GREED: What is your most expensive book? What is your least expensive book?
I’m not sure which my most expensive book is (not counting books I bought when I was at uni), probably my gorgeous 4 volume set of In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust. It wasn’t too expensive, considering how much I love it and how many times I’ll be re-reading it. Also, it’s so pretty I sometimes just stare at it. Yes, I'm that person.
Apart from books I’ve been given for free, I’d say about half of my books are my cheapest since I tend to go crazy at the annual book sale in Sweden every year.
WRATH: What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?There are so many Brits (and Americans) I could write about, but I’ll stick to my favourite; Charles Dickens. I don’t know why, but his books are always such a slow and painful start for me, and yet when I finish them I’m always glad I made the effort. The truth is, I don’t really like the Dickensian world, so I have to get about halfway through to acclimate myself to it all.
|I am Charles Dickens and you will love me.|
GLUTTONY: What book have you deliciously devoured over and over with no shame whatsoever?
There is a Swedish book that I’ve read well over 20 times called Jag Saknar Dig, Jag Saknar Dig by Peter Pohl and Kinna Gieth (it’s been translated into English as I Miss You, I Miss You) and it always makes me cry at the exact same places. Every. Time.
SLOTH: What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?Pretty much any of the hundreds of books in my
PRIDE: What book do you most talk about in order to sound like a very intellectual reader?
First of all, most people label me as a book snob (which I was definitely in my youth – and may still slightly be), but I think that’s mostly because of the type of books I enjoy reading. Second, I am an intellectual reader, and I see no shame in that. Do I walk around with a copy of Nietzsche, Sartre or Camus just to prove how intellectual I am? No. But should a conversation about books arise, I refuse to dumb down what I enjoy so as not to come across as pretentious. I read (and blog) for my own amusement and have been known to go on about some random nothing novel for as long as I would a Russian classic.
LUST: What attributes do you find most attractive in male or female characters?I want my characters broken in one way or another, both male and female. Whether it’s from grief, guilt, depression, addiction, mental illness or what have you – if they have experienced the darker side of life, I am likely to fall in love. It also helps if they have some form of neurosis. And I have a weird fascination with villains; the more evil the better.
ENVY: What books would you most like to receive as a gift?I only want to receive books as a gift if I’ve requested them. Otherwise people tend to buy me something I have little, if any, interest in. I’m actually like this with everything in life, which is why nobody ever dares buy me anything unless I’ve specified exactly what I want.