Book Tag

Bookish: The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag!

Book Tag

Oh boy!

*rubs hands together with devilishly glee*

Cynic On Wings knows that I am a Naughty Person and so tagged me in this extremely fun book tag. Check out her equally Naughty Person answers here.

Let’s do this!

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What is the most expensive book you own? Which is the least expensive?

If this question was ‘do you spend money binge buying books and if yes what’s the most you’ve spent in one go?’ I could answer it with ease.

As it turns out I don’t actually have a clue how to answer this question! I haven’t purchased any expensive books for myself although I tend to gift nice posh books to friends and family. I have received many nice posh books from friends and family so I would probably guess one of those would be the most expensive.

If I were to guess from those gifts I would say this one:-

American Gods

This bound and illustrated version of American Gods from The Folio Society is a book which no one is allowed to touch. Including me.

As for the least expensive? There was a second hand book sale I went to many years ago and I picked this book up for pennies (I still have this book because it’s oddly awesome).

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GluttonyWhat book or books have you shamelessly devoured many times?

The reason I have American Gods as a special edition (and the reason I have it in multiple different versions/ editions) is because it is actually the book that I have re-read the most. For someone who ‘doesn’t do’ re-reads this makes it quite special to me.

The other book that I have re-read (or at least has parts that I’ve re-read) is The Hating Game because it’s just a cute read that cheers me up.

The Hating Game

LustWhat attributes do you find most attractive in your characters? 

You know who I adore? These two.

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(Artist: Meru90)

The thing about Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games is that they are two very different people on the surface who are the same in terms of what they value/ their morals.

At the core of it they are both loving, caring people who want to do the right thing for the world they live in and who have a strong sense of self sacrifice and unyielding devotion to those they love. What’s not to like there?

What differentiates them is Katniss’ sugar and ice personality and stubborn determination but I also adore Peeta’s more overt cheerfulness and loyalty and quietly snarky sense of humour.

Envy.jpgWhat books would you most like to receive as a gift?

I wandered over to The Folio Society to have a look because they are just gorgeous and my heart is still hung up on this very special, very expensive edition of Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty.

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prideWhat book or books do you bring up when you want to sound like an intellectual reader? 

I’m not religious but I read The Bible when I was a teenager. It was out of curiosity and also because I wanted to make decisions for myself as to whether I wanted to follow the teachings and the only way I felt that I could make that decision was reading the source material.

It was a very interesting read. It may have swayed me to the opposite of its intention i.e. to not follow it’s teachings (one story in particular made me realise Christianity wasn’t for me) but I’m glad I read it and formed my own opinions.

Bible

Sloth.jpgWhat book or series have you neglected out of sheer laziness?

Pretty much anything by Patrick Rothfuss or Brandon Sanderson.

I’m gunna get round to them I swear.

 

Wrath.jpgWhat author do you have a love/hate relationship with? 

I don’t think I hate any author because I don’t know them personally but there’s a new writer on the block who is…. well…. rankling me a bit. That would be Emily A. Duncan, author of Wicked Saints.

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Now I do have a Twitter (which is connected to me as a person and not me as a book blogger) and I do have a tendency to lurk like some nervous troll. I was intrigued by this above debut and so checked out the author on Twitter and Goodreads.

Did I like what I found? Not particularly.

I’m tempering my words here because although I am an opinionated so and so I don’t really like passing critique on an individual. I haven’t read her book (and have no inclination to read her book) so I can’t comment on her as a writer or her book content itself. What I know about the book is what I’ve got from other reviews.

I would turn away now if you adore the writer.

Are you turned away?

Final warning. I genuinely don’t want to upset fans.

Ahem.

One book that has got someone onto the NYT bestseller list (despite an extraordinarily large number of reviews calling it mediocre) does not a genius make. I agree – audiences do not need to be pandered to but if large swathes of people say X about Y then maybe, just maybe, the audience aren’t the brain dead sea monkey’s that the writer is implying they are. Maybe, again just maybe, the readers are interpreting the material just fine and the delivery of the story is not exactly the shining example of writing the writer thinks it is.

If someone is building their career with an online persona indicating that they are somehow the holy grail among YA authors than they better make sure that their book is unique and powerful and original. However, even if their book is unique and powerful and original it still doesn’t give them carte blanche to behave in a derogatory manner towards their readers, many of whom are teenagers.

I think success, praise and followers have contributed to a bit of a growing ego here but is that attitude going to result in longevity? There are so many other authors who have written fabulous pieces of work who are significantly more gracious and appreciative of their readers who have helped to make their work a success.

I usually can separate the piece of fiction from the creator but often the creator isn’t this obnoxious towards their readers.

I love the pictures of her cat though, so cuuuuute.

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There we have it! My sinny sin sins. I’m not going to tag anyone in this one because I am still trying to get organised re. my posts and tagging but if you feel like doing this one please do because it’s fun! If you do it please link to me because I’d love to read your answers.

Go for it my Naughty People!

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17 thoughts on “Bookish: The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag!

  1. I think The Name of the Wind (the series actually) neglected itself… 😀 I mean, wasn’t there supposed to be a third book or something??

    Every time i see Hunger Games on lists i’m so happy! Love that series, love Katniss 😀

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    1. No idea! I haven’t picked up a single copy of even know much about the author even though I know he’s *huge* in the fantasy world and I’m seemingly the only person who hasn’t read any of his work!

      Oh I’m a huge Katniss fan so I’ll forever be beating that drum!

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  2. Ugh why are the Folio society books so beautiful and so expensive? I stare at them longingly but alas, I won’t ever be able to justify the expense.

    We’ve talked in comments on my blog already about Ms. Duncan, but I just want to say here that you dodged the bullet – the book was Not Good and it + her attitude after I read it pissed me off so much I donated the book to my library to get it out of my house.

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    1. I know! The ones that I really love are ridiculously expensive and unless it’s for a very special occasion I won’t be buying them! I’ve gifted friends Folio books before but definitely not any of the expensive ones!

      Oh I love it! It’s like you performed a book exorcism! I think I would have burnt some sage afterwards too! I feel like doing that if I read about what she’s said next on Twitter…

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  3. Aw yay, you did the tag! As someone who’s a bit cynic and appreciates your critical analyses, I knew you were the right person to tag. 😋

    The Folio Society edition of American Gods is absolutely lovely btw! I relate to that mindset of “no one’s allowed to touch it, including me” – I practically handle some of my books with white gloves, so that’s a mood there. I would also totally want the Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty editions as well; I like collecting special editions of children’s books more than any other genre, and FS editions are simply gorgeous!

    Oh, and I so agree with you on Katniss and Peeta. I find it rather sad that people have nowadays resorted to simplifying Peeta as the “not-hot” guy, but it’s like, he’s such a sweetheart! I think nice people should be allowed to find love, so I’m totally on board with Katniss ending up with him. Kindness is underrated in media nowadays. :/

    Emily Duncan… *strokes non-existent beard* I only five hours ago went down a huge rabbit hole of digging up old dirt on Sarah J Maas and Cassandra Clare, so I am so in for this tea. I’m rather surprised to hear that she’s been egotistic and combative as many have spoken wonderfully about her, so it’s good to be aware of this! I may need to go snooping now…

    Fab answers girl! ❤ ❤

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    1. Er Peeta was totally hot! He baked, he painted, he wrestled, he’s described as stocky with wavy blonde hair and he was funny with a strong sense of loyalty and compassion. Katniss pretty much spent a good couple of paragraphs describing his eyelashes so you know she had it bad before she realised she had it bad 😛

      But I do know what you mean. Peeta wasn’t a ‘typical’ bad boy character that seems to crop up in YA but I’m really glad Suzanne Collins made him the way he was because it just subverted the whole ‘nice guys can’t be the love interest’ thing that seems to be going on. I think it makes his brainwashing even more sad but I’m glad those kids got their happy ending. Honestly, you’d think I was invested or something (I am, I truly am).

      Oooh yes, go down the rabbit hole of Emily Duncan. She’s a delight. I say this with such a raised eyebrow it’s hurting my brain. I don’t know much about Cassandra Clare but I’ve heard that SJM had a falling out with almost everyone in the YA writers circle of fantasy and I just live for drama that isn’t my own!

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      1. Pwaha I haven’t read the books in a long time, but Peeta does sound hawt! I think I keep referring to the movie version of him, but it’s like, he’s hot too? 😂 I don’t get why people don’t love this character.

        Girl, I love drama that isn’t my own too. Hate it in books, hate partaking in it, but when there’s petty tea to spill, I roll out my couch and watch that show unravel. I may have to get back to you about Emily Duncan as I haven’t had time to go down that particular rabbit hole though; she does sound delightful lol…

        (For Cassie Clare btw, she apparently plagiarized entire sections from some author’s book when she was writing fan fic waaay back, and she cursed people out when they called her out. And yes, I’ve heard SJM was petty towards Susan Dennard when she started achieving success with Truthwitch. Speculation of course, but for some reason, I’m inclined to believe it after reading SJM books. 😂)

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        1. I don’t know why people didn’t love Peeta either but I really think it’s the whole ‘Gale was a bad boy’ argument and I guess he’s more appealing somehow? Frankly I’d take a Peeta!

          I just want to watch the drama unfold around me as I zen out and drink tea and pet my cat. I’m not too old to be above this kind of stuff.

          I know little to nothing about Cassandra Clare but I did read something about SJM which I actually found quite sad. There was an interview when she was asked about real life female friendships and how it’s impacted how she’s incorporated strong female friendships into her work and where does she get the inspiration from etc.

          She ended up highlighting her marriage to her husband and the fact that her mum has really solid female friendships. I just find that so telling and yet so pitiful. It also explains why her books don’t really contain a lot of female friendships that feel grounded because I don’t think she has a lot of them in her own life. I mean I love my husband and he’s my best friend and my mum also has really strong female friendships but I truly love all my girlfriends who have just been there through thick and thin and I just can’t even imagine not having them.

          I feel quite sorry for her in a way because she’s missing out a bit and her work is definitely showing the signs of that hole!

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          1. “I just want to watch the drama unfold around me as I zen out and drink tea and pet my cat. I’m not too old to be above this kind of stuff.” lol truth, no one’s ever too old for it!

            That’s really interesting btw. I don’t think I’ve read too many interviews by SJM, but it truly is telling that she doesn’t cite her own friendships for inspiration. And it is sad! My own girlfriends mean everything to me, and it’s incredibly comforting to know that there are people outside of family who understand you better than your own siblings.

            That’s why I kinda pity people who think romance is supposed to be this wild and special thing when in reality, romance is just a really really strong form of friendship (to put it simply, of course). I think SJM doesn’t understand that, which is why most of her romances end up so dramatic and unhealthy. 🤔

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            1. I completely agree with you, that’s why I really like romances based on a solid friendship. I think I’m fascinated by authors privates lives now and how much they impact (or don’t) their writing and story telling!

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  4. I don’t know much about Duncan as a person either, mainly because I avoid her on Twitter. But she does seem very combative about anything people disagree with her about. And you made a good call not reading the book. I gave it a shot, but had to DNF and return it to the store because I disliked it that much.

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    1. I’ve read so many reviews from bloggers where Wicked Saints was either DNF’d or just failed to hit the mark. All the critique I’ve seen on it has been well thought out and reasoned and these are also opinions of reviewers I trust and share similar tastes with. Normally I would go out and read the book myself but I think those reviews plus the attitude of the author has made me bow out of reading that one.

      I personally don’t like the ‘call out’ of your readers and insinuating that they’re stupid for failing ‘to get the story.’ I just don’t like that all 😦

      I know he’s my favourite but I have to say – Neil Gaiman handles things with a superb element of grace.

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