The Seven Deadly sins may bring to mind one of two things.
For Catholics (and several other religious denominations), the phrase refers those faults that may or may not send one directly to Hell without passing Purgatory or collecting $200. Although thirty pieces of silver may be an option, I hear the gift shop is terrible.
For the more musically-minded, the phrase might plant an earworm:
Sail away where no ball or chain Can keep us from the roarin' waves Together undivided but forever we'll be free So sail away aboard our rig The moon is full and so are we We're seven drunken pirates We're the seven deadly sins
LUST: a strong sexual desire
What attributes do you find most attractive in male (or female) characters?
Intelligence and strength of will. This means I often find myself sympathizing with the antagonists of a story rather than the intended protagonist.
GLUTTONY: intense over indulgence
What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
The Discworld novels by Sir Terry Pratchett
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis
GREED: an intense and selfish desire for something
What is your most expensive book?
I’m not sure; there are several contenders:
A large coffee table book on Raphael
A leather and gold edition of 100 Decisive Battles from Ancient Times to Present
Several turn-of-the-last-century encyclopedias and almanacs (valuable for their prints)
SLOTH: a reluctance to work or make an effort
What book have you neglected to read due to laziness?
Until recently that distinction would go to To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It was the only book I’d ever lied about reading, too.
Now, I’m probably neglecting Atonement by Ian McEwan; it’s been on my Currently Reading list since January and I haven’t even cracked the cover.
WRATH: extreme anger
What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?
Nicholas Sparks in that I love to hate him. Lacking originality, his books are highly predictable; never mind the fact that he’s literally sold the exact same story many times over.
ENVY: a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities or luck
What book would you most like to receive as a gift?
Anything signed by Tolkien, Lewis, Pratchett, or Dante (good luck with that last one!)
PRIDE: satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements or from qualities or possessions that are most widely admired
What books do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?
Everything I’ve ever read.
What about you?
What, if any, are your reading sins?
Do you have any bad reading habits?