Ready Player One…Get Ready

I recently finished Ready Player One by Ernest Cline after hearing a rave review on one of my favorite book podcasts: http://booksonthenightstand.com/.

Ready Player One is set in a bleak future. The plot is centered inside the alternate reality OASIS, a sensory-oriented, 3D video game that most of the world chooses to inhabit. When creator James Halliday dies, he announces a quest that will determine who inherits OASIS, along with his vast fortune. It’s a sort of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory scenario; if you find his secretly embedded clues and pass the tests, you are worthy of the inheritance.

This is an adventure quest on and about video games. Note: I am not a gamer. I attempted to play a video game once. I have no idea which game it was because I had no idea what was going on. By attempted to play, I mean I tried to move my avatar and got stuck in the corner of a tiny digital room while hearing echoes of other, non-stuck players fighting. I think I was supposed to be shooting something, but I just started muttering about how silly this was and how in the world was I supposed to go anywhere if I couldn’t get out of this stupid corner? My friends thought it was hilarious, but I found the experience extremely frustrating. That being said…

I started reading Ready Player One and couldn’t put it down. It’s a love story; it’s a science-fiction novel; there’s a lot of nerdy ’80s trivia, and some spectacularly creative world-building.

Ready. Set. Read it.

Hello world!

I am a lover of literature. From the time I could sit up in my crib, my favorite thing to do has been to turn the pages of a book. Literally. Retention has increased dramatically over the years, but there is no doubt that turning the pages of a book is still my favorite past-time.

I just started working as a bookseller, which only gives me more opportunities to peruse and explore increasingly varied literary creations. I love it. The only difficulty for me is not spending my entire paycheck before leaving the store. I also frequent the local library, which apparently is a controversial issue in my line of work. I never realized this before, but most booksellers regard it as cheating. On my first day of work I pulled out a library book on my break and there was a general outcry. I quote: “Sacrilege!!!” I suppose it makes sense. But let’s be real here. How else am I going to afford my rapid reading rate? And besides, I used to work at a library, so my loyalty is divided. I’ll read whatever I can from wherever I can get it.

As far as what I read: mostly fiction, but I’m challenging myself to stretch my limits and start reading a more varied selection. Hopefully blogging about what I’m reading will give me some incentive to keep this going.

To give you an idea of my taste, here are some of my recent reads:

  • The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. R. Martin
  • The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
  • The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens (audio by Jim Dale)
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

I’ve been listening to book podcasts, reading book blogs, and making recommendations to friends and family for years. I finally took initiative and decided to do it on a regular (and hopefully more widespread) basis. So here’s to a new venue for me to talk about books…my second favorite past-time! Stay tuned!