For Week 2 of the Summer Blogger Promo Tour, Katie from Lost In Pages and I swapped answers for the Seven Deadly Sins Tag. Unfortunately, it seems the Booktuber who created this tag deleted their channel. Ashley was unavailable this week, so it’s just the two Katie’s this Sunday. Let’s get started!
1. Greed – What is the most expensive book in your library and what is the most inexpensive?
K: My most expensive book is my copy of the 10th Anniversary edition of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, which I paid over $30+shipping for. The cover is gorgeous, the sides are a gorgeous stained red, and even naked it’s very elegant and beautiful. It also helps that I was absolutely blown away by the book itself. The book is massive (~700 pages) and I read the entire thing in a day.
The most inexpensive books I own are the 50 cent paperbacks I got from Goodwill. For example, I got the entire Ranger’s Apprentice series that I’d read as a child in paperback for soooo cheap. Used book shopping at Goodwill is always a treat because they’re cheaper than even most used bookstores and there are always interesting finds.
K (Lost In Pages): I don’t own too many expensive books, nor have I spent much more than retail value for the ones I have. I have some collector’s and/or illustrated editions, like The Princess Bride and the illustrated Harry Potter books. I also get advanced copies from conventions and from work, so if those count for the most inexpensive — because they’re free — then I’d say those!
2. Wrath – Which author do you have a love/hate relationship with?
K: Orson Scott Card. He’s one of those famously controversial SFF authors that always gets brought up in discussions about separating a book from the authors. Ender’s Game is such a well-written and thought-provoking book, but Card’s political views are… not great. I don’t want to bring up politics too much, but I tend to dislike authors who’s views attempt to write off my existence… The funny thing is that one of the main themes is Ender’s Game is pretty much the exact opposite of what the man’s own beliefs.
K (Lost In Pages): Kasie West. I want to like her books, and I enjoy a good fluffy contemporary from time to time, but I just cannot get into her stories.
3. Gluttony – What book have you deliciously devoured over and over again with no remorse whatsoever?
K: Harry Potter by JK Rowling. Probably a cop-out answer, but these books are just so good. I think I read Deathly Hollows fives times while in China one summer. Though to be fair, that was the only book I brought with me and I spent a lot of time trying to stay in an air-conditioned room and the excuse of reading was always a good one.
K (Lost In Pages): I’ve found myself going to The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson every time I need a break from fantasy.
4. Sloth – What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?
K: I have two books for this, Red Sister by Mark Lawrence and Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee. I won Red Sister from a Reddit giveaway last June and as a huge Mark Lawrence fan, my goal was to read it the moment I got my hands on it. For some reason, I just.. never did? I did finally read it in May and it was just as fantastic as I’d expected so I have no idea why I put it off. (I’m also currently putting off reading the sequel Grey Sister for the same non-reason). I bought Ninefox Gambit around the same time and also just… never read it. I’ve read up to chapter 3 twice now and I just haven’t fully committed. This month, however, I’ll definitely get to it.
K (Lost In Pages): Probably Game of Thrones and the Mortal Instruments series. They’re both daunting reads, and I just haven’t put forth the time yet.
5. Pride – What book do you most talk about in order to sound like an intellectual reader?
K: HAHAHAHAHAHA a genre reader pretending to be intellectual…hah… Probably A Story of Your Life and Others, a short story collection by Ted Chiang. The namesake of the collection, A Story of Your Life, had a really good adaption called Arrival, which won an Oscar and seems respectably artsy and highbrow.
Alternatively, if I’m really interested in seeming like an intellectual reader, allow me to introduce you to my massive pile of academic robotics research papers that I’ve been putting off.
K (Lost In Pages): I always enjoyed The Great Gatsby as far as classics go, and saying it’s your favorite from high school makes people see you as pretentious sometimes, maybe?
6. Lust – What attributes do you find most attractive in male or female characters?
K: I’m guessing this tag was intended to emphasize physical characteristics (since this is Lust and all). Personally, I don’t have a preference for physical appearances, so my answer will probably be a bit different. My favorite characters are always really intelligent and witty. I also enjoy snark and competence. There’s also bonus points for villainous characters that have motivations other than being evil for evil’s sake. Basically, Victor Vale from Vicious by VE Schwab and Baru Cormorant from The Traitor Baru Cormorant.
K (Lost In Pages): Humor mostly! I love a good sarcastic, gentle-hearted softy.
7. Envy – What books would you most like to receive as a gift?
K: Anything on my GoodReads TBR list really. I’m not a very picky person and books are expensive! I always prefer SciFi/Fantasy novels (see Goodreads TBR) to other genres though I am known to occasionally dip my toes in other waters. I do prefer trade paperbacks and hardcovers to mass market paperbacks, simply because the paper in mass market books always feels really cheap and they feel like they’ll disintegrate faster than the other two. If I had to name a series, it would be the UK editions of the Mistborn series.
K (Lost In Pages): I’d kill for the UK advanced copies of Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares for my collection! As far as finished copies go, I’d love to get the new illustrated Uprooted, but it’s currently $100.
And we’re done! I won’t be tagging anyone for this tag, but consider yourself tagged if you’re interested.