Ready Player One

Thanks to my boyfriend's subscriptions to nerd boxes like Loot Crate, I acquired a copy of "Ready Player One." If you are into gaming at all, or the 1980's, or both, this is the book for you! 

The author takes great care in describing the detail of the virtual world. In my opinion, the beginning drags on a bit, with all of the descriptions, but not enough to make me stop reading. Furthermore, I have a definite image in my head of what this world looks like - the movie should have no problem recreating this. 

The book takes place in the future, on an Earth that is running out of resources. People seek solace, jobs, and education in The Oasis - an interactive world developed by the greatest video game programmer of the time. Upon his death, this developer announces that the heir to his fortunes, is the one who can find his Easter Eggs in the game and complete his quests. 

I was 100% addicted to the storyline, I loved the constant 80's references, and I cared about the characters. I highly recommend this book for all the nerds out there.

Side Note: I began reading the book and then we took a road trip so we downloaded the digital copy. Wil Wheaton was the narrator, and while I appreciate the choice, listening to books really ruins the experience for me. Wil read and interpreted text different than I did, and it messed with the movie playing in my head. I've decided I'm not a fan of audio books...  

I joined an actual book club! This is the book we are diving into! I've never read a memoir, so I'm excited to see how this goes!

Looking for inspiration - (What I'm currently reading)

Before I jump into "The Iron King" series, I really felt like I needed to be inspired. There are 2 major projects that I've started and never finished. 1. Writing a complete book. 2. Creating my own wardrobe. (maybe not an entire wardrobe.) I have random ideas and short stories written for #1 but nothing that's moving anywhere. As for #2, I have several designs and patterns drawn up, I just don't have a way to create them just yet. To top it all off, I entered the unavoidable 20-something - question - everything phase. What am I doing? I went to school for this? How exactly do you grocery shop? So I grabbed three books to inspire and set me on a determined path. I haven't started reading them yet, but I am very excited!

EDIT: So I couldn't finish #GIRLBOSS. The message was good and the story line fine, but it felt a little... condescending? I was constantly being told "I'm not going to tell you how to make money" in the book, yet dollar signs appeared a lot. I made it halfway and didn't feel like I was getting any sort of advice from the author. What I did takeaway, I could have gotten from a google search and read on wikipedia. SO that one was returned without being finished.

Stephen's King book was excellent. In fact, I bought it. I found myself wanting to bend the pages and highlight passages, so I bought my own copy so I can go back to it over and over again. My purpose for this book and "The Writer's Journey" were to learn. So I'm treating them more like text books.

I've entered Fae Heaven

I returned the Need Series and was still on this magical mythical kick. I went back to the same section I found Need and began searching for my new book. (Is there really anything better? It's so exciting!) This trip was especially exciting, because I wasn't flying solo. As my friend and I foraged the shelves, we quickly realized we had a problem. There we found ourselves, sitting on the library floor with book after book surrounding us. Every book series we had picked out was based in a Fae realm - and we weren't upset about it. While "The Iron Kind" series looked intriguing, I wasn't ready to dive into a seven book series. So picked up a one time book called "Wondrous Strange" - which ended up actually being the first book in a 3 part series. 

Before I picked up this book, I had no knowledge of Auberon, Titania, Mabh, the 4 seasons courts, changelings, Puck etc. I somehow missed the whole Midsummer Night's Dream thing (And I have a minor in English...). Lesley does a wonderful job filling you in and immersing you in this world. The writing and story line is so fluid and natural that I was actually sad when the series ended. It's been weeks since I've read this series, and I probably think about Sonny and Kelley every day. There was suspense, love, humor, and most importantly a story line that I cared about and wanted to see through. The best part? It looks like some company scored the tv rights to the storyline, so hopefully, I can add this to my Netflix queue. AND while copying the link to Lesley Livingston's website, I noticed there is another series - The Never Series - that she wrote that I will also have to read in the very very near future. 

I highly recommend this series. 

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Finding the YA section

So after reading "The Blonde" I needed to find something a little less intense. And like magic, I found the Young Adult section. I feel comfortable admitting to you all that Young Adult may be my favorite genre of books. I'm so owning 24 years old.

This is a four book series, a super fast read, and I thoroughly enjoyed diving into Zara's adventures. The similarities between Need and Twilight are numerous and obvious, and I may or may not have pictured Taylor Lautner for one of the characters. As mentioned in a previous post, I live in a fairytale, so books about magical beings and mythical lands are right up my ally. Plus, I was pleasantly surprised to NOT be reading about vampires (I did not see the mythical creature of choice coming). Our main character, Zara, is independent and strong - and I feel like those who hated Bella, would hate Zara a little less. There were quite a few twists and turns, and by the time I got to the last book, I was quite literally in a different world. 

The story isn't deep or world changing, but it's a fun-get-lost-for-the-night read. There were a few holes and jumps and things that were never resolved. (Nothing major, I just read books like most people watch movies, so the little things bug me.) The writing style was conversational and at time the sentences were long and confusing. However, none of this stopped me from reading the 4 books. Fans of Twilight would appreciate this series as a break from rereading Twilight for the 400th time. 

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Reading with jordan

Well, I joined the public library. My world has changed. It's got to be in my top 5 favorite places of all time. I started my adventure in the section my library calls the "Fiction Loop." Basically, the fiction section surrounds the entire top floor. Now, I hadn't read anything since re-reading Harry Potter and Twilight for the 324512th time, so I was bold, and wen with "The Blonde".

Let me preface this review by saying, I prefer to live in a fantasy world of sunshine and sparkles. I don't like to watch movies that are going to be too intense and the same goes for reading. So this book was a little "Adult" for me. That being said, I absolutely love stories that take a very small part of fact and rewrite the history. (I'm actually working on something similar). So, this whole story line of Marilyn Monroe being a total badass? Hell yeah! Following Marilyn take on/work with the KGB was fascinating. Plus, I appreciate when a book is well written, and this book hits the marks. I could have done without the incessant sex scenes, but to each their own. I would absolutely recommend this book - just beware sex, violence, language and adult themes. 

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