Friday, November 28, 2014

Seven Deadly Sins (Of The Literary World)

Hello all.

As you're reading this, I am at The Store working my way through an 18-hour shift (Boy, I love holiday weekends!) and doing a shot writing a haiku smiling politely and patiently every time a customer asks me if the "Everything On Sale" event extends to whatever item they're holding in their hands.


But on My Pet Blog today, I am participating in the Seven Deadly Sins tag. Author Crystal Collier tagged me last week (Thanks, Crystal) and I finally found a moment to post it....

Greed—What is your most expensive book? Inexpensive books?

My most expensive books are probably the leather-bound Harry Potter books my mother found for me. They look great sitting on my shelves and have never been opened. I feel they're far too nice to touch. If you want to touch a Harry Potter book, I have about twenty paperbacks.

My most inexpensive books are the free e-books I download from Amazon.

Wrath—Who is the author with whom you have a love/hate relationship?

I have to go with Janet Evanovich and her Stephanie Plum series here. I absolutely loved the beginning of this series. The characters were fun, and the stories made me laugh out loud on several occasions. But from about Book 10 and up, I've been less than impressed. And I hate how the love triangle between Stephanie and Morelli and Ranger is STILL going on. Morelli, you can do better.

Gluttony—What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?

There are a few series that I try to revisit at least once a year because I just adore the characters so much. They include the Harry Potter series,  Ellen Emerson White's President's Daughter series, and Sharon Kay Penman's Justin de Quincy series.

Sloth—What book have you neglected reading out of laziness?

Moby Dick by Herman Melville. It's one of those classic novels I feel like I should read, but...damn, it's big. And possibly boring.

Pride—What book(s) do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

I was going to make a Fifty Shades of Grey joke here, but I'm afraid people wouldn't get that it was a joke. My real answer would probably be Troilus and Creseyde by Geoffrey Chaucer. Which I read in the original Middle English because I am a huge dork who used to do things like that. Either that, or Les Miserables. In French. Because I am a huge dork who used to do things like that.

Lust—What attributes do you find attractive in a male or female character?

I adore flawed characters. Perfect characters are boring. Imperfect characters are awesome. I like a hero/heroine who screws up on occasion, or even all of the time. For example, Harry Potter is, from time to time, a big jerk. And I love that. Because it's real.

Envy—What book would you most like to receive for a gift?

I'm happy to receive any book as a gift, but if John Green or Maggie Stiefvater wanted to send me copies of whatever they're working on now, I'd be more than happy to accept. Even if that's just a grocery list. Or, if Sharon Kay Penman wanted to send me more Justin de Quincy novels (her publisher won't release any more because they're not viewed as profitable as her other works), that would be incredibly awesome.

This is supposed to be the part where I tag other people, but I never do that. Should you decide that you'd like the participate, feel free to tag yourself, and then tell me that you did it so I can be sure to check it out.

That is going to do it for me today. Thank you for stopping by, and I hope everyone out there is having a fantastic weekend. And should you be hitting the stores today, be kind to your sale clerks. You have no idea what they might tweet about you on their lunch breaks...


  1. I managed to get through Moby Dick, and even War and Peace! I deserve a prize for being one of only seven people in the world to do that!

    1. That is impressive. I've never attempted War and Peace. I did read Anna Karenina, though.

  2. Nope, couldn't get through Moby Dick. Or War and Peace.

    And good luck at the store today. My son is working the retail madness today too. I've armed him with plenty of leftovers to give him strength. :)

  3. I'm sure I've read that fact about you reading Chaucer in Middle English before - but it still blows my mind that anyone could really get through it. I'm extremely impressed :-)

  4. Thankfully, I cut hair. Just breathe...


    Hugs and chocolate!

  5. Which is why I avoid shopping in stores. Online shopping is the way to go! (And I did read War and Peace primarily so I could say I did. Don't remember much of it, though...)

  6. I actually just bought Moby Dick yesterday. I was checking it out (research) and read the first paragraph and thought, hmm, this could be interesting...I'll let you know :)

  7. The first few chapters of Moby Dick are great - it's once they get on the ship and he starts talking about whales that it slows down. But I've gotten a big copy, and I've given myself permission to skim, so this winter I might get into it.

    I hope you're well rested by Sunday, to (hopefully) enjoy the big game.

  8. Well, it's a few days later that I'm finally reading this, so did you survive work?

  9. Oooh, Harry Potter and leather. Hm, and now I just made that sound kind of kinky.

  10. This is a great meme, and I have to say I'm highly impressed you read Les Mis in French. I couldn't even sit through the movie XD

  11. I wanted the leather-bound Harry Potter series, but my kids wanted the new ones with the fab art work. Probably a better choice, since they tend to love books to death.

  12. Wow, a leather-bound Harry Potter series sounds pretty cool. :)

    I haven't read Moby Dick either. In fact, I haven't read many classics, so sounds like you're ahead of me.

  13. I have leather bound copies of the first two HP books- but never remember seeing any more leather bounds for the rest of the series. I am a huge HP fan and reread the books regularly. :) I listen to the audio books every night when I go to sleep. I tried to read Moby Dick and it was not my cup of tea. It took me months to get through about 80 pages. If you ever decide to read it- I hope you have better luck than I did. :)

  14. Leather bond Harry Potter....I know why you don't open them