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Book meme chunkin' time!  Okay, that sounded kind of gross.

Day 3: Your favorite series – Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling

Yes, not exactly an obscure hipster choice, but this was the first book series I was majorly into that was published during my lifetime, the only one where I waited desperately for each successive book to come out.  Well, okay, I only got started on it soon after the fourth book came out, but I mainlined all four books the weekend before I started college and was therefore in kind of a daze during most of the freshman orientation activities.  Waiting for each new installment made me feel like I was, in some small way, participating in something culturally important, as silly as that sounds.

Day 4: Favorite book from favorite seriesThe Prisoner of Azkaban

The book in which the stakes get raised, where it goes from being a children’s series to something much more.  And not just because I ship Remus/Sirius.  But also because I ship Remus/Sirius.

Day 5: A book that makes you happyLost in a Good Book, Jasper Fforde

The entire Thursday Next series.  I don’t know any book lover who isn’t absolutely delighted by this series.  It’s wickedly clever and British, to boot.  It's been several years since I read it, and I think a few new books have come out in the series since then.  I'll add it to my long list of rereads (which got much longer as I was compiling this list).

Day 6: A book that makes you sadThe Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger

This isn’t the sort of book I’d read if I’d just picked it up off the shelf, but a good friend of mine who has excellent taste in books put a quote from it as his AIM status (remember AIM?): “If I’d known you were coming, I would have cleaned up – my life, I mean, not just the apartment.”  I found that so amusing that I bought the book, and later found out that my friend hadn’t actually read it yet.

Anyway, adored the book and the characters, which is why the ending gutted me so thoroughly.  I can count the books that have made me cry on… well, at the moment on two fingers*, though I’m sure I could think of at least two more fingers if I tried.  But, yeah, when (skip) Henry loses his feet to frostbite and starts screaming because he knows it’s only a matter of time before he’s going to die, I started crying and didn’t stop until the end, even though by the end it was a good kind of cry.  Still, thinking about it makes me sad.

*The other is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, when [not gonna gray this out, because c'mon, you've read it] Harry writes on Dobby's headstone "Here lies Dobby, a free elf."

Day 7: Most underrated bookGeek Love, Katherine Dunn

I don’t know if it’s really “underrated,” but it’s amazing and almost no one I meet has heard of it.  The narrator is an albino, hunchback dwarf whose parents were in the circus sideshow… and did everything possible to ensure their children would be “attractions,” including exposing them in vitro to drugs and radiation.  She has Siamese twin sisters, a brother who has hands and feet but no arms and legs, and a brother who appears normal, but is telepathic and telekinetic and may have other powers, as well.  The plot goes places you’d never expect and makes HBO’s Carnivale look like The Brady Bunch.  It’s occasionally disturbing and definitely not for everyone, but for someone like me who is fascinated by human oddities, it just doesn’t get any better.

I was out of town with the family for the weekend, and when we went to pick up the dogs from the boarders, we found out they've been using Gator, our 95-pound German shepherd, to haze the new employees.  Gator has a loud, ferocious bark, and he goes nuts whenever anybody passes by his crate, so the veteran employees make the newbies go in there to give him his food and water.  Of course, once they're inside, Gator turns into the big ol' muffin that he actually is.  It's the little one you've actually got to watch out for...

So, I was away from the computer all weekend.  Anything happen that I should know about?

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They know.  They know and they're fucking with us.  At the very least, Simon is.

Date: 2012-05-08 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marlee813.livejournal.com
Omg The Time Traveler's Wife... Ugh that book killed me. I read it when it first came out and I've read it quite a few times and it makes me cry every time. That book was a heartbreaker.

Also, I think ZQ was totally trolling us too. But I love them so much more for that. What a great weekend. <333
Edited Date: 2012-05-08 01:46 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-05-08 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-deep-magic.livejournal.com
Imagine walking into a Hooters and seeing ZQ. I would fall down dead. I hope SOMEBODY in that Hooters appreciated the sheer insanity of that event.

Date: 2012-05-09 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marlee813.livejournal.com
Yeah I seriously would've died. I would scream like a banshee and then die. Dead. Done. Gone. Haha.

Oh. So I bought the book you recommended and it should be coming in a few days!! EE so excited. <3

Thanks for the book ideas! I'm always on the lookout for different ones :D

Date: 2012-05-08 05:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhodynne.livejournal.com
The only possible way it could have been more perfect is if Karl was with them. *imagination runs wild*
TTW~YES! If you go read my post, that will inform you of my BOOK. The go-to perfect-everytime-I-read-it book.
I have heard of Geek Love, I spend saturdays working in a bookstore, and I can tell you it was on a few book clubs lists. Not many ;-) but a few.

Date: 2012-05-09 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-deep-magic.livejournal.com
Yes, where WAS Karl? And John, for that matter? Did their wives hear about the Hooters outing and put the smack down? Or maybe they were off doing... other things. Dirty things. Yes, I choose to believe that.

Date: 2012-05-09 05:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhodynne.livejournal.com
It's only dirty the first time!

Date: 2012-05-09 12:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 1lostone.livejournal.com
GEEK LOVE

OH MY GOD.

NO ONE I KNOW KNOWS THAT BOOK. I'VE BEEN TRYING TO GET THAT ON THE AP READING LIST FOR FUCKING EVER AND HAVE HAD NO LUCK. YOU EVEN MENTIONING THAT BOOK MAKES ME WANT TO GO REREAD IT BECAUSE GODDAMN I HAVEN'T EVEN THOUGHT OF IT IN LIKE THREE YEARS. :LASKSDL:KAS:D SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW AHHHHHHHH!

Date: 2012-05-09 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-deep-magic.livejournal.com
AAAAAAH, SOMEBODY ELSE KNOWS GEEK LOVE!

Er, as much as I adore that book, I think that's going to be difficult to get on an high school reading list. But best of luck on it!

Damn, now I want to go read it again. MY REREAD PILE IS GROWING EXPONENTIALLY.

Date: 2012-06-26 04:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dark-amphibian.livejournal.com
Am I catching up on your writing after lurking forever and then getting sidetracked by work? Why yes. Geek Love - haven't thought about it in years. It did cost me some weeks of nightmares at the time. The parents making the choices they did was painful (and ultimately educational).

Date: 2012-06-26 04:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-deep-magic.livejournal.com
Hee hee, take your time and lurk away. ;o)

Oof, sorry the book gave you nightmares -- I could see how it would. But I'm always glad to hear of someone who's read it!

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