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Top Ten Tuesday on Sunday: Top Ten books I’ve read in 2013 so far

Top Ten TuesdaysThis is crazy late. I know. I was very busy helping a friend out by babysitting her little one. I actually went most of a week without reading a single book! I did very little homework. So needless to say, this week’s posts got a bit delayed. I guess better late than never though! Here is the list of the best things I’ve read this year  so far.

1. The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson – This is one of the best YA series I’ve ever read. it is unique, doesn’t try too hard and has compelling characters that have enough flaws to seem read. If you haven’t picked this series up yet, check it out!

2.Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – If you are a gamer or really enjoy pop culture of the 80s and 90s, this book is a great read. I loved the way the book dealt with the real world versus the game world.

3. Shade’s Children by Garth Nix – This was one of the darkest and most gory YA books I have ever read but the storyline really made it completely necessary to the storyline. It is one of those stories that sticks with the reader long after the book is finished.

4. Agenda 21 by Glen Beck – WOW. This book is a chilling reminder of how bad big government and its control can get.

5. Redshirts by John Scalzi – This was a great read. If you are a fan of good (or bad) science fiction, this book is a hilarious read. This star trek spoof deals with the likelihood of those wearing redshirts to die more often, especially when they have only been around for a few episodes.

6. The Road by Cormac McCarthy – Okay, this is the novel that all other post-apologetically novels should be measured by. The depth and range of emotions expressed in this book is phenomenal, let alone for a book where the world is ending. Good luck finding a copy that isn’t expensive but worth every penny. I got my copy from the library but it will be joining my collection.

7. Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch – This is a unique YA story in a sea of three basic plot lines (vampires, werewolves, dystopian societies) where half of the world is governed by the laws of physics and they think that the world beyond the barrier is a nuclear wasteland. When they find out that is not the case, nothing will be the same again.

8. Rise by Anna Carey – The conclusion to the Eve trilogy which was such a fun read. I was sad to see this one end. This trilogy is worth the read.

9. Crewel by Gennifer Albin – This is one of the more unique stories I’ve read. The idea of world manipulation as working with cloth was interesting.

10. God Save the Queen by Katie Locke – This book was just a really fun read. It’s a bit steampunk, a bit urban fantasy and lots of British. It’s a fun romp and worth a read if you aren’t squeamish.

What are your favorite reads this year so far?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Light and fun reads

Top Ten TuesdaysOkay, honestly this topic terrifies me a bit. I don’t really do light and fun. My view of something light and fun would make most people run  for the hills because  the kind of thing that I find fun is not at all what others find light fun reading. I think a lot of the reads in this category for me include things like classic literature or horror. Yah. I know. I’m strange. I’m going to attempt to write a list though.

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – This is just a fun read if you are gamer, grew up in the 1980s or find dystopian novels fun. (Yah, number one on the list and there is already a dystopian novel. I’m in trouble).

2. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Wiesberger – A book about a horrible boss and a girl’s attempt to deal with her. (yep. I fail at fun and light reads).

3. Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford – Hilarious book about Jane Austen trying to get published in the modern day. How is she still alive you ask? Simple. She’s a vampire. (great. Now I’m including books involving vampires – this is not working well)

4. Maps in a Mirror and Keeper of Dreams by Orson Scott Card -This man is the master of short stories. Short reads with something for everyone.. including one of the scariest stories I’ve ever read. (now I’m recommending scary stories… good job)

5. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – umm…  (*facepalm*)

THAT’S IT! I fail at this – completely!!

I kid you not, these were the immediate thoughts for fun light reads. Others included Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The Sookie Stackhouse books, and A Series of Unfortunate Events.  I think there is really something rather wrong with me….

I went through my list of read books on goodreads even and couldn’t come up with anything decent to list. Yep. No luck there either.

Anyone out there have actual light and fun reads to recommend? Since I apparently don’t do light or fun reads…

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Book Review: Ready Player One

Book: Ready Player One

Author: Ernest Cline

Recommend: Absolutely! This book is geektastic!

I don’t often pick up books simply for the cover but I’ve had this one in my hands three or four times with different covers. When I realized it, I plopped it into my bag and decided that I had to read it. I started it a few weeks ago and loved the idea of it but reading just wasn’t something I was enjoying. I had hit a massive book slump. I started this one at the beginning of February and finished it – tonight. I simply hadn’t been able to bring myself to read at all except for school, which was required reading. Instead I found myself writing for the first time in a long time. It’s been hard for me to write because of my currently living situation. I really have to feel alone to write. Finally though, this week, I picked it back up and dived in. I haven’t been able to put it down except while I was working.

The story centers around an impossible quest in a future where everyone lives to play OASIS, a virtual world where everyone can live exactly how they like. When the creator dies with no heir, but leaves a contest for his company behind instead, a contest that everyone is trying to win. When a kid from the middle of no where figures out the first part of the quest, suddenly the world’s eyes are on him and everyone is trying to get at him in the game and the real world alike.

I loved all the wonderful geeky references and that the whole thing is set in a video game world set in the 1980s, the era of my childhood. It was definitely a fun read. I think I’m going to be adding to my own library.

Definitely a book any gamer or child of the 80s should read.

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