So here I am again with yet another… *drum rolls*… book tag!
Yay. I’ve already accomplished my quota of one book tag per month but I can’t resist doing the Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag which I have come across through Adrianna at the Romance Book Binge book blog. I have always been fascinated by the Seven Deadly Sins since I have first heard of it in college. When I learned that there is a book tag for the seven deadly sins, I was surprised. More than surprised though, I was looking forward to doing my own.
What is your most inexpensive book?
Back when I was in university, when I was scrimping for college money, I used to scavenge for books in shops selling used books. My industry rewarded me with several paperbacks costing PHP 39.00 (roughly USD 75 cents). I think I was able to buy some that cost me a measly PHP 29.00 (around USD 55 cents). I used to have a knack for pulling off some amazing bargains.
What is your most expensive book?
Hmmm. I have purchased a lot of books in the past five years I have lost track of the prices. The most expensive book I bought is a toss between The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Virginia Woolf Collection by Virginia Woolf, Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and Ulysses by James Joyce. I am basing it from the size of the books since I no longer have any idea how much they cost me. Haha
2. Wrath~ What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?
Hate is such a strong and heavy word it is difficult to find one particular author who I have this sort of relationship with. But if I have to pick one author, I would perhaps choose Haruki Murakami, an author I have a very inconsistent reader-author relationship with. At times, I dislike his heavy brand of magical surrealism, such as the case with Kafka on the Shore and 1Q84. But there are also times that I was spellbound by the sheer force of his magic.
Oh yeah. I also might have to add Mary Higgins Clark. It is not that I dislike her works; I am a true blue mystery and suspense genre fan because of her. I did genuinely enjoy the first Higgins Clarks that I have read and she managed to capture my imagination. However, the more I read her works, the more that I see her formulaic approach to writing. That was when I started disliking the experience. Ironically, I have read more than 20 of her works. Haha.
3. Gluttony~ What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?
This is yet another difficult question to answer because a lot of books come to mind. If given the time, there are a lot of books that I would love to read and devour over and over again.
I’ll go with a more recent read and pick Hiro Arikawa’s The Travelling Cat Chronicles. I truly loved the sincerity behind the story. Nana’s voice is so compelling that I wouldn’t mind reading this book again and be consumed by the roller coaster ride of emotions that it roused in me. I also loved Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous for the beautiful and lyrical writing.
4. Sloth~ What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?
I bought this year’s ago (I guess around 2015) and included it in my 2019 Beat the Backlist challenge. Until now, I am unable to read the first installment in Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past series. I really want to read the book but it seems too… archaic. One day, I guess. For now, I’ll move it to my 2020 Beat the Backlist challenge. Haha.
5. Pride~ What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?
I rarely read books or talk about books to sound like an intellectual reader. It is too vainglorious. I am proud, however, to mention that I have read so many intimidating, complex and difficult reads. I enjoy the challenge not because it makes me sound smarty pants but because these books give me a different appreciation of literature.
6. Lust~ What attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters?
I only have one qualification for characters, regardless of gender. The sole attribute I prefer is for the characters to be relatable, very relatable. The reader should be able to establish a connection with them on several levels.
7. Envy~ What book would you most like to receive as a gift?
Any hardbound book (perhaps Folio Society) would do, as long as they would look great with my book collection.
Thus ends my own version of the Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag. Interested? Feel free to do your own version, just don’t forget to tag me so that I can peek into your answers. 🙂 Happy reading!