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Day 02 – A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about

Nation by Terry Pratchett. There are actually tons of books that I wish more people had read, but Nation's such a gem that I feel a lot of people have passed over because it's not a Discworld book (that'd be Terry Pratchett's fantasy-satire series) and it's also a children's book to boot. It's about an island nation that's swept away by a storm, and all that's left is a boy, who's soon joined by survivors from neighboring islands and a lone shipwrecked girl from Britain. Boil it down enough, and it's boy meets girl, but it's not a love story at all, even though I expected it to be.

I read Nation in such a way that it should've been impossible for me to like it: whenever I went for Chinese carry-out, I had the book in my purse and read a few pages while I waited for my food. By the time I was nearly done, I sat my ass down to finish it proper, without the smell of stir-fry over my head. I shouldn't have, because it was right before midterms, and it broke my heart and then had the mercy to piece it back together again. It'd been so long since I'd last sat down to read a truly excellent book that I'd forgotten that books could even do that.

It is a beautiful, poignant story that I don't think anyone should miss out on. You should read it, all of you.


Day 01 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just freaking end already (or both!)
Day 02 – A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about
Day 03 – The best book you’ve read in the last 12 months
Day 04 – Your favorite book or series ever
Day 05 – A book or series you hate
Day 06 – Favorite book of your favorite series OR your favorite book of all time
Day 07 – Least favorite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise
Day 08 – A book everyone should read at least once
Day 09 – Best scene ever
Day 10 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 – A book that disappointed you
Day 12 – A book or series of books you’ve read more than five times
Day 13 – Favorite childhood book OR current favorite YA book (or both!)
Day 14 – Favorite character in a book (of any sex or gender)
Day 15 – Your “comfort” book
Day 16 – Favorite poem or collection of poetry
Day 17 – Favorite story or collection of stories (short stories, novellas, novelettes, etc.)
Day 18 – Favorite beginning scene in a book
Day 19 – Favorite book cover (bonus points for posting an image!)
Day 20 – Favorite kiss
Day 21 – Favorite romantic/sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)
Day 22 – Favorite non-sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)
Day 23 – Most annoying character ever
Day 24 – Best quote from a novel
Day 25 – Any five books from your “to be read” stack
Day 26 – OMG WTF? OR most irritating/awful/annoying book ending
Day 27 – If a book contains ______, you will always read it (and a book or books that contain it)!
Day 28 – First favorite book or series obsession
Day 29 – Saddest character death OR best/most satisfying character death (or both!)
Day 30 – What book are you reading right now?

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Date: 2010-11-02 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tabacoychanel.livejournal.com
whenever I went for Chinese carry-out, I had the book in my purse and read a few pages while I waited for my food.
i am the same way! i find really mindless nonfiction books, like princess diana's biography, are really useful for this.

i'm like the only person on the planet who hasn't read ANY discworld but this one sounds awesomazing too.

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Date: 2010-11-02 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liaku.livejournal.com
Haha, I so rarely read nonfiction books these days that I hadn't even considered that option. Maybe I should invest in a few mindless books when I get back to the States!

Roughly all my rl friends haven't read Discworld. :( But they're seriously awesomazing (new favorite word!), and Going Postal I might even recommend over Nation just because it's so much fun. Then again, any Discworld book is more than than Nation, which is pretty serious for the most part.

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Date: 2010-11-02 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tabacoychanel.livejournal.com
actually soccernomics was excellent. i had a gut aversion to picking it up because i saw it on display EVERYWHERE, but the man who wrote it is a really good journalist (in addition to being arsene wenger's #1 fan). i wouldn't call it mindless but it's not going to tax your brain like a big neal stephenson doorstopper would.

none of the irl are into fantasy!!! thank god for lj.

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Date: 2010-11-03 12:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liaku.livejournal.com
I've been thinking about picking up that one actually. I nearly did when I was in Vienna because I'd forgotten to bring a book for the train, but decided not to in the end. I'll see if I can find it here, or I'll hit up a bookstore again next time I go to Vienna.

I can't read Neal Stephenson. I've been told he's good, but I think I'd need a Kindle or something to read his books. The weight of them kill me a little inside.

None of my rl friends have time to read! I got one (one!! one out of a host of fantasy fans!!) to read AGoT, and none to read Discworld despite my best efforts. so frustrating~

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Date: 2010-11-12 12:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saramon.livejournal.com
THIS BOOK.

I swear on my life everyone in the world needs to read this. It speaks absolutely amazingly to so many things, and it's packaged as a children's book. but then children's books are always the best ohohoho

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