I’ve been tagged by the lovely Krystal Jane (who’s awesome blog is here), in the Seven Deadly Sins blog hop. Here goes.
Greed – What is your most inexpensive book?
Well, probably something I picked up for $1 from the White Elephant Stall at my daughter’s school fair. I don’t tend to bargain shop for books very often. I don’t mind paying proper $$$ as they become my ‘precious things’ and I’m not the type to spend big on shoes or clothes or jewellery or anything so I figure it’s ok to spend on books.
Authors I love, I love straight up. I don’t ‘hate’ authors – just don’t read them if they’re not my thing. But, the one author whose story I loved, but who made me want to throw their book across the room and break something into a thousand tiny pieces was Vanessa Diffenbaugh (you can read about it here).
Gluttony – What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?
I don’t tend to re-read books. In fact I can’t think of any that I’ve read more than once. I think that’s because I’m worried if it’s a book I love that much I want to read it again, that if I do it will somehow lose its magic and I’ll be disappointed. I’d rather remember it in my mind as the beautiful read it was and not risk finding out it wasn’t as good as I thought.
Sloth – Which book have you neglected reading due to laziness?
Well, while there are massive piles of unread book spread throughout my house (pics here), they are mostly unread simply because I haven’t got round to them. But, there is one book I’ve been wanting to read for a while and I keep not picking it up because of the size, and that’s Pillars of the Earth.
Pride – What books do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?
Given that I came to reading late in life and I haven’t really read any of the classics, I don’t really talk about books to sound intellectual. But, I do (guilty confession) talk about authors to try sound intelligent and all literary-like. Things like – “Oh yes, well he’s just won the Man Booker Prize for his latest novel…” and “She couldn’t get it published and was the first author to really self-promote before it was a thing and it took off in the Jewish community before finding its way into mainstream popularity…”
Lust – What attributes do you find attractive in a male or female character?
Hmmm… in a female I like a flawed character with intelligence and honesty. Someone like Victoria in The Language of Flowers. Characters like Bridget Jones just do my head in, so don’t give me anyone like her.
As for males, my first literary crush (and it endures today) was Gilbert Blythe. I like the quiet loyal type. Alpha males don’t do it for me. Unless you count Jamie Fraser from Outlander who combines Alpha male with vulnerability and a kilt. Hmmm…Gilbert Blythe in a kilt, brandishing a broad sword….
Envy – What book would you like to receive most as a gift?
I love, love, love receiving books as gifts, especially if the giver inscribes a little message for me. It wouldn’t matter what the book was, I would cherish it if it came from the heart. A first edition classic (Austen or the like) would probably make me faint, though. Hmmm…. A first edition Austen given to me by Gilbert Blythe wearing a kilt…
I’d love to know some of your book sins. Pick a sin from above and leave a comment below.