whatwasthatbook Community information


As of March 2012 whatwasthatbook is no longer a moderated community, so your posts should appear immediately.

*Please post your book searches in the main community not in the comments as they won't be seen by the community members.*

This community reunites people with the books they've lost! We were featured in the lj_spotlight in October 2006 and again a few years later (I can't remember exactly). As a result, this is by far the largest community of its kind here on LiveJournal. We have a good success rate, thanks to the tireless assistance provided by and for our many members.

Please post book searches in the main community which is here: whatwasthatbook for anyone who is new to livejournal there is a button top center of your screen marked "post to community" press this and a box will come up, put your title in the subject box, your query in the main box and tags in the tag box and you're done. Thanks so much!

If you've lost a book (short stories, plays, or poems are also fine), post an entry about it. Most entries follow this basic format:

"I read this book a long time ago, and it was about [a unicorn and a maiden/a boy who discovers he's a wizard/a cat who solves a mystery]. [Then follows as many details of the plot as the poster can dredge out of their memory.] Does anyone know what book I mean? Thanks!"

The more details of the plot and/or characters you can provide, the better, and it also helps if you know when and where (including country) you read it. Even things like 'it may have been published by Scholastic' or details of illustrations or cover art can be useful! Try not to say 'I read it in sixth grade' without letting us know how long ago that was - we don't know how old you are. :)

Please tag your posts! They are all listed in the sidebar to the left and cover life the unverse and everything. If you truly have no idea of any details then the 'lost the book' tag will be fine. If you do have a vague idea of details then please check the tags in the sidebar of the community, it only takes a second to do and would be very much appreciated. We have several maintainers who handle tags and check the posts. If at all possible, please edit your post to say 'this is the book' when it has been identified, however, please do not delete your original description of the lost book or add strike-throughs to the text!

Common searches have a tag of their own, please check this link out before posting: Common Searches

When posting, please make certain that your post is submitted as public, rather than friends-locked or otherwise filtered. Also, please do not override the default font in postings to this community, and please leave comments unscreened. Multiple inquiries are allowed within the same post. LJ-cuts are not mandatory except for explicit descriptions, but most people use them for very long posts and any possible spoilers, as well.

If you have any questions, please contact pisica by private message or leave a comment for the Mods in this post and we'll take it from there, please allow 12/24 hours for a reply due to time zones.

The Mod team
Owner: pisica
Maintainers: bookwormsarah, gehayi, hadaverde,plantgirl, vic_vega66, with_rainfall
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