7 Deadly Sins (of Reading) Meme

Who can resist a sinful reading meme?

GREED – What is your most inexpensive book?
-At the moment I believe this would be “Thirteenth Night” by Alan Gordon, bought from a library sale for either a quarter or fifty cents. Shakespeare, and Jesters running the world, and murderous mystery, oh my!

It seems strange that it’s the cheapest instead of most expensive work, which I am not sure about in my collection, but what springs to mind is “The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Arthurian Legends” edited by Roman Coghlan. It’s gorgeous and out-of-print and I felt guilty, although I’m sure it wasn’t that much bought second-hand….but it made me feel a lot greedier than buying things at library sales!

WRATH – What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

-Definitely Alison Weir. I find her such a good source-finder, and her writing does have a wonderfully engaging quality so she’s fun to read, but then she goes and twists all the evidence around so her books always find people guilty or innocent depending on the current trend, and sometimes she even SAYS in there that this was a common thing with no meaning, but then she proceeds to find meaning in it anyway, and I’m sure it influences a lot of people, including my mother, and it is Frustrating. *glares*

GLUTTONY – What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?
-I find this question rather bemusing as it has never occurred to me to have shame over rereading books…I get it over rewatching TV sometimes? I suppose the book I’ve probably read the most over the years is “The Ordinary Princess” by M.M. Kaye-it is my springtime book and one of the most delightful novellas ever, where the king’s advisers have committee meetings and the princess’s animal friends aren’t anthropomorphized at all. It’s also probably the one I’ve read to other people the most, so there’s that. And if that makes me a glutton, then so be it-NO SHAME! YOU SHOULD READ IT! In the springtime, at any rate…
ordinary princess

SLOTH – What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?
-This would be Otto von Bismarck’s autobiography in volumes which I started and found very amusing, but am too lazy to get back into. His iron fist allowed him to write too much without tiring his hand, apparently. Also Proust.

PRIDE – What book do you talk most about to sound like an intellectual reader?

-I really don’t think I do this outside of research papers. o.O I remember in high school I did it with having read “Ivanhoe” for fun and enjoyed it.

LUST – What attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters?
-Dark, curly/unruly hair of the longish variety and an accent, preferably Irish. Also, intense stares. Yeah. In males, specifically.

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

-WHY MUST I PICK? That’s just ridiculously hard. Which I suppose makes me very envious since I’d like people to just hand me a lot of books as gifts. I shall say that the rare, out-of-print Barbara Helen Berger books like “Animalia” and “When the Sun Rose” would be particularly special.

So, how about all the guilty readers out there? What are your seven deadly sins?


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. turtlephoenix
    Sep 04, 2014 @ 01:08:14

    Okay, for Greed, I think the most inexpensive book I own cost a dollar, but now costs probably $100 on Amazon. It’s Whisper, the Winged Unicorn, and it’s the one where she looks in the mirror and gets very vain. The most expensive book I ever bought was probably Lost Girls, though that’s an art collection by Jasmine Becket-Griffith that’s more expensive, but will probably buy in the future.

    Wrath–I have a love/hate relationship with Neil Gaiman. He’s a fantastic writer, but that cliche in American Gods…you know what I’m talking about. Granted, I also envy him.

    Gluttony–for me, the books I read over and over are actually comics, like Bloom County and Outland, Hark! a Vagrant…but also Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Short and Shivery, which I read every fall.

    Sloth–Gone with the Wind. I’m scared I’ll read it and find it hasn’t aged well, or something. That’s not out of laziness, though. I guess if I don’t want to read something, I just don’t. I don’t think it has anything to do with me being lazy.

    Pride–Books on psychology and/or esoteric lore, or weird postmodern stuff nobody else has heard of. I like the last one best because then I can write about them, scholarly articles!

    Lust–longer hair. Intelligence. A way with words. Loyalty. Maybe a bit of a tragedy.

    Envy–Hardcovers of all Clive Barker’s work that I don’t yet have, and Dorothy Allison’s book that I am waiting to get published.


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