I saw this tag over at The Corner of Laura and really liked the questions. Unfortunately, Laura tagged “anyone who loves learning about queens” and I… don’t, particularly. So I’m basically stealing.
GREED: What is the most expensive book you own? What is the least expensive book you own?
The most expensive books I own are law textbooks – because academic works are extortionate! I’ll differentiate though the required reading from the ones I chose to get, and the most expensive of those was A Theory of Justice by John Rawls. I aim to pay as little as I can and have no interest in special editions or the like.
As for least expensive there are plenty of options. Ignoring free e-books, I frequent a nearby charity shop that sells two books for £1 – so I have plenty of 50p books. I also still have a few from a different charity shop that, back in the day, sold them for 25p. One such 25p book was Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut.
GLUTTONY: What book(s) have you shamelessly devoured many times?
I’ve said it before, there is one book that I have read far more than any others. Helped, in part, by its slimness, but also because it is one of my all-time favourites. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood. I’ll never tire of it.
SLOTH: What book or series have you neglected out of sheer laziness?
Honestly, there isn’t a book I’ve neglected from laziness. I don’t consider reading a chore, after all. Instead, the book I’ve had the longest and not yet read – always being enticed by something else – is T.E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Next year for sure!
PRIDE: What book(s) do you bring up when you want to sound like an intellectual reader?
This is difficult as I never try to sound like anything but me. That said, I think I could, if I wanted, bring up some books I’ve read this year. Immanuel Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals (that title alone!); Dante’s Divine Comedy; Aristotle’s Politics; Cicero’s Republic; etc. Really, though, being an intellectual is surely less about what you read and more about how (or perhaps why) you read.
LUST: What attributes do you find most attractive in your characters?
I don’t really – to my knowledge – have a type of character I gravitate toward. As long as they are well realised. Since I have no answer here, here’s a bonus thought I scribbled down the other day while brainstorming – on what makes a good villain (character-related, see, I’m not entirely mad):
“A great villain is one that challenges the reader’s (or viewer’s) own moral intuitions. They are either so abhorrent that we condone treatment of them that we normally would not. Or they are disconcertingly “right” and cast doubts on our own moral reasoning.”
It’s not perfect, it’s just a thought.
ENVY: What books would you most like to receive as a gift?
Boring answer: any.
Boringer answer: I’d love it if someone bought me Volumes 2 & 3 of Charles Moore’s Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography. I got (and read) the first volume when it arrived in paperback years ago but still haven’t bought (or read) the others!
Actually, “any” has a caveat, I would not like anyone to buy me a hardback. I would resent that, better that they had bought me nothing at all than a hardback.
WRATH: What author do you have a love-hate relationship with?
None – I care more about books than authors and expect perfection from no-one.
That was fun – if anyone wants to buy me those Thatcher books… Anyway, wouldn’t it be cool if someone made a similar tag for the Seven Virtues – Chastity, Temperance, Charity, Diligence, Patience, Kindness, and Humility. Not me, but someone could.