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Day 08 – A book everyone should read at least once

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JKR, and I highly recommend following it up with Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban. After that... well. I made it to the sixth book, and I do intend on reading the seventh someday. Eventually. Maybe. I'd like to think it might happen, basically for the same reason that I think everyone ought to give Harry Potter a shot.

Harry Potter has defined a generation. By this point, it's not so much a series as it is a phenomenon, and while you can duck under a rock and pretend it doesn't exist--c'mon. Don't be so hipster.

It's a children's book, Philosopher's Stone, and it's delightful. If you're the right age for it, then it can single-handedly convince you that magic is real, and despite what the Papacy thinks, that's a beautiful thing. If you're not the right age, you've still got to have quite the icy heart to not even be reminded of a time when your imagination ran wild and maybe, just maybe, magic is real, and it's all hidden away from you in its own little part of the world, too shy or too scared or simply too damn elitist to come out to play with the rest of us. You know, maybe. Could be. It'd be nice to believe so.

Imo, just maybe is enough.

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: 2010-11-08 10:05 pm (UTC)
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true story: i was in china when the seventh book came out and one of the kids in my program bore an absurd resemblance to harry potter. i didn't want to buy a bootleg copy because i believe in ~intellectual property rights and shit. so a bunch of us took the subway to the bookstore, including the one kid who was wearing his graduation cape which sort of looked like a wizarding cape idk, and his glasses are the EXACT design of harry's glasses. and we got accosted by at least 30 people asking for his autograph!! or to have their picture taken with him.


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