are so appealing. *facepalm*
    I do sometimes read hardcovers without the dust jacket, just because sometimes they KEEP FALLING OFF and it drives me batty.
    “The chances of this happening are nil.” EXACTLY! Why spend money on a series you don’t know if you’ll like??

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  5. Aw thanks so much for giving it a go! YES I can’t look back at Dork Diaries anymore without thinking… what the hell was I thinking? How did I not appreciate how bad it was 😂. I am also definitely a ‘reading under the table’ sort of student, but what better use of my time could I have?

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