Karl Gallagher (selenite) wrote,
Karl Gallagher

30 Day Book Meme - Day 18

Day 18 – A book that disappointed you

I was very disappointed by a book not long ago, though in retrospect I was being a bit unfair. The book in question: The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure by Kevin D. Williamson. It's a lovely anarcho-capitalist manifesto, detailing everything wrong with our current system and how much better things would be under completely decentralized voluntary arrangements. Not that I agreed with all of it, but I enjoyed it quite a bit (I'd picked up because I loved the writer's blogging so the style was to my taste as well).

In fact I enjoyed it all the way to the end. When I got there I was angry that Williamson had laid out why things can't go on as they are, and described a better way of doing things, but not put forth any plan for getting from A to B. My review focused on that lack, and how there were much worse places than B we could end up in. This is my main worry about current politics and I'd been hoping the book would have reassurance or at least useful suggestions for the transition. Instead the author skipped the transition. I was mad.

Which was unfair--Williamson hadn't promised a transition plan, and if his book wasn't the one I wanted it to be that doesn't make what he did produce any less. Someone else writing up the transition plan I was hoping for eased my worries a bit and let me look back at The End Is Near more evenly.

Day 01 – Best book you read last 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 08 – Most overrated book
Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 10 – Favorite classic book
Day 11 – A book you hated
Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore
Day 13 – Your favorite writer
Day 14 – Favorite book of your favorite writer
Day 15 – Favorite male character
Day 16 – Favorite female character
Day 17 – Favorite quote from your favorite book
Day 18 – A book that disappointed you
Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie
Day 20 – Favorite romance book
Day 21 – Favorite book from your childhood
Day 22 – Favorite book you own
Day 23 – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t
Day 24 – A book that you wish more people would’ve read
Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most
Day 26 – A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 – The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 – Favorite title
Day 29 – A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 – Your favorite book of all time

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