The Seven Deadly Sins . . .

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

Of course, the two are not mutually exclusive. Anyway, Heather over at bitsnbooks recently posted her Seven Deadly Sins of Reading; being tagged by proxy, here is my own list:


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.

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Gustave Doré Francesca and Paolo

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

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Third Circle illustrated by Stradanus

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)

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Gustave Doré The Hoarders and Wasters

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.

Gustave Dore The Slothful
Gustave Doré The Slothful

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.

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Fifth Circle illustrated by Stradanus

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!)

Gustave Dore The Envious
Gustave Doré The Envious

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.

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Gustave Doré Titans and Giants

What about you?

What, if any, are your reading sins?

Do you have any bad reading habits?

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5 thoughts on “The Seven Deadly Sins . . .

  1. This is great! I especially like the accompanying pictures – they really reiterate the sin! ‘The Divine Comedy’ has been at the top of my list of books to buy for years, but I can never find a nice copy of it. I don’t want just any old paperback – I feel like it needs to be extra special.

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