Meme: 7 Deadly Sins of Reading

I stumbled up on this fun meme from Another Novel Read. She invited everyone to participate, so how could I resist?


What is your most expensive book? Your least expensive?

Definitely an Herbal I bought years back. I was into collecting as many as I could in my early twenties. There was one in particular I wanted that was over 200, and I looked often for it online but it was never sold cheap enough. Finally found it under for under 50. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine


Which author do you have a love-hate relationship with?

I suppose the closest I can come to this is Laurel K. Hamilton. The first 9 books of the Anita Blake series were some of the best books I've read. I've re-read them at least five times over the years, more than any other book. I started getting uncomfortable a bit with the tenth, it seemed to be changing and I started disliking the main character, Anita, more than before. Now the books are so awful to me I can't read them. They have become complete erotica with cardboard characters. I don't even read the newer ones anymore, something I never would have figured would happen.


What book have you deliciously devoured over and over with no shame whatsoever?

Keeping with the Wrath theme, would likely be the first few Anita Blake books.


What book have you neglected to read due to laziness?

Eek, many. Especially huge, intimidating books like Les Misérables and War and Peace.


What book do you most talk about in order to sound like a very intellectual reader?

I'd suppose classics like Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and Flowers for Algernon. I found both intelligent with social commentary that will always be relevant. Both are completely different from each other, with different messages, and both are potent and effective in what they set out to accomplish.


What attributes do you find most attractive in male or female characters?

Depends on the genre really. For males mainly confidence, a little bit of a wicked side, kindness, but also deviousness. For women I like feisty and fun,  not with a huge chip on the shoulder.


What books would you most like to receive as a gift?

This would be an endless list. My single book wishlist is at about 1600 on  Goodreads! For gifts I'd like to have some nice sets of books, something I'm lacking. I have full collections but nothing with box sets and holders.

Here are some I'd dig:

This Chronicles of Narnia Gift Set
Has a lot of extras besides the hardcovers books, as well as a color book of Prince Caspian and a leather bound one-volume edition of the complete set with illustrations. Too cool.

Harry Potter Gift set in a Trunk


I'd love to have a gift set like this! Imagine how nice this would look in a library area? All books in a collectable trunk with a lock and key. Nifty.