Recommendation: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

Hardcover, 374 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by Random House NY
Summary: 
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
My thoughts:
Man this was a fun book! I will admit, it took a little bit to get emerged in the story because there was a LOT of world-building, but once it picked up… I was in. I loved all the vague 80’s references that I’m a little young for, but still really enjoyed. Overall, the book was a lot of fun and I’m so glad I picked it up (thanks to a friend’s recommendation).

In which I failed my book buying fast

Well…

I couldn’t make it. I tried SO incredibly hard to stick with my self-imposed book buying fast… but it just didn’t happen.

And you know what? There are worse things in life than not being able to make it through ten books before buying another.

Cheating on your taxes? That sucks. It will always catch up with you, so don’t do it.

Eating ice cream every night before bed when you’re trying to lose weight? Yup. You’ll definitely not hit your weight loss goal.

Saying you’re going to start giving your dog a weekly bath and have “forgotten” to do it for the last 4 weeks? Your failure is going to smell. Really. Really. Bad.

Buying two more books is just not the end of the world.

Especially when one of them is Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird… do research books even count? I think not.

And so what if I bought Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor. MAYBE on that particular day, I needed to cry and so that book helped out those tears?

Now that I’m writing all this out, it’s obvious. I actually did not fail. I just “expanded the definition of unnecessary buying.”

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Favorite YA Reads of 2014

The year of 2014 brought a lot of change in my life and so I didn’t read as much as I normally do (don’t worry, I plan on making up for this in 2015). But I still read at least a book a week, so out of those, here are the top two out of several categories!

Sci-fi books:

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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Fantasy books:

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Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

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Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian

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This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

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In the After by Demitria Lunetta

Thrillers:

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All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrell

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Jasper Dent series by Barry Lyga

Contemporary:

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (oh and Fangirl! Okay basically all Rainbow Rowell)

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Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Not really sure how to categorize: 

I also read Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky trilogy this year and loved it! It’s sort of sci-fi/dystopian/thriller

If you Find Me by Emily Murdoch – It’s hard to consider this contemporary because it’s so dark, but it’s so good!