As a general rule, us readers are a pretty well behaved lot – after all, we’d really much rather be reading! But there are a few sins that bookworms are apt to commit, and so I thought I’d do a little post about the ‘Seven Deadly Sins of Reading’. I didn’t realise when I started writing this that there’s actually a tag kind of like this, but I’m doing it a little differently!
So here’s the reading sins I have committed:
- Gluttony: Buying books is my drug – I’m addicted to buying them and usually I don’t wait until I have finished one set of purchases before buying another lot. As a result I have quite a lot of books that I haven’t yet read, which is certainly a sin!
- Greed: I’ll admit it: I’m a greedy bookworm. As aforementioned, I want books, lots of books, millions of books, even if it takes me forever to get round to reading them. I just like buying them! I’ll also rarely get rid of any of my books even if I haven’t read them in years (although, as I discussed in this post I did have a pretty big clear out a month or two back!) – I just hoard them. I’m basically Smaug the dragon, sitting on stacks of books and jealously guarding them.
- Lust: I’ll admit it: if there’s a book I want but will have to pay extra for a nicer edition of it, I’ll pay the extra. It’s purely superficial, but I really would rather have the more attractive looking book! Shallow, I know, but what’s a bookworm to do!
- Sloth: I’ll admit to occasionally being a lazy reader, and putting off books I want to read but know will be hard going, in favour of something lighter and a lot fluffier that I can zip through in a day. For example, I have read and enjoyed a couple of Thomas Hardy books (Far From The Madding Crowd and Tess of the d’Urbervilles) and would like to read more, but considering getting through one of his pretty lengthy, wordy books will take me a while, I’ve kind of ended up putting it off and putting it off.
- Wrath: Yes, books can incur my wrath! Sometimes in a good way, as in ‘WHY DO YOU KEEP KILLING OFF MY FAVOURITE CHARACTERS GEORGE R.R. MARTIN!’, and sometimes in a bad way, as in ‘that’s totally not what that character would have done in that situation, you stupid, stupid author!”
- Envy: My ‘book envy’ works in two ways: the first will be me seeing someone else reading a book and then want to read it too, or reading a book and being jealous of a character. That may sound sad, but who wouldn’t want to go to Hogwarts? And those characters who have it all figured out, and/or are really outgoing and assertive (the opposite of me!)? Don’t you just wish you could be like them sometimes?
- Pride: The book world can on occasion be a little snobby, and I’ll admit if I were going to read something in a public place, I’d much rather be caught reading something a little more high-brow, like a classic, or the latest Man Booker Prize Winner, as opposed to, say, The Hunger Games. Bad I know – you should just read what you want to read, but I think a lot of readers probably feel this way from time to time, especially if you have ever studied English Literature and have been in a room surrounded by extremely ‘well-read’ people (whatever the hell that means!). YA in particular seems to get classified as ‘childish’ by non-readers, or ‘high-brow’ readers, but personally I read a massive variety of genres, from literary fiction to high fantasy, to YA, and I should be proud to read whatever I want to read!
So what about you? Have you committed any of these reading sins?