Confessions from Messing Up – Book Tag

If you’re doing your first book tag, confessing when you messed up seems appropriate right?

If you’re unfamiliar with book tags (as I was 6 weeks ago), here’s the game. Answer different book questions honesty. Tag other book bloggers to do the same. Along the way, we’ll learn about books and each other.

Today, I’m sharing where I’ve messed up when it comes to books and reading. I picked up this tag from Howling Libraries 

I Messed Up Book Tag


character appearance

A character appearance that you misread or imagined differently:

chauvelin, the scarlet pimpernelChauvelin from The Scarlet Pimpernel. I had this picture of an ugly french guy…and then Sir Ian McKellen shows up. Seriously, Ian McKellen as Chauvelin. Never in the half dozen times I’d read the book did that image enter the equation.

But I’m glad McKellen plays the role. Because his acting is phenomenal! His banter with Sir Percy about fashion is one of my favorite scenes in movie history. And from the book, the pepper swapped with snuff scene is the best moment, ever.

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A character name that you’ve been pronouncing wrong:

Rhysand. And Chaol. Apparently, I’m just not that great at instinctually knowing how to properly say Sarah J Mass characters.

I called Rhysand – Ri-sand. And it’s supposed to be said Ree-sand. But I can’t just say it that way. It doesn’t sound like the character to me AT ALL. Also, is it really my fault when the pronunciation guide’s at the back of the book? If I’ve read 300 pages, saying the name wrong the entire time, do I really need to fix my ways? If it truly mattered, wouldn’t the author put the name guide at the front of the book?

That’s my *little* rant on the subject.

And Chaol. Apparently, his name is pronounced as Kale. Named after lettuce? Bleh, not saying it that way.

A cliché character you like better on screen than reading about:

mr darcy

If it weren’t for movie versions of Mr. Darcy, I’d probably not like him. Not one bit. I love reading about Mr. Knightley and Emma, but I just get annoyed with Mr. Darcy. I love the banter in Pride and Prejudice, but I never grow to really like Mr. Darcy. He’s just, meh, not as bad as Wickam.
But then Collin Firth comes along and saves the day. Mr. Darcy doesn’t seem so terrible anymore. Like Lizzy said, I think I started falling in love when I saw how nice Pemberley was. Not really. But looking handsome really helped.

Also, I really think we’re able to see Darcy’s character growth. The way Lizzy’s words haunt him, how badly he wants to set things right. How he isn’t just a spoiled rich guy. He really does change.

A word/phrase you learned because of its use in a book:

Sink me. From The Scarlet Pimpernel. I just want to say this around people who actually know the reference. 🙂

But I’m more likely to use kindred spirit. Ever since Anne called her friend a kindred spirit, I’ve called my best friends kindred spirits too many times to count. I also tend to say things don’t have scope for the imagination instead of just plain boring.



Have you ever not read or completed a required-reading book for school?

Not really. If I’m assigned a book, I’ll read it. But I haven’t finished books I should read, like A Tale of Two Cities. Or the Illiad. Or Little Women. Some classics are just hard. Apparently I’ve never been assigned a classic?

I do skim books, especially if I’m late for the assignment.

Have you ever skipped a chapter from the point of view of a character you weren’t interested in?

Yes. I did this alot in Pride and Prejudice. I didn’t want to read about Jane stuck in London or Lydia’s wacky behavior. I just kept skipping to Darcy/Lizzy conversations.

And in Emma, yeah, I skipped through all the party planning. And setting up people. It just seemed like unnecessary background stuff going on.

And the one time I picked up a Tale of Two Cities, I read the first chapter, than skipped and read the last 5 chapters. I really, really need to go back and read the entire book.

Have you ever canceled social plans to read a book?

Too many times. Though I’m more likely to skip plans to write. I’ve stayed in my dorm room during campus events to read, and skipped out on hanging out with friends to write.

But if I can’t cancel a social event, I’ll probably still take a book with me. I just can’t bear the thought of sitting or standing around with nothing to do. I almost always have a book on hand, just in case.

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That’s about all! If I’ve messed up more, I’m not admitting it. 🙂 Also, I think I plead the fifth on any of this ever being used in court.

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1 Comment

  1. August 27, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    I love this tag! I totally relate to so many of these, haha. Great answers! XD

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