The 7 Deadly Sins of Reading

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I saw this survey over at Another Novel Read and she encouraged everyone to answer, so here I go!

GREED – What is your most expensive book? Your least expensive?

The most expensive book I own was given to me, and it is Phaidon’s Art Museum, a Survey of World Art. It weighs about 20 pounds, it’s huge and I read a chapter a month because it’s so dense and wonderful. The most expensive book I’ve ever bought is a hard-back manga I got for around 40. I can’t even remember the name of it, but it’s a gorgeous book with wonderful gold and silver illustrations (I can’t remember the name of it because my life is currently contained into 15 medium boxes in a storage unit).

Least expensive book? The Color Purple, I got for second hand for 50 cents. Boo-yah.

WRATH – Which author do you have a love-hate relationship with?

I can’t even think of one to be honest, because I tend not to like ‘authors’ but books. Just because I liked one thing they wrote, I don’t assume I’ll like the other. But I guess I would say Elizabeth Kostova. I loved The Historian and hoped that her sophomore novel, The Swan Thieves would be just as excellent and it wasn’t.

GLUTTONY – What book have you deliciously devoured over and over with no shame whatsoever?

The Harry Potter series, duh! I’ve read and reread that series every year since I received the first book at 9!

SLOTH –  book have you neglected to read due to laziness?

So damn many. I’ll name three though, for the sake of shortness:

  1. Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)
  2. Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13)
  3. The Poisoned Pilgrim (The Hangman’s Daughter, #4)

I want to finish the series for all of them, but I haven’t read the initial books in such a long time and I know I’ve forgotten a shit ton. It almost doesn’t seem worth it to force myself to continue.

PRIDE – What book do you most talk about in order to sound like a very intellectual reader?

The Lord Of The Rings, because I swear you have to be smart if you’ve finished that book with a sane head. It’s brilliant, it’s wonderful, it’s damn dense.

LUST – What attributes do you find most attractive in male or female characters?

Brains with an oomph of I-Don’t-Take-Your-Shit. Hermoine Granger, Ginny Weasley, Danaerys Targareyan and Katniss Everdeen come to mind.

ENVY – What books would you most like to receive as a gift?

I would love the new Harry Potter box set! Pretty please?

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So now, here is the fun bit! I tag everyone! Drop a comment if you complete the survey so I can read what you wrote!

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10 Responses to The 7 Deadly Sins of Reading

  1. Wow! That museum book sounds awesome. I don’t have any books that expensive, so mine would be a newly released hardback. And yaaay for Harry Potter!

  2. Charlotte says:

    Oooo yes Harry Potter!

    I’ve been putting off Siege and Storm too, I want to read it but I just have so many other books I need to read D;

  3. Kelley says:

    Whoa, that art book sounds amazing! I love your list of characters under the Lust category; I totally agree. Also, yes… even though I have all the Harry Potter books, that box set would be great to have!

  4. Yes, I’d be very happy with the new HP box set. I already own two series (Dutch and English) but this one is soooo pretty. Siege and storm was actually pretty easy to follow! I recently finished it and it’s ahamazing 😀

  5. Nicole says:

    GREED – What is your most expensive book? Your least expensive?
    Most expensive: Being parsimonious as I am, I don’t spend much on anything (excluding textbooks because they’re often mandatory and not by choice) and I don’t recall ever spending more than £20 on a book. I wonder if that attitude has something to do with my not rereading books and the fact that, barring any with lovely illustrations, I don’t tend to feel the need to hold onto books even if I have enjoyed them..
    Least expensive: I’ve gotten LOADS of books for free and bought loads on amazon for a penny (+shipping), so loads… Most recently I acquired Norwegian Wood for free.

    WRATH – Which author do you have a love-hate relationship with?
    I agree with you: “I tend not to like ‘authors’ but books”. And, in fact, I can’t recall reading many books by the same author…other than series by JK Rowling, P.G. Wodehouse, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers…. But at the moment I am reading Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami because I enjoyed Norwegian Wood despite it being essentially a love story (though also so much more than that) and, honestly, it’s disappointing me a little bit. It’s still good, but I’ve got some criticisms. Actually, now that I think about it! I love P.G. Wodehouse’s Psmith series – it is hilarious and brilliantly written, but I tried reading a Wooster & Jeeves book and it was awful! I was SO disappointed!! It’s clearly just not my thing. I’m sure other people love it. (There was a description of a painting of a baby that had me in stitches for a while though, so I’ll give it that…). Okay, so P.G. Wodehouse!

    GLUTTONY – What book have you deliciously devoured over and over with no shame whatsoever?
    I am not much of a re-reader. Books I re-read tend to be non-fiction, but I have read The Little Prince two or three times. It is quite poignant and deceptively simple. I don’t know if I fully grasped exactly how much so until I listened to the audiobook. (I have probably read certain comics and graphic novels several times.)

    SLOTH – book have you neglected to read due to laziness?
    Wow. LOADS.. Well, due to laziness ALONE and NOT being fed up with the book:
    Sophie’s World – brilliant book about the history of philosophy. I got halfway through, but never finished for whatever reason.
    A Beginner’s Guide to Reality – which I love and recommend and reread sections of often, but the last section is physics heavy and I tend to shut off despite my desire to know what it’s on about (lots of going over the same sentence over and over again).
    And, I’m probably gonna get some flack for this, but the Harry Potter series. I finished up to book four. Being a slow reader, friends finished the fifth book before me and before long spoilers started slipping out right left and centre (I guess book 5 is really where MAJOR devastating changes started to happen) and I tried to soldier on despite knowing what happened, but that’s one of the reasons I don’t reread books – if I know what’s going to happen it takes a lot of the pleasure of reading it out for me. I kept trying to finish then book 6 came out and I heard even MORE spoilers and I gave up.
    I don’t know what made me think I could get through reading Hunger Games after watching the film AND finding out stuff that happens later.. Actually, that’s on this “sloth” list too!

    PRIDE – What book do you most talk about in order to sound like a very intellectual reader?
    Hmm, I duno.. I guess I take some pride in having first completed The Little Prince (or Le Petit Prince) in its original French… But I think having read classics like Frankenstein and Pygmalion and To Kill A Mockingbird and Brave New World make me feel ‘smurt’ (albeit the first three were for school, I enjoyed them all).

    LUST – What attributes do you find most attractive in male or female characters?
    I love clever characters who have some sense of morality even if they betray themselves sometimes… And I rather like feisty characters with a lot of heart.
    Bernard Marx (Brave New World) is definitely way up there for me! He’s maybe not as strikingly attractive as he should be as an Alpha Plus..nor is he as tall as he should be…But he’s so clever and cynical and right in his critical analysis of life and society, but he’s also flawed and hypocritically human.
    I also love Psmith (Leave It To Psmith, Psmith In The City, etc) – hilarious whether or not he intends to be, terribly practical and equally as clever as he is creative.
    Midori (Norwegian Wood) – feisty, sweet, lively, vivacious, fun, real and to the point.

    ENVY – What books would you most like to receive as a gift?
    Ohoho, well now! The list is looong! I’ve had my eye on LOADS of art history books, but let’s assume this ‘gift’ is for fiction only. I’d certainly appreciate any beautiful Folio Society edition I had not yet read, like the Irish Myths and Legends illustrated by Jillian Tamaki or Midnight’s Children illustrated by Anna Bhushan (lovely illustrator who happens to teach at my alma mater). OOOH! OR, I would LOVE to bits a copy of Joseph Crocker’s Vendoin as it’s out of print 😦 boo!
    Actually my list could probably go on and on…

    • Claire (BWB) says:

      You’re gonna get flack for Sophie’s World. I remember you going on and on and ON about that book, and being like, it’s brilliant, you must read it *squeaks in Nikki’s 9th grade voice* and you NEVER FINISHED IT? ❤ I love you lol

      • pyropanda says:

        I don’t remember doing any such thing… but it IS brilliant! Thing is, I always get almost to the end. I think I was about 3/4 through. Other books have been even closer: Da Vinci Code I got within two or three chapters to the end and just didn’t finish. I have a problem! There’s probably a name for it and it’s probably catalogued as a serious mental disorder that in no way inhibits my life. I thought for sure, you’d slag me off for not finishing Harry potter, though! haha

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