Book Tag: 7 Deadly Sins

Today we at Daastan are back with an exciting book tag for all the book lovers out there. If you keep up with the book trends, you probably know what the “7 deadly sins” book tag is all about. However, today we are doing our own little twist on it. We will be looking at some of the famous books that fit the 7 deadly sins. Without further ado, let’s dive into them.

1. Greed

Readers know very well buying books is no easy feat, especially when it comes to hardcovers and collector’s editions. You would be surprised to know, if we told you that right now somewhere in the world, a first folio edition of Shakespeare’s play is on auction for millions of dollars. It blows your mind, doesn’t it? Yes, we get it that a first folio edition of Shakespeare’s work is a relic of history at this point. However, books that are not yet ancient relics still sometimes cost more than 3 Mcdonald’s happy meals or a labour’s daily or weekly wage for that matter. This leads to our question. Which is the book that you were so greedy for that it cost you a lot? 

2. Gluttony

There are few books that are a household name in almost every corner of the world. Book lovers devour them at a rate that surprises the non-readers. If we were to tell you that your favourite books are the ones that people have loved for decades and decades you would be surprised. After the Holy Scriptures of Christianity and Islam, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, The Alchemist and The Twilight Saga are the most read books of all time. This actually does not come as a surprise, as the fandoms of these books are millions in number. Not only are they always in search of new editions but also push the production houses, the publishers, and the writers for T.V series, merches, movies and even theme parks. We would like to know which books you can’t go without reading at least once a month?

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3. Sloth

“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” — Francis Bacon 

You won’t be able to grasp Bacon’s metaphor regarding books, if you haven’t fallen in love with a book or hated it with all your heart. While some books can be read in one sitting because they are such a page turner, there are some that are a pain to get through. You would be surprised to see the books that have made it to the list of being read at sloth speed because of their plot. Haven’t we all heard great things about classics? But did you know even reading the classics can sometimes feel like a chore. According to Goodreads, Lord of Flies and Animal Farm have made it to the least of slow and boring reads.

4. Pride

Books not only serve the purpose of entertainment but they also act as food for thought. It is widely believed that books either poison your mind or act as nectar. In this segment of the “7 deadly sins” we are going to talk about books that one feels intellectual after reading. From Sun Tzu’s “The art of war” to Plato’s ‘Republic’, the non-fictitious gems undoubtedly are spun with great wisdom and life-saving lessons about war, politics, poetry and philosophy. For instance, in Republic Plato presents the model of an ideal state where reason, truth and logic rule over emotions and senses. 

“A man is not to be reverenced more than the truth.”

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5. Lust

Moving on to the next on the list of deadly sins, we have lust. In the book tag edition, it stands for the attributes that you love most in a book. These attributes include setting, trope, genre, character traits, etc. For instance, people who enjoy atmospheric and descriptive books will love Leigh Bardugo’s “Ninth House” or Krystal Sutherland’s “House of Hollows”. Likewise, those who have a specific liking for Greek mythology and its modern takes would love “Song of Achilles, Ariadne and Circe”. Nowadays, people do not even care to read the book blurbs. In the age of Book-tok, most book-tokkers give “one line reviews” that sum up the genre and trope specifically. These marketing tactics grasp the attention of readers and make certain books instant buys. Let us know what are the elements that you find the most intriguing about a book?

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6. Envy

For readers, the world of books offers an escape like no other. While readers enjoy every moment of their journey to the magical realms immersed in the pages of the books, they often find themselves wishing to be a part of it. Our obsession to find refuge began as kids when we read about Peter Pan’s Neverland, Prince Caspian defending Narnia, Harry and his friends going to Hogwarts through the platform number 9 1/2 and Aquaman travelling to Atlantis. There are definitely some book multiverses we would like to escape to. Can you recall the book world you envy the most?

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.”
W. Somerset Maugham, Books and You

7. Wrath

We have successfully made it to the end of the list. Here things are about to get serious. Yes, you got it right! We are talking about the last of the 7 deadly sins, Wrath. Have you ever been in a state where you were reading a book and you wanted to throw it across the room, burn it to ashes or drown in a black hole? Everyone feels that way about a certain book or books. What’s interesting about this part if the book tag is that the books you encountered among the loved ones also made it to this list. It is because, some books are overhyped and when you get around to reading them, you realise they are not your cup of tea. Hence, the wrath that then surfaces is lethal. Among these disappointing titles, the public lists “The Eye of Aragon, The Hunger Games, and Da Vinci Code”. Tell us about the book that turned you into an angry bird.

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We hope you enjoyed our take on this odd yet interesting book tag. For more literary goodness, stay tuned!


Noor Hashmi
Noor Hashmi is a student of literature at Numl University. She is an aspiring poetess. She runs a blog by the name of “Diaries of Huda” sharing her journey through poetry. In her free time, she loves to paint and bake.

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