Top 5 Wednesday: Summer reads

Happy Wednesday everyone, here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is:

May 17th: Summer Reads
–The weather is heating up (for half of the world), so what books remind you of summer and are your quintessential summer reads?

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

Yes, Summer is coming, and even the Boston weather says so, also Summer is usually when I get a lot of reading done.

Fan Girl by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell is always good at making small cute stories really good, and Fangirl is no exception. It has great characters and nice story about fandom in general.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Summer is also good for a nice thriller book, and Gone Girl is just that. It has a nice mystery to it, and a very compelling character in Amy Dunne.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This is one of my definitive summer reads, mainly because I first read it a few summers ago and always read it every summer because it is that good. This is a very good book especially for those who are fans of 8-bit games and science fiction in general.

This Savage Song by: VE Schwab

This was by first taste of the amazing works of V.E. Schwab, and it wasn’t my last. This is an extremely great book to read over the summer, and I cannot wait for the sequel Our Dark Duet.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

No Mourners! No Funerals! One of my favorite books I read last year, and then I read Crooked Kingdom and loved that too. It was a really good heist book with amazing characters.

Those are my summer reads, while most of these books could be read at anytime. What are your favorite summer reads? Let me know in the comments below.

Hype or Like Friday: Favorite Science Fiction Books

Hello all,

Septembers Hype of Like Friday the is Back to School and the Book of Month is Carry on by Rainbow Rowell

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

September 9th- I Love Science: My Favorite Science Fiction Books- This can be anything you want. Science fiction can be anything from time travel to DNA mutations like X-Men. You can go with comic books or novels. Whatever you feel like writing about.

My Favorite Science Fiction books are:

Ready Player One by: Ernest Cline

One of my favorite books. It has great references to 80s pop culture. It is Willy Wonka meets the Matrix. If you like anything from the 80s from video games, TV and movies of that era this is the book for you. Here is my review of the book.

Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples

One of my favorite graphic novels, this is a series about a galactic war with two parents from warring factions caught in the middle along with their newborn daughter. It is very adult with a lot of violence and adult situations, but I still highly recommend it if you are a fan of graphic novels. Here is my review of Vol. 1.

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti.

A YA version of Heroes, and one of my favorite books I read this summer and it surprised me on how much I loved the characters. While it wasn’t as plot heavy, but I did like that the fact that the story was mostly character driven. Here is my review of the book.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

 

I know the author is an asshole, but I didn’t know that before I read the book. I really loved it. I love Ender as a character and I love the world it takes place in.

The Thrawn Trilogy by: Timothy Zahn

I was kinda disappointed that Disney/Star Wars took out the cannon for the expanded universe. Even though it’s not in cannon anymore, I still fully recommend giving it a read because Thrawn is one of my favorite Star Wars villains.

That’s my list of favorite science fiction books. What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Rainy Day Reads

Today is Wednesday and here i my top 5 rainy day reads. This was hard to do because it is hard to describe what would consist of a rainy day read. So I am putting books that make me feel good on a rainy day.

Top 5 Wednesday is group on Goodreads open to everyone. It was started by Lainey at gingerreads.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

This is a nice book on a rainy day because it is short, sweet, and it has a good story. I don’t usually pick up contemporary books but this one impressed me.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This is one of the first YA books I read , so it has sentimental value, and perfect to read while snuggled in a rainy day.

Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

Sometimes on a rainy day, I like to read something more action packed and engaging. This is one of my favorite series to read over and over and it is perfect on a rainy day.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by JK Rowling

This is another one that has had sentimental value for me because it is one the first books that I read on my own. Also during rainy days it is perfect if you want to feel nostalgic.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This is another feel-good book to read on a rainy day. It is one the best books I ever read and one of the very few 5/5. I love the story, the characters and everything about this book. Here is my review.

 

Ready Player One by:Ernest Cline

Summary (via Goodreads): 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: This book is AWESOME. What I love about this book is that it gives us a world that is now run my social media and the internet. If I were to describe the book it is the Matrix meets Willy Wonka.

A major strength of this book is the characters. Wade is an amazing protagonist that is also relate able. Another great character is Aech, Wade’s best friend in the OASIS system and Artemis who is my example of a well written, well developed female character. Yes there is a romance between Wade and Artemeis but it is very well handled and you actually see them develop as an actual couple and not the “insta-love” that is usually seen in Young Adult novels.

I also like the world it takes in, the fact that a majority of the book takes in within the OASIS system. With the OASIS they’re schools, businesses and people living their ordinary lives, and I think it mirrors our society use of social media and the internet. I also love the references the book makes in pop culture. If you are a fan of 80s and 90s movies, games, and TV shows, this is the book for you. It also feels more organic with the book rather than thrown in for fan service.

Now for my thoughts on the upcoming movie. I really hope the movie would do the book justice, I know changes may happen due to copyright, and I know Steven Spielberg is a great director. But PLEASE don’t make this another Eragon or Percy Jackson.

I think this book is an amazing read, and it’s a book I am happy to reread over and over.

Grade: 5/5