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Calling All Readers! Contest!

December 27, 2004

Inspired by a conversation with a friend on Xmas eve as well as a post by Neha about Orwell's 1984:

I've been thinking a lot about reading. For me, reading is a passion. I devour books by the dozens and am frequently found with several half-read books in various locations throughout my house. It is not uncommon for me to stay in to read in lieu of going out with friends. A significant chunk of my meager income is alloted to entertainment (i.e. books). There are books, loads of them, in every room of my house. I could plop down in any place in my house and I guarentee there is a book within easy reach.

(Case in point: In the drawer of the desk where I am currently sitting there are five titles: A Pocket Style Manual, A Dictionary of the Queen's English, Scholastic Dictionary of Synonyms, Antonyms, & Homonyms, This Book Will Change Your Life, & Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs)

And so I am always absolutely flabbergasted when I meet people who just don't read. I mean, what the hell do they do with their time? (Actually, this is a rhetorical question: If you know the answer, please don't tell me. I'm sure it will only depress me.)

And so I started thinking: What are the top five or ten books that everyone should read? I mean, even those kids who never ever read are bound to have read at least one or two books that really made 'em think. And so I pose the question to you, dear random reader:

If you could assign a reading list to the world, what books would you want people to read, and most importantly, why?

We'll have a kind of contest... the best five suggestions will win a mix CD made by me (and I make the BEST mix cds). Deadline for your book suggestions is January 1st by midnight.

You can suggest one book or twenty, just be sure to give a two or three sentence explanation of why this book is important for young impressionable minds to read. I'm really curious to what people will suggest. And, hey! I have a lot of free time in January to fill - Greensburg-Hempfield Library here I come (and I swear I'll pay those late fees I owe ya!).

Moira at 12:16 PM :: Comments (1) :: ::
Comments:

Your entry inspired a long, booky blog entry of my own.

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/weblog/author/permalink.jsp?id=3027

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at December 27, 2004 04:55 PM
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