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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Book Challenge 7.

Day 01 – The best book you read this year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than 3 times
Day 03 – Your favorite series
Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy
Day 06 – A book that makes you sad
Day 07 – Most underrated book

Day 7.

The most underrated book would involve the standards of others, and I don't know anything about that. A book I love that should be considered with more ravenous prestige than it has (as far as I know, which I don't - the reading habits of others are dubious things) is John Hawkes' the Beetle Leg. I'm shocked and ecstatic I read it in my college curriculum, it was the only remotely innovative text not belonging to a movement of my grandparents' generation or earlier. I'm more impressed with it now having read his other books, all of which have some lurid fascination going for them, but what he accomplishes in the Beetle Leg in terms of form stuns me. And no one else in the class got into it - many bitched - so I can justifiable declare it ecolectically underrated.

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