The other day Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide did a book tag that seemed like a lot of fun to do. I always like book tags, so let’s give the Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag a go!
What is your most inexpensive book? What is your most expensive book?
My most inexpensive books, for me, are obviously the books I have received as gifts, but I figured that wouldn’t be a really fair answer. The first book that came to mind to fit this category was my copy of The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot. I bought that one for a pound at a book market in Tavistock in the south of England. Man, I’d love to go there again and stock up on some more books… Book markets in England are the best.
I think my most expensive book is one of my Norton anthologies for literature. I needed those for my studies, and they’re amazing books but also quite expensive. The Norton Anthology for Theory and Criticism was probably the most expensive one of those. And the least fun, as well.
What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?
I found this one a bit more difficult because I don’t really have a love/hate relationship with any author. The only one that came to mind is Jane Austen. I absolutely loved Pride & Prejudice, but I had to read Mansfield Park for one of my courses and did not like it one bit. I found the characters annoying and the plot boring and … I just didn’t like it. Those are the only two books by Jane Austen I have read so far, though, and I have high hopes for the other ones. So, you can’t really speak of a love/hate relationship, but I had to pick someone, so yeah…
What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?
Well, there’s only really one answer possible for this question, isn’t there? It’s the Harry Potter series, obviously! I’ve read those books many, many times (mostly the first five) and still haven’t gotten tired of them. I just finished rereading the Half Blood Prince last week and it gave me all of the feels all over again. Another very good answer to this is Roald Dahl’s Matilda. I’ve definitely read that one even more often than the Harry Potter books.
What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?
That would be the Lord of the Rings trilogy for me. I set out to read it years ago (when I was probably still a bit too young for it anyway) but after I struggled through the first, I don’t know, 150 pages of The Fellowship of the Ring I was kind of done with it. I figured I’d give it another go after a while, but I still haven’t. Still think I should’ve read it, though, and I’m still claiming I will one day.
What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?
Ha, I like this question! I think everyone does this sometimes, but I can’t really pinpoint one book which I use for this. I’m a literature student, so by default I have to talk and write about intellectual books quite a lot. Especially when writing essays it’s easy to try to come off as more knowledgeable about a subject than you actually are. I remember writing an essay on Derrida last semester and not having a clue what on earth the man was rambling on about most of the time. That’s true for pretty much everyone who writes about Derrida, though.
What attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters?
Ah, book crushes. We all have them! What makes characters pretty much irresistible to me is wittiness. I love witty banter between characters! That’s probably why I love Jill Mansell’s books so much. I’m also a sucker for crooked smiles or any kind of smile for that matter. Oh, and Mr Darcy. I don’t think I have to explain that statement, do I?
What book would you most like to receive as a gift?
I’ve been wanting to own an English version of Matilda for a while now. I own a very nice copy of the Dutch version, but after talking about it in so many Top Ten Tuesdays I want to reread it in English. It’s one of my favourite childhood books, so I figure I should own a pretty version of it in English. Oh, and I’d also like a pretty version of Wuthering Heights, since my copy is almost falling apart and I plan on rereading this book many more times.
That was so much fun to do! I tag my good friend Emmie from Another Night of Reading and the lovely Cathy from 746 Books. I also tag anyone else who feels like doing this! I’d love to see more people’s answers.