Friday, December 05, 2014

My Seven Deadly Sins of Reading

The uber-talented Crystal Collier tagged me in the Seven Deadly Sins of the Literary World blog tag. Since all writers are bookworms at heart, I couldn't resist. The rules are simply to answer the questions and tag others. Here we go...



Greed--What is your most inexpensive book? I'm currently reading Accidentally Evil by the awesome Lara Chapman for free, thanks to Edelweiss. Fellow Aladdin M!x author Jen Malone told me about Edelweiss and I love it. You get free books months in advance of release in exchange for reviewing them. As a newly-published author myself, I now realize how beneficial those early reviews can be to building buzz, so I always post a Goodreads review, then go back in and post an Amazon review once the book is out.

Wrath--Who's the author with whom you have a love/hate relationship? Stephen King, of course! I grew up reading his books and he inspired me to write. I read both 11/22/63 and Under the Dome and, while I loved both books, I just found them so long-winded. I find myself starting his books, then reading the summary on Wikipedia to find out how they end because his books just go on and on and on and on and I have a short attention span.

Gluttony--What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame? There's Stephen King's The Stand, my favorite of all time. But if we're talking "true guilty pleasure," I'd have to say V.C. Andrews' Flowers in the Attic. I recently re-read the first two books in that series and had forgotten what guilty pleasures her books were!

Sloth--Which book have you neglected reading due to laziness? Everything on my Goodreads to-read list. It seems to keep growing. The oldest book on my to-read list is Under the Light by Lara Whitcomb. I found A Certain Slant of Light fascinating and meant to read the rest of the books in the series. It looks like that probably won't happen.

Pride--What books do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader? I don't even try to fake it. I spend my life reading books written for girls between the ages of six and 14. When I'm not doing that, I'm probably reading something by Harlan Coben. Why lie? I'm proud of my preference for contemporary commercial fiction. My snooty friends who said you have to read literary classics to be a writer still aren't published, so perhaps I'm onto something...

Lust--What attributes do you find attractive in a male or female character? Flaws. I think characters who are flawed are much more relatable than those who are surfacy and shallow.

Envy--What book would you like to receive most as a gift? Since I buy all of my books for Kindle, I'm not sure anyone can do that...what I'd love is an Amazon gift card. I'd just load my Kindle up!

Here are my tags. No pressure...I just always use "tagging" as an opportunity to introduce people to bloggers! Check these great bloggers out.













What book have you been putting off reading? What one author is your guilty pleasure?

Everyone check out the new cover for The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow. Is it not awesome? Click here to see the cover reveal, including an interview with the authors.


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  1. The only person I don't know yet is Sage.
    Give me an iTunes gift card and I'd be a happy camper.

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    1. I always put gift cards on my wish list but no one ever buys them...so I never get books as a gift.

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  2. I would say some of the YA authors are my guilty pleasure, such as the Traveling Pants series.

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    1. I've never read that series. I should.

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  3. I've re-read THE STAND a number of times, too. It's one of my all time favorite books. :)

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    1. Have you heard they're making a feature film of it? Matthew McConaughey is reportedly being requested for Randall Flagg (Satan, for those who haven't read the book!)

      http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/matthew-mcconaughey-the-stand-stephen-king-randall-flagg/

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    2. I did hear that, and I'm torn. I think McConaughey will do a good job but I liked Jamey Sheridan in the mini-series.

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    3. Jamey Sheridan was pretty awesome...but he's in his 60s now... I think Matthew Mc. can do it. It's a great opportunity if Hollywood is going to go all out and make it a big feature.

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  4. If I remember correctly THE STAND is getting a new TV version

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    1. They were trying to make it a feature film (comment just above), but maybe it's moved to TV since. I know Stephen King has always been very opposed to reducing the story to 2 hours. The last miniseries was awesome in its time--it doesn't hold up so well, though! Very dated. I tried watching it on SyFy and it definitely wasn't what I remembered!

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  5. Great list! My sloth one was the Harry Potter series, but I finally started it! I'm three books in. :)
    I have a lot of books on my Christmas wish list. :) My book club all drew names so we know we'll get at least one book this year!

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    1. I read the first three Harry Potters...it got a little to action-oriented for me. I'm not an action fan, but I loved the first book. The characters were fascinating.

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  6. That was an interesting way to do it. Stephen King sure does drone on and on at times. Much like Under the dome on tv lol

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    1. I don't get the ongoing TV series. The book is about a dome that covers a city. How could it go on indefinitely? Eventually they'll run out of food.

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  7. This was a great idea for a tag - I love your answers. And Stephanie, I never feel guilty about anything I read, just glad I found the time to do it.

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    1. Yeah, I don't feel bad about reading anything...and I fully believe we should never make anyone else feel guilty about it, either. In a society where people spend more time on their smartphones than with a book, any book reading is good reading!

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  8. Great answers and I too love Harlan Coben. He's one of my favorites. I just finished Found in his YA series and it was great. My biggest "guilty pleasure" author ...hmmm I dont think I have one. I love chick lit but I also write it so I'm not guilty about it haha. Probably Twilight! yikes. lol

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    1. I haven't read any of his YA books. I'm going to have to check those out!

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  9. Right now my guilty pleasure is Alex Sokoloff. I still love Eric Lustbader, Lawrence Sanders, Lee Child, and Tolstoy. Go figure.

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    1. That is quite a diverse selection!

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  10. Very well done list. Make me smile in spots.

    Let's see...I've so many authors I enjoy reading, and for so many different reasons. Today my pick is Sandra Brown. Mean Streak had me totally enthralled.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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    1. I used to love Sandra Brown. I haven't read anything of hers in a while.

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  11. Great list and I'd have to agree with you about Stephen King. Love his earlier work but lately the books are getting a bit too long. Growing up my guilty pleasure was Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss.

    A huge thank you for the 'tag.'

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    1. I need the Cliff's Notes version of his books! Or whatever those are called these days...

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  12. I have a bunch of books on my nook that I just can't seem to start. I go and find new books instead...

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    1. I'm bad about doing that, too. Too easily distracted by new, shiny objects!

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  13. What a fun quiz - wtih great, honest answers. Flowers in the Attic, quite the guilty pleasure, indeed. :)

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    1. That was an awesome book in its time, for sure!

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  14. My unread pile is a tower. Which I keep adding to. And adding to.
    I love so many authors - who meet my needs for different times/days/moods... And I refuse to feel guilt for the pleasure/comfort/education they give me.

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    1. We should never feel guilty about reading something that makes us happy!

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  15. I have a huge tbr pile but there are too many favorites to count right now.

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    1. Me too--it's so hard to pick favorites.

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  16. This was a cute meme to read with your choices of books to fit the category. A gift card to Amazon indeedcwould be a great gift.

    Betty

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    1. Nobody ever wants to buy gift cards--they don't realize how thrilling it is to have $50 or $100 worth of free money to load whatever we want on our Kindles!

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  17. I love your frankness and your honesty! I also agree with you 100% about King and about The Stand! I've also read The Talisman a jillion times and now I want to read it again!

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    1. His classic stuff was amazing. He's a very talented author...I just miss the really scary stuff!

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  18. Hi Stephanie, Thanks so much for sharing the cover reveal for The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow! My co-author, Stephanie, and I really appreciate it. :)

    My guilty pleasure is graphic novels! I love them, but I'm very picky. Neil Gaiman's Sandman series is my favorite. ~ Jess

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    1. I'm so excited for you guys--I can't wait to read it! Your cover is gorgeous...and Random House! I bow to you.

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  19. I'm with you on Stephen King, Steph! I recently found a collection of novellas in his Full Dark, No Stars book.

    Go with the shorts! I read some of these shorts and had to stop because I was just horrified...I know, me??

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    1. Full Dark, No Stars? I'm going to have to check it out. I LOVED his short story and novella compilations when I was a teen.

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  20. Stephen King's The Talisman was a long one but I devoured it. I read His short story,"The Raft," and could not go swimming in the lake for some time. It was scary!
    Kahlil Gibran will always be my first love - he wrote some wonderful books - which I return to quite often.
    This is a nice challenge, Suzanne. I'll go visit your "tags" and soak in some wisdom and fun! I certainly enjoyed what you shared! Thanks so much for your visits to my blog home. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. I loved Stephen King's short stories. I wonder why he doesn't do those short story collections anymore? I think a lot of them were stories he wrote when he was young and starting out and he was just reprinting them.

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  21. I'll take the Amazon gift cards. Anyday.
    October/November, I won $65 worth of Amazon gift cards. My TBR is already through the ceiling...
    A Certain Slant Of Light sounds really interesting.

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    1. Wow, that's a lot of gift cards. Congratulations!

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  22. what a fun post but I'm not sure I would be able to choose for each theme lol. difficult.

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    1. I thought the same thing, but it was easier than I thought once I started!

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  23. It's true what you say about reading classics. Whenever I'm reading intellectually challenging books, I feel like my own work isn't intelligent enough and I block completely. So yes, you're definitely onto something :)

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    1. I think the thing about literary classics is that they were written during a different time. It's similar to when you watch early movies and everyone was really over-the-top and overacting...that was the thing at the time because people were more used to acting on stage than for the screen. It's the same with writing--we're writing for a generation that has short attention spans and expects fiction to jump right into the action rather than slowly unfold, as it does in classics.

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  24. I love your answer to Pride. And I'm glad someone else has noticed King has changed over the years. He "tells" a lot of the story now and just goes on and on. I can't even read anything by him anymore.

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    1. I still find he has a way with describing characters that few authors have. That part is inspiring. But I always find myself losing interest about halfway in... I recently reread Carrie and that didn't happen. You were into the book from page one all the way through.

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  25. I love your answers and what a neat take with the 7 sins. I reread Agatha Christie all the time. I reread my film books...all the time. I have been putting off my book on Gothic Architecture-It's a heavy book:)

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    1. I've never read an Agatha Christie novel! Mystery isn't usually my thing, but I should give one a try.

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  26. What a fun list! I totally agree about Stephen King and the later books being hard to finish.

    Gorgeous covers for your books in the sidebar, by the way.

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  27. Great list....loved that cover page , looks quite interesting!!

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    1. Jessica's and Stephanie's cover? I can't wait to read their book!

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  28. I love the cover of Secret Files.

    I find Stephen King's new work long-winded, while his older stuff would read faster. I read Flowers in the Attic several times in middle and high school. I'd like to read it again.

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    1. I was surprised how dark and angsty it was when I read it again a couple of years ago. I kind of knew what would happen next, but it had been long enough that a lot of it was a surprise.

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    2. I am tired and suspicious of the word "awesome". Just me.

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    3. Thanks, Medeia! So glad you love the cover. :)

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  29. I should reread some of my VC Andrews books! I read them voraciously growing up and they were books that sucked me right into the crazy stories! Great to hear you reread Flowers in the Attic and enjoyed it!

    Thanks SO much for posting our cover and the information about the interview. You are the best.

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  30. I share your sentiments about 11/22/63. Too long winded! The book cover of The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow looks adorable, doesn't it? The original one was also very fun (and spooky).

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  31. ahhh...VC Andrews...aren't those books guilty pleasures for everyone? ;) I'm not such a huge bookworm, but my daughter is. I wonder how she's answer these questions. And I totally get what you're saying about Stephen King...I love him btw. I'm surprised that The Stand is your favorite...I almost gave up on that book because it took me over 100 pages to get into it. I don't usually go more than 50 pages if I can't get into a book, but King gets a little more leeway.

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  32. What a great blog hop! I also love Flowers in the Attic, but my guilty pleasure--which I rarely have time for anymore--are fashion/women's magazines and Archie comics. I also read a lot of true crime.

    Books I don't make time for--still haven't read Crime and Punishment. Or finished Anna Karenina.

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