We're back from our vacation and while we pour over which of our billion photos to share with y'all we realized it was time for our monthly bookworm post!
Last month's bookworm post was the first time we told y'all in advance what we were going to review/recommend this month. We hope some of you found the time to read one (or 2 or all 4) because we love a good book discussion, especially coming "fresh out of a read". We chose these books because nothing makes us cry more than one of our OTP's ending up together and there is nothing better than a page-turning mystery... so we've included both for people at both ends of the fiction spectrum... or for those, who like a little of everything, why not!
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was a *can't put it down, cover to cover* read for me. But, that's not to say you won't enjoy it if your nerd roots don't go quite as deep. I've read it and also listened to it via audiobook which Will Wheaton narrates so... I HIGHLY recommend it. It's 2044... and the world has gone to shit. Our protagonist, Wade Watts, like most other people, escapes reality by entering the OASIS, a virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be and where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. After his death, it is announced that OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of difficult puzzles or "easter eggs" in the OASIS that if solved, will yield unimaginable rewards, including ownership of the OASIS.
In the OASIS, Wade's avatar is Parzival and he's a "gunter", one of the millions of people who made it their job to discover and solve the puzzles left by Halliday (which, just so happen to be based around 80s pop culture). Whether he's discussing the finer points of Pac Man , rehashing lines from The Breakfast Club, singing DEVO or learning tabs to Rush songs, Parzival is always prepping for discovery of the first easter egg with is BFF and primary competitor, Aech.
Then one day... Parzival finds the first egg and simultaneously *here enters our lovely lady protagonist, Art3mis*. While the whole world watches, Wade competes with other powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat him to the prize. And the only thing he can do to save himself and his friends... is win.
So, Junebug reader GrumpyBunny recommended The Rook by Daniel O'Malley to me during our very first bookworm post and I have since recommended it to about... 10 (or more) of you. I absolutely LOVED this book. Myfawany (pronounced Miffany - like Tiffany with an "M") Alice Thomas is one of several fantastical beings in a secret agency called the Chequy who guard an unknowing England from supernatural and otherworldly attacks (and each member is a little supernatural themselves). And as it turns out there's a traitor in their midst...
One day Miss Thomas opens her eyes in the middle of a park in a downpour, beaten and bruised, surrounded by dead bodies wearing latex gloves.. and she has no clue who she is. Fortunately for her, the former occupant of Myfanwy's body knew her memories would be wiped clean and thoroughly prepared for this event. A note in her coat pocket offers her two choices: begin a new life and assume a new identify or resume the life of the former Myfawany Thomas. Which do you THINK she chose? This leads her to a series of notebooks filled with profiles of her fellow counsel members and information about how to resume life without arising any suspicion while she attempts to figure out who the Chequy traitor is.